Name of Professor: Katherine Wilhelm, U.S.-Asia Law Institute
Location of Office and Phone Number: Wilf 508, 212-992-8124
Name of Professor’s Staff Assistant: Stephany Ramos
Nature of Research: Become a student fellow at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI). The
institute offers one currently enrolled NYU Law student the opportunity to work with the Asian
American Scholars Forum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to advance and protect the rights
of Asian Americans and immigrants through policy and legal analysis and research in the
intersections of national security, civil rights, and racial justice. The student will have the status
of a Research Assistant and will work under the joint supervision of USALI Executive Director
Katherine Wilhelm and Asian American Scholars Forum Executive Director Gisela Perez
Kusakawa, an experienced civil rights lawyer.
Possible assignments may include:
➢ Conduct research on proposed legislation to determine areas with potential for negative
impact on Asian Americans and immigrants, and offer recommendations on the
prevention of racial bias and profiling in national security policies.
➢ Conduct research on immigration and racial justice issues faced by Chinese students
such as denial of entry.
➢ Advocate with legislators and executive branch officials to protect and advance the rights
of Asian Americans and immigrants, particularly in the areas of profiling, hate,
surveillance, and racial bias.
➢ Prepare case summaries and memos, and track case developments.
➢ Draft community education materials, coordinate meetings, and conduct outreach.
➢ Assist in organizing a conference to explore the tensions between national security and
Can work be done remotely? Yes.
Qualifications (be specific regarding class level: 1L, 2L, 3L or LL.M.): 2L or higher.
➢ Passion for Asian American civil rights
➢ Interest in the intersection of laws involving immigration, civil rights, national security,
➢ Detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines
➢ Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
Approximate Dates of Employment: September through April, with pauses during exam
periods and holidays. Option to work for academic credit or pay.
Approximate Number of Hours/Week: maximum of 20 hours per week and overall maximum
of 400 hours (20 hours for 20 weeks). Hours must be logged into PeopleSync.
Materials to Submit for Application: Resume, unofficial law school transcript, and cover
letter indicating reasons for interest and highlighting any relevant past research or familiarity
with the subject matter. Send via email to Stephany Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for application: September 15, 2023. Applications will be considered on a rolling
basis so please apply as early as possible.
The U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) is one of America’s preeminent research centers for the
study of law in East Asia. It serves as a bridge between Asia and the United States, fostering
mutual understanding on legal issues and using constructive engagement with our partners to
promote rule of law and human rights. The Institute is funded by institutional grants and gifts to
conduct legal exchange programs, hold conferences and speaker programs, publish research and
analysis, and teach courses about law in Asia.
The Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that
promotes academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all. AASF was founded in
response to heightened anti-Asian sentiments in the U.S. and increasing profiling and racial bias
of Asian Americans and immigrants. We are a leading national voice fighting for the rights of
the Asian American and immigrant scientific and academic community. We represent the
individuals, families, and communities most directly affected by the profiling of Asian American
scientists, researchers, and scholars and unjust prosecutions conducted before and under the now
defunct Department of Justice’s China Initiative.