The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law, Congressman Matsui was first elected to the United States Congress in 1978 from Sacramento, California. He won re-election thirteen times. He was also a strong supporter of AEF, serving as the keynote speaker for its Annual Benefit Dinner in 1997 and again in 2003.
Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. The Competition is open to all law students in the United States. The winner of the 2016 Competition will receive an award of $1,500, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal, subject to the Journal’s standard editing process and copyright policy.
Submissions for the 2016 Competition must be received by June 1, 2016, and the winner will be announced on or about August 15, 2016.
Past winners include:
Christopher Chou, Land Use and the Chinatown Problem (2013)
Kia Xiong, Missing the Hmong: A Need for More from Asian
American Legal Studies (2012)
Bryan Ikegami, An Urgent Opportunity: Unifying the Asian
American Stance on Affirmative Action (2011)
Andrea Yang, Progressive Lawyering: Theory and Practice in Asian Immigrant Communities (2010)
Di Zhang, Intercountry Adoption: Better Viewed in Black and White or Technicolor (2009)
For an application, please visit www.aefdc.org.
***AEF, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is the charitable arm of APABA-DC. Since 1993, AEF has awarded fellowships to
law students who accept unpaid internships in the non-profit or public sector to provide critically needed services to the APA
community and the Greater Washington, D.C. community-at-large.***