April 27, 2021

The Alliance for Asian American Justice brings together Asian American Fortune 1000 General Counsel and law firm partners to join forces to offer pro bono legal services to victims of anti-Asian hate.

Willkie is among the charter members of the recently-launched Alliance for Asian American Justice, a national pro bono initiative committed to standing up for victims, and preventing future acts, of anti-Asian hate. The firm joins the initiative alongside a group of Fortune 1000 General Counsel and more than 40 other law firms.

The Alliance will coordinate and drive law firm pro bono resources on behalf of victims to assist and support them in obtaining legal remedies. This can include providing victims with counsel to bring lawsuits to seek compensatory and other civil remedies or working with law enforcement to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable, where appropriate. The Alliance will also identify additional resources that will help victims navigate this challenging time, including specialized legal services, social services and other community support.

“The Alliance will allow the hundreds of prominent and accomplished lawyers of Asian descent in law firms and corporations (many of whom are former federal and state prosecutors) to leverage their expertise to advocate for and ensure justice on behalf of victims. Our non-Asian allies are likewise committed to joining us in this important work. We are eager to take action and look forward to many others joining in this fight,” said Don H. Liu, Founding Advisory Board Member of the Alliance and Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer of Target Corporation.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) and other frontline legal and community organizations will perform the initial intake with victims of anti-Asian hate and refer them to the Alliance.

For more information on the initiative, see the press release issued by The Alliance here.