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Report: Fewer Asian-Americans hold Top Legal Positions

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Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — When Goodwin Liu was sworn-in as a member of the seven-judge California Supreme Court in 2011, he became the court’s fourth sitting member of Asian descent.

A trend that isn’t seen as commonly nation wide, according to a new study of the country’s top legal positions.

Other state supreme courts across the nation combined have just a handful of Asian-American justices. Additionally, Asian-American representation on other state courts, the federal bench and among the country’s top prosecutorial roles is extremely sparse.

These findings were published in a new study led by Liu and a team of Yale University law students. It provides a portrait of Asian-American members of the legal community, and comes to this conclusion: They are well-represented among the nation’s most respected attorneys, but still absent from some of the nation’s highest posts.

“They have a foot in the door in virtually every sector of the legal profession,” Liu told The Associated Press. “The question now is how wide that door’s going to swing open for them.”

Liu’s parents were doctors who migrated to the U.S. in the late 1960s from Taiwan. None of his surroundings suggested he’d one day have a legal career — his parents stressed the importance of studying math and science. Liu knew no attorneys growing up, and like his parents, nearly became a doctor.

The difference came in the form of the mentorship Liu received. He had two Asian-American role models: U.S. Rep. Bob Matsui and former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh.

Liu became a law professor and associate dean at the University of California, Berkeley, before President Barack Obama nominated him in 2010 for a prestigious federal appeals court seat. His name was even floated as a potential candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, however, Republicans derailed his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Liu was labeled as too liberal and took exception to his outspoken opposition to Samuel Alito’s 2006 appointment to the high court.

Asian-Americans are among the nation’s fastest-growing racial groups and make up more than five percent of the population. They make up an even larger percentage of law school students, with a significant number graduating from top institutions.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Raptors win first ever NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors

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Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) —  The first Canadian team ever to win the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors fought earnestly and took down the NBA’s newest dynasty: the Warriors. The Raptors faced many hurdles in the playoffs, trailing 1-0 against the Magic and 2-0 against the Bucks. They put all of that behind and surged towards a 3-1 start in the Finals, which became increasingly difficult for the Warriors to overcome as they were tackled with injuries.

Kawhi Leonard, the Finals MVP, joined an elite group of players which have won a Finals MVP on two different teams. Among these players are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James, and now Leonard with a Finals MVP with San Antonio and Toronto.

Toronto was filled with star-power, with Fred VanVleet stepping up in the fourth quarter with three-pointers, and Pascal Siakam taking crucial layups in the paint. Kyle Lowry contributed throughout the series, whether rebounds, points, or simply aggression was needed. This lineup, together, took down NBA’s lastest dynasty.

The Warriors, however, put up a worthy fight, staying inches away from winning even with their best player Kevin Durant out and then the sudden loss of Klay Thompson in Game 6. Both teams fought with fervor and passion, with the Raptors inching closer to the Larry O’Brian Trophy as every second on the clock.

Looking Ahead

With the offseason looming, many questions are yet to be answered. Will this Raptors team maintain its core and stay together? If so, will they be able to storm into next season with skillful play? Most likely, yes. After what they have put together, the intention would be to establish themselves as the new NBA dynasty and completely overthrow the Warriors. Nick Nurse won his first championship in his first season coaching the Raptors. With the coach not likely to move, it seems as if the core will stay in place.

The Warriors’ offseason is uncertain, as this aging team has its contracts expiring. Kevin Durant is invariably out for next season after suffering a devastating achilles injury. Will he stay with the Warriors, or will he sign with another team? His injury may influence which team picks him up, as he will be out of commission for the upcoming season. Klay Thompson will become a free agent, but will he stick with the Warriors and his fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry, or lead another team? In addition, players like Andre Iguodala and Shawn Livingston are aging and may not be able to play as much. The Warriors will need to cultivate the young players, like Alfonzo McKinnie, to be successful.

This was the Warriors’ last game in Oracle Arena, as next season, they will be moving to Chase Center in San Francisco. Will they be able to make a championship run there, or will the Raptors emerge victorious again? It all remains unanswered, but for now, the Raptor roars.

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Modi, Jinping meet to deepen India & China ties

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India China ties

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen ties in a number of fields. Modi even tweeted about the meeting in Chinese.

Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal took to the pages of the New York Times in an opinion piece to disclose she once had an abortion. Jayapal said she’s speaking out now because of intensified efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Border Patrol agents believe the body of a child found near the Arizona-Mexico border is a 7 year old girl from India. Agents encountered two women from India who said they had become separated from a woman and two children hours earlier

And the Toronto Raptors became the first NBA team outside of the United States to win a championship, beating the two-time defending Champion Golden State Warriors on their home floor in the final game played at the fabled Oracle Arena 114-110. The game 6 victory was marred by another significant injury to a Warriors player. Klay Thompson tore his ACL and is expected to miss much of next season.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Raptors edge Warriors 114-110 to win 1st NBA Title | 2019 NBA Finals

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Raptors win NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Toronto Raptors claimed their first NBA championship, defeating the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the final game ever played at Oracle Arena, home of the Warriors for 47 seasons.

The 114-110 victory in Game 6 means Toronto is the first team from outside the United States to win an NBA title.

Kawhi Leonard won the 2019 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the third player to earn the honor with multiple teams, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. Leonard previously won the award with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe analyze the Raptors win and how the Warriors not only lost the game and the series, but their superstar Klay Thompson as well.

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