Immigration Policy Crisis

This program kicks off the ABAS Law Foundation’s 2019 Speaker Series. Learn how local advocates are confronting the immigration policy crisis at the Mexican border. There, our government is imprisoning children, parents, and families, many of them lawfully seeking asylum from deadly danger in Central American countries. The rude prisons resemble the incarceration camps imprisoning innocent Japanese Americans in WWII. This panel includes a psychotherapist specializing in childhood trauma; the co-director of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic; and a student litigator from the clinic. The program is Tuesday evening, February 12, 2019, in the Courtroom at McGeorge School of Law. Admission is set low to encourage attendance: $15; students $5.

Coming Next:  March 31, 2019 – ABAS Fundraiser - Special showing of the play Vietgone, a love story featuring an all-Asian cast at the Capital Stage Theater.


Tule Lake Project

The Foundation is assisting Roger Daniels, the nationally-known historian, and Barbara Takei, the writer and organizer on Tule Lake, in their archival research for a book they will jointly author. The book, on the subject of the Tule Lake concentration camp, will be published by the University of Washington Press and is tentatively titled "America's Worst Concentration Camp." The Foundation's funding comes from a federal grant.


Thank you for your interest in the ABAS Law Foundation’s scholarship program. The Foundation awards scholarships to law students and very recent law school graduates from local law schools who have demonstrated potential for community service and leadership in the Asian-Pacific Islander community, academic achievement, and financial need. In recent years, the Foundation has predominantly awarded scholarships to students and recent graduates from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, U.C. Davis School of Law, and the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

2019 Applications Available Now!
Submission deadline is 5:00 pm April 1, 2019

Swearing in with CJ Cantil

About the Foundation

The ABAS Law Foundation, established in 1997, by Jerilyn Paik, Esq., is the 501(c)(3) educational and charitable partner of ABAS, the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento. The Foundation supports and initiates law-related educational and charitable works in greater Sacramento's API community. Its activities include awarding approximately $18,000 per year in scholarships to nurture law students who show promise of becoming activist, API community-conscious lawyers. Criteria include potential for leadership in the API communities, good scholarship, and financial need.