Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Advancing Justice-LA Supervising Attorney Named One of “Best Under 40” in the Nation

LOS ANGELES — Nicole Ochi, supervising attorney in Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s impact litigation unit, has been named one of this year’s “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). The award honors Asian American lawyers 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. The award will be presented at NAPABA’s annual convention, which is being held from November 8-11, in Chicago, Illinois. 
“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by NAPABA,” Ochi said. “I am very grateful to Advancing Justice-LA for the opportunities I’ve been given to bring justice to those in our community who are in most need.” 
Originally from Sacramento, California, Ochi is a 4th generation Japanese and Chinese American. Ochi’s Japanese American grandparents were interned as teenagers during World War II in Poston, Arizona. Ochi’s Chinese American grandparents were residents and grocery store owners in a small California suburb 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 was part of two landmark workers’ rights cases that delivered justice to Latino and Korean port truck drivers and Filipino bakery workers.  
“From her passion for racial justice to her dedication to workers’ rights, Nicole stands out for her dedication to serving the most vulnerable in our community,” said Stewart Kwoh, Advancing Justice-LA’s president and executive director. “We are ecstatic that NAPABA is bestowing well-deserved recognition on Nicole for her commitment and accomplishments.” 
Current Advancing Justice-LA staff that have received this distinction include Yanin Senachai in 2016 and Laboni Hoq in 2012. Also Advancing Justice-LA alum including Karin Wang in 2008, Eugene Lee in 2010, and Julie Su in 2003. 
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
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.
Friday, August 31, 2018


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