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F O U N D AT I O N


R E P O RT
    October 2005

    Dear Friends,

    The Board of The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) is very pleased to present you with this NLF Report.

    Since its establishment in 1994, NLF has grown tremendously under the stewardship of former Presidents Linda Mar Weidman,Vivian
    Hsu and Parkin Lee, and through the hard work of many NLF board members. During the past decade, NLF has developed and
    expanded its programs to further its mission of educating and serving Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys and our communities.

    One of our highlights this year was our Inaugural NLF Gala Banquet held in New York City in March.The Gala honored the late Judge
    Thomas Tang of the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit, a champion of individual rights and advocate for the advancement of
    minority attorneys. Judge Tang was instrumental in fostering the establishment and work of NLF and NAPABA, and we are proud to
    have recognized his contributions with the first NLF Achievement Award.

    We continue to work with NAPABA and its leadership to strengthen our organizations and promote and fulfill the needs of the APA
    community. Our commitment to supporting charitable activities and continuing legal education programs to NAPABA members and
    others in the legal community has not wavered as more APA attorneys enter the public and private legal arenas.

    NLF is involved in a number of initiatives and program areas.This activity has increased dramatically over just the past few years.
    Of course, this is due, in large part, to the support we have received from the NAPABA community.

    Without your support, we could not encourage talented and aspiring law students with recognition of their leadership in the APA
    community. Your support has enabled NLF to recognize and encourage the development of talented law students who will be our
    future leaders by expanding the NLF Scholars Program.

    Without your support, we could not provide a forum for, and bring national recognition to, the oral and written advocacy skills
    of some of our best and brightest law students as they grapple with legal issues having a direct and far-reaching impact on our
    community.The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition continues to attract national attention and the involvement of
    many students from all over the country who soon will shape the legal landscape of our communities.

    Without your support, we could not provide practical experience to those young attorneys who have a passion for public service
    and the fight for the protection of human and civil rights for our community. During the past few years, we have been fortunate
    to receive generous funding to expand our programs to establish fellowships, including the NAPABA Partners Community Law
    Fellowship and the Robert M.Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship. Recently, the Diane C.Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
    was established, enabling other young APA attorneys to pursue careers in public interest areas.

    NLF is about commitment, community, scholarship, education and diversity. As you review this Report, we hope that you are as
    impressed and inspired by the achievements of the NLF Scholars and Fellows as we are and by their desire to serve our community.
    We encourage you to continue your commitment to the Foundation’s mission so that we may continue to expand our programs and
    continue to achieve our goals. We all benefit from your support and extend our grateful appreciation for your commitment to the
    goals and work of NLF.

    Warmest regards,




    Nancy P. Lee                Sylvia Fung Chin
    President, 2004-05          President, 2005-06




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     NAPABA Law Foundation
     Board Of Directors 2004-2005

     Nancy P. Lee, NLF President
     McDonough Holland & Allen PC
     Sacramento, CA
     Sylvia Fung Chin, NLF President-Elect
     White & Case LLP
     New York, NY
     Vivian Hsu, NLF Vice President
     Hsu & Associates LLC
     Needham, MA
     Helen B. Kim, NLF Secretary
     Baker & Hostetler LLP
     Los Angeles, CA
     Gary H.Yoshimura, NLF Treasurer
     Office of Gary H.Yoshimura, CPA
     Santa Barbara, CA
     William Choi, NLF Director
     Rodriguez, Horii & Choi LLP
     Los Angeles, CA
     Parkin Lee, NLF Director
     New York Life Investment Management
     New York, NY
     Judge Alvin T.Wong, NLF Director
     State Court of Dekalb County
     Decatur, GA
     Philip Wong, NLF Director
     Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament &
     Rubenstein, PC
     Chicago, IL
     Michael P. Chu, NAPABA President
     Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
     Chicago, IL
     Amy Lin Meyerson, NAPABA President-Elect
     Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson
     Weston, CT
     Phillip P. Shinn, NAPABA VP Finance &
     Development
     Thornton,Taylor, Becker & Shinn, LLP
     San Francisco, CA



     NLF Presidents
     1994-1996      Linda Mar Weidman
     1996-1999      Vivian Hsu
     1999-2004      Parkin Lee
     2004-2005      Nancy Lee
     2005-2006      Sylvia Fung Chin




N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N   R E P O R T   3
    About the NAPABA Law Foundation
    The NAPABA Law Foundation was established in 1994 to promote
    the educational and charitable activities of local Asian Pacific American
    bar groups and individual Asian Pacific American attorneys across the
    nation.The NAPABA Law Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and
    educational affiliate of NAPABA that is tax exempt under IRC Section
    501(c)(3). Contributions to the NAPABA Law Foundation are tax
    deductible to the full extent permitted by law.




    Goals of the NAPABA Law Foundation                                          About NAPABA
    • Award national legal scholarships and public interest                     The National Pacific Asian Bar Association is a non-profit,
      internships aimed at serving the Asian Pacific American                   non-partisan, professional organization, created in 1988 and
      community.                                                                incorporated in 1989. NAPABA represents the interests of over
    • Educate the legal profession regarding the needs of the Asian             40,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) lawyers across the country.
      Pacific Americans, particularly of recent immigrants, crime               NAPABA is an umbrella organization comprised of over 40 local
      victims, and the poor.                                                    APA affiliates and some individual members. NAPABA also
                                                                                includes APA attorneys who practice abroad. NAPABA not
    • Assist and educate the Asian Pacific American community                   only advances the professional needs of its membership, but
      regarding legal rights and resources.                                     also provides leadership and advocacy for the legal needs and
    • Sponsor the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition.                  interests of the APA community at large.
    • Provide a national network and clearinghouse of information
      and materials to assist pro bono activities of Asian Pacific              Through its Executive Director, Board, Committees and staff,
      American attorneys.                                                       NAPABA is at the forefront of national and local issues.
                                                                                NAPABA’s presence in Washington, D.C. cannot be understated.
    NLF Mission Statement                                                       NAPABA takes an active role in meeting with officials, members
                                                                                of various Presidential appointment committees, the Attorney
    To Educate • To Serve                                                       General and Congressional leaders to provide input on
        APA Lawyers                                                             legislation and advocate the appointment of APA’s to high level
        APA Communities                                                         positions in the federal government and to the federal judiciary.

                                                                                NAPABA monitors legislative developments and judicial
    In furtherance of its mission, the NLF:                                     appointments, files amicus briefs and promotes APA political
                                                                                leadership. NAPABA also advocates for equal opportunity in
    • Provides financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law               education and in the workplaces, works to eliminate hate crimes
      students who have demonstrated academic excellence and                    and anti-immigrant sentiment and legislation, and builds coalitions
      social leadership.                                                        on issues with others in the legal and APA communities.
    • Supports the development of internships and fellowships in the
      areas of public interest and community service relating                   NAPABA Mission Statement
      to the Asian Pacific American community.
                                                                                We are the national voice for the Asian Pacific American
    • Assists in the conducting of legal scholarship and education              legal profession.
      with respect to legal issues affecting the Asian Pacific American
      community.                                                                We promote justice, equity and opportunity for
                                                                                Asian Pacific Americans.
    • Develops and supports programs to educate the legal
      profession and Asian Pacific American communities about legal             We foster professional development, legal scholarship,
      issues affecting those communities.                                       advocacy and community involvement.

    The NAPABA Law Foundation Programs
    The NAPABA Law Foundation has established a number of
    scholarship and fellowship programs that serve the Asian Pacific
    American community.These programs have helped countless
    Asian Pacific American law students make significant differences
    in their communities and in society as a whole.




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The Thomas Tang National
Moot Court Competition
The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition was established
in 1993 by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association of
the South Texas College of Law in Houston,Texas. Since 1995, the
Competition has been sponsored by the NAPABA Law Foundation,
with assistance from the NAPABA Judicial Council.



The Competition honors the late Judge                                 Directors of the Thomas Tang
Thomas Tang, a champion of individual                                 National Moot Court Competition
rights, an advocate for the advancement
of minority attorneys, and an ardent                                  “As a participant and a Co-Chair,
supporter of NAPABA and the Moot                                      the Thomas Tang Moot Court
Court Competition. Judge Tang served                                  Competition has given me the
on the United States Ninth Circuit Court                              opportunity to learn about some
of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in                             of the most powerful tools in and
1995. Dr. Pearl Tang, Judge Tang’s wife, continues the                beyond the legal profession: unity,
legacy and participates in the Competition every year.                civility, professionalism, sportsmanship,
                                                                      and teamwork, among others.The
                                                                      Competition has made the world
                                  The Competition is open to          smaller for me by giving me the
                                  all students but is especially      opportunity to meet people I would
                                  designed to reach out to            never have had the chance to meet –
                                  APA law students and provide
                                                                      and forge some friendships I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
                                  them with an opportunity
                                  to showcase their writing           Truda Chow
                                  and oral advocacy skills and        Moot Court Competitor
compete for scholarships totaling $10,000, which are generously       and 2003-2005 Co-Director
sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Awards and scholarships are
presented to the winning and finalist teams, and for best brief and
                                                                      1995      Lucy Hojo Denson &
best oralist.
                                                                                Professor Margaret Y.K.Woo
                                                                      1996      Lucy Hojo Denson
Each year, teams of two students
                                                                      1997-1999 Lisa Chang
compete in six regions through-
out the country.The two finalists                                     2000-2002 Judge Eileen Kato & Michael Cho
from each region advance to                                           2003-2005 Judge Alvin T.Wong & Truda Chow
the national competition at the
annual NAPABA convention. In
2004, 71 teams participated,
adding to the Competition’s tradition of excellence.The final
round in Dallas,Texas was argued in the original courtroom
of the Jack Ruby trial. Hearing arguments were Judge Patrick E.
Higginbotham of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,
Judge Denny Chin of the District Court of the Eastern District
of New York and Chief Justice Linda Thomas of the 5th District
Court of Appeals,Texas.

                                 In 2003, 77 teams competed.
                                 The final round was held in the
                                 historic Hawaii Supreme Court
                                 in Honolulu. Chief Justice
                                 Ronald T.M. Moon and Justice
                                 Paula Nakayama of the Hawaii
                                 Supreme Court, Justice Ming
Chin of the California Supreme Court, Federal District Court
Judge Susan Oki Mollway of Hawaii and Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals Judge Richard Clifton presided.                               o The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
                                                                        The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
                                                                        NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                        Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                                        Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                                        NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW   F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T                   Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                    5
                                                                        Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
    Recipients                                                      Finalists
                                                                    JACK CHEN AND JENNY HSIEH
    2004
                                                                    University of California - Hastings School of Law
    Champions
    BONNIE LAU AND MERVYN DEGANOS                                   Best Oralist
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law           JACK CHEN
                                                                    University of California – Hastings School of Law
    Finalists
    VALERIE GARCIA AND ZHENG LU                                     Best Brief
    Chicago - Kent College of Law                                   JACK CHEN AND JENNY HSIEH
                                                                    University of California, Hastings School of Law
    Best Oralist
    ANNA MERCADO                                                    JONATHAN YEH AND AHN NGUYEN
    Fordham University School of Law                                Seattle University School of Law
    Best Brief                                                      2000
    JULIE WONG AND SHULAMITE SHEN                                   Champions
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law           EMMY WANG AND ALISON OZAWA
                                                                    Loyola University - Chicago School of Law
    2003
    CHAMPIONS                                                       Finalists
    JULIE KILEY AND CINDY NGUYEN                                    DOUGLAS GREGORY BLANKENSHIP AND
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law                         JENNIFER PIEL
                                                                    University of Washington Law School
    Finalists
    STEVEN MASADA AND BENJAMIN                                      Best Oralist
    VANDENBERGHE                                                    JENNIFER PIEL
    University of Washington School of Law                          University of Washington Law School
    Best Oralist                                                    Best Brief
    BENJAMIN VANDENBERGHE                                           EMMY WANG AND ALISON OZAWA
    University of Washington School of Law                          Loyola University - Chicago School of Law
    Best Brief                                                      1999
    CINDY NGUYEN AND JULEY KILEY                                    Champions
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law                         ESTHER HONG AND STACY BARDO
                                                                    Loyola University - Chicago School of Law
    2002
    CHAMPIONS                                                       Finalists
    BRADLEY HARPER AND STEVE KLEIN                                  RAIMUNDO ARUAJO AND AMY PEREZ
    University of Florida Levin College of Law                      University of Florida
    Finalists                                                       Best Oralist
    TABITHA HASIN AND ANDREA CURL                                   STACY BARDO
    Nova Southeastern University Law School                         Loyola University - Chicago School of Law
    Best Oralist                                                    Best Brief
    ANDREA CURL                                                     STACY BARDO AND ESTHER HONG
    Nova Southeastern University Law School                         Loyola University – Chicago School of Law
    Best Brief                                                      1998
    BRADLEY HARPER AND STEVE KLEIN                                  Champions
    University of Florida Levin College of Law                      SANDRA T. M. CHONG AND ROCHELLE HAO
                                                                    University of California – Davis School of Law
    2001
                                                                    Finalists
    Champions
                                                                    THEODORE ANGELIS AND
    ZARIN KAHN AND SUSAN DANIAL                                     AHILAN ARULANANTHAM
    Loyola University - Chicago School of Law                       Yale Law School
                                                                    Best Oralist
    o The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition               THEODORE ANGELIS
      The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
      NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                    Yale Law School
      Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
      Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
      NLF Scholarships
6     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                              N A PA B A   L AW       F O U N D AT I O N   R E P O R T
      Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
Best Brief                                              The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment
STACY KUBERT AND J. AARON JENSEN
Loyola University – Chicago School of Law
                                                        Assistance Program
                                                        The Diane C.Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program was established
1997                                                    in 2004 by a generous gift to the Foundation from Diane C.Yu, Chief
Champions                                               of Staff and Deputy to the President of New York University.
KRISTIN CORL AND GRACE WEE
Loyola University - Chicago
                                                        The NAPABA Law Foundation
Finalists                                               recognizes that entering
GREG ANANTHASANE AND RUPAL VAISHNAV                     public interest service is
Georgia State University                                often impossible for graduates
Best Oralist                                            repaying large educational
                                                        debts and adhering to
TIM YOSEF                                               standard loan repayment
South Texas College of Law                              schedules.The Diane C.Yu
Best Brief                                              Loan Repayment Assistance
CHARLES LOCKWOOD AND ALYSON LEWIS                       Program (DCYLRAP) is
Hastings College of Law                                 designed to facilitate the
                                                        contribution of talented
1996                                                    candidates at the National
                                                        Asian Pacific Legal Consortium (NAPALC) and its affiliates
Champions                                               who serve the public interest. Consistent with the other
RENA ABBSI AND SHEHNAZ MANSURI                          LRAPs for public service, the DCYLRAP seeks to ease the
Loyola University - Chicago                             debt burdens incurred during law school for graduates who
Finalists                                               choose to work at NAPALC or its affiliates. Support for the
                                                        DCYLRAP will make public interest law work a more viable
TONY CHENG AND MY HYUNH
                                                        career option for law graduates and infuse NAPALC and its
University of California School of Law, Davis
                                                        affiliates with new talent, vigor and leadership.
Best Oralist        (tied)
RENA ABBASI                                             The 2004 Diane Yu LRAP was awarded to Minah Park, Loyola
Loyola University - Chicago                             law School, Los Angeles-Class of 2002. She works at the Asian
                                                        Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. Minah is also a
TIM YOSEF                                               recipient of a Judge Robert M.Takasugi Fellowship for Public
South Texas College of Law                              Interest Law.
Best Brief
TONY CHENG AND MY HYUNH
University of California School of Law, Davis

1995
Champions
ADITI DRAVID, BONNI RICHARDSON
AND KIRTI VAIDYA,
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Finalists
IRIS FEROSIE AND IRAJ NAMINI
John Marshall Law School
Best Oralist
NANCY DUHON
Emory University School of Law
Best Brief
ADITI DRAVID, BONNI RICHARDSON
AND KIRTI VAIDYA
University of Oklahoma College of Law

                                                        o The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
                                                        o The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
                                                          NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                          Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                          Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                          NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW   F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                    7
                                                          Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
    NAPABA Partners Community
    Law Fellowship
    The NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship Program, established
    by a generous gift from Paul W. Lee of Goodwin Procter LLP to the
    NAPABA Law Foundation, was launched in 2004 to address the short-
    age of attorneys working on behalf of Asian Pacific American popula-
    tions and to develop public interest law leaders of the future, whether
    they continue to work in the nonprofit arena or become pro bono
    advocates in the private bar.

    Public policy plays a dramatic role in Asian Pacific American                                  JULIET K. CHOI
    communities. From voting rights to immigration policy to                                       Juliet Choi was awarded the 2004-2006 NAPABA Partners
    language access, issues of importance to Asia Pacific Americans                                Community Law Fellowship. A certified mediator, Juliet served as
    are decided upon in the highest corridors of power: Capitol Hill,                              a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney of the
    the Supreme Court and the White House. All too often, Asian                                    Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland from 2003 - 2004.
    Pacific Americans are underrepresented in the ranks of                                         She received her law school’s Alumni Association Award as the
    advocates, policy makers and lawyers who make the decisions                                    graduating student deemed by the faculty to have contributed
    that affect their communities.                                                                 most largely to the law school through the qualities of character
                                                                                                   and leadership.
    Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys
    from practicing public interest law, including the shortage of                                 In 2002, Juliet was first recognized as an Asian Pacific American
    entry-level jobs, the NAPABA Partners Community Law                                            Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) Fellow for her work with
    Fellowship was conceived by Paul Lee to provide an opportunity                                 the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s
    for a new attorney to gain substantive experience during the                                   Civil Rights Division and then as an Anheuser-Busch NLF
    two-year fellowship period.                                                                    Presidential Scholar. Juliet is a graduate of the University of
                                                                                                   Maryland School of Law and received her B.A. in Economics from
    The 2004-2006 NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship                                         the University of Virginia.
    was awarded to Juliet K. Choi. Ms. Choi joined the staff of the
    National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium to work on lan-
    guage rights and access projects focused on three primary areas:
                                                                                                   “To try to make a difference and
    • Access to justice and legal services                                                         provide a voice for individuals
    • Ensuring services to limited English proficient individuals,                                 who are marginalized has always
      with an emphasis on access to healthcare
                                                                                                   been a passion of mine, and this
    • Advocating against federal, state, and local English-only
      initiatives.                                                                                 fellowship provides a vehicle to do
                                                                                                   just that. To be able to serve the
    NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship                                                       greater APA community as the
    2004-2005 Donors                                                NLF Presidents
                                                                                                   Community Law Fellow is indeed a special honor, and
                                                                    1994-1996 Linda Mar Weidman
    NAPABA Presidents
                                                                    1996-1999 Vivian Hsu           I am incredibly grateful for this unique opportunity.”
    1989-1990 Hoyt Zia
                                                                    1999-2004 Parkin Lee
    1990-1991 Harry Gee
    1991-1992 Peggy Nagae
                                                                    2004-2005 Nancy Lee            Korematsu Fellowship
                                                                    2005-2006 Sylvia Fung Chin     The NAPABA Law Foundation established the Korematsu
    1992-1993 Bill Hou
    1993-1994 Brian Sun                                                                            Fellowship to honor the courage and memory of Fred
                                                                    Other Donors
    1994-1995 Nancy Lee                                                                            Korematsu, who challenged the internment of Japanese-
                                                                    Larry Barocas
    1995-1996 Paul Lee                                                                             Americans during World War II and ultimately succeeded
                                                                    Cedric Chao
    1996-1997 Paul Chan
                                                                    Hon. Denny Chin
                                                                                                   in having the internment found to have been based on false
    1997-1998 Margie Fujioka                                                                       testimony by government officials.
                                                                    Kevin Fong
    1998-1999 Peter Suzuki
                                                                    Bruce Ishimatsu
    1999-2000 Laura Kingsley Hong
                                                                    Dale Minami                    By establishing the Korematsu Fellowship,
    2000-2001 Howard Halm
                                                                    Margaret Wong                  the Foundation seeks to:
    2001-2002 Lisa Chang
                                                                    Stanley Young                  • Honor the courage and principles represented by
    2002-2003 Ruthe Ashley
                                                                    David Biderman
    2003-2004 John Yang                                                                              Fred Korematsu
                                                                    Nicholas Chen
    2004-2005 Michael Chu                                                                          • Maintain the memory of the sacrifices of Fred Korematsu and
                                                                    Benjamin Lumicao
    2005-2006 Amy Lin Meyerson                                                                       his generation and the injustice imposed upon them so that no
                                                                    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
                                                                    Gary Yoshimura & Sandra Chan     one else is subjected to such an experience again
      The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
      The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program             Sandra Yamate                  • Support the efforts of those who are continuing the fight for
    o NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship                                                       civil rights and equality in this country.
      Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
      Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
      NLF Scholarships
8     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                                             N A PA B A    L AW    F O U N D AT I O N      R E P O R T
      Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
Judge Robert M. Takasugi
Fellowship for Public Interest Law
The Foundation sponsors the Robert M.Takasugi Public Interest
Fellowship program which was established in 1999 by the legal
community, including former externs and law clerks of the Honorable
Robert M.Takasugi, Senior Federal Judge in the Central District of
California.The Fellowship was created to honor Judge Takasugi and
to continue his vision of equal justice and equal treatment for women
and minorities.

Each year, two Fellows are selected from across the nation and
given awards to fund their summer legal work for the public
interest. One Fellow is selected to work in the San Francisco Bay       “It was an honor receiving a fellowship
area and another Fellow is selected to work in the Greater Los          in the name of Judge Takasugi, who
Angeles metropolitan area. In years past, Fellows have worked in        has been a leader in promoting solidarity
exciting and challenging capacities in organizations such as the
Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, the Lawyers’ Committee for           among communities of color. In an
Civil Rights in San Francisco, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los          environment where funding for
Angeles and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.                               promoting public interest was scarce,
                                                                        the Fellowship provided me an opportunity to continue serving
Recipients                                                              the poor and disadvantaged and pursuing my aspirations to
                                                                        become a social justice attorney.”
2003
AVANTIKA SHASTRI                                                        Minah Park, recipient of a Takasugi Fellowship and the
The Robert M.Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship allowed                Diane C.Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program.
Avantika to spend her second-year summer at Asian Pacific
Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco, where she provided
free and low-cost legal services to the Asian and Asian American
                                                                        KATHLEEN PARK
communities. She spent her third year at Harvard Law School,            Stanford University School of Law
as one of five students selected from each school for the               Class of 2002
Harvard-Boalt Exchange Program.Avantika graduated from Boalt
Hall in May 2004 and became a member of the State Bar of
California in December 2004. She is currently working at Van Der        2000
Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, an immigration law firm in San
Francisco, focusing primarily on removal defense and litigation.        DO HYUNG KIM
                                                                        As a student at UCLA School of Law, where he graduated in
                                                                        2002, the Takasugi Fellowship supported Do’s summer internship
                                                                        with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Currently, he is a civil
2001                                                                    rights attorney at Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris &
MINAH PARK                                                              Hoffman LLP, specializing in employment discrimination, harass-
Minah is a staff attorney at the Asian Pacific American Legal           ment, retaliation, and police/prison abuse cases. Do is also board
Center of Southern California (APALC). She currently works              president of The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership, a nonprofit
in the Workers’ Right Unit of APALC representing low-wage               based out of Koreatown, Los Angeles which trains young people
workers in the garment industry against employers in a struggle         to take proactive steps toward improving and enriching the
to end sweatshops. She also was involved with a coalition of            quality of life in their communities.
civil rights organizations as co-counsel in Gonzalez et al. v.
Abercrombie & Fitch, Co. et al., a class action employment              REBECCA YEE
discrimination lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest retailers,
                                                                        UCLA School of Law
which resulted in a settlement of over $40 million. Minah has
worked as an advocate for the poor and disadvantaged for                Class of 2001
several years. She received her law degree from Loyola Law
School in Los Angeles in 2002 and her undergraduate degree              HAYNE YOON
in English with a minor in Asian American Studies from the              New York University School of Law
University of California, Irvine. She joined APALC as a Loyola Law      Class of 2001
School Post-Graduate Fellow in Public Interest Law in 2002.
Prior to law school, she worked as the Program and Community
Affairs Coordinator for the Korean American Coalition in Los
Angeles where she worked closely with legislators and other               The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
community advocates to further immigrant welfare, voting rights           The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
and leadership development among young college students.                  NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                        o Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                                          Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                                          NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N     R E P O R T                   Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                   9
                                                                          Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
     Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential
     Scholarships
     Since 1995, the NLF has received an annual grant from
     Anheuser-Busch, Inc. to award two Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential
     Scholarships to law students who demonstrate outstanding leadership
     potential to serve the APA community. Each yaer, NLF, in consultation
     with the NAPABA president, uses this criteria to select recipients from
     all scholarship applicants.



                                                                               historical research on Chinese school segregation in the South
                                                                               surrounding the Gong Lum v. Rice case of 1927. Lee gave a keynote
                                    “Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and its family       address launching the Voices of Civil Rights Project in Washington,
                                    of wholesalers are pleased to be the       D.C. as a future voice of civil rights and she is a former APAICS
                                    sponsor for the Thomas Tang National       (Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies) Daniel
                                                                               K. Inouye Fellow with the Smithsonian Institute Asian Pacific
                                    Moot Court competition and supporter       American Studies Program. Lee received her B.A. in Japanese
      of the Anheuser-Busch NAPABA Law Foundation Presidential                 Studies and Economics from Wellesley College and a M.A. in East
      Scholars each year since 1996. Our commitment to supporting leader-      Asian studies from Harvard University.
      ship development through the National Asian Pacific American Bar
      Association has been key to recognizing and nurturing the new leaders
      in the Asian Pacific American communities. We appreciate our             2003
      long-standing partnership with NAPABA and the NAPABA                     MING HSU CHEN
                                                                               At New York University Law School, where she graduated in
      Law Foundation and look forward to continuing to work together to        2004, Ming was on the Executive Board and a Senior Editor of
      produce the best and brightest of the next generation.”                  the NYU Law Review, a Robert McKay Scholar, and actively
                                                                               involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students
      David L. Kim, Director, Asian Marketing & Community Relations,           Association and the Asian American Bar Association of New
      Anheuser-Busch, Inc.                                                     York. She clerked with the Equal Employment Opportunity
                                                                               Commission and interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund,
                                                                               as well as the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium.
                                                                               She also interned at the Asian Pacific American Institute for
      Recipients                                                               Congressional Studies (APAICS), working with the Department
                                                                               of Justice Community Relations Service.
      2004
      JAE-JUIN JARED HO                                                        KRISTINE MINAMI
      Jae-Juin graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors            Kristine has been the Director for Public Affairs for the Japanese
      B.S. in Finance and is pursuing his J.D. at Brooklyn Law School,         American Citizens League since 1999. In this role, she was involved
      Class of 2007. Prior to attending Brooklyn Law School, he served         in having a school in the Washington, D.C. area named in honor of
      as the project director for the Utah Commission on Racial and            the late former Senator Spark Matsunaga (D-HI), naming the
      Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System.There,       Seattle federal courthouse for the late Private First Class William
      he worked with public and private legal entities to conduct              Nakamura, the renaming of Chinks Peak in Idaho, and the appoint-
      research and implement systematic improvements for the fairness          ment of Stuart Ishimaru to the Equal Employment Opportunity
      of minority and under-represented communities.                           Commission. She is also a Production Assistant for a local APA
                                                                               cable show, Ginny’s Where East Meets West, and has worked for
      JULIANNA LEE                                                             the Japan Society in New York and the Asia Foundation in
      Julianna is a law fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center in         Washington, D.C. Kristine currently attends Georgetown
      Montgomery, Alabama. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of         University Law Center where she will graduate in 2006.
      Michigan Law School, where she was involved with the Asian Pacific
      American Law Students Association (APALSA) and the Michigan
      Journal of International Law. She has interned with the National         2002
      Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC) working on              JULIET CHOI
      hate crimes and race relations legislation as well as conducting
                                                                               Juliet spent seven years in broadcasting before pursuing her legal
                                                                               education and embarking on a career in advocacy for at-risk chil-
                                                                               dren. Among other activities, she has worked with the National
        The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition                        Mental Health Association, the Federal Center for Mental Health
        The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program                      Services, and the child mental health division of Contra
        NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                               Costa County, California, Montgomery County, Maryland
        Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
      o Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
        NLF Scholarships
10      Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                       N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T
        Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
and Delaware. She worked as a summer clerk with the                                                                racial justice
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, the American                                                         issues. She has
Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and the National                                                          an M.A. in
Asian Pacific American Consortium and is a former president                                                        public policy
of her school’s APALSA. Juliet graduated from the University                                                       from Harvard
of Maryland School of Law in 2003.                                                                                 University and is
                                                                                                                   a Public Interest
CHRISTOPHER PUNONGBAYAN                                                                                            Law Scholar at
                                                                                                                   Georgetown
A graduate of Brown University, Christopher has been active
                                                                                                                   University. After
in numerous community and legal organizations. He has
                                                                                                                   earning her law
performed immigration work with San Fernando Valley
                                                                    degree in 2003, Diana joined the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee
Neighborhood Legal Services where he assisted undocumented
                                                                    for Civil Rights as a 2003-05 Equal Justice Works Fellow.
battered women apply for relief under VAWA and the Catholic
Legal Immigration Network. He also provided legal advocacy for
INS detainees. Christopher is a member and supporter of three       MICHELLE TONG
grassroots organizations: Filipino Civil Rights Advocates, the      Michelle has been a strong advocate for Asian Pacific Americans
Southeast Asian Freedom Network and Q-Team, a gay youth of          through her work as an intern with the Asian Law Alliance while
color social justice organization. Christopher graduated from the   in college, and as a paralegal for three years with the Asian Law
University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 2004.         Caucus. In these positions, she has assisted Asian immigrants
                                                                    with the issues involving immigration, employment rights, domes-
                                                                    tic violence, housing and civil rights.At the McGeorge School of
                                                                    Law, where she graduated in 2001, Michelle was a member and
2001                                                                leader of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association,
ANGELA OKAMURA                                                      the Unity Board and the Black Law Students Association.
Angela has a long history of involvement and leadership in the
APA communities.While at UC Davis, she formed the Asian
Pacific Political Association. She also was a planning board
member and volunteer chair of the Japanese Cultural Club,           1999
a planning board member of the Asian Pacific Islander               MARIJU BOFILL
Conference at UC Davis, and a founding member and chief             Mariju is a first generation Filipino American whose parents
editor of the newsletter of the Asian American Student              immigrated to this country in 1969 and settled in southern
Association at Cal State Sacramento. For the last several           West Virginia. She received her B.A. in Political Science from
years she has been working as a research associate at               Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky where she
UC San Francisco. Angela graduated in 2004 from the                 graduated magna cum laude.While at Transylvania, she was
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.                  honored as the 1996 Filipino American Leader of Tomorrow.
                                                                    Mariju was a summer coordinator for the Asian Pacific
ERIN OSHIRO                                                         American Legal Research Center in Washington D.C. She
                                                                    worked for Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV) and the
Prior to attending the University of California Los Angeles,
                                                                    Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and was a writing
School of Law, where she graduated in 2004, Erin was a Judicial
                                                                    tutor for the Legal Methods Program at Washington College
Administration Fellow with Cal State Sacramento.While an
                                                                    of Law, from which she graduated in 2001.
undergraduate, she worked as an intern with the Asian Pacific
American Legal Center in Los Angeles where she was respon-
sible for workshops to provide low-income workers, primarily        JIHEE GILLIAN SUH
Chinese and Latino, with information about their employment         Jihee is a 2002 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center
rights. She played an important role in the historic Thai           and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University where
garment workers’ case and was recognized for her efforts            she majored in Government.At Harvard, she received the John
and leadership by APALC, which presented her with their             Harvard College Scholarship and the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz
Annual Pro Bono award in 1999.                                      award for academic achievement of highest distinction. Jihee was
                                                                    Director of the English as Second Language tutoring program
                                                                    for Southeast Asian refugee children, and on the Executive Board
                                                                    of the Women’s Leadership Conference. Upon graduating from
2000                                                                Harvard, Jihee was selected to be a New York City Urban
DIANA MAY LIN                                                       Fellow and worked with the New York City Administration for
As a student at Pomona College, Diana worked to establish           Children’s Services where she became Special Assistant to the
an Asian American Student Resource Center and convinced             Deputy Commissioner of Child Protection.
the school to hire its first full-time Asian American Studies
professor. She continued her advocacy on issues affecting
Asian Americans for Equality as a Legislative Correspondent
for Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and at the Ford Foundation
where she was a program associate for immigrant rights and
                                                                       1998 Tang National Moot Court Competition
                                                                       The Thomas
                                                                      The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
                                                                      NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                      Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                                    o Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                                      NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW   F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T                 Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                  11
                                                                      Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
     JOHN HAYAKAWA TOROK                                                   1996
     John received his J.D. in 2001 from Columbia University Law           GREGORY CHEN
     School, where he is a candidate for a Doctorate of the Science        Gregory is a staff attorney with Legal Services for Children
     of Law. He is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander            (LSC), a non-profit law firm that provides free legal representa-
     Coalition on HIV/AIDS and is frequently a panel speaker on            tion for minors in several areas of law, including juvenile depend-
     issues involving legal matters concerning the Asian American          ency, legal guardianship, school discipline and immigration.
     community. John has won numerous awards and fellowships over          Gregory is also LSC’s lead attorney for the San Francisco
     the years, but he has never underestimated what the Anheuser-         Detained Immigrant Children’s Project, which represents children
     Busch NLF Presidential scholarship has done for him: “the finan-      detained by the INS in immigration proceedings. A graduate of
     cial support for my graduate legal studies in American legal histo-   Harvard University and New York University School of Law, from
     ry, and the recognition of my work a part of the Asian Pacific        which he graduated in 1997, Gregory clerked for the Honorable
     American Law Students Association campaign for Asian American         Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of
     Legal Curriculum and Asian American Law faculty hiring were           Appeals. He is the author of Youth Curfews:The Trilogy of
     most helpful and gratifying.” John also received an NLF               Parent, Child and State Relations, published in the New York
     Scholarship in 1996.                                                  University Law Review and Elian or Alien: the Contradictions of
                                                                           Protecting Undocumented Children under the Special Immigrant
     REBECCA YEE                                                           Juvenile Statute, in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.
     Rebecca is an attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los
     Angeles and continues to be very active in the community. She         VIDA GOSRISIRIKUL
     has a long history of social justice work with marginalized com-      Vida is a shareholder of the law firm D’Souza & Gosrisirikul, Ltd.
     munities of color.While at UCLA School of Law, from which she         She concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, corpo-
     graduated in 2001, she was the co-chair of the Asian Pacific          rate and immigration. Before forming the firm, she served on the
     Islander Law Students Association. She also was awarded multiple      staff of the Honorable Donald P. O’Connell, Chief Judge of the
     scholarships to work at various public interest organizations,        Circuit Court of Cook County.Vida served as a NAPABA
     such as Public Advocates, California Women’s Law Center, Asian        Regional Governor from 2000 to 2002 and also served as imme-
     Pacific American Legal Center and Legal Aid Foundation of Los         diate past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the
     Angeles.                                                              Greater Chicago Area.Vida continues to support students on
                                                                           campus and in March, 2003, returned to the University of Illinois
                                                                           College of Law to serve as a keynote speaker for the Unseen
                                                                           Unheard activism conference. She received her J.D. in 1997.
     1997
     GRACE AN-LI LOU
     After working a few years in the law field, Grace plans to start a
     non-profit organization, which will develop leadership skills in
     Asian American youth. She graduated Georgetown University
     Law Center in 2000.While an undergraduate student at
     Northwestern University, Grace served as the president of the
     Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB), the Asian American
     student union that promotes awareness of Asian Pacific American
     social, political, and educational issues.

     VICTORIA WONG
     Victoria would like to lead an organization that promotes the         “I first heard about NAPABA through the NAPABA Scholar
     rights of Asian Americans and other communities of color,             program. Not having an Asian American attorney role model when
     particularly in the areas of economic development, housing and
     education. She graduated from the University of California            I was growing up, nor even any attorney role model for that matter,
     Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1999.Victoria became the        it was encouraging to know that there was a group of Asian American
     Public Policy Coordinator at Asian American for Equality, a           attorneys interested in mentoring and supporting law students.”
     community-based organization in New York’s Chinatown.There,
     she advocated for housing and economic development policies           Vida Gosrisirikul, recipient of the Anheuser-Busch NLF
     to benefit Asian Americans. She also participated in the Coro         Presidential Scholarship, University of Illinois College
     Fellows Program, a public policy leadership-training program,         of Law, 1997.
     where she had the chance to observe how non-profit, private
     and public sector institutions impact public policy.




       The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
       The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
       NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
       Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
     o Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
       NLF Scholarships
12     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                    N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T
       Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
NLF Scholarships
For many years,The Coca-Cola Company and Mercedes-Benz USA
have made significant contributions to the NLF Scholarship program.
These funds have enabled the Foundation to further its goals
of providing financial assistance to law students who have
demonstrated academic excellence, social leadership and a
commitment to their communities.


Recipients                                                            SUNDEEP PATEL
2004                                                                  Sundeep graduated in 2005 from Washington College of Law
                                                                      where he was Student Liaison for the South Asian Law Student
JUNLIN HO                                                             Association and a student member of the South Asian Bar
Junlin was Social Chair of the Chinese Students Club and              Association. Sundeep also volunteered at the Asian Self Help
President of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Students         Association where he assisted local Asian and South Asian
Association at M.I.T. where she was also captain of the eques-        women who are victims of domestic violence.
trian team.After graduating, she went to work for GIC Real
Estate, a real estate investment adviser, where she was
promoted to Assistant Vice President.At the same time, she            BRANDON YU
volunteered at a kitchen for the homeless, Habitat for                Prior to entering University of California Hastings College
Humanity, and as a tutor at a transitional family housing center.     of the Law (class of 2007), Brandon was a Program Officer
Before entering law school, Junlin left her position with GIC to      for the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable
take a six-month internship with Affirmative Investments, Inc.,       Development where he was policy researcher and editor-in-
a company that develops and manages affordable housing and            chief of the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network
commercial developments in low-income opportunities. She              Daily Report.While in college, he was one of twelve student
led the team responsible for planning and zoning for a 90-unit        representatives advising Mayor Shirley Dean of Berkeley on
affordable assisted living facility in Pittsburgh, a 60-unit mixed    municipal policy issues and university relations. He is also
used elder/commercial project in Las Vegas, and a commercial          and active member of the Asian American underground music
development in Boston. Junlin graduates from the University           scene and independent artist community.
of Chicago Law School in 2007.
                                                                      2003
ANDY LE                                                               POOJA ADHIKARY
Andy currently serves as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable        University of Maryland Law School
Erminie Conley, Presiding Judge Appellate Division, Superior          Class of 2005
Court of New Jersey. He continues to serve as the Regional
Director of the Northeast Region of the Thomas Tang National
                                                                      BETTY CHIA
Moot Court Competition. Andy is a past President of the Asian
Pacific American Law Student Association at Rutgers University        Since her receipt of the NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship
(class of 2005) where he organized the Northeast Regional of          in 2003, Betty has continued to serve the Asian American com-
the Thomas Tang Competition for the last two years and was a          munity in Los Angeles. She served as a member of the board of
Teaching Assistant in Criminal Law. Andy has interned with the        the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and represented
Asian Law Alliance in San Jose, California and has volunteered        clients in family, housing, and employment matters at the Legal
with New York Cares and the Asian Law Caucus Immigration              Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Asian Pacific Islander Unit.
Clinic in San Francisco.                                              Betty currently serves as the youngest board members of the
                                                                      American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California
                                                                      and as a member of the Community Concerns Committee.
BRIAN ON LOY LEE                                                      She is a participant in the Southern California Chinese Lawyers
Brian is a 2005 graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law.          Association’s legal clinic providing free legal services to the
At Asian Human Services, he assists in the provision of legal         members of the community and is a Cantonese CPR instruc-
services to low-income individuals. He also volunteers with the       tor for the American Red Cross. After graduating from
Chinese Bar Association, assisting them with their semi-annual        University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 2004,
law forum where free legal advice is provided to the local APA        Betty was admitted into the California Bar and currently prac-
community.While in college, Brian was a Child Advocate with           tices litigation and transactional work in Pasadena, California.
the Child Abuse Services Team.
                                                                      MELISSA CHUA
                                                                      University of California Los Angles School of Law
                                                                      Class of 2005

                                                                        The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
                                                                        The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
                                                                        NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                        Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                                        Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                                      o NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T                  Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                 13
                                                                        Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
     MIHO MURAI                                                                legal counsel to the Korean American Women’s Association of
     University of California Hastings College of the Law                      Chicago and the Korean American Women’s Foundation for
     Class of 2004                                                             Education and Culture, Inc. In addition, she assists and advises
                                                                               various not-for-profit entities. Jae graduated from DePaul
                                                                               University College of the Law in 2002.
     ALEXANDER SARIO
     Loyola Law School                                                         MICHAEL ANH DANG
     Class of 2005                                                             University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
                                                                               Class of 2003
     DINA SHEK
     Since relocating to Hawaii for law school, Dina has continued to          JAE-MIN HAN
     work for community and racial justice.Alongside like-minded law
     students and organizers, Dina co-founded a group called United            University of Pennsylvania Law School
     Strategies for Justice (“US for Justice”) to link theory (legal strate-   Class of 2002
     gy and community organizing) and progressive issues (including
     Native Hawaiian sovereignty, queer rights, environmental justice,         ANH NGUYEN
     gender equity and interracial justice). Dina was a 2005 summer            Seattle University School of Law
     intern at Oahu Family Court, focusing on child abuse and neglect
                                                                               Class of 2003
     cases. Her second year seminar paper was titled,“When Will We
     Be Paid For the Work We’ve Done: Political Lawyering and African
     American Reparations Litigation.” She expects to graduate from            AVANTIKA RAO
     Williams S. Richardson School of Law in 2006.                             University of California Davis Martin Luther King Jr. Law School
                                                                               Class of 2004
     SHERIE C.YANG
     Sherie is a 2006 J.D. candidate at the University of California,          CHARMAGNE TOPACIO
     Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. During summer               Charmagne is an associate at the Chicago office of Tressler,
     2004, she interned at Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland,            Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess where she focuses her practice
     California. She provided legal advice and assistance, counseling,         on directors’ and officers’ liability and commercial litigation.
     referrals, and Chinese/English interpretation services in the areas       Charmagne periodically volunteers for and attends various
     of public benefits and immigration and naturalization. Recently,          events for Asian Americans and minorities, such as those held
     Sherie joined Protection and Advocacy, Inc. in Oakland as a law           by the Asian-American Bar Association For The Greater Chicago,
     clerk, focusing on disability, housing and health law. Her current        Chicago Committee For Minorities In Large Law Firms and
     projects include researching and writing for a publication that           Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She also actively
     informs youths about their rights to obtain mental health care.           mentors several Asian-American law students and young
     In addition, she is creating a guide that educates landlords about        associates. Most recently, Charmagne has served as member
     federal requirements for accessible housing for person with               of the Board of Directors of the East Village Youth Program, a
     disabilities. Sherie earned her BFA from New York University              non-profit organization offering social and academic programs
     in1994 and her MFA from the American Film Institute in 1997.              for disadvantaged minority youths in Chicago. She graduated
                                                                               from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2002.
     2001
     JULIE CHEN                                                                2000
     Year awarded: 2001                                                        ANDRE GEVEROLA
     University of Texas at Austin                                             Andre is a second-year associate at the Chicago office of Latham
     Class of 2004                                                             & Watkins LLP, having graduated from the University of Chicago
                                                                               Law School in 2003. Andre’s practice is focused primarily on
                                                                               commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and white-collar
     JAE CHOI KIM
                                                                               criminal defense. Currently, Andre is involved primarily in
     Jae is an attorney at Boodell Domanskis, & Saipe, LLC, where she          defending a company faced with an investigation by DOJ and
     practices in the field of business law, real estate, estate planning,     SEC. In addition to this practice, he remains involved in pro bono
     trust law and probate law. Jae represents corporations, family            matters. Andre has recently argued an appeal before the Seventh
     owned businesses and individuals in various commercial transac-           Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of a pro bono client, and
     tions. Most recently, she successfully negotiated with the United         obtained a vacated sentence.The appeal led to an opinion by
     States Federal Food and Drug Administration on a seizure mat-             Judge Easterbrook, published at 405 F.3d 511 and Andre will be
     ter on behalf of an international food importer. She is a frequent        presenting argument at his client’s resentencing.
     guest speaker at various organizations on topics in business, busi-
     ness succession planning and estate planning. Jae is currently the


       The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
       The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
       NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
       Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
       Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
     o NLF Scholarships
14     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                        N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T
       Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
1999                                                                1997
ELSIE HUI ARIASA                                                    JAMES DAVID AHN
Since graduating from University of California Davis School of      Harvard University School of Law
Law in 2000, Elsie has been working as an associate attorney at     Class of 2000
Reeves & Associates in Pasadena, CA, which specializes in all
aspects of immigration law. She currently supervises the busi-
ness immigration department, which assists legal and undocu-
                                                                    DEANNA K. CHUANG
mented immigrant workers with obtaining various employment          After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School
visas and permanent resident status through employers. Elsie        in 1998, Deana held judicial clerkships and worked at private
also appears before the Department of Homeland Security for         firms. She currently serves as a Law Clerk for U.S. Magistrate
family-based immigration benefits, naturalization and citizen-      Judge Jennifer T. Lum, the first Chinese American woman to be
ship, and waivers. Additionally, she represents clients in depor-   appointed to federal bench in the Central District of California.
tation and removal proceedings before the immigration court,        In addition to her professional work, Deana has continued her
Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of        involvement in the community by serving on the Board of
Appeals. Recently, Elsie successfully persuaded the Ninth           Governors of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers
Circuit to grant her clients’ petition for review, remanding the    Association and the State Bar of California’s Committee on
case to the immigration judge for a new cancellation of             Women in the Law. She currently chairs the Asian Pacific
removal hearing. She currently lives in Arcadia, CA, with her       American Women Lawyers Alliance of Southern California and
husband, a criminal defense and civil litigation attorney.          does pro bono work for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family,
                                                                    a shelter for battered women and their children.


1998                                                                REBECCA N. EICHLER
WANCHAY CHANTHADOUANGSY                                             College of William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law
DePaul University School of Law                                     Class of 1998
Class of 2000
                                                                    ELIZABETH MIYONG KIM
AMY CHEUNG                                                          Yale University School of Law
University of California Hastings College of Law                    Class of 2000
Class of 1999
                                                                    JINNY KIM
MILTON SHUNDRA CHOU                                                 Jinny joined Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach as a staff
                                                                    attorney in April 2004, where she works on elder abuse,
University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law          domestic violence, immigration and trafficking cases. She gradu-
Class of 2001                                                       ated from University of California Davis School of Law in 1999.
                                                                    Since graduation, she has held the Felix Velarde Munoz fellow-
BETTY “JORA TRANG” HAI                                              ship at the Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center for two
University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law          years where she litigated employment discrimination cases on
                                                                    the basis of disability, gender, national origin and race.
Class of 2001
                                                                    Following this fellowship, Jinny received a one year fellowship
                                                                    with the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship program
LIN ROSE WALKER                                                     where she was Labor Counsel to Senator Kennedy on the
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law                                   Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. She
Class of 2000                                                       then spent a year and a half at a small plaintiff-side civil rights
                                                                    firm in San Francisco.
JOSEPHINE YEH
Upon graduating from Boalt Law                                      JASON KAI MING LUM
School in 2001, Josephine moved to                                  University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
New York City to begin her studies in                               Class of 2000
modern and postmodern dance, which
she has been obsessively doing for the                              ANTHONY WANT
past four years. In fall 2005, she will
                                                                    Georgetown University Law Center
be attending the Professional Studies Dance Program at the
Jose Limon Institute in Manhattan on a partial scholarship.         Class of 1998
She also teaches math and English to disadvantaged high school
students in New York City. During her breaks from dancing
and work, Josephine and her vintage camera (which, for the
most part, served as her only companion) traveled to China,           The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
France, and Cuba.                                                     The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
                                                                      NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                      Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                                      Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                                    o NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW   F O U N D AT I O N    R E P O R T                 Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                    15
                                                                      Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
     1996                                                                    SANDRA CHONG
     JOHN HAYAKAWA TOROK                                                     Sandra is Assistant General Counsel for the San Diego Unified
     (see profile above under Anheuser-Busch                                 School District, the second largest school district in California.
     NLF Presidential Scholars)                                              Her practice is public construction law and facilities management
                                                                             with a focus on Proposition MM, a $1.5 billion bond to renovate
     Columbia University School of Law
                                                                             165 schools and build 15 new schools, the largest active public
     Class of 2001                                                           works project in San Diego County. Sandra is a member of the
                                                                             City of San Diego Consultant Nominating Committee and San
     ROBERT WONE                                                             Diego District Attorney’s Advisory Committee. She has served as
     Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law            a lecturer in hospitality law at UC San Diego, CSU San Marcos,
     School in 1999, Robert clerked for a year for Judge Raymond A.          and Mira Costa Community College. She is a Board Member of
     Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of          the Asian Business Association and the San Diego Dragon Boat
     Virginia in Norfolk,Virginia. Robert is a senior associate at           Team. Sandra graduated from the University of California Davis
     Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. specializing in real            School of Law in 1999.
     estate and employment law. Robert became active in the local
     NAPABA affiliate, APABA-D.C., serving first on the APABA                STELLA NGAI
     Educational Fund Board, followed by two terms as APABA’s                Santa Clara University School of Law
     Treasurer. He was recently elected President-Elect for
                                                                             Class of 1997
     APABA-DC. Robert has been especially active in programs
     that encourage minority law students to seek judicial clerkships.
     He spoke for three years at such a program sponsored by the             TUAN ANH PHAM
     American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic              University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
     Diversity in the Profession. Following the ABA model, he organ-         Class of 1997
     ized a minority judicial clerkship program in Washington, D.C.
     with local minority bar associations and judges. Outside of bar
     activities, Robert serves as a Commissioner on the Virginia             NOEL VALES
     Governor’s Commission on Community and National Service.                University of California San Diego School of Law
                                                                             Class of 1997



                                    “The NLF Scholarship focused me on       1995
                                                                             ROBERT YAP
                                    the importance of the organized Asian
                                                                             Robert received his J.D. (1999), with honors, from George
                                    Pacific American bar. The results have   Washington University School of Law and his B.A. (1995) from
                                    been a call to serve since graduation    Northwestern University. Robert is currently an associate
                                    from law school. Being a 1996 NLF        attorney at the law office of Artiano, Guzman & Toomey. His
     Scholarship recipient greatly influenced my work with the Asian         practice includes both transactional and litigation matters, with
                                                                             an emphasis in the area of corporate and business law. From
     Pacific American Bar Association here in Washington, D.C. and           2003 to 2005, Robert served as National Legal Council of
     its 501(c)(3) affiliate foundation.”                                    Project by Project, a 501(c)(3) organization which fundraises
                                                                             money for Asian Pacific American community organizations in
     Robert Wone, NLF Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Law                Los Angeles and New York City. He currently serves on the
     School, Class of 1999.                                                  board of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) organiza-
                                                                             tion which raises money for Asian Pacific American community
                                                                             organizations through workplace giving programs. Robert also
                                                                             currently serves as an elected neighborhood councilman
     JOAN SI IAN WONG                                                        representing Downtown Los Angeles for 2004 to 2006. He is
     University of Buffalo Law School                                        a member of the California and Illinois State Bar Associations,
     Class of 1999                                                           the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Southern
                                                                             California Chinese Lawyers Association.
     YU-YEE WU
     University of Virginia Law School
     Class of 1998




       The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
       The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
       NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
       Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
       Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
     o NLF Scholarships
16     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                      N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N   R E P O R T
       Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
JOANNE C. LIN                                                           ANDREW CHIN
Joanne is a senior staff attorney with Legal Momentum where             Yale University School of Law
she focuses on immigration policy affecting abused non-citi-            Class of 1998
zens. She is playing a leading role in working with Congress
to strengthen and improve immigration protections for abused
immigrants through the reauthorization of the Violence Against
                                                                        TRACI N.T. FUJITA
Women Act. Joanne also works closely with national immi-                Golden Gate University School of Law
gration advocacy organizations to oppose and defeat anti-               Class of 1996
immigration legislation at both the federal and state level.
Prior to joining Legal Momentum, Joanne practiced immigra-              VAN T. LY
tion law in San Francisco for several years. Between 1998 and
                                                                        UC Hastings College of Law
2001 she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid, representing domestic
abuse survivors in immigration, family law, and public benefits         Class of 1996
matters. She then joined Van Der Hout, Brigagliano &
Nightingale, LLP where she represented non-U.S. citizens in a           KOU TRAVIS XIONG
wide range of immigration matters including family immigra-             University of Idaho College of Law
tion, employment immigration, non-immigrant visas, asylum and           Class of 1997
withholding of removal, naturalization, deportation defense,
appeals, and federal litigation. Joanne is a 1997 graduate of
New York University School of Law, Stanford School of
Education, and Stanford University.

EMILY RYO
Emily graduated Harvard Law School in 1998 and is currently a
Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Stanford University. In 2003, she
was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate
Research Fellowship, which supports her work on immigration,
inequality, and sociology of law. Emily’s paper on undocument-
ed Chinese border crossers at the turn of the 20th century
was awarded the best graduate student prize this year and is
forthcoming in Law and Social Inquiry. She was recently award-
ed the best second year prize by Stanford’s Department of
Sociology for another paper which focused on occupational
mobility of contemporary undocumented immigrants. In addi-
tion to research, Emily has a deep interest in teaching and has
assisted in teaching three courses at Stanford: Sociology of
Law, Social Movements, and Social Stratification. After finishing
the program, she hopes to put her research and teaching skills
to work in advancing knowledge and mentoring students in the
area of immigration, inequality, and sociology of law.

JENNY C. HUANG
Jenny graduated from New York University School of Law in
1996. She clerked for both the Supreme Court of Minnesota
and then for United States Federal District Judge Michael Davis.
From 1998-2001, Jenny worked as an associate for Koob &
Magoolaghan, a plaintiff’s civil rights law firm in Manhattan, focus-
ing in the areas of prisoners’ rights and employment discrimina-
tion. From 2001-04, she worked as a Staff Attorney for Public
Advocates, Inc., a non-profit in San Francisco, where she worked
on statewide, high-impact litigation in the areas of educational
equity, employment discrimination, transit equity, and insurance
redlining. Currently, Jenny is a founding partner of Justice First,
LLP, a public interest law practice in Oakland. Her practice areas
include employment discrimination, prisoners’ rights, indigent
criminal defense, and international human rights. Jenny also
serves as co-chair of the Judicial Nominations Committee for
the Asian American Bar Association in the Bay Area.
                                                                          The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
                                                                          The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
                                                                          NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
                                                                          Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
                                                                          Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
                                                                        o NLF Scholarships
N A PA B A   L AW    F O U N D AT I O N      R E P O R T                  Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                              17
                                                                          Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
     Other NLF Scholarships
     • Lim, Ruger & Kim NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship
     • Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship
     • Cathay Pacific NLF Scholarship




     Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                     Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
     In 2004, the law firm of Lim, Ruger & Kim provided funds to          In 2003, the NLF created the Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship,
     enable the Foundation to award a Law Foundation Scholarship.         an award to honor the memory of an Arizona lawyer who
                                                                          had been a leader in his community on issues of civil rights
     Recipients                                                           and equity.

     2004                                                                 Recipients
     TIAN TIAN MIYAMIN
     Tian Tian worked for many years with Operation Smile, an             2004
     organization that raises funds for reconstructive surgery for        ELIZABETH LUK
     children in developing countries. She also has been a youth          Elizabeth is on the Pace International Law Review at Pace Law
     representative to the Nicaraguan medical mission, Co-President       School, from which she expects to graduate in 2007. She also is
     of her high school division, and Secretary of the Harvard            President of the Health Law Society and President of the Asian
     University Division. She was Co-President of the Asian American      American Law Student Association, and serves internships with
     Alliance in high school and, while in college, taught English as a   the Westchester Human Rights Commission and the U.S.
     Second Language, worked with the Small Claims Advisory Service       Department of Justice on issues of concern to the Asian Pacific
     providing information to low-income residents, and interned in       American community.While in college, Elizabeth was a Student
     the Housing Division of Greater Boston Legal Services.Tian Tian      Justice on the University Conduct Council, Secretary of the
     is a workshop leader for the Harvard Project for Asian and           Chinese Students Association and a Representative-at-Large for
     International Relations, for which she planned the largest student   the Students in Alliance for Asian American Concerns. During
     conference in Asia, developed models for understanding Asian         college, she interned with the Office of Equal Opportunity in
     education and is planning a four-day workshop on Trust in Asia       Atlanta and with the New York City Department of Health and
     for Summer 2005. She attends Harvard Law School and expects          Mental Hygiene. Before continuing her education in law school,
     to graduate in 2007.                                                 she worked with the Charles B.Wang Community Health Center
                                                                          in New York (formerly known as the Chinatown Health Clinic)
                                                                          as Coordinator of Women’s Health and then as Coordinator of
                                                                          Community Health Projects.



                                                                          2003
                                                                          KENDEE YAMAGUCHI
                                                                          Seattle University Law School
                                                                          Class of 2006


        Acknowledgements                                                  Cathay Pacific NLF Scholarship
        Special thanks to the individuals who worked
        on the NAPABA Law Foundation Report:
                                                                          1999
        Vivian Hsu, NLF Vice-President                                    ROSE CRUZ CUISON
        Katharine Williams, Office Manager                                American University Washington Law School
        Anne Marie Fano, NAPABA Intern                                    Class of 2000
        Jiny Kim, Policy Director
        Les Jin, Executive Director




       The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
       The Diane C. Yu Loan Repayment Assistance Program
       NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellowship
       Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship for Public Interest Law
       Anheuser-Busch NLF Presidential Scholarships
       NLF Scholarships
18   o Lim, Ruger & Kim NLF Scholarship                                   N A PA B A   L AW   F O U N D AT I O N   R E P O R T
     o Chris Nakamura NLF Scholarship
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