Founded in 2014 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) with the support of the Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY), the Don H. Liu Scholars Program (Program) seeks to identify and cultivate future Asian American leaders of the legal profession in order to address the single most important issue facing Asian American professionals today: the barrier to advancement.
The Don H. Liu Scholars Program will award two scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each (Scholarship). The Program will also provide mentorship and assistance with career development, including identifying potential internships.
To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of Asian decent.
- Be enrolled full-time as a L1 in a New York City metropolitan area law school.
- Be among the first in their immediate family to pursue a graduate or professional degree.
- Have demonstrated exceptional academic and leadership accomplishments or show promise through work and/or other activities.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Intend to practice in the New York City metropolitan area following graduation.
To apply to the Program, applicants must submit a completed Scholarship Application along with all supporting documents. The deadline to submit the Scholarship Application is October 31, 2014. Details and an application can be found at the AABANY website.
Asian Americans remain grossly underrepresented in positions of influence, leadership and power within the legal profession. The number of Asian American partners in law firms and general counsel in our largest corporations do not reflect the diversity that can be found in today’s law school classes or the ranks of junior associates at law firms.