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May heralds Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the US. Tom Chen of Haynes and Boone unpacks the issues that still affect US lawyers from this ethnic minority background.
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is celebrated in May and recognises the contributions and influence of AAPI Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the US.
My parents were first generation Chinese immigrants, and this month is a good time to take stock of how our community is faring in the legal industry and at large law firms such as the one I am a member of.
At Haynes and Boone, a firm of 600 lawyers, I have been privileged to receive opportunities that have helped me become a partner in the IP practice. I also serve as a member of the executive committee, on the board of directors, and as co-chair of the firm’s attorney diversity, equity and inclusion committee.
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