The Practice of Law, Mental Health and Community Service: An AAPI Experience

New York City Bar Association · The Practice of Law, Mental Health and Community Service: An AAPI Experience


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On today’s podcast the City Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) hosts a discussion with Lara Gregory, an attorney, activist and community leader. Together with LAP Clinical Coordinator Michele Cuevas (JD, LCSW), Ms. Gregory talks about her roots in the Philippines and in the legal community as well as her experience as an AAPI woman lawyer. Ms. Gregory shared about the activism in support of the AAPI community and against AAPI hate which she has led and participated in, and gave her perspective on the impact of hate crimes on broader communities. She also spoke about the need to speak candidly and openly about women’s health both in the legal profession and beyond.

Lara Gregory is an attorney with over twenty years of experience; recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office of the President of the United States and AmeriCorps; a member of the Hate Crimes Task Force of the National Federation of Filipino Association and Filipino Americans for Racial Action; a member of the AAPI Advisory Board of the Queens district attorney’s office, and much more.

Access a transcript of this episode here: bit.ly/3XcnC8M

00:00 Introduction and Welcome
00:08 Meet Lara Gregory: Attorney and Community Leader
03:22 Lara Gregory’s Motivation to Practice Law
04:40 Involvement with the New York City Bar Association
05:11 Impact of the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Hate
08:01 Overcoming Adversity
11:01 Challenges Faced by Women in Law
16:04 The Importance of Women’s Health
16:51 Addressing Hate Crimes and Community Support
20:34 Conclusion and Acknowledgements