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Novelist Jessica Hagedorn, Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells, and John W. Kuo of Varian Medical Systems, to receive AALDEF 2015 Justice in Action Awards on February 23

YORcoverThe Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is presenting 2015 Justice in Action Awards to Jessica Hagedorn, novelist, poet, and playwright; Neal Katyal, partner at Hogan Lovells, Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States; and John W. Kuo, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Varian Medical Systems. They will receive the awards at AALDEF’s Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Monday, February 23, 2015 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

Sandra Leung, General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and AALDEF board member, will present the 2015 Justice in Action award to John W. Kuo.

Andrew Hsiao, Senior Editor of Verso Books, will present the 2015 Justice in Action award to Jessica Hagedorn.

Debo P. Adegbile, Partner at WilmerHale, will present the 2015 Justice in Action award to Neal Katyal.

For more information or to purchase tickets, email events@aaldef.org, or call 212-966-5932.
JIA photos 525WThe co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, and Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, and Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Lia Chang

The co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, and Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Lia Chang

The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and efforts in advancing social justice. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, Congressman John Lewis, David Henry Hwang, Sandra Leung, Fareed Zakaria, Jose Antonio Vargas, BD Wong, Don H. Liu, Mira Nair, Deval Patrick, George Takei, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Harry Belafonte, Seymour Hersh, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, John G. Chou, Margaret Cho, and Yoko Ono.

Over 800 leaders of the civil rights, legal, business, and arts communities are expected to attend AALDEF’s 2015 Lunar New Year Gala. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony and a banquet dinner. Tables of ten, available at $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000, include a VIP reception. Individual tickets start at $500. To reserve tickets, please contact Lillian Ling at 212.966.5932 ex. 202 or lling@aaldef.org.

Since 1974, AALDEF has been protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans across the nation through litigation, advocacy, organizing, and community education. All proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala will go directly towards supporting AALDEF’s legal and educational programs in immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, educational equity, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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