AEF is accepting applications for 2015 fellowships, grants & the Matsui Writing Competition

Fellowships & Grants

AEF is accepting applications for 2015 fellowships and grants.  Applications are available at  See below for more information about each fellowship and grant.

The Robert E. Wone Fellowship

Created in 2007, the Wone Fellowship is awarded to the applicant who most embodies what Robert E. Wone sought to be as a lawyer—a trusted member of the community, making a difference in public policies and seeing his efforts improve the circumstances of those around him.  The winner will receive a stipend of $5,000 toward a summer devoted to working for a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large or the Asian Pacific American community.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.

AEF Fellowships

AEF will be awarding several deserving applicants AEF Fellowships.  Each AEF Fellow will receive a stipend of $3,500 toward a summer devoted to working for a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large or the Asian Pacific American community.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.

D.C. Legal Services and Advocacy Fellowship (for law students interning with APALRC)

AEF will be awarding the D.C. Legal Services & Advocacy Fellowship exclusively to students who have secured an internship with the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.  Each fellow is awarded $5,000 and the opportunity to be mentored by attorneys affiliated with AEF.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.

The APABA-DC Bar Assistance Grant

Created in 2009, the APABA-DC Bar Assistance Grant provides financial assistance to those who will be preparing to take the summer bar exam prior to embarking on a legal career at a public interest organization that benefits either the Asian Pacific American community or the metropolitan Washington, DC community-at-large.  The Grant consists of a $1,500 gift certificate to be used toward tuition for a   course in any jurisdiction, made possible through the generous donation of   Bar Review.  The deadline to apply is March 23, 2015.

2015 Matsui Writing Competition

The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.

The winner of the 2013 competition will receive a monetary award of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500), and the winning entry will be published by the Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law subject to the journal’s standard editorial process and copyright policy.

The competition is open to all law students nationwide in the United States and, in future years, may be expanded to include attorneys as well.  Submissions for the 2015 competition must be received by June 1, 2015.  More information and how to apply may be found at

AEF Hoops: 5th Annual Tournament!

Back by popular demand, it’s time for . . .


Saturday, February 28, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  (First games tip off at 9:30)

Georgetown University Law Center Sport & Fitness Center

Organize a team for AEF’s fifth annual 5-on-5 tournament and go head to head with local law schools, law firms, and government agencies!  First place receives the AEF trophy ball and bragging rights for a year.

Win raffle prizes to local sporting events and other prizes!

The following team fees apply:

Law student: $150

Government and Public Interest: $350

Law firm: $450

All proceeds to benefit AEF scholarship and grant programs.

Registration is now closed.  We look forward to seeing all the teams (and their fans) on the 28th.

REGISTERED TEAMS: Please remember to submit your payment here.

AEF’s 22nd Annual Benefit Dinner: March 25, 2015

AEF Cordially Invites You To Our

22nd Annual Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6 pm

Pavilion | Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Washington DC | 20004
For more information and sponsorship opportunities,
please see our formal invitation here
We hope to see you there!


AEF Event: Jan. 22nd — Resume Review & Recruiting


Want to improve your resume and job searching skills?  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 panel discussion, the legal recruiters will personally review your resume.  Be sure to bring a copy of your resume to have it reviewed!
Panelists include:
Edward Lee, Founding Principal, Whitehaven Strategies LLC
 Deborah Tang, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Deana Willis, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, U.S. Department of Justice
Thursday, January 22, 2015
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 20

Summer Internship Opportunities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for The District of Columbia

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for The District of Columbia is seeking applications for its summer 2015 internship program.  If you are a law school or college student with a 3.0 GPA, send a cover letter, a resume, and a school transcript to:


Denise M. Clark
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Operations and Management
ATTN: Ashley Patterson, Internship Coordinator
United States Attorney’s Office
Judiciary Center Building
555 Fourth Street, N.W.
5th floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 252-6610

Deadline for applications is: Wednesday, December 31st
For further details about the internship program, please visit:



PAR Presents: Career Management – A Lifelong Process (Dec. 3, 2014)

APABA-DC’s Practicing Attorneys Resource Committee (PAR) invites you to a special two-part event, Career Management – A Lifelong Process. Generously hosted by Pepper Hamilton, we will begin our program for the evening with a presentation on career management by Sandra Buteau, President of L2T Global Consulting, and a former career advisor and personal coach at American University Washington College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

The presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A with three prominent attorneys who have successfully navigated the law firm, government and in-house legal sectors, including:

  • Willard Tom, partner in Morgan Lewis’s Antitrust Practice and former General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Goutam Patnaik, partner and co-chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee
  • Atul Saran, senior vice-president and general counsel at MacroGenics, Inc.

Career Management: A Lifelong Process

When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Pepper Hamilton, 600 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005

Closest Metro: Metro Center

 Please RSVP by Dec. 2nd at this link

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Bai or Dong Hong at We look forward to seeing everyone there!

AEF’s 8th Annual Speed Networking Reception

Speed Networking Reception: Nov. 13, 2014

AEF’s 8th Annual Speed Networking Reception will take place at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP on November 13, 2014.  Come meet practicing lawyers from different areas of law in a fun and fast-paced speed networking environment!  As an added bonus, many of the mentors for the 2014-15 AEF Mentorship Challenge will be in attendance!

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hosted by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
901 New York Ave. NW
Metro: Metro Center/Gallery Place

Dinner and refreshments will be provided

RSVP here

AEF 2014-15 Mentorship Challenge: Deadline Extended!

Thank you for your interest in the AEF 2014-15 Mentorship Challenge!

The goal of the Mentorship Challenge is to develop lasting and rewarding personal and professional relationships between area attorneys and law students. Each law student who wishes to participate will be paired with a mentor. Together, the mentor and mentee will work to advance the mentee’s career goals and develop the mentee’s professional network, while having fun! Every month, mentor-mentee pairs will be entered in a raffle for completing that month’s mentoring activity – we have many suggestions on our website and in the attached worksheet, but feel free to get creative and think of ways to maximize your mentoring relationship!

Mentors (attorneys): Sign up here

Mentees (law students) can sign up here

The deadline to register has been extended to October 15, 2014

For more, please review the 2014-15 AEF Mentorship Challenge document or contact the AEF Mentorship Committee at

Robert E. Wone Annual Clerkship & Internship Conference: Deadline Extended!

Robert E. Wone Annual Clerkship & Internship Conference

October 11, 2014

AEF is pleased to be co-sponsoring the 2014 Robert E. Wone Annual Clerkship & Internship Conference!  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.
  • Understand the application process and the selection criteria for clerkships and internships.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:00 AM to 2:40 PM
Hosted by the
Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness St. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Moot Court Room
Metro: Van Ness-UDC Metro Station

Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

RSVP BY October 7, 2014:

For more sponsors and more information, click here.  If you have registered for the conference, you can view the full agenda.

Beyond Fall Recruiting: RSVP by 10/3

Beyond Fall Recruiting: 

Seeking Out Public and Private Career Paths in a Challenging Market

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. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:30-8 pm
George Washington University
Jacob Burns Law Library
Tasher Great Room, located on the First Floor
716 20th Street NW


Helen Lee, Associate, Global Banking Group, Paul Hastings LLP
Michael Wu, Associate, Dechert LLP
Nguyen Vu, Counsel, Litigation, Consumer & Marketing Practices, Sprint Corp.
Ruey-hsiung Richard Cheng, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Appellate Operations, Social Security Administration
Dorothy Huang, Staff Attorney, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

RSVP by October 3rd:

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  

Hosted by George Washington University Law School.