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East Asia Law Review

2021 APALSA-ALR Joint Virtual Conference

Roarin’20s? Law, Politics, and Asian Americans in 202x

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:15pm EDT

The 2021 Conference will focus on the novel challenges Asians and Asian Americans are facing in the law and politics as we transcend into the new “20s.” Co-hosted virtually with APALSA, the largest student affinity group at Penn Law, the program will highlight a colorful assortment of perspectives shared by seasoned legal professionals in their varying career trajectories. 


9:00 – 9:15: Opening Remarks

9:15 - 9:30: Break

9:30 – 10:45: Panel 1: U.S.-Asia Trade and Investment Relations

(Moderator) JACQUES DELISLE, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania

STEPHEN KHO, Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

NEYSUN MAHBOUBI, Research Scholar of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, Lecturer in Law at Penn Law

PETER J. REISMAN, Managing Director and the Chief Communications Officer at Bank of China U.S.A.

MEENA SHARMA, Deputy Director in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Investment Security Policy and International Relations

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15 Panel 2: The Future of Legal Professionalism

(Moderator) FELICIA LIN, Dean of Students at Penn Law

H. SANDRA BANG, Chief Diversity & Talent Strategy Officer at Shearman & Sterling LLP

MARSHA CHIEN, Managing Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office

CHRISTINA KABA, Assistant General Counsel at FMC Corporation

RACHEL SEE, Acting Executive Officer of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


12:15 – 1:30 Break

1:30 – 2:00 Keynote Presentation

GRACE MENG, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 6th district

2:00 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 4:00 Panel 3: Asian American Political Powers

(Moderator) NEIL MAKHIJA, Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; President, South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia; Executive Director, IMPACT

HELEN GYM, Philadelphia City Councilmember

SAM PARK, Georgia State Representative for House 101

MOHAN SESHADRI, Co-Executive Director, API PA

4:00 – 4:15 Closing Remarks


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For inquiries, please contact:

Canglong Cai, Managing Editor,