Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

33rd Anniversary Dinner

The Anniversary Dinner is a signature annual event that benefits Advancing Justice-LA through the generous support of many individuals, companies and foundations. It celebrates the organization’s accomplishments throughout the year and highlights its year-round programs and services. Additionally, the organization honors partners who have made a significant impact on the community. The event includes a reception, silent auction and dinner in addition to the awards ceremony.

This event is attended by over 1,200 guests, including elected officials, community partners, members of the local Asian American bar associations and leaders from the corporate, legal and nonprofit sectors. It has become one of the largest fundraising dinners in the AANHPI communities. It is typically held in October in downtown Los Angeles.

To see past honorees, click here, and to see past chairs/co-chairs, click here.

33rd Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
404 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

5:30 pm - Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 pm - Program and Dinner

Business Attire



Wage Justice Center
Community Partner Award

Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
Legal Impact Award

The Honorable President Pro Tem Senator Kevin de León
Education Impact Award

Ming Chen Hsu and the J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation
Philanthropy Partner Award

Latham & Watkins LLP
Pro Bono Service Award

Producers, Writers, and Main Cast of Fresh Off the Boat
Public Image Award


Dinner Chair

Kathy McKim
Vice President- External Affairs
AT&T California

Dinner Legal Co-Chair

Jack S. Yeh, Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP


Dinner Committee

Paul S. Chan, Esq., Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow
Wendy Chang, Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Shirley S. Cho, Esq., Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Vincent M. Gonzales, Esq., Southern California Gas Company
Marie Jones, Esq., Bank of America
Stewart Kwoh, Esq., Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
John S.C. Lim, Esq., LimNexus LLP
Vincent S. Loh, Esq., Michaelman & Robinson, LLP
Anna Park, Esq., McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Clarissa Park, Esq., Robert Half Legal
Mary Jane Perez, Microsoft
Sandy Sakamoto, Esq., LimNexus LLP
Nita Song, IW Group, Inc.
Kevin M. Tamaki, AT&T
Marie Tan, Marie Tan, CPA, A Prof. Corporation
Hon. Casimiro U. Tolentino
David Yang, Esq., Walker Stevens Cannom Yang LLP
Jack Yeh, Esq., Sidley Austin, LLP



Dinner Chair

Dinner Legal Co-Chair
Sidley Austin, LLP

Justice Circle
J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation

Titanium Circle
Comcast/ NBCUniversal
Southern California Gas Company

Platinum Circle
IW Group, Inc.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
The Walt Disney Company

Golden Circle
American Airlines
Bank of America
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow
Capital Group
Cathay Bank
East West Bank
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
E.C. (Pony) & Kay Lee
First Legal Network
Kaiser Permanente
KEBOK Foundation
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
Southern California Edison
Union Bank

Silver Circle
California Bank & Trust
The California Endowment
The Coca-Cola Company
County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Girardi Keese
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Latham & Watkins LLP
LimNexus LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Marie & Chor Chai Tan
Quantum Capital Partners
United Parcel Service
Verizon Wireless
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

Bronze Circle
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association
Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC
California Teachers Association
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hitachi, Ltd.
Jones Day
Koreatown Plaza
Manufacturers Bank
Paramount Pictures
Reed Smith LLP
Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
U.S. Bancorp
Wells Fargo

Community Circle
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
Banc of California
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment
Englander Knabe & Allen
Fisher Phillips
Gomez & Furukawa
Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
The Home Depot
Japanese American Bar Association
Friends of Don Jue
Jung & Yuen, LLP
Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
Mayer Brown LLP
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Pacific American Fish Company, Inc.
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, CSULA
Perkins Coie LLP
Philippine American Bar Association
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
Southern California Public Radio
Tan & Sakiyama, A Prof. Corp
Thai American Bar Association
University of California, Los Angeles
Walker Stevens Cannom Yang LLP

(listing as of August 26, 2016)


Table sponsorships are available. Click here for more information about the Anniversary Dinner and for a sponsorship reply form. Return completed forms by mail to the Advancing Justice-LA office (c/o Hilary Low, Development and Special Events Manager) or via fax to (213) 977-7595.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) organization. For sponsorships, contributions over the fair-market value are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The fair-market value of each dinner admission ticket is $80. Click here for a complete listing of the 2015 Anniversary Dinner sponsors.


Individual tickets are available for purchase. Click here for a ticket reply form. Return completed forms by mail to the Advancing Justice – LA office or via fax to (213) 977-7595. Deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) organization. For tickets, contributions over the fair-market value are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The fair-market value of each dinner admission ticket is $80.

Program Journal Advertisement

Advertisement spaces are available for purchase in the program journal.  Ad sizes include: full page, half page and quarter page.  Click here for a program journal ad reply form.

Silent Auction

Make a donation to the event silent auction.  Silent auction donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

Click here for a silent auction donation reply form.

Click here for a complete listing of the 2015 Anniversary Dinner Silent Auction Donors.

Opportunity Drawing

Opportunity Drawing information is in formation. 


Click here to learn more about Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.  For more information on the 32nd Anniversary Dinner, please contact Hilary Low, Development & Special Events Manager at (213) 977-7500 ext. 298.


Event Date: 
Thursday, October 6th 2016

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.