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The Model Minority Myth: The Impact on AAPIs in the Legal Profession and Beyond

The myth of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as the model minority is based on racial stereotyping and misconceptions. It ignores diversity of culture, socioeconomic status, and educational attainment in AAPI communities, and weaponizes AAPIs as a wedge in discussions of racial justice. Presenting data from the groundbreaking study, A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law, and its successor Portrait Project 2.0, this program explores the opportunities and challenges faced by AAPI legal professionals and situate them in the broader American legal profession. The panel combines a broad data-based discussion with real-world examples and personal experiences.



  • Ajay K. Mehrotra, Executive Director and Research Professor, American Bar Foundation; Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Joint Sponsor: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human Rights, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & PovertyABA Commission on Immigration, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, ABA International Law Section, ABA Law Student DivisionABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, ABA Standing Committee on Public Education, ABA Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Foundation


Transcript: The Model Minority Myth: The Impact on AAPIs in the Legal Profession and Beyond

A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law

Portrait Project 2.0

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