Matsui Writing Competition

matsuiThe Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments.  Through this Writing Competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

The Competition is open to all law students and anyone who graduated from law school within the last five years (i.e., 2015 or later) in the United States.

To submit your work for the 2020 Competition, please download the 2020 Matsui Application Form for instructions.  The deadline to apply is July 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.  

The winner will be announced on or around September 11, 2020.  Submissions must be original works and not previously published.  Submissions should address a legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.  The winner will receive a monetary award of five thousand dollars ($5,000), and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), subject to APALJ’s standard editorial process and copyright policy.  APALJ’s editorial process may require additional substantive edits prior to publication.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law, Congressman Matsui was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 from Sacramento, California.  He won re-election to Congress thirteen times.  Congressman Matsui was a strong supporter of AEF, serving as the keynote speaker for the AEF’s Annual Benefit Dinner in 1997 and again in 2003.

A number of prominent scholars, practitioners, and jurists nationwide have served on the Competition’s Board of Advisors, including Justice Ming W. Chin of the Supreme Court of California; Judge Ronald S.W. Lew of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; Judge Florence Pan of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Judge James C. Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and co-founder of the AEF Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition; Paul M. Igasaki, Chair and Chief Judge of the Administrative Review Board, Department of Labor; Debra Wong Yang, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California; Viet D. Dinh, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy; Vincent A. Eng, founding partner of the VENG Group; Professor Jerry Kang of the UCLA School of Law; Judge Jennnifer Choe-Groves of the the U.S. Court of International Trade and co-founder of the AEF Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition; Sujit M. Raman, Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States and past president of AEF; and Michael P. Chu and John C. Yang, past presidents of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Recent winners include:

  • Kaelyne Yumul Wietelman, Disarming Jackson’s (Re)Loaded Weapon: How Trump v. Hawaii Reincarnated Korematsu and How They Can Be Overruled (2018)
  • Christopher Chou, Land Use and the Chinatown Problem (2013)
  • Kia Xiong, Missing the Hmong: A Need for More from Asian American Legal Studies (2012)
  • Andrea Yang, Progressive Lawyering: Theory and Practice in Asian Immigrant Communities (2010)
  • Di Zhang, Intercountry Adoption: Better Viewed in Black and White or Technicolor (2009)
  • Bryan Ikegami, An Urgent Opportunity: Unifying the Asian American Stance on Affirmative Action (2011)

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