LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2013) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center welcomes Nisha N. Vyas as its new Pro Bono Director.
The Pro Bono Director is a new position at APALC that was launched with partial support from Southern California’s many Asian American bar associations. In this position Vyas will focus on strengthening relationships between APALC and private attorneys, law firms, corporate legal departments and bar associations, as well as helping centralize and expand APALC’s overall volunteer program.
“I am thrilled to be joining APALC,” expressed Vyas. “I am looking forward to working with our partners in the private sector to increase access to justice for the clients and communities we serve.”
Prior to joining APALC, Vyas was a clinical lecturer and clinical teaching fellow at the Stanford Community Law Center in Palo Alto, California, where she taught and supervised law students on a range of poverty law issues including housing, employment and public benefits. Vyas was previously a staff attorney and deputy litigation director for the Housing Rights Center in Southern California, representing plaintiffs in federal and state fair housing claims.
“We’re delighted to have Nisha join APALC as our new Pro Bono Director,” said Vice President of Programs and Communications Karin Wang. “She brings a deep commitment to the public interest community in California, as well as great enthusiasm for moving APALC’s pro bono program in new directions.”
Vyas is a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California’s Public Interest Foundation and a former board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, which she is rejoining. Vyas is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, and is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization, serving more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year.