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Banquet and Fellowship Founded by Ice Miller Partner Reena R. Bajowala Celebrates Its 13th Year

Banquet and Fellowship Founded by Ice Miller Partner Reena R. Bajowala Celebrates Its 13th Year
April 11, 2018

On March 22, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) held its 13th Annual Origins Banquet. Founded in 2005 by Ice Miller partner Reena R. Bajowala, the Banquet celebrates Asian Pacific American diversity and culture at the University of Michigan Law School and in the legal profession. In addition, the APALSA awards its George Ariyoshi Fellowship at the Banquet each year.

The recipient of the 2018 APALSA 1L George Ariyoshi Fellowship was Jasmine Wang. Funded through the support of generous alumni and law firms, the Fellowship provides stipends to highly qualified first-year students who work for public interest organizations during the summer following their first year of law school. The goal of the Fellowship is to encourage Asian Pacific American law students to start their careers in the public interest, nonprofit and government sectors, allowing them to contribute and support the interests of the Asian Pacific American community throughout their legal careers.

To date, the APALSA has distributed almost $125,000 to dozens of students working to advance the public interest.

Alumni and students who have participated in the Fellowship have served in a variety of leadership positions, including dean and chancellor of a major U.S. law school, partners at world-class law firms, renowned public interest advocates and the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.

Reena is a partner in Ice Miller’s Litigation Group, where her practice focuses on information technology, data security and privacy and employment matters. She regularly counsels and defends information technology (IT) companies (including software developers, cloud-based storage providers and tech startups), online and brick-and-mortar retailers, manufacturers and automotive industry clients in technology-related and employment (ERISA and FLSA) disputes. Reena often is recognized for her public interest work in the areas of fair housing, civil rights and human trafficking.

Ice Miller is committed to spreading a message of diversity and inclusion. Learn more about Ice Miller’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts here.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.

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