Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

36th Anniversary Dinner

The Anniversary Dinner is a signature annual event that benefits Advancing Justice-LA through the generous support of many individuals, companies and foundations. It celebrates the organization’s accomplishments throughout the year and highlights its year-round programs and services. Additionally, the organization honors partners who have made a significant impact on the community. The event includes a reception, silent auction and dinner in addition to the awards ceremony.
This event is attended by over 1,200 guests, including elected officials, community partners, members of the local Asian American bar associations and leaders from the corporate, legal and nonprofit sectors. It has become one of the largest fundraising dinners in the AANHPI communities. It is typically held in October in downtown Los Angeles.
To see past honorees, click here, and to see past chairs/co-chairs, click here

36th Anniversary Dinner

Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
404 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
5:30 pm - Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 pm - Program and Dinner
Business Attire


Public Service Award
Governor Gavin Newsom
Corporate Impact Award
Bank of Hope
Community Impact Award
Ethnic Media Partners: Asian Journal, Korea Daily, Sing Tao, Lawyer Talk, Rafu Shimpo, and U.S. News Express

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Nita Song, Board Chair
Marie Tan, First Vice Chair
William Lew Tan, Esq., Vice Chair
Hon. Casimiro U. Tolentino, Vice Chair 
Vincent M. Gonzales, Esq.,Treasurer
Martin V. Lee, Esq. Co-Chair, Executive Advisory Council
John S. C. Lim, Esq., Co-Chair, Executive Advisory Council
Sandy Sakamoto, Esq., Co-Chair, Executive Advisory Council
Stewart Kwoh, Esq., Advancing Justice-LA Founder
Vivian Long, Executive Committee
Gilbert Tong, Executive Committee

Members at Large

Paul S. Chan, Esq.
Andrew Cheng, Esq.
Anjan Choudhury, Esq.
Peter Y. Huh
Beong-Soo Kim, Esq.
Joseph K. Kim, Esq.
Katherine H. Ku, Esq.
Gloria Lee, Esq.
Thomas Lee, Esq.
Jade Leung, Esq.
Kevin Masuda, Esq.
Manisha Merchant, Esq.
Olivia Samad, Esq.
Christine Song
Timothy Tang
Mini Timmaraju
Yoko Yagi, Esq.
Jack S. Yeh, Esq


Gala Co-Chairs - $25,000
American Airlines
Bank of America
Bird Marella
Comcast | NBCUniversal
IW Group Inc. | Nita Song
Pacific American Fish Co. | Peter & Jihee Huh
Sidley Austin LLP
Southern California Gas Company
The Walt Disney Company | ABC7
Wells Fargo
Wilison Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation | Katherine Ku
Justice Circle - $250,000
J.T. Tai Foundation
Century Circle - $100,000
54 Green Street Realty
Ken Fong
Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
Platinum Circle - $15,000
The Annenberg Foundation
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Southern California Edison

Golden Circle - $10,000

Bank of Hope
The California Endowment
Cathay Bank
County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis
East West Bank
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 
Jade Leung & Friends
Kaiser Permanente 
Long Family Foundation
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation
Silver Circle - $5,000
Banc of California, N.A
County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Erin Cho, Esq.
Grace Hu & Friends
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Jack and Mary Ellen Kwoh Shu
Latham & Watkins LLP
The Kong Family Charitable Trust
Koreatown Plaza
Marie & Chor Chai Tan 
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Spectrum/Charter Communications
UCLA Government and Community Relations
Verizon Wireless
Walzer Melcher LLP
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
Bronze Circle - $3,500
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
California Teachers Association
David L. Prince, Esq.
Hitachi, LTD.
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
L.A. Care Health Plan
Manufacturers Bank
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Paramount Pictures 
Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP
Rutan & Tucker LLP
Sheppard Mullin
United Way of Los Angeles
Community Circle - $1,500
Aiken Gump Strauss Hauer & Fled LLP
The Baltimore Family Fund
County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
Crowell & Moring LLP
Don Jue & Friends
Friends of Advancing Justice-LA
Hawkinson Yang LLP
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Japanese American Bar Association
Korean American Bar Association
Lao American Network
Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo, & Brill LLP
Morrison & Forester LLP
Office of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Sally Lew & Friends 
South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
Southern California Chinese Lawyer Association
Southern California Public Radio
Takashi Cheng & Raymond Cheng 
Taiwanese American Lawyers Association
VALIC | AIG Retirement Services
William Lew Tan & Shelly M. Ushio
Table sponsorships are available for purchase. Click here for a Sponsorship Form. Return completed forms by email or mail to the Advancing Justice – LA office or via fax to (213) 977-7595. Deadline to be included as a sponsor on event invitation is Tuesday, July 23, 2019. 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) organization. For sponsorships, contributions over the fair-market value are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The fair-market value of each dinner admission ticket is $80. Click here for a complete listing of the 2017 Anniversary Dinner sponsors.


Individual tickets are available for purchase. Individual tickets are available for purchase. Individual corporate tickets are available for $350 and individual community tickets are available for $200.

Return completed forms by mail to the Advancing Justice – LA office or via fax to (213) 977-7595.
For more information regarding individual tickets, please contact Vanida LeVan at or (213) 977-7500 x242.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) organization. For tickets, contributions over the fair-market value are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The fair-market value of each dinner admission ticket is $80.

Silent Auction

Make a donation to the event silent auction.  Silent Auction donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Click here for a silent auction donation reply form.
Click here for a complete listing of the 2017 Anniversary Dinner Silent Auction Donors.
Click here to learn more about Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.  For more information on the 36th Anniversary Dinner, please contact Vanida LeVan at (213) 977-7500 ext. 242.

Transportation & Parking Information:

Ride Share Drop Off
404 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA  90071
Discounted Validated Parking Information
Validation for discounted parking will be available at the dinner.  There are no in-and-outs with validation.
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel (Valet ONLY)
401 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000
$24 with validation
City National Garage Self Park
400 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 628-0581
"Sky bridge" access to Bonaventure hotel on the 7th floor of the parking garage.
MON-FRI (5PM-2AM): $10.00 with Validation
Union Bank Garage Self Park
445 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0170
"Sky bridge" access to Bonaventure Hotel on the 3rd level of the garage
MON-FRI (5am-5pm): $15.00 with Validation
MON-FRI (5pm-2am): $10.00 with Validation


Event Date: 
Thursday, October 17th 2019


Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.