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The Law Student Workshop

The Law Student Workshop

Chicago, IL | Nov. 8 - 11, 2018

Join NAPABA and the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA) at the 2018 NAPABA Convention from Nov. 8-11 for the Law Student Workshop! The Workshop is a two-day, five session event to help law students transition into the legal field as attorneys. You will also have the opportunity to meet and network with judges, attorneys, and legal professionals from various sectors throughout the NAPABA Convention. Register for the NAPABA Convention to take part in the Law Student Workshop!


 Direct Member Affiliate Member Non-Member
Early Bird $275 $425 $475
On-Site $375 $525 $575


Early bird pricing ends 11:59 p.m. CDT on Nov. 4. On-site prices will be in effect on Nov. 5. 

View cancellation policy here.



Friday, Nov. 9

9:15 - 10:15 AM | NAPABAWorld

Generously supported by Walmart

Welcome to the Law Student Workshop presented in partnership with NAPALSA! This introductory session provides an overview to NAPABA.  NAPABA offers a wide range of services that support members and foster lifelong passions. Learn more about NAPABA programs, the benefits of membership, and career development opportunities from seasoned NAPABA members and Convention-goers. Light breakfast will be provided.

10:45 - 11:45 AM | Game of Networks

Networking and branding are cornerstones of success in many professions, including the legal profession. These skills can also be difficult to master and execute seamlessly. During this session, learn from the best on how to build your professional network, and how to brand yourself to potential employers and future clients. Join NAPABA’s Best Under 40 alumni who will lead a panel discussion. 

12:00 - 1:30 PM | Luncheon Plenary - Two Words: Inclusion Rider

In her 2018 Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress, Frances McDormand finished her speech with the phrase, “I have two words for you: inclusion rider.” “Inclusion” was Merriam-Webster’s top search of the night. Since then, inclusion riders—contractual provisions that stipulate a process for building greater diversity in the casts and crews of Hollywood projects—are being used more and more to increase diversity and inclusion. As Asian American attorneys, we are no stranger to diversity and inclusion initiatives, but continue to be underrepresented in the leadership ranks of law firms, government, and academia, as illustrated by the study “A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law”. Kalpana Kotagal, a Partner at Cohen Milstein, has battled her entire legal career for inclusion, equity, and diversity. As coauthor of the "inclusion rider”, Kalpana has joined forces with Dr. Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni of Pearl Street Films. Together they are working to help transform the hiring practices in the film and television industry. In her keynote address, Kalpana uses the inclusion rider as a jumping off point for a discussion of how we can build diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in other industries, and our own.

1:45 - 3:00 PM | Lawyer-ish

Generously supported by AT&T

Law degrees are useful for more than traditional practice. In this session, learn about all of your potential career paths you can pursue with a law degree. This session’s round robin format gives you the opportunity to learn about traditional and non-traditional pathways, including careers in the non-profit, and government fields. This session brings together students with top individuals with careers as JAG Corp members, Fortune 100 counsel, solo practitioners, non-profit organizations, and more. 

4:00 - 5:30 PM | NAPALSA Board Elections

8:00 - 10:00 PM | Law Student Dinner | $40pp

Generously supported by Walmart

Dinner will take place at Texas de Brazil at 10 East Upper Illinois St. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the Conference. Tickets will not be sold on-site. 

Saturday, Nov. 10

9:15 - 10:30 AM | Resume Ninja Warrior

Make sure you’re ready for your next interview.  Learn from some of the top hiring attorneys in the country on what they are looking for when reviewing candidates. The session will kick off with mock interviews showcasing what to do and what not to do when sitting down with a prospective company. Use this time to learn what you can do to stand out on paper and in person. Experienced attorneys will also be on-site to answer any interview related questions and to provide you with constructive feedback your resume. Be sure to bring a copy of your resume.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | How to Get Away with a Clerkship

Judicial clerkships are very rewarding experiences and highly coveted opportunities for all young attorneys and provide the chance to further develop your legal research and writing skills. Clerkship are highly competitive and knowing how to compete for these positions is critical. Learn more about what a judicial clerkship entails and about the selection process from our panel.

12:15 - 1:45 PM | Women's Leadership Luncheon Plenary - Beyond #MeToo: How Asian Americans Can Challenge Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

With the emergence of the #MeToo movement, the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace has received unprecedented attention. As more women come forward and demand that employers and harassers be held accountable, employers are seeking to implement more effective workplace policies and changes to workplace cultures. The #MeToo movement is an opportunity to shed light on those who have been marginalized. Women of color, including Asian American women, face unique intersectional experiences—race, gender, socioeconomic status—that require innovative litigation and advocacy strategies in the #MeToo space. Whether as in-house counsel, employment lawyers, or advocates, Asian American lawyers are poised to address this issue from all angles and as a community.

2:00 - 3:30 PM | NAPALSA Transitional Board of Directors Meeting

3:30 - 4:30 PM | Law Student Meet and Greet with host Thompson Coburn

5:00 - 6:00 PM | Pre-Gala Reception

6:00 -10:00 PM | 30th Anniversary Gala

Generously supported by Walmart

Dress code: black-tie optional or ethnic attire.


NAPALSA represents the interests of Asian Pacific American (APA) law students and provides advocacy, support, and career development opportunities for its members throughout the United States. 

Established in 1981, NAPALSA was the first national organization to connect APA members of the legal profession. In 1988, NAPALSA helped to springboard NAPABA and has facilitated a conjoint conference with NAPABA since 2002. NAPALSA is proud of its partnership with NAPABA to create a unique networking and professional event for students to interact, socialize, and learn from current APA legal practitioners. 

NAPALSA continues to be the only national student-led organization to link affiliated APA law student organizations and law students across the country, and promote their interests. 

NAPALSA remains the consolidated voice of APA law students and also serves as an advocate and representative for all APAs. 

More information about NAPALSA can be found at

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