There are so many associations today that support and defend various groups of people, especially those that have been and are currently oppressed by any other people. The Asian Pacific American Lawyer's Association does just that. APALA promotes justice for Asian Pacific Americans, as well as create opportunities for Asian Americans going into the field of law. With the support and advancement of people going into and already in the legal profession, there are many connections to be had amongst this large organization. It is great for networking, and encourages members of the association to branch out to the Asian American community and make a difference.
Another organization is the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, also known as NAPABA. This association claims to be the "national voice for the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal profession." It is the national organization for judges, attorneys, law professors and students, and many more. The association champions for the legal needs of the APA community. It also represents the values, principles, and ideas of over forty thousand attorneys and legal counselors, ranging from large firms to non-profit organizations, law schools, and governmental agencies. NAPABA allows the members to get involved in the APA community, helping out APA students who are interested in law and legal aid, and plans to attend law school.
NAPABA has a scholarship sector, called The NAPABA Law Foundation scholarships. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt scholarship program, with a range of scholarships for various APA students. There are quite a few main stream companies that sponsor these law scholarships. About ninety thousand dollars has been awarded to about fifty three students since this scholarship program began in 1995. This foundation enables the youth of the Asian Pacific American community that show strong leadership abilities and academics to pursue their dreams of going to the law school they desire, supported by the best legal counselors of the APA population. The members of the foundation donate massive amounts of money to spread the knowledge that they were given as they pursued their dreams. As members of NAPABA give students such opportunities, there is an increasing power among the APA population, being that knowledge is power. They are giving these students chances to live up to their goals no matter what circumstance they have been through. The foundation helps in the process of getting these students a legal scholarship with respect to the many legal obstacles that have affected the APA community.
With the help of this foundation and foundations of the like, the Asian Pacific American population will be educated in law and legal matters. With an opportunity like this, it is hard not to fight against oppression when there are associations backing up the people and spreading their knowledge of their rights, and taking legal matters to the law where they can fight for what is theirs.