LOS ANGELES (Sept. 22, 2014) — Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) welcomes Christina Yang as its new Pro Bono Director.
As Pro Bono Director, Yang will focus on strengthening relationships between Advancing Justice – LA and private attorneys, law firms, corporations, bar associations, and law schools. She will also cultivate volunteer resources to support Advancing Justice – LA’s work, and will identify and develop pro bono opportunities.
Yang, who speaks Mandarin Chinese, is rejoining Advancing Justice – LA after previously spending one year with its impact litigation unit, generously funded by the Mayer Brown Public Interest Fellowship Program, as well as a summer with the same unit during law school. She worked on matters involving consumer fraud, civil rights, and workers’ rights.
“I am so happy and excited to return to Advancing Justice – LA in the role of Pro Bono Director,” said Yang. “I am looking forward to again serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as working with our partners in the private sector to increase access to justice in these communities.”
Prior to rejoining Advancing Justice, Yang was Staff Attorney with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global nonprofit HIV/AIDS advocacy group, where she represented the organization in both plaintiff’s- and defense-side litigation. Before joining AHF, Christina was an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution group with Mayer Brown LLP in Los Angeles, focusing primarily on commercial litigation.
“We’re delighted to have Christina come back to Advancing Justice as our Pro Bono Director,” said President and Executive Director Stewart Kwoh. “She brings with her a deep commitment to the public interest community in southern California, as well as valuable prior experience practicing law in both the private and nonprofit sectors.”
Yang is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, and is currently serving as Co-Chair of its Public Appointments and Judicial Endorsements committee. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. During law school, she was a Publishing Editor for the California Law Review and a Senior Articles Editor for the Asian American Law Journal.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.