37th Anniversary Virtual Gala

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 those who have made a significant impact on the community. The event includes elected officials, community partners, members of the  Asian American bar associations and leaders from the corporate, legal and nonprofit sectors. It has become one of the most anticipated fundraising events in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 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.



37th Anniversary Virtual Gala - United In Action
Thursday, October 22, 2020
5 PM - 6 PM (PDT)

Welcome our new CEO, Connie Chung Joe

Emcee David Ono, Anchor, ABC7
Inaugural Address by Connie Chung Joe, CEO, Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Tribute to Stewart Kwoh, President Emeritus, Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
1st Annual Joseph Ileto Courage Award Presented by the Ileto Family
Thank You to AAPIs in Action
Candlelit Expression of Our Unity

During this challenging time, we welcome all guests free-of charge. If you are able and inspired, optional donations are accepted here.



View, Download or Print the full 37th Anniversary Virtual Gala Program







 Century Circle 


Titanium Circle


Platinum Circle 


Gold Circle 


Silver Circle  Bronze Circle  Community Circle 
Anne Shen Smith
Bank of Hope
California Wellness Foundation
Erin Cho
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham Watkins LLP
Lim Nexus LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Panonica Foundation
Sandy Sakamoto, Esq.
Spectrum/Charter Communications
Akin Gump Strausee Hauer & Feld LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Koreatown Plaza
Leslie Furukawa
Manufacturers Bank
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Stone Tapert
Walzer Melcher LLP
Bill Tan
Cardinal Rule Wines
Grace Hu
Holland & Knight LLP
Little Tokyo Service Center
Paramount Pictures
Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP




Nita Song, Chair
Paul S. Chan, Vice-Chair
Andrew Cheng
Anjan Choudhury
Vincent M. Gonzales
Peter Huh
Beong-Soo Kim
Joseph K. Kim
Phillip Lee
Martin V. Lee
Thomas Lee
Jade Leung
John Lim
Manisha Merchant
Sandy Sakamoto
Olivia Samad
Fern Shaw
Linda Shim
Anne Shintaku
Christine Song
Marie Tan
William Lew Tan
Casimiro U. Tolentino
Spring Wang
Jack S. Yeh


Event Date: 
Thursday, December 31st 2020


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