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JACL National Convention Plenary Spotlight: ‘What’s at Stake in 2016?’

By May 10, 2016May 13th, 2016No Comments

LAS VEGAS, NEV. — Join JACL for a special plenary “What’s at Stake in 2016?” at the JACL National Convention. The outcome of the 2016 elections will have deep and profound impact for years to come, not just for Japanese Americans and other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but also for the nation as a whole.

“What’s at Stake in 2016?” will feature the following panelists:

  • David Mermin, partner at Lake Research Partners: Mermin is a renowned pollster and political strategist for the past 20 years. He heads the Lake Research Partners’ Bay Area office. He advises incumbents and challengers, including Rep. Mike Honda and David Chiu of the California State Assembly, at all levels of the electoral process, as well as a wide range of advocacy organizations, independent expenditures, foundations and labor unions. Mermin and his team at LRP also conduct opinion and message research on issues including immigration, voting rights, health care, workplace issues, financial reform and retirement security.
  • Nan Aron, president at Alliance for Justice: Aron, the founder and president of Alliance for Justice, is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal judiciary and citizen participation in public policy. She has appeared as an expert in various media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, Vanity Fair and National Public Radio. Prior to founding AFJ, Aron was a staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Prison Project, where she challenged conditions in state prison systems through lawsuits in federal and state courts. As a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she litigated race and sex discrimination cases against companies and unions in federal and district courts.
  • Tim Storey, director of leaders services at the National Conference of State Legislatures: Storey specializes in elections, redistricting and legislative organization and management. He staffed NCSL’s redistricting and elections committee for more than 20 years and authored numerous articles on redistricting and elections. Every two years, Storey directs NCSL’s effort, State Vote, to collect and analyze state election results. He has also participated in, and led, studies of legislative operations for more than 30 state legislatures and parliaments around the world. Storey has worked with legislatures at NCSL for more than 25 years.

The 2016 JACL National Convention will be held July 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit