APABA-DC has a long history of community service in the D.C. metro area and has relationships with various Asian Pacific American community-based organizations in the area. APABA-DC participates in pro bono clinics and organizes other volunteer activities for its members during the year. APABA-DC has ties to many local community based organizations and plans to reach out to other community groups.
For any questions, please contact Anjum Unwala, Vice President for Community Affairs, and Melissa O. Nonaka, Assistant Vice President for Community Affairs
Advice and Referral Clinic
APABA-DC has partnered with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program's Advice and Referral Clinic for two Saturday’s a year with volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic usually in June and December. Attorneys with all levels of experience are welcome to volunteer; expert mentors and other resources will be available. This is a great opportunity for members to donate their legal skills to people in need of assistance. Through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Advice & Referral Clinic, members of the private bar effectively assist these individuals by assessing their legal matters and providing general information and advice. The Clinic provides individuals who have civil legal problems governed by D.C. or federal law an opportunity to discuss with volunteer attorneys certain kinds of matters, including bankruptcy/debt collection, consumer law, employment law, family law, health law, housing law (landlord & tenant, etc.), immigration/asylum, personal injury, probate (wills, medical directives, etc.), public benefits (welfare, SSI, etc.) and tax law. All services are provided free of charge.
Immigration Law Clinic
APABA-DC was asked to provide assistance in its Inaugural year of the D.C. Bar Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic. The rising demand in the community they are opening it up to the Asian American community. In order to address the rising need for bilingual legal services in the District, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program along with a number of partners, sponsors an Immigration Clinic to provide free legal advice regarding immigration issues to foreign language-speaking District residents. Visitors to the Clinic are able to receive assistance from volunteer attorneys with advice on immigration/asylum issues. The Clinic is staffed primarily by bilingual attorneys recruited from the Hispanic Bar Association, APABA-DC, and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program's Pro Bono Partnership (PART) law firms.
Capital Area Food Bank
APABA-DC has set up an opportunity for attorneys and law students to meet and work together through volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank. Volunteers will help in the CAFB warehouse, packing or sorting donated food that comes in, and then packing the presorted foods into a box for sending out. The Capital Area Food Bank feeds those who suffer from hunger in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area by acquiring food and distributing it through their network of member agencies. Last year, 14,000 volunteers helped the CAFB pack and sort donated food in both their D.C. and VA warehouses. Volunteers are an essential component of getting food distributed to the 700+ partner agencies of the food bank.