Pathways to Partnership Program

Now in it's third year, AABA is pleased to announce it is continuing its highly successful Pathways to Partnership, a mentorship program specifically designed to help talented senior Asian American associates at Bay Area law firms develop a strategy to achieve their goal of becoming a partner.  This program aims to provide Asian American senior associates with specific mentorship and guidance about developing a strategy to make partner at a law firm.  Pathways to Partnership will match senior associates who are in the “zone” of partnership with law firm partner mentors from different firms, as well as in-house counsel mentors, and will assist senior associates in developing a strong business plan, identifying potential obstacles and challenges, and build strategies for the goal of partnership.  This is AABA’s third Pathway to Partnership class, after its prior years have achieved significant success in elevating associates to partner. Two of the participants of last year's class, Anjali Srinivasan from Keker, Van Nest & Peters and Brian Fong from Sheppard Mullin have been elevated to partner. Congratulations Anjali and Brian!

Pathways to Partnership will kick-off with a meeting of all senior associate participants and mentors in the Spring of 2022. Pathways to Partnership will encourage each senior associate to meet one-on-one with their mentors. and provide specific tasks for each senior associate to accomplish, with the guidance and input of their mentors. These tasks will include: (1) development of a business plan, (2) identification of key decision makers at the law firm, (3) identification of key sponsors, both at the law firm and outside, and (4) action items. Pathways to Partnership will also plan joint events to supplement one-on-one meetings. 

Senior associates are invited to apply to Pathways to Partnership by March 7, 2022. Application requirements are:

  • Current résumé.
  • Statement of interest describing why you should be selected for Pathways to Partnership (no more than 500 words in length).
  • Short statement from a partner/shareholder at your current firm stating that you are in the “zone” of partnership.
  • Email all materials in one pdf file to no later than 11:59 PM Pacific on March 7, 2022.
  • Please email any questions to Kelly Matayoshi (, Angel Garrett (, and Irene Yang (

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

P.O. Box 387 San Francisco, CA 94104

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