Members of AAPI MENA Workshop Gathering

OCT 19-21

at CUNY School of Law

Third Annual Workshop for Asian American Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern and North African Women in the Legal Academy

This workshop is aimed at building community and supporting and mentoring women aspiring to enter or who are in the legal academy. The workshop will include a space for workshopping incubators and works in progress, exploring our shared identities and history, and dialoguing about professional development and wellness.


Welcome Reception Celebrating AAPI-MENA Women in Legal Academia

October 19

5:00-6:30 PM EST | CUNY School of Law

Please join us for the kickoff gathering of this 3rd annual workshop to encourage community building, networking, and professional development.


Registration Opens Sept 8 – Oct 5

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2023

This year the Workshop has a $125 registration fee to support the excellent programming. However, for those who either do not have or have exhausted their professional development or travel budgets, no-cost tickets are available now.



Abstracts now due 10/6   |    Complete Presentation Drafts due 10/13

We invite you to present your work to receive valuable feedback from your colleagues. We are holding sessions for Incubators (early-stage projects with 2-3 page final drafts) as well as Works-in-Progress (full drafts of articles). 

Please submit a 200-word-max abstract to with the subject header “Incubator Abstract” or “WIP Abstract” by Friday, October 6. Final drafts for both Incubators and Works-in-Progress should be submitted to the same email address by Friday, October 13. 


Travel Stipends

The Workshop has a limited amount of funds to provide travel assistance to join the Workshop. Priority will be given to those who do not have access to a travel budget at their home institution or organization to attend academic workshops and conferences. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please write to Please state your position, your institution or organization, and your reason for requesting a stipend. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with decisions generally communicated weekly in the order received as long as funding allows.

Getting Here

CUNY Law is located in Queens, just minutes from Manhattan across the East River, by a variety of of cab, train, and bus routes.

GPS Address Location

CUNY School of Law
23-21 44th Drive
Long Island City, NY 11101-4356

Where to Stay

There are many ways to stay in NYC, from Airbnb to local hotels. Aloft Long Island City is waiting to help you make reservations at their hotel very near the Law School.

Aloft Long Island City-Manhattan View
$289 per night block of 15 rooms, available first-come, first-served
27-45 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York, USA, 11101


Share your own successes or those of your peers!

Please send your celebrations and milestones (e.g., tenure, promotion, chairs, awards, honors, administrative positions, etc.) to Together, we will celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the members of this community!

Members of the Planning Committee

Sudha Setty (Dean, CUNY School of Law)

Catherine Y. Kim (Co-Chair) (Brooklyn Law School)

Tanya Pierce (Co-Chair) (Texas A&M University School of Law) 

Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis School of Law)

Zohra Ahmed (University of Georgia School of Law)

Elaine Chiu (St. John’s University School of Law)

Margaret Hu (William & Mary Law School)

Eisha Jain (UNC School of Law)

Joy Kanwar (Brooklyn Law School)

Suzanne Kim (Rutgers Law School)

Donna Lee (CUNY School of Law)

Maya Manian (American University Washington College of Law)

Jyoti Nanda (Golden Gate University School of Law)

Huyen Pham (Texas A&M University School of Law)

Zahr Said (University of Washington School of Law)

Bijal Shah (Boston College Law)

Stephanie Tang (Baylor University School of Law) 


  • CUNY School of Law
  • Boston College Law
  • Penn State Law
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Rutgers Law Center for Gender Justice and the Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • UC Davis School of Law