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!

AEF Announces Winners of 2015 Fellowships and Grants

Since 1993, AEF has awarded over $200,000 in fellowships and grants to law students pursuing public interest work that impacts the Washington, DC-area and APA community.  We applaud and congratulate these students for their efforts and service.  This year’s recipients (and respective organizations) are:

Robert E. Wone Fellowship
Charlotte Tsui, American University, Washington College of Law
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, San Francisco, California

AEF Fellowships
Teri Chung, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School of Law
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Washington, D.C.

Kamille Go, American University, Washington College of Law
The New York Legal Aid Society, New York, New York

Rasmeet Singh, University of Michigan Law School
American Civil Liberties Union, Washington, D.C.

D.C. Legal Services & Advocacy Fellowship
Huyen Le, American University, Washington College of Law
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Washington, D.C.

Shiyu Wang, The George Washington University Law School
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Washington, D.C.

APABA-DC Bar Assistance Grant
Aditi Kumar, American University, Washington College of Law

Deadline Extended: Join the AEF Board!

AEF Board Applications for 2015-17 Now Open!

Calling all attorneys: AEF is now accepting applications to serve on the AEF Board for 2015-2017.  The application form is available here.

Applicants must email their completed application form, along with their Statement of Interest and resume, to before 10:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (please note the extended deadline). 

Volunteer with AEF and APABA-DC at So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.)

Please join AEF and ABABA-DC for our annual volunteering event to serve our city’s homeless and those in need
Annual Volunteer Event at So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.)
Saturday, July 11, from 10:30 am to 1:15 pm 
71 O Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Space is limited, RSVP today here
Please note the dress code for health and safety:
More information about dining room volunteering is available at

AEF 2015 Mentorship Wrap Up

Come celebrate another year of mentorship with AEF! We hope mentor and mentee pairs can join us we announce the winners of this year’s Mentor and Mentee of the Year Awards!

Fill out our mentorship survey and nominate your mentor or mentee to be this year’s award winner here.

AEF 2015 Mentorship Wrap-Up
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Jenner & Block LLP
1099 New York Ave NW Suite 900
Drinks & light appetizers will be served

Please RSVP by Monday April 13th here.

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 May 1, 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 2015 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.