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THE NAPABA LAW FOUNDATION

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.napaba.org/napaba/showpage.asp?code=foundation

Mission Statement

NAPABA Law Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and educational 501C3 organization that advances access to the legal system for Asian Pacific Americans through fellowships, scholarships, education and community engagement.

Provides financial assistance to law students and undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.

Supports the development of internships and fellowships in the areas of public interest and community service relating to the Asian Pacific American community.

Assists in the conducting of legal scholarship and education with respect to legal issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.

Develops and supports programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities about legal issues affecting those communities.

Main Programs

  1. NAPABA Law Foundation Underserved Communities Fellowship
  2. NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowships
  3. McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program
  4. NLF Public Interest Internship Program
  5. Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship
  6. Bryan Cave/NAPABA Law Foundation Community Service Scholarship for Summer Law
  7. NLF Scholarships
  8. Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships
  9. UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships
  10. The Low Family Scholarship
  11. Chris Nakamura Scholarship
  12. LimNexus Scholarship
  13. Locke Lord/NLF Scholarship
  14. Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
  15. National Judicial College Scholarships
  16. Portrait Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NLF provides scholarships, internships, and fellowships nationwide. It's programs impact all 50 states.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Vincent Eng

President since 2016

Self-reported

Amy Lin Meyerson

Keywords

Self-reported

Scholarships Education Asian Pacific American

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Also Known As

NLF

EIN

36-4014003

 Number

5771612113

Physical Address

1612 K Street, NW Suite 510

Washington, DC 20006

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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NAPABA Law Foundation fulfills advance access to the legal system for Asian Pacific Americans by: providing financial assistance to law students and undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders; supporting the development of internships and fellowships in the areas of public interest and community service relating to the Asian Pacific American community; assisting in the conducting of legal scholarship and education with respect to legal issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community; and, developing and supports programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities about legal issues affecting those communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

NAPABA Law Foundation Underserved Communities Fellowship

Through a generous gift from Les R. Jin, NLF has established a $6,000 fellowship for one law student or recent law school graduate to gain meaningful legal experience at a public interest host organization on a project designed to advance opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans who are part of one or more underserved Asian Pacific American communities. The Fellowship is open to all currently enrolled U.S. law students in good standing to work at any qualified not-for-profit host organization in the U.S. If the Fellowship recipient is someone who is currently a first or second year law student, s/he shall perform the fellowship during the following summer. If the awardee is a third-year student, s/he shall finish the fellowship within seven months of his/her graduation.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$6,000

Program 2

NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowships

The NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship was launched in 2004 to address the need for attorneys working on behalf of the Asian Pacific American populations. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the shortage of entry-level jobs, the Fellowship provides an opportunity for a new attorney to gain substantive experience at a nonprofit national or community-based organization during the two-year Fellowship period. In 2014, NLF launched a second two-year NLF Communty Law Fellowship, which availability alternates years with the NLF Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship recruitment process.

The NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellowship Program seeks to develop the public interest law leaders of the future, whether they continue to work in the nonprofit arena or become pro bono advocates in the private bar. The NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellowship Program was established by a generous gift from Paul W. Lee of Goodwin Procter LLP to The NAPABA Law Foundation. The NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellowship Program is currently funded through the generous gifts of NAPABA members and Friends of NLF. Both Fellows are funded each at $100,000 for the the 2-year Fellowship.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$100,000

Program 3

McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program

The McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program supports students interested in the legal profession and will help students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The Program seeks to achieve these goals by providing undergraduate and law school students with meaningful internship experiences at the Washington, DC offices of NAPABA and NLF.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$10,000

Program 4

NLF Public Interest Internship Program

The NLF Public Interest Internship Grant will fund at least one legal intern at a public interest organization(s) that provides either direct legal services or impact litigation on behalf of the Asian Pacific American community.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$6,000

Program 5

Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship

In partnership with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, NLF will be accepting applications for the Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship Program. The program will provide $6,000 for a meaningful summer internship at a public interest organization. The intern will work to further Fred T. Korematsu's legacy as a civil rights pioneer. Initial funding was provided by Parkin Lee and The Rockefeller Group.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$6,000

Program 6

Bryan Cave/NAPABA Law Foundation Community Service Scholarship for Summer Law

Diversity is a core value of Bryan Cave LLP and an engrained part of our culture. Bryan Cave LLP has partnered with the NAPABA Law Foundation to offer the Bryan Cave / NLF Community Service Scholarship, which will provide a $2,500 scholarship award for one law student who is a summer law intern that works on issues on behalf of, or that benefits, the Asian Pacific American community.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$2,500

Program 7

NLF Scholarships

NLF will award $2,000 scholarships with reference to the quality of the applicant pool. In recent years, eight to ten such additional scholarships have been awarded each year.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$20,000

Program 8

Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships

Beginning in 1995, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. has provided the Foundation with an annual grant to help it award two NLF Presidential Scholarships at $7,500 each. Recipients are selected each year from all scholarship applicants in consultation with the NAPABA President, who selects awardees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership to serve the APA community.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$15,000

Program 9

UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships

The UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships are awarded to promising law students dedicated to the Asian Pacific American community who are the first in their family to attend law school. Two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded who meet requirements.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$10,000

Program 10

The Low Family Scholarship

In recognition of the NAPABA Law Foundation’s 20th Anniversary in 2014, NLF Board Member Ronald Low, one of the original founders of NAPABA, and his wife Wanda Denson-Low, retired Senior Vice President for the Boeing Company and former recipient of the NAPABA 2004 Women’s Leadership Award, have generously donated $50,000 to the NLF to fund this scholarship in perpetuity. One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who has a history of demonstrated leadership and/or community service to the Asian Pacific American Community.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$2,500

Program 11

Chris Nakamura Scholarship

In 2003, the Foundation named one of these scholarships in memory of Chris Nakamura, a leader of the Asian Pacific American legal community of Arizona. The Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholar will be awarded $2,500

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$2,500

Program 12

LimNexus Scholarship

In 2004, the Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship. Today, the firm, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, has a fresh new name, “LimNexus,” and celebrates its 30th Anniversary. LimNexus continues its support of the Foundation by offering a $2,500 scholarship.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$2,500

Program 13

Locke Lord/NLF Scholarship

In 2015, the Foundation established the Locke Lord / NLF Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Locke Lord LLP, has generously agreed to fund this scholarship through 2020.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$2,500

Program 14

Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition

The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition is an appellate advocacy competition to help law students develop advocacy skills without regard to the merit of the petitioner's or respondent's cases. The Competition was founded in 1993 and is named in honor of the late Honorable Thomas Tang, a respected jurist who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1977 until his passing in 1995. Judge Tang’s decisions during his more than eighteen years on the Ninth Circuit reflected his strong commitment to civil rights for all people. Judge Tang was known for his kindness and warmth, and the leadership role he played in the Asian Pacific American legal community. He provided tremendous support to NAPABA and its activities, including the creation of this national moot court competition.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$10,000

Program 15

National Judicial College Scholarships

Providing travel scholarships for judges to attend the National Judicial College training sessions.

Category

Crime & Legal

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$10,000

Program 16

Portrait Project

Conducting research on Asian Pacific Americans who enter the legal field.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$5,000

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Total number of grants awarded

Target Population
People of Asian descent

Connected to a Program?
Portrait Project
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
NAPABA Law Foundations supports the Portrait Project which researches Asian Pacific Americans who enter the legal field.

2. Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

Target Population
Minorities, People of Asian descent, Students

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

3. Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

Target Population
Minorities, People of Asian descent, Students

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
NAPABA Law Foundation offers several scholarships annual in the form of fellowships, internships and scholarships.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Years ago, visionary members of NAPABA wanted to promote the educational and charitable activities of local Asian Pacific American bar groups and individual Asian Pacific American attorneys across the nation. In 1994, they organized the NAPABA Law Foundation, a non-profit, charitable and educational organization tax exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3). The Foundation's mission is to educate and to serve Asian Pacific Americans and their communities. More than 20 years later, the NAPABA Law Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to law students, supported recent law graduates interested in pursuing public interest work within the Asian Pacific American community, and promoted the interests of Asian Pacific Americans everywhere.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Provides financial assistance to law students and undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.

    Supports the development of internships and fellowships in the areas of public interest and community service relating to the Asian Pacific American community.

    Assists in the conducting of legal scholarship and education with respect to legal issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.

    Develops and supports programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities about legal issues affecting those communities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a 21 member board of directors that works directly with NAPABA's membership, which represents the interests of of 50,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Greater inclusion of Asian Pacific American legal leaders at law firms, government, and public interest sectors.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The NAPABA Law Foundation has provided over a million dollars into scholarships, internships, and fellowships. It is currently working to better understand the Asian Pacific American legal sector through its work on the Asian Pacific American Portrait Project
Service Areas

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National

NLF provides scholarships, internships, and fellowships nationwide. It's programs impact all 50 states.

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THE NAPABA LAW FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Executive Director

Vincent Eng

President

Amy Lin Meyerson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Amy Lin Meyerson

Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson

Term: Nov 2016 - Nov 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?