Pro-bono Vietnamese language legal clinics for oil spill victims this weekend

This is a press release of the pro-bono law clinics for the Vietnamese American fisherfolk impacted by the oil spill. Please note and support the organizations doing this important work at this time of need.

VABA-DC Joins Coalition of Non-Profits To Establish Volunteer Law Corps and Hold Pro-Bono Vietnamese-Language Legal Clinics For Oil Spill Disaster Victims in the Gulf Coast.


EVENT DATE: JUNE 26-27, 2010

Contact:           Shandon Phan, or (202) 415-3366

In response to the urgent legal needs of the Vietnamese American community affected by the BP Oil Spill Disaster, VABA-DC has joined forces with various national and local community organizations and bar associations to hold two bilingual legal aid clinics for Vietnamese American fishermen in the Gulf Coast on June 25-26, 2010.

“VABA-DC is committed to serving the legal needs of the Vietnamese American community,” said Mai T. Pham, VABA-DC President. “It is critical for us to be part of this important effort to protect the rights and interests of the Vietnamese American community along the Gulf Coast and their way of life.”

The legal clinics will provide language access, information, and legal assistance to approximately one thousand Vietnamese American fishermen regarding BP claims policy and procedures. The clinics will be staffed by a team of 26 Vietnamese American attorney and law student volunteers from various bar associations and community organizations across the U.S. Of those, five are VABA-DC members.

“The outpouring of support from individuals and organizations across the country has been extraordinary,” said Mai Phan, a former Biloxi native, former president of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California and the project’s lead organizer. “During this time of crisis, Vietnamese-American attorneys and law students across the country have answered the call of service, dedicating their time and efforts to protect the rights and interests of thousands of community members.”

The large-scale legal clinics project highlights the tradition of service established by community advocates and organizations in bringing professionals of various backgrounds to the region to serve those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The project is supported by Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, who is scheduled to stop by the New Orleans clinic on Saturday.

VABA-DC is the only Vietnamese American Bar Association on the East Coast, representing over 100 Vietnamese American attorneys and law students in the area. Its mission is to promote the professional growth and advancement of Vietnamese American attorneys, encourage and facilitate the entry of Vietnamese American students into the legal profession, contribute to the public interest by serving as a voice for the local Vietnamese American community and assist community members with legal concerns.

Clinics Schedule:

Biloxi, Mississippi

When:              Friday, June 25th 1-5pm Where:             Biloxi Community Development Department Auditorium 676 Martin Luther King Blvd, Biloxi. MS

New Orleans, Louisiana

When:              Saturday, June 26th: 9am-5pm Where:             Mary Queen of Viet Nam School 14001 Dwyer Blvd, New Orleans, LA

Coalition Members:

Asian American Bar Association of Louisiana Asian Americans for Change Boat People SOS (BPSOS) Mary Queen of Viet Nam CDC Mississippi Center for Justice National Association of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA) National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC (VABA-DC) Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA)


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