The JABA Legacy Project: Justice Sabrina McKenna—The First Openly LGBTQ Asian American to Serve on a State Court of Last Resort


As the first openly LGBTQ Asian American to serve on a state court of last resort, Justice Sabrina McKenna has had countless articles written about her. In preparation for our interview, I read most of the stories that feature her. Though the articles were informative, they all failed to capture …

The Death that Changed Japan Forever


JABA: The Trailblazers of the Japanese American Community


On July 15, 2022, the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) hosted its 45th Annual Installation & Awards Gala at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. As the JABA intern, I had the privilege of attending the gala and meeting trailblazers from the Japanese American legal community.

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Lana Kobayashi is a rising second-year student at UCLA, majoring in Public Affairs and minoring in Asian American Studies. She is the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) joint intern for the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). As a shin-nisei, Lana has always been in touch with her Japanese roots but recently became involved in the JA community. She took her first Asian American studies class at UCLA, fell in love with Asian American history, and felt empowered to bring about social justice. Through her multi-cultural background and fluency in Japanese, Lana hopes to pursue a career in international law to continue positive relations between the United States and Japan and ultimately give back to the JA community.



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