DLA Piper is proud to announce that it has joined more than 45 law firms and a number of Fortune 100 general counsel to form the Alliance for Asian American Justice (the Alliance), which will support Asian American communities by providing pro bono legal services aimed at holding the perpetrators of anti-Asian hate crimes and harassment accountable.
The Alliance will coordinate and drive law firm pro bono resources on behalf of victims to assist and support them in obtaining legal remedies. This may include providing victims with counsel to bring lawsuits to seek compensatory and other civil remedies or working with law enforcement to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable, as well as identifying additional resources to help victims, including specialized legal services, social services and other community support. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and other frontline legal and community organizations will perform the initial intake with victims of anti-Asian hate and refer them to the Alliance.
“The Alliance for Asian American Justice aims to support and stand up for marginalized, low-income and under-represented Asian Americans who have historically been denied due process and access to crucial legal remedies,” said Cathryn Le Regulski, chair of DLA Piper’s Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) resource group. “We are deeply committed to enhancing our efforts to fight prejudice and racism and support Asian communities, as well as expanding the work of our Pro Bono and Diversity and Inclusion teams. We will bring the considerable breadth and depth of our pro bono capabilities and resources to bear to support legal causes and organizations focused on dismantling unjust systems and helping victims who are in need of culturally responsive advocacy.”
In addition to providing pro bono resources through the Alliance, DLA Piper will also provide meaningful financial support to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) that will support their ability to take on these anti-Asian cases, along with impactful community-based programs.