The ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
The Hon John D Trasviña
We are pleased to share with you that The Hon John D Trasviña has been
named, effective immediately, ICAS Fellow.
John D Trasviña is former Special Counsel, Civil Rights Division, U S
Department of Justice. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed
unanimously by the United States Senate in 1997 to be Special Counsel for
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices. The Office of Special Counsel
was established in 1987 to protect U.S. citizens and other work authorized
individuals from employment discrimination based on immigration status. The
Office litigates claims and educates employees, employers and the general
public on their rights and responsibilities under the law in order to prevent
such discrimination. As Special Counsel, John was the highest ranking Hispanic
attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.
For three and three-quarter years, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney
General for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1987
to 1993, he was counsel to Senator Paul Simon on the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee, the last 3 years as General Counsel and Staff Director to the
Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution. In the Senate and in his previous
post in the Administration, he handled numerous policy areas, including Civil
Rights, Immigration and Judicial Nominations.
A native of San Francisco, John was Deputy City Attorney there from 1983 to
1985 and Legislative Counsel to the Mexican American Legal Defense &
Educational Fund in Washington D.C. from 1985 to 1987.
A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, he is a long time
member of Hispanic and Asian American community organizations including the
D.C. Hispanic Bar Association where he is past president and the Hispanic
National Bar Association where he is past national vice president and regional
president; the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership where he serves
as a member of the board of directors; and the D.C. Commission on Asian and
Pacific Islander Affairs where he was vice chair.
In 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 most
influential Hispanics in the United States. In 2000, he was honored with the
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Award for Excellence in
the Legal Profession and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership's
Distinguished Service Award.
Sang Joo Kim
Sr Fellow & Executive Vice President