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

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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 aefboard@gmail.com before 10:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (please note the extended deadline). 

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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: http://some.org/volunteer-dress-code/
More information about dining room volunteering is available at http://some.org/dining-room/

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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.

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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 http://www.aefdc.com/fellowships.  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 http://www.aefdc.com/matsui-writing-competition/.

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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.

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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!


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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 20http://goo.gl/forms/poUmPy39cw

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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:  http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/programs/employment/vol_intern.html



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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 PAR@apaba-dc.org. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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