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Public Interest Attorney Stewart Kwoh to Give Keynote Speech for Southwestern's Annual Public Interest Law Week October 19, 2011
Public Interest Attorney Stewart Kwoh to Give Keynote Speech for Southwestern's Annual Public Interest Law Week

Stewart Kwoh, the founding President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), will deliver the keynote speech entitled, "Why Are Public Interest Law Groups Growing?" on the Southwestern campus Monday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. as part of institution's 21st Annual Public Interest Law Week.

"As our communities face increasing economic and social challenges, there is a growing need for public interest legal work to provide services for impoverished families and to advocate for the rights of the disenfranchised," Mr. Kwoh said. "The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) has a long term relationship with Southwestern to provide opportunities for law students to address these needs."

When he established APALC in 1983, Mr. Kwoh envisioned it would become an effective voice and organizational leader focused on increasing access to legal services and education for the poor, protecting and advancing the civil rights of the diverse Asian Pacific American (APA) community, and improving intergroup relations. Under his leadership, APALC, which is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, has become a key advocate for poor and limited English speaking Asian Pacific Americans in Southern California and beyond. Today, APALC reaches more than 15,000 individuals and organizations each year through a variety of strategies, including direct services, impact litigation, policy and advocacy, and leadership development.

Mr. Kwoh is the co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (2002), which was completely revised and updated last year and released as, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future (2010). He released his second book in June 2009 about Asian American civil rights heroes entitled Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice. Mr. Kwoh also teaches the undergraduate class Asian Americans and the Law at UCLA, where he earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees.

The keynote speech will take place in the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus, which is located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Parking costs $8. Click here for a map and directions.

Southwestern's Public Interest Law Week is a series of events designed to raise awareness and funding to promote public interest involvement and features presentations by prominent civic leaders and opportunities to meet with public interest attorneys. Fundraising efforts support Southwestern's Public Interest Law Summer Grants that are awarded each year to students who work for organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center; the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; the AIDS Service Center; the Western Center for Disability Rights; Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Public Counsel, among others.