Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Advancing Justice-LA Supervising Attorney Named California's "Best 40 Under 40" By Daily Journal

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nicole Ochi, supervising attorney for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA)’s Impact Litigation project, has been named one of this year’s best 40 lawyers under 40 in California by the Daily Journal. The award honors lawyers from California under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs.  
“I am very honored to be recognized by the Daily Journal,” said Ochi. “And I am grateful to Advancing Justice-LA for making it possible for me to advocate for racial justice across Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and other communities of color.”  
Originally from Sacramento, California, Ochi is a 4th generation Chinese and Japanese American. Ochi’s Japanese American grandparents were interned as teenagers during World War II in Poston, Arizona, where they met and later married. Ochi’s Chinese American grandparents were residents and grocery store owners in Grass Valley, California where they faced discrimination as one of the few Chinese American families. Nicole received her J.D. summa cum laude from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2009. 
While at Advancing Justice-LA, Ochi has led strategy for a diverse range of issues including voting rights, trafficking/workers’ rights, and education. Ochi’s expertise is in education legal issues, including the rights of English language learner students and affirmative action.  
“Nicole is an incredible asset to Advancing Justice. Her passion for advancing racial justice and commitment to promoting social justice values is unparalleled,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice-LA.   “We are thrilled that Daily Journal is bestowing this well-deserved recognition on Nicole for her commitment and accomplishments.” 
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817,
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018


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