AEF Resume Review and Recruiting Panel

Want to improve your resume and job searching skills?  Want to have your resume personally reviewed by a legal recruiter?

Come hear from a panel of legal recruiters about what law firms, the federal government, and public interest organizations are looking for in job candidates.  Following the discussion, sit down with a legal recruiter for one-on-one advice about how you can improve your resume.  Be sure to bring a copy of your resume with you to take advantage of this special opportunity!

Panelists will include:

Trisha A. Fillbach, U.S. Department of Justice

Edward Lee, Whitehaven Strategies LLC

Deborah Tang, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Thursday, January 28, 2016

6:30–8:30 p.m.

K&L Gates LLP

1601 K Street, NW

Metro: Farragut North (Red); Farragut West (Blue, Orange)

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP by January 26:

APABA-DC’s Women’s Forum Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series

APABA-DC’s Women’s Forum is extending an invitation to AEF members for an evening with the Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Susan Tsui Grundmann. Please join for a lively discussion with Chairman Grundmann about her career trajectory and the challenges and rewards of serving as the Chairman of a federal agency.   This is a great opportunity for law students to get to know other lawyers and Chairman Grundmann in a small, intimate dinner setting.

Susan Tsui Grundmann is a Member and Chairman of MSPB, an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 31, 2009 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 5, 2009.

Previous to serving as the Chairman of MSPB, Ms. Grundmann served as General Counsel to the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), which represents 100,000 Federal workers nationwide. At NFFE, she successfully litigated cases in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. During her tenure at NFFE, Ms. Grundmann represented employees in the Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Veterans Administration, General Services Administration, and many other Federal agencies.

She is formerly an instructor on Federal sector labor and employment law at the William W. Winpisinger Education Center in Maryland. She has also previously served as General Counsel to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and as a law clerk to the judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

Ms. Grundmann earned her undergraduate degree at American University and her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.

DATE: Thursday, December 3

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Kellari Taverna, 1700 K St., NW (Farragut North and Farragut West metro)

COST: Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their dinner and drinks.

We hope you can join! Please RSVP to Sarah Shyr & Lian Huang at by Monday, November 30.

If the event reaches capacity, there will be a waiting list.

AEF’s 9th Annual Speed Networking Reception – [Date Change to Thursday, November 19th]

AEF’s 9th Annual Speed Networking Reception will take place at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP. Come discuss your practice area with students. If you’re a student, come meet practicing lawyers from different areas of law in a fun and fast-paced speed networkingenvironment!

Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hosted by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
901 New York Ave. NW
Metro: Metro Center/Gallery Place

Please RSVP by Monday, November 16

AEF Co-Sponsoring Wone Conference – October 17, 2015

AEF is pleased to co-sponsor the

2015 Robert E. Wone Annual Clerkship & Internship Conference!

Please come and:

Learn about judicial clerkships and internships from judges and law clerks;
Meet judges from federal and state trial, administrative, and appellate courts;
Hear judges and law clerks describe the work of their courts and their own experiences; and
Understand the application process and the selection criteria for clerkships and internships

Saturday, October 17, 2015

9:00 AM to 2:40 PM

Hosted by
University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Metro: Van Ness-UDC Metro Station

Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

RSVP by October 12

Sign Up for the AEF Mentor-Mentee Program

Sign up for the AEF Mentor-Mentee Program!

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Educational Fund (AEF) aims to foster lasting mentoring relationships between D.C.-area attorneys and law students. Each law student who wishes to participate will be paired with a mentor for 2015-2016. The program should be a fun and rewarding way for mentors and mentees to explore and advance the mentee’s career goals!

Mentees (law students): Sign up HERE

Mentors (attorneys): Sign up HERE

[If you already signed up for the mentorship program in your RSVP to the AEF Wine & Cheese reception, the form is optional: We encourage you to fill this out so we have more information with which to pair mentors and mentees.]


Beyond Fall Recruiting – Monday, October 5

Beyond Fall Recruiting: Seeking Out Public and Private Career Paths in a Challenging Market

Monday, October 5, 2015 at 6:30pm

Looking for options outside of fall on-campus recruiting? Facing a post-graduation job search?

Come to a panel discussion featuring speakers who ventured out beyond on-campus interviews to find their jobs both before and after graduation. Panelists with experience in the private and public sectors will discuss where to look, how to market yourself, and what to expect in your job search.

Hosted by George Washington University Law School.

Enoch Chang, Staff Attorney, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Helen Lee, Counsel, Banking Practice Group, White & Case LLP
and more!

George Washington University Law School
Student Conference Center, Lisner Hall
700 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Second Floor
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom

RSVP by October 4th:


2015 Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception

AEF 2015 Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception

September 16, 2015

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) cordially invites D.C. area APA attorneys and APALSA students to attend a Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception to kick off the 2015-2016 academic year! Come and mingle with your fellow APA lawyers and law students, and sign up to participate in the AEF mentoring program for the school year. Law students will also have the chance to enter a sweepstakes and win one of two $500 BARBRI certificates!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

1099 New York Ave. NW, Suite 900

[Metro Center/Gallery Place Metros]

Hosted by: Jenner & Block

Click here to RSVP

Deadline to RSVP is Friday, September 11th.

2015 NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships


The NAPABA Law Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. NLF carries out its work primarily by awarding scholarships and fellowships that promote the interests of the Asian Pacific American community. Since its founding, NLF has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships and nearly $750,000 in fellowships and internships. NLF awards scholarships on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. These scholarships are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals.


September 1, 2015:  The application and supporting paperwork must be received by email 5:0o P.M. EST

October 2015:  NLF Scholars announced

November 5-8, 2015:  NAPABA Convention, New Orleans, LA


Our scholarships are made available, on a competitive basis, to students who are enrolled in an accredited U.S. Law School. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Applicants who will be attending law school in the Fall of 2015 are also eligible to apply.


  • Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships – $7,500 (2)
  • UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships – $5,000 (2)
  • The Low Family Scholarship – $2,500 (1)
  • Chris Nakmura Scholarship – $2,500 (1)
  • Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship – $2,500 (1)
  • Locke Lord Scholarship – $2,500 (1)
  • NLF Scholarships – $2000 (multiple)


All applications must be received by email by 5:00 PM EST on September 1, 2015.
Download the application here.


The NAPABA Law Foundation strongly encourages applications from applicants reflecting diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds, people with disabilities, and of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, work experiences, national origins, sexual orientations, and ages.

AEF Career Options Event: July 22nd

AEF is excited to announce our annual Career Options event (and our kickoff event for the 2015-16 year!). The panel discussion will feature attorneys working in various fields, including the government, private practice, public policy, and non-profit/public interest advocacy. The panel will be followed by breakout networking sessions with the panelists and other attorneys from different fields of law.

We hope you can join us as we kick off our year with this exciting event, and please help us spread the word!

AEF Career Options Event

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
6:30-8:30 pm
Check in begins at 6:00 pm

Arnold & Porter LLP
555 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Closest Metro Station: Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, Silver)

Confirmed Panelists

Ayesha Khanna, Chief Counsel to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

Ada Loo, Global Trade Counsel, Boeing

Erin Oshiro, Director of Immigration and Immigrants’ Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Sujit Raman, Appellate Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland

 Michael Raschid, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP


Please RSVP by Sunday, July 19th:

Students RSVP here:
Attorneys RSVP here:

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Co-Sponsored by APABA-DC and SABA-DC.

AEF announces its 2015-16 Board of Directors

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Board of Directors:

Rukku Singla, President

Leah Kang, Vice President

Sanjiv Laud, Treasurer

Joy Yunji Lee, Secretary

Ben Cheng, Communications Director

Madhuri Grewal, Director

Fred Liu, Director

Chris Ma, Director

Candice Wong, Director

AEF would like to thank everyone who applied to be on the 2015-2016 AEF Board. We encourage everyone who applied to stay involved and apply again next year. We would also like to thank the outgoing Board members for their extraordinary contributions over the past two years: Lyric Chen, Maisa Jean Frank, Pierce Haesung Han, Rakesh Kilaru, and Christopher Siebens.

We are delighted to welcome Leah, Sanjiv, Joy, Ben, and Candice to the AEF Board family!