APALA-NJ, founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1993, is the largest specialty bar association that collectively represents the interests of Asian and Pacific American lawyers in the State of New Jersey.
According to the Census Bureau, over 650,000 Asian Pacific Americans reside in New Jersey, representing nearly eight percent (8%) of the total population of New Jersey. From 2000-2007, there was a 32% increase in the State's APA population and every county in New Jersey experienced double-digit growth of the Asian Pacific American population during this time period. This trend continues as APAs settle in New Jersey to meet the State's growing demand for a strong workforce that meets the needs of the state's employers.
As the bar association that represents one of the fastest growing minority population in the State, APALA-NJ continues to focus on ensuring greater representation of APA attorneys in various sectors of the legal profession as well as in government and the State's judiciary and embraces the following goals: