Joy Lee, President


Joy is an Associate Counsel at Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit organization focused on issues relating to economic freedom. Previously, she was an attorney with the 2016 Republican National Convention, providing in-house counsel to Convention officers and staff on regulatory compliance, contract negotiation and interpretation, employee relations, public communications, and intellectual property management. She is a graduate of University of Maryland and Washington and Lee University School of Law. Joy also serves as Vice President on the Washington and Lee University DC Alumni Board.

Andrew “A.J.” Sutton, Vice-President


A.J. is an Associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Ropes & Gray, LLP, where his practice focuses on Intellectual Property Litigation.  He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, a Board Member of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and the President of GW Law’s Student Bar Association.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.  A.J. devotes a portion of his professional time to pro bono matters, including representing Veterans in their appeals before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, representing domestic violence victims at the D.C. Superior Court, and filing visas on behalf of victims of human trafficking.  A.J. is also half-Vietnamese and originally from San Diego California, and loves TV shows/movies, tabletop board games, mentoring law students, and eating all types of Asian food.

Wenxi Li, Treasurer


Wenxi is an Associate in the Washington D.C. Office of Epstein, Becker & Green, where her practice focuses on health care and life sciences matters.  She is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law and Hamilton College, where she was Editor in Chief of the Administrative Law Review.  Before law school, she worked as a Paralegal Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Appellate Section.

Angelo Mathay, Secretary


Angelo is a Senior Associate the Pew Charitable Trusts, Immigration and the States project, where he researches, conducts outreach, and develops strategy related to the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies and the potential impact on all levels of government. Previously, he was with the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy and the National Immigration Law Center. As part of his pro bono work, Angelo works with Kids in Need of Defense and Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.’s Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Specialization).

Andrew Sand, Communications Director


Andy is an Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving AEF in his individual capacity and not as a government representative. Previously, he clerked for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to law school, he served as a U.S. Navy officer, including a deployment to Afghanistan. He holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and Vice President of APALSA. He also holds an M.S. Statistics and B.A. History from Stanford University. Andy is an NBA basketball fanatic but is willing to follow other sports sometimes.

Hugham Chan, Director

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Hugham attended The George Washington University Law School (“GW Law”), where he served as an editor on the school’s Law Review.  Upon graduating from law school, he joined the Washington, DC office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP as an intellectual property litigation associate.  After a few years at the firm, he left to clerk for the Honorable Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a couple of years.  He is currently clerking for the Honorable Raymond T. Chen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and teaching Legal Research and Writing to first-year law students at GW Law.  In his spare time, Hugham enjoys watching and playing sports, as well as mentoring law students.

Benjamin Cheng, Director


Ben is an Assistant Director at Georgetown Law School, where he counsels students on career related issues, creates and leads programming regarding careers and career preparation, and conducts employer outreach to companies and law firms.  Through his work with AEF, Ben was inspired to leave private practice, where he was an antitrust associate at an international law firm. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Comments Editor on the Law Review, and Harvard College, where he co-founded the Boston Asian American Students Intercollegiate Conference (BAASIC).

Candice Wong, Director


Candice is an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, serving AEF in her individual capacity and not as a representative of the Department of Justice.  Previously, Candice was an associate at D.C.-based boutique firm Bancroft PLLC and the national appellate practice of King & Spalding LLP. Candice served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.) and the Honorable Sonia M. Sotomayor, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Candice is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review, and Harvard College.

Sanjiv Laud, Director

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Sanjiv is an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, where his practice focuses mainly on patent litigation. Before joining the firm, Sanjiv was a law clerk to Judge Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Sanjiv is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a proud native of the upper Midwest.

Joanne Chan, APABA-DC President (ex officio)


Joanne Chan is Corporate Counsel for Regulatory & Compliance at United Therapeutics Corporation (UT), a biotechnology company based in Silver Spring, MD.  Before joining UT, Joanne was an associate at King & Spalding LLP.  She is President of Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC).  Joanne previously served as Vice President for Education of APABA-DC, President of AEF, and a board member of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.  She received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Joanne earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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