Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Advisory Councils


Executive Advisory Council

Advancing Justice-LA formed the Executive Advisory Council (EAC) in 1985 as a formal support network for Advancing Justice-LA and members maintain ongoing relationship with Advancing Justice-LA and regularly support Advancing Justice-LA through fundraising and providing pro bono counsel.  Members include leaders from the corporate, legal and nonprofit sectors as well as local Asian bar associations.


Martin V. Lee, Esq., Famco Investment

Sandy Sakamoto, Esq., LimNexus LLP

Full list of members

Pro Bono Advisory Council

Advancing Justice-LA’s Pro Bono Advisory Council (PBAC) began in 2015.  This Council is the first of its kind at Advancing Justice - LA, and is complementary to the existing Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Council.  Advancing Justice-LA relies on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for guidance in the development of its pro bono programs, and members maintain ongoing relationships with the organization.  Advancing Justice-LA turns to Council members first as a resource in assisting with pro bono matters and issues.  The Pro Bono Advisory Council also helps raise vital funds and resources needed to support and expand Advancing Justice-LA’s pro bono programs.  Members include attorneys from major national and international law firms, as well as in-house counsel at Fortune 100 companies.


Jonathan Shih, Esq., Latham & Watkins LLP
Steven K. Yoda, Esq., Walzer Melcher LLP

Full list of members

Orange County Advisory Council

The Orange County Community Advisory Council (OC CAC). Created in 2016, the OC CAC was created to help Advancing Justice build a more visible and powerful voice for AANHPIs in Orange County.  The OC CAC includes key leaders from the local AANHPI and nonprofit sector, law schools and universities, and the judiciary.

OC AC Co-Chairs:

Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance

Dr. Linda Vo, Department of Asian American Studies, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Full list of members



Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.