APILSA members are involved in activities that promote the interests of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) law students as well as the larger Asian and Pacific Islander communities. To create a supportive environment for API law students, APILSA organizes welcome activities for first-year law students and often coordinates get-togethers with other law student groups. APILSA also provides academic assistance and advice to students conducting job searches.
APILSA has become involved in recruiting Asian and Pacific Islanders to Stanford by working with the other students-of-color organizations to coordinate the Law School’s Minority Admit Weekend and increase the diversity of the Law School’s student and faculty population.
Members of APILSA established and staff the Asian Community Immigration Clinic, which provides free advice to Asians in the San Francisco Bay Area. APILSA has sponsored speakers on such topics as media images of Asian-Americans and immigration issues, helped coordinate a special event welcoming back to Stanford the Japanese-American students who were forced to leave in 1942 because of the war-related internment of Japanese-Americans, and organized a series of discussion groups on legal issues facing Asian-Americans. Stanford’s APILSA was host to the inaugural Bay Area APALSA (Asian and Pacific American Law Students Association) Conference, held in spring 2001 and continues to work with other local law schools on this annual event.