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Advancing Justice-LA Attorney Named One of “Best Under 40” in the Nation

Monday, October 24th 2016
Advancing Justice-LA staff attorney, Yanin Senanchai, speaks at a rally.
Yanin Senachai, staff attorney in Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s impact litigation unit, has been named one of this year’s “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). The award honors Asian American lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs. The award will be presented on November 3, 2016, at NAPABA’s annual convention in San Diego, California.
“I’m deeply honored to be recognized by NAPABA,” Senachai said. “I am very grateful to Advancing Justice-LA and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation for making it possible for me and other lawyers to serve the most exploited members of our communities.”
Senachai is a first-generation immigrant from Thailand who grew up in a working-class family in South Central Los Angeles. She started her legal career at Advancing Justice-LA in 2012, as the recipient of a Skadden Legal Fellowship, a competitive public interest grant that allows recent law school graduates to work in non-profit legal organizations. Focused initially on low-wage immigrant workers in the Thai community, Senachai has subsequently worked on many immigration and employment cases on behalf of Thai, Asian and other clients. Prior to law school, Senachai worked for a number of years in the San Francisco Bay Area, assisting domestic violence survivors and organizing grassroots campaigns. Among her recent cases at Advancing Justice-LA are the L’Amande Bakery case involving 11 trafficked Filipino bakery workers, which resulted in a $15.3 million default judgment and T (trafficking) visas for all 11 workers. Senachai is also a board member of the Thai American Bar Association (TABA).
“In an office full of those deeply committed to the public interest, Yanin stands out for her dedication to serving the most vulnerable in our community, from her domestic violence work before law school to her fierce advocacy for workers as part of our team,” said Stewart Kwoh, Advancing Justice-LA’s president and executive director. “We are thrilled that NAPABA is bestowing well-deserved recognition on Yanin for her commitment and accomplishments.”
NAPABA’s 2016 roster of “Best under 40” honorees also include several other attorneys with ties to Advancing Justice-LA, including Nisha Vyas of Public Counsel (former pro bono director), Van-Dzung V. Nguyen of Crowell & Moring LLP (current member of Pro Bono Advisory Council and Orange County Executive Advisory Council), and Anjan Choudhury of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP (former member of Executive Advisory Council).  Advancing Justice-LA extends congratulations to all of them as well as the other 2016 honorees.  


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