Areas of Interest:Julie A. Su is Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Project. Ms. Su is the Litigation Director at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), an affiliate of the Washington D.C.-based Asian American Justice Center. Ms. Su was one of the leaders in fighting for the freedom of the Thai garment workers who were enslaved for years in an apartment complex in El Monte, California and served as lead counsel in a federal lawsuit against the garment manufacturers and retailers whose clothes they sewed.
Ms. Su was one of six "national leaders" to appear in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's exhibit on sweatshops and is a co-founder of Sweatshop Watch. Ms. Su also litigates to end discrimination and segregation in education and in the workplace. She has represented African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans in cases ranging from a challenge to UC Berkeley's admissions policy to Abercrombie & Fitch's hiring practices. Ms. Su's cases also include representing monolingual Asian consumers defrauded by businesses. Ms. Su was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 2001 and received the 1996 Reebok International Human Rights Award. In 2005, the Daily Journal named her one of the "Top 75 Women Litigators" in California. She has been recognized for her work by the American Lawyer, Ms. magazine, Working Woman, Redbook, Biography magazine and was profiled on the Lifetime Program "Final Justice" and the PBS show "Personal Best." Ms. Su's publications include "Making the Invisible Visible: The Garment Industry's Dirty Laundry" in the University of Iowa Journal on Gender, Race & Justice (Winter 1997-98), "Critical Coalitions," with Eric Yamamoto in Critical Race Theory: An Anthology and "Workers at the Crossfire: Immigration Enforcement to Preserve Capital," in Unfinished Liberation (Joy James, ed. Colorado University Press 1999). Her work has been published in various journals and textbooks, including Social Justice: Professionals, Communities and Law (Martha Mahoney, John O. Calmore, Stephanie M. Wildman 2003). (Cerritos, CA; B.A., Stanford University; J.D., Harvard University)