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Minority Caucus

All voting members who self-identify as a minority can join the AAJ Minority Caucus, a networking group that focuses on membership, fundraising, education, and public service.

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AAJ's Minority Caucus has more than a thousand active and engaged members.  The caucus hosts virtual and in-person events throughout the year, including community service projects and social events at convention, and supports AAJ through membership and fundraising drives.

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Amber M. Pang Parra

Justinian & Associates PLLC San Antonio, TX
IMMEDIATE PAST Chair, Minority Caucus DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRADUATE

Amber represents people who have been injured by pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and dangerous and defective products. She also advocates for veterans in disability proceedings and provides immigration legal services. She is an alumna of the AAJ Leadership Academy and treasures the opportunity to work with and serve the members of the Minority Caucus of AAJ.

2022-2023 Caucus Leadership

  • Chair: Ervin B. Nevitt | Coplan & Crane, Oak Park, IL
  • Chair-Elect: Javier L. Herrera | The Herrera Law Firm, San Antonio, TX
  • Treasurer: Christopher H. Fitzgerald | Law Offices of Christopher H. Fitzgerald, New York, NY
  • Secretary: Bhavani Raveendran | Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Representatives to the AAJ Board of Governors:
    Carla D. Aikens | Carla D. Aikens, PC, Detroit, MI
    Tyler D. Bailey | Bailey Law Firm, LLC, Columbia, SC
    Raymond R. Jones | Law Offices of Raymond R. Jones, Washington, DC
    Sara L. Williams | Alexander Shunnarah Injury Attorneys, PC, Birmingham, AL
  • Representative to the AAJ Executive Committee: Rick Barrera | Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, Albuquerque, NM
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Supporting the Next Generation of Trial Lawyers

Named in honor of AAJ's past-President and first person of color to hold the position, the Minority Caucus's Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented each summer during AAJ's Annual Convention to a minority Law Student member. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is committed to developing strong trial advocacy skills and representing those who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. Congratulations to the 2022 scholarship recipient, Karina Sanchez, a JD-candidate at University of Houston Law Center.

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Caucus Statement

AAJ’s Minority Caucus Executive Board released a statement in response to racial injustice and police brutality. Read the Statement

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Minority Caucus Roundtables

Roundtable a case with your colleagues to gain insight and expertise.

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Committees exist to enhance your membership and your practice, focusing on membership, fundraising, education, and public service.

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This active list server is an excellent resource for questions on experts, cases, and the law. It is also a source for potential referrals.

How do I join the Caucus?

The Minority Caucus is open to all AAJ members who have self-identified as a minority.  If you are interested in joining the caucus, please contact AAJ membership to update you member profile.    Contact AAJ Membership