Richard Konda is one of the founding members of ALA. Richard joined the ALA staff upon his graduation from Santa Clara University School of Law and currently serves as Executive Director. From 1978 through 1994, he was an ALA staff attorney with his primary focus on immigration law. He assisted undocumented immigrants obtain permanent resident status through the Immigration and Control Act of 1986.
Richard was an active participant in the movement to obtain redress and reparations from the U.S. government during World War II and also helped Japanese Americans file their redress claims with the United States government. During his tenure as an ALA staff attorney, Richard conducted hundreds of workshops and presentations on legal rights and responsibilities in the areas of housing law, immigration law, civil rights and consumer issues.
After the tragic shooting of Bich Cau Thi Tran in 2003, he was active in advancing justice for the Tran family. He facilitated the formation of the Coalition for Justice and Accountability that continues to advocate for humane police practices.
Richard has received numerous awards and commendations including recognition by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations, the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the Vietnamese Bar Association of Northern California and Asian Americans for Community Involvement. In 2015, the Santa Clara County Bar Association recognized him as Lawyer of the Year. In 2017, he was awarded the Excellence in Law Award by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.