Breaking Barriers & Overcoming Obstacles in the 21st Century

At its third annual Asian Pacific American (APA) conference, held in March, BU Law's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) brought alumni and current students together to evaluate and confront the issues that often hinder under-represented groups within the legal profession.

Whereas previous years’ themes centered on commemorating alumni and unifying the Asian-American community, respectively, this year’s theme was a direct call to action: “Breaking Barriers and Overcoming Obstacles in the 21st Century.”

More than just a conventional networking opportunity, the conference was a dialogue—a platform on which attendees exchanged insight and encouraged each other to continue revolutionizing their profession. In particular, panelists discussed how Asian-Pacific Americans and under-resourced communities can surmount traditional hurdles and produce trailblazers like Gary Locke (‘75) and Barbara Jordan ('59).

Students participated in one-on-one speed interviews with alumni and learned how to transition into and face an economy and milieu that has been less-than-conducive to employment. Alumni across the board encouraged students to consider pro bono and other public service work not only as a means to gaining experience, but also as a way to give back to their community.

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