2014-2015 APALSA Board

Co-Presidents

Juhyung Harold Lee

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Brown — Ethnic Studies

Activities Between College and Law School: I previously served as a program coordinator for the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (2006-07); as a clinical faculty member of the Elementary Inclusive Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University (2011-13); and as an elementary school teacher for the New York City Department of Education (2008-13). I also obtained an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education at Teachers College.

1L Summer Job: I served as a Peggy Browning Fellow in the Office of the General Counsel of New York State United Teachers, a federation of more than 1,200 local unions throughout New York State. In this role, I researched and wrote memos on topics such as the opportunity for direct judicial review of NLRB actions, the NLRB’s successorship doctrine, and teacher tenure laws. I also assisted a team of attorneys devoted to addressing the legal implications of organizing charter school employees.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: APALSA is an important vehicle for advancing the interests of the HLS APA community, the HLS community of color, and the HLS community at large. I am excited about working in solidarity with other student groups to promote a more inclusive and justice-oriented vision of HLS, so as to continue to build upon the legacy of student activism which we now benefit from.

Contact Me At: jlee@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Yoon-Jeong Lee

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Amherst — Mathematics

Activities Between College and Law School: N/A

1L Summer Job: Summer Associate at Baker & McKenzie, Seoul Office/Hong Kong Office

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: APALSA is an amazing group of people whom you can connect with. You can go a number of ways with APALSA-intellectual, cultural, and fun-and get involved in the Harvard community where you can easily get isolated. 

Contact Me At: yolee@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Conference Co-Chairs

Christina Lee

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Yale — History

Activities Between College and Law School: N/A

1L Summer Job:spent 1L summer in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose. I plan to return to the Bay Area after law school.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: APALSA offers a unique community that is at once social, political, cultural, and professional. It provides a space for law students to engage not only with relevant issues and the movers and shakers of the legal world, but more importantly, with friends and peers during law school and beyond.

Contact Me At: chlee@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Sarah Lee

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Columbia — Political Science, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Activities Between College and Law School: N/A

1L Summer Job: This summer, I received the Chayes Fellowship to intern at the Legal and Human Rights Committee in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where I researched and wrote on post-Snowden legal developments regarding mass surveillance and whistleblower protection in the US and UK.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA:  As a 1L, I was part of the APALSA Conference committee. Seeing panels and events where incredible panelists and students gathered from all across the country was a rewarding experience that incited her to serve as Conference Co-chair this year. I fondly remember APALSA family outings and events throughout the semester as priceless study breaks to get away from the daily 1L grind, and hopes to continue bonding with fellow students from APALSA, HLS, and beyond. 

Contact Me At: slee@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Sponsorship (Finance) Co-Chairs

Brandon Une

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): University of Portland – Accounting

Activities Between College and Law School: CPA at Deloitte & Touche LLP

1L Summer Job: I interned for the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Enforcement Division. As an intern, I helped to investigate alleged violations of securities violations, mainly focused on insider trading and fraudulent financial disclosures. During my 2L summer, I was a Summer Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, and mainly worked within the corporate group, on matters ranging from IPOs to bankruptcy to mergers & acquisitions.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: APALSA is a multi-purpose organization, which allows members to pursue one or more interests. If members are interested in meeting new classmates and expanding (or creating) their social circle, APALSA has events and programs designed to facilitate networking. If members are interested in getting involved in issues facing the Asian-American community, members can attend or help with a variety of projects and efforts. And, if members just want to be part of a great community within HLS, APALSA is perfect for that! 

Contact Me At: bune@jd15.law.harvard.edu

 

Hayoon Kim

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Brown — Anthropology

Activities Between College and Law School: N/A

1L Summer Job: Summer Law Clerk at Mental Health Advocacy Services. I helped clients with mental disabilities resolve their legal issues, usually related to housing. For instance, I worked on appealing the wrongful termination of our client’s housing voucher so that he would be able to afford housing once again. I also worked with Ultra Music Festival on the side as a participant in its summer writing and research project, and I wrote several brief memos on issues relating to entertainment, technology, and the law.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA:  I had a wonderful sib family last year, and I really enjoyed hanging out in a smaller group and exploring Boston with them. I also had a lot of great 2L/3L mentors that I met through APALSA.

Contact Me At: hakim@jd16.law.harvard.edu


Treasurer

Victor Zapana

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Yale — English

Activities Between College and Law School: Staff Reporter for The Washington Post

1L Summer Job: Judicial Intern for the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan (S.D.N.Y). I assisted in drafting opinions and wrote memos regarding securities fraud, the Social Security Act, and other matters.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: The people are great. So are the dim sum brunches.

Contact Me At: vzapana@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Academic Chair

Xiang Siow

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): University of Chicago — Art History, Political Science

Activities Between College and Law School: I taught English in Seoul for a few months, and then came back to the U.S. for a yearlong term as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Flushing, Queens. As a VISTA, I assisted small businesses by helping them apply for loans and grants, organizing business assistance seminars, and advocating on their behalf to the media and city agencies. I also helped publish a report on the local community’s needs and organized a public mural in downtown Flushing.

1L Summer Job: I am a Summer Honors Intern in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division at the New York City Law Department. So far, I have been working on drafting answers and motions for lawsuits that the division is involved in. The sorts of cases I am working on include lien foreclosure cases, breach of contract claims, and line-of-duty injury cases.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: My favorite part about APALSA is the big events that we organize every year, including the boat cruise, the ski trip, and the conference. These are a lot of fun and are a great opportunity to meet new people, including upper-year students.

Contact Me At: xsiow@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Professional Development Chair

Angela Chan

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): UCLA — Business Economics

Activities Between College and Law School: N/A

1L Summer Job: I spent my 1L summer as a Summer Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, San Francisco. I worked with senior associates and firm partners in practice groups such as Emerging Companies, Intellectual Property, and Renewable Energy.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: I absolutely love the driven, intelligent and community-oriented people that APALSA brings together. We have all been given a remarkable opportunity to shape not only our careers but also our society through our HLS educations, and APALSA members are ready to make a difference.

Contact Me At: achan@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Alumni Relations Chair

Phoebe Yu

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Cornell — Industrial and Labor Relations

Activities Between College and Law School: Worked in investment banking in New York at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the M&A group; worked as a judicial intern at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Office of the Counselor to Chief Justice Roberts.

1L Summer Job: I was a Summer associate at the Washington office of Skadden Arps through the 1L Scholar Program (secondments at Capital One and the Tahirih Justice Center).

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: I absolutely loved the variety of events APALSA put on, ranging from professional to public interest to social and more. My sib family was also wonderful!

Contact Me At: xyu@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Political Chair

Gea Kang

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Stanford — History

Activities Between College and Law School: The Asia Foundation in San Francisco

1L Summer Job: Summer Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (Criminal Division, San Jose Office)

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: These talented and dedicated people work so hard to promote the community’s professional development, to support each other’s well-being, and to make sure that copious amounts of dim sum and Berryline are consumed in the process.

Contact Me At: gkang@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Public Interest Chair

Sharon Kim

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): Harvard — Anthropology, Government

Activities Between College and Law School: Following graduation, I worked as a paralegal in the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

1L Summer Job: I was a Summer Intern at the Department of Defense, General Counsel’s Office (International Affairs Section). I worked on cases that dealt with law of war (naval and air warfare), weapons law (chemical, biological, and nuclear), space law, and Asia-Pacific affairs.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: I fell in love with the APALSA community as a 1L. I had a great sib fam experience where I met awesome upperclassmen who really helped me through the year, and friends from all different walks of life who have showed me how special the community at Harvard Law is. Given that I’ve received so much this past year, I would love to pay it forward in any way I can! 

Contact Me At: skim@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Membership and Social Chair

Jenny Choi

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): U.C. Berkeley — Economics

Activities Between College and Law School: Legal Assistant at Google

1L Summer Job: Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division – I did legal research and written memos related to investigations regarding tax fraud, FCPA issues, accounting fraud, and offering fraud etc. I also had the opportunity to participate in testimonies, commission meetings, etc.  

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: My favorite part about APALSA is meeting people who are interesting and passionate. My favorite event last year was a conference that invited many alumni who were amazing speakers.

Contact Me At: jchoi@jd16.law.harvard.edu

 

Communications Chair

Isaac Ho

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Undergraduate College and Major(s): USC — Political Science, East Asian Languages and Culture

Activities Between College and Law School: AmeriCorps Volunteer for the Montana Supreme Court

1L Summer Job: I split my summer between the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York and Jones Day Taipei. As an intern for the U.S. Court of International Trade, I worked on a case involving a Chinese chemical company that was disputing the Department of Commerce’s antidumping duties. As a Summer Associate for Jones Day Taipei, I drafted and helped negotiate corporate, joint venture, and angel investment agreements. I’m more than happy to chat about these experiences.

Favorite Part About HLS APALSA: There’s a lot to love about APALSA: the trips, the panels, the perks, and the people. But for me, the best part is having the opportunity to increase awareness for Asian-American civil rights, which are too often swept under the rug. Being a member of APALSA board is a privilege, and I hope to use it a for a good cause.

Contact Me At: iho@jd16.law.harvard.edu

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