Press Release

Volunteers needed for Asian American Election Protection 2017



AALDEF seeks volunteers to defend Asian American voting rights in the November 2017 elections in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated “Asian” voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked. On November 7, 2017, AALDEF, along with other Asian American groups, will again be monitoring the elections and conducting non-partisan voter surveys at poll sites in Asian American neighborhoods.

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Attendance at one 60-minute training session is required for all volunteers. All volunteers must be non-partisan and work a 3-hour shift. Asian language ability is helpful, but not required. (CLE trainings are 90 minutes. Attorneys can receive 1.5 CLE credits including 0.5 ethics credit.)

For more information, contact AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Iris Zalun at 800-966-5946 or

Training Sessions

Tuesday, October 17 – NEW YORK, NY

Shearman & Sterling LLP (CLE Training)
599 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
Lunch, 12-1:30 PM

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (CLE Training)
28 Liberty St, New York, NY 10005
Dinner, 6-7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 18 – BOSTON, MA

Dechert LLP (CLE Training)
One International Place, 40th Fl, 100 Oliver St, Boston, MA 02110
Lunch, 12-1:30 PM

Thursday, October 19 – NEW YORK, NY

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (CLE Training)
One Bryant Park, Bank of America Tower, New York, NY 10036
Lunch, 12-1:30 PM

Tuesday, October 24 – WASHINGTON, DC

Dechert LLP (CLE Training)
1900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Dinner, 6-7:30 PM

Lunch Training in Washington, DC TBD

Wednesday, October 25 – NEW YORK, NY

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (CLE Training)
425 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017
Dinner, 6-7:30 PM


AALDEF 2017 Asian American Election Protection Co-Sponsors

(as of September 27, 2017)

National Co-Sponsors

Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) APIAVote East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates \ South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Local Co-Sponsors

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) Asian Employee Network at American Express (ANA-New York) Asian Outreach Project of Greater Boston Legal Services Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of NJ (APALA-NJ) Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) Korean American Bar Association of New Jersey (KABA-NJ) MinKwon Center for Community Action South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) South Asian Fund for Education Scholarship Training (SAFEST)

Law Firm Co-Sponsors

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Dechert LLP Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP Shearman & Sterling LLP Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

School Co-Sponsors

Georgetown Korean American Law Students Association (KALSA) Harvard APALSA Harvard Kennedy School Asian Pacific American Caucus Princeton Asian American Students Association (AASA) Rutgers Law School-Newark APALSA Brooklyn Law APALSA Columbia APALSA Columbia Asian American Alliance Columbia School of Social Work Asian Pacific Islander Student Caucus (CSSW API Caucus)