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Speaker Biographies


A Firsthand Insight into Different Sectors: Life on the Inside

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Melanie Buccat

Melanie Buccat is a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. She is assigned to the Victim Impact Program (VIP) where she vertically prosecutes elder abuse cases, sexual crimes, stalking cases, and family violence. In 2012, her legislative proposal to amend California Vehicle Code section 27317 was passed by both the California assembly and senate. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge. She sits on the Board of Governors for the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) of Los Angeles. She volunteers with Kids Reading to Succeed (KRS), an organization that imparts reading in our youth as a tool to succeed in school. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and the theater.

Celene S. Chan

Celene Chan is an attorney at Girardi Keese, where she oversees all aspects of federal and state litigation in trial and appellate courts, focusing on class actions and mass torts. Before working for Girardi Keese, Celene Chan clerked for the Honorable Alan S. Gold. Ms. Chan graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Hawaii.

Vina Nguyen Ha

Vina Ha is an associate corporate counsel for Google, Inc., where he represents Google in commercial transactions related to Google's advertising programs, including negotiating complex agreements with global advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Vina is the primary commercial attorney for YouTube's display advertising business and regularly advises Product and Sales teams on operational and contractual issues.

CPT Jonathan Heller

CPT Jonathan Heller is currently a Recruiting Officer with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps Recruiting Office (JARO). CPT Heller is responsible for the Active Duty and Summer Intern Accessions Boards as well as the 2L Summer Intern Program. Prior to arriving at JARO, CPT Heller was a Trial Counsel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, where he was the Government counsel responsible for prosecuting Soldiers suspected of criminal misconduct. Prior to that CPT Heller was a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington State and the Chief of Legal Assistance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. CPT Heller is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law (JD), UCLA (BA) and a California native.

Captain Megan C. Mallone

Captain Megan C. Mallone currently serves as Chief, Recruiting Branch, Professional Development Directorate, HQ USAF/JAX, Office of The Judge Advocate General. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the outreach and recruiting efforts for The Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Capt Mallone received a direct commission as an Air Force Judge Advocate in October 2008. Before attending law school, Captain Mallone was a managing Partner at DecisionStep, Inc, a boutique technology firm. Capt Mallone is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of Missouri. She is married to Capt Marc Mallone, and they have a daughter, Harper Liberty.

CDR Jessica M. Pyburn

CDR Jessica Pyburn, a native of Hazel Green, Alabama, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. She received a Juris Doctor degree in 2003 from George Mason University School of Law and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. CDR Pyburn is currently serving as the JAG Corps Officer Community Manager (BUPERS 3) in Millington, TN.

CDR Pyburn first gained military experience as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. From 1996 to 2000, she served onboard two destroyers: USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980) as the Communications Officer and CMS Custodian and USS MAHAN (DDG 72) as the Combat Information Center Officer (CICO) and Operations Officer. After sea duty, CDR Pyburn reported to the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) to serve as an Export Licensing Analyst. After seven months with NIPO, CDR Pyburn was selected for the Navy Law Education Program.

Following graduation from Naval Justice School in 2003, CDR Pyburn reported to the Naval Legal Service Office, Mid-Atlantic (NLSO MIDLANT), where she served as a Federal Tort Claims Attorney, Legal Assistance Attorney, and Assistant LA Department Head. From March 2004 to July 2004, she was TAD to Naval Station Norfolk as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Legal Officer. In May 2005, CDR Pyburn detached NLSO MIDLANT.

From June 2005 until March 2007, CDR Pyburn served as the Deputy Force Judge Advocate for Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. In 2006, she went TAD to Commander, Amphibious Squadron EIGHT embarked in USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) to support a month-long GWOT Surge assignment.
In April 2007, CDR Pyburn reported to Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) as the Officer-In-Charge of the RLSO SE Pensacola Detachment. From April 2007 until August 2008, she served as the OIC/STC of the Pensacola trial shop. In July 2008, CDR Pyburn moved within RLSO SE to serve as the RLSO SE Director of Legal Assistance during the Trial Defense Command Pilot. She detached from RLSO SE in July 2009.

From July 2009 to July 2012, CDR Pyburn served as the Staff Judge Advocate to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (Naval Reactors) located at the Washington Navy Yard. CDR Pyburn's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards).

Tit-for-Tat Justice: Taking Charge for Wider Access to Legal Aid

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Rahat N. Babar

Rahat N. Babar is an attorney with The Bayne Law Group LLC, where he practices in the firm's litigation and commercial transactions practice areas. Before joining the firm, Rahat served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. As Deputy Attorney General, Rahat defended the State, its agencies, and its officials in a wide variety of areas, such as civil rights, professional malpractice, and privacy. His responsibilities included litigation strategy, providing advice on pending state legislation, and routine counseling of a wide range of complex and sensitive matters, ranging from allegations of civil rights violations, class action toxic tort litigation, and appellate matters. Rahat presented an extensive training to his colleagues concerning civil rights litigation practices.

Currently, Rahat serves as the 2014 President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania ("APABA-PA"). He also spearheaded its Community Outreach Committee, one of the more visible committees of the organization. The Committee offers legal education seminars to Asian Pacific American communities on critical issues, such as domestic violence, immigration, and employment law. In furthering the Committee's mission, Rahat worked to create partnerships with many non-profit organizations and government officials. He acted as a liaison to the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition and led APABA-PA's educational outreach efforts to the community on the requirements of Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law.

Further, Rahat has been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns for the 2013-2015 term. The Committee is tasked with ensuring the implementation of court-approved recommendations to eliminate discrimination within the courts. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association. Rahat is the recipient of the 2013 Diverse Attorney of the Year award and the 2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track award.

Rahat earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, where he received the Hon. Joseph W. DeFuria Commencement Award and the Outstanding Service Award. He also served as an editor of The Widener Law Review and President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. He received a Bachelor of Science in International Area Studies from Drexel University, where he was awarded several scholarships. Rahat externed with Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Supreme Court of Delaware and clerked for Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Ramey Ko

Ramey Ko is a partner with the immigration and business law firm of Jung Ko, PLLC. He previously practiced housing and domestic violence law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Advocacy Project. In January 2010, Ramey was appointed the first Asian American judge in Travis County and served as an Associate Municipal Judge through 2013. Ramey also teaches as a Lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Texas, focusing on Asian Americans and the law.

From September 2010 to May 2014, Ramey served on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which advises the Obama Administration and federal agencies on how to better serve the AAPI community. He also previously served on the Austin Public Safety Commission and chaired the Commission on Immigrant Affairs. He is a Board Member of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, the Asian American Resource Center, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, GlobalAustin, and a delegate of Local 1624 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees on the Central Labor Council. Ramey cofounded the Travis County Asian American Democrats in April 2007, serving as president from April 2007 to June 2012 and Vice President since June 2012. Ramey was a Democratic candidate for Travis County Treasurer in 2014.

Ramey graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in history and with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006. He loves cooking, karaoke, and trivia.

Tsiwen M. Law

Currently, Mr. Law is a civil trial lawyer with his law firm, Law & Associates, L.L.C. He served two years as chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Assn (PBA) Civil and Equal Rights Committee and one year as co-chair of the 2008 Mid-year Meeting. He has been co-chair of NAPABA's Civil Rights Committee for thirteen years. He has lobbied the Pa General Assembly and Congress on behalf of the PBA and NAPABA. He is a past chairman of the Minority Bar Committee, past vice chair of the PBA's Long Range Planning Committee, past at-large governor of the PBA Board, past member of the PBA House Credentials Committee, past House delegate for Zone One, past member of the PBA Task Force on Diversity, and a member of the Task Force on Needs of Middle Income Persons. He is the author of numerous resolutions which have been successfully approved by the House of Delegates, including the PA Court Interpreters Act which became law in November 2006. He chaired Mayor Wilson Goode's Commission on Asian American Affairs for three years. In 2009, Mayor Michael Nutter appointed him to the reconstituted Commission on Asian American Affairs. Mr. Law is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Before being admitted to the bar, he worked as an industrial hygienist for the Philadelphia Health Department and as a health scientist for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor. For two years, he served on the Environmental Justice Working Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to design guidelines which would protect minority communities in the Commonwealth from environmental contamination. He has testified before Congress on census issues, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on special education needs of APA students, before the Pennsylvania State Senate on court interpreters, before the Pa State Assembly opposing English-Only bills, before the Philadelphia City Council on the need for a police oversight board and before the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission on hate crimes against the Hmong Community. He is the recipient of the NAPABA Presidential Award 2009, the Pennsylvania Bar Assn 2009 Community Builders Award, the Philadelphia Bar Assn 2008 Wachovia Fidelity Award, NAPABA's 2001 Trailblazer Award, the 1994 AABADV Conscience of the Bar Award, and the Asian American Educator's 1991 Community Service Award. He is the author of " An Asian American Looks at the Bill of Rights," published in the Bill of Rights, A Bicentennial View, Stivison, David, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1991.

He has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Legal Assistance Corporation, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Cantonese Academy, the U.S. Kuoshu Federation, and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. He is a past chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest Section. Mr. Law also served as co-chair of the legal committee of the Stadium Out of Chinatown Coalition, which stopped a baseball stadium from being built in Philadelphia Chinatown.

Mr. Law has worked in a factory as a machine surface refinisher, in the auto shops as automotive welder, and in a dealership as truck mechanic, in California, Colorado, and Michigan. He was a union steward for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers as well as the Machinists Union. He was an adjunct instructor of Asian American Studies at Penn and American Studies at Temple University for a combined 13 years.

While in law school, Mr. Law volunteered for the Philadelphia Project on Occupational Safety and Health as a technical resource. Upon graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he went to work for the law firm of Galfand Berger focusing on personal injury cases. He participated in the founding of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association which lobbied Congress for justice for the Wards Cove Packing House workers who had suffered from decades of racial discrimination on the job. Through these organizations, he also spoke out against the legislative attacks on immigrant workers covered under the 1996 "welfare reform" laws. During Mayor Wilson Goode's second term, Mr. Law served as chairman of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian American Affairs which examined the City's services to the Asian American communities. Then Mayor Ed Rendell appointed Mr. Law to the Private Industry Council in 1995. In 2003, Mayor John Street appointed him to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, where he serves as a labor economics consultant. He was re-appointed to the Board by Mayor Michael Nutter. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Council on Business Economics. In 2007, he ran for the Radnor Township School Board on a Democratic slate. He campaigned on a platform of transforming education to meet the needs of the global economy. He has been active in national presidential campaigns since 1992, including serving as a surrogate for the Kerry Edwards campaign in a debate held in Philadelphia Chinatown. In 2008, he chaired the coordinated campaign committee for the Radnor Democratic Party. He coached the local soccer teams for nine seasons and chaired the Radnor H.S. Wrestling team booster club.

Zachary Gima

Zachary Gima joined ACS in February 2012 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Network Advancement. In this capacity, he helps members leverage the ACS network into career development. He also works with student and lawyer chapter leaders to obtain judicial clerkships, manages ACS's Next Generation Leaders program and organizes policy calls for ACS members to stay informed about developments in the legal landscape.
Before joining ACS, Zack worked as a Legal Fellow for Senator Chris Coons where he worked on judicial nominations, immigration policy, and criminal justice issues. Zack has previously held positions with the Delaware Democratic Party, American Association for Justice, and Public Citizen.

Zack graduated from Tulane University with Bachelors of Arts in political science and in psychology in 2005 and from Temple University Beasley School of Law with a J.D. in 2008. While in law school, he served on the staff of the Temple Law Review.

Maintaining the Scale between Home and Work as Partner

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Erica Smith-Klocek

Erica Smith-Klocek is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice and a member of the firm's Class Action Working Group. She defends life sciences and pharmaceutical clients in a variety of antitrust and commercial litigation matters, including class and other actions brought in state and federal courts by public and private payors alleging illegal pricing and marketing activities. Ms. Smith-Klocek has also represented corporate clients in government investigations and civil actions brought by state and federal authorities. She has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.

A recent focus of her practice has been litigation involving Average Wholesale Price pharmaceutical reimbursement claims, where she is defending a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and its subsidiaries in a series of cases brought by state attorneys general and private payors. Ms. Smith-Klocek also recently represented a major pharmaceutical company with regard to the 340B drug discount program, a matter that was ultimately resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in her client's favor.
Ms. Smith-Klocek is currently representing a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in multiple cases, including class actions, alleging off-label marketing and RICO claims. In one such putative multimillion dollar class action filed in New Jersey state court alleging state consumer fraud and RICO violations, her team won three consecutive summary dismissals-—the last by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit-—without litigation ever reaching the discovery stage. These pharmaceutical defense wins have significantly contributed to case law influencing ongoing off-label litigation nationwide, effectively undermining the novel legal theories behind off-label drug marketing claims by payors seeking to play the role of consumers under the law.

In the antitrust arena, Ms. Smith-Klocek has represented clients from a variety of industries in cases involving branded pharmaceutical pricing, oriented strand board, and, prior to joining Morgan Lewis, a case involving antitrust allegations against a major software company concerning its operating platform.
For several years, Ms. Smith-Klocek has been a member of the Philadelphia office's Professional Recruiting Committee. She serves on the boards of two legal services organizations and has handled a variety of pro bono matters. In 2011, she was honored by the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at the St. John's University School of Law.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Smith-Klocek clerked for Judge Thomas G. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as court counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau and was a litigation associate at a prominent New York law firm.

Ms. Smith-Klocek earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John's University School of Law in 1999, where she was a St. Thomas More Scholar. While in law school, she was an associate editor of the St. John's Law Review and vice president of the Asian American Law Students Association. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 1996.

Ms. Smith-Klocek is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Karen Gren Scholer

Karen Gren Scholer is a founding partner Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada Mockler, PLLC. Before working there, she served as a justice for the Tenth Court of Appeals and presiding judge of the Dallas County Civil District Judges. She is a recipient of the 2006 NAPABA Trailblazer Award for displaying tenacity, vision, creativity & courage in making substantial & lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American community. Ms. Scholer graduated from Cornell University Law School and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas.

Helen Wan

Helen Wan is an author, lawyer, and frequent speaker on advancing Asian-Americans and women in the workplace and the legal profession. Her novel, The Partner Track, the story of a young Asian-American associate competing for partnership at a top corporate law firm, was published by Macmillan in the fall, has gone back to press, was the subject of a Washington Post Magazine cover story, and has been optioned for television. She is currently at work on a second book. Ms. Wan is also a contributor to CNN, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post. Before becoming a full-time author, she practiced corporate and media law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, the entertainment law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C., and was Associate General Counsel at the Time Inc. division of Time Warner Inc.

Her author website is: helenwan.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenwan1 and like her Author Page on Facebook. Ms. Wan will be speaking at the NAPALSA reception on Thursday evening, Nov. 6 at 8 PM, and at the NAPALSA panel at 10:45 AM on Friday, Nov. 7. Her book will be available and she will be signing copies at those times.

Joseph S. Wu

Mr. Wu specializes in trial practice before State and Federal Courts and before the various international arbitration/mediation forums, focusing on representation of Asian-based manufacturers with their U.S.-based matters.

Mr. Wu was most recently recognized as a 2011 and 2012 Super Lawyer in Patent Litigation and Counseling in San Diego, California. Graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles, he is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of California. Mr. Wu is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and Taiwanese. He is also a member of Grace Point Church in California. He has also served as a director in many community organizations over the past years, including directorships at the Taiwanese American Foundation, the Taiwanese American Citizens League, the Taiwan Center of San Diego, Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce (President), and the Hong Kong Association in San Diego.

The Letters of Immigration Law: T, U, and VAWA

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Margaret Wong

In more than 35 years of practice, Margaret Wong has built Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A. into a firm nationally and internationally renowned for its knowledge in immigration and nationality law. She is the current co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.

Ms. Wong, the author of The Immigrant's Way, has received the highest rating, AV, from Martindale-Hubbell, based on both legal ability and general-ethics standards. Her peers have named her a "Leading Lawyer," and a "Super Lawyer," distinctions reserved for the top 5% of lawyers. She has also been listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and was named the Honor Professor of People University of China which is the # 1 law school in China.

Because of her personal experience as an immigrant, Margaret Wong combines qualities Americans admire: an immigrant's work ethic, an entrepreneur's drive, a keen sense of resourcefulness, and the utmost compassion for those in need. In 1950, Margaret Wong was born in the former British Colony of Hong Kong. Months earlier, her Chinese parents fled the political repression and civil war caused by the Communist takeover of China.

Based on her own experience of obtaining a green card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Margaret Wong recognized that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated, seemingly arcane, and sometimes frustrating regulatory area. She founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with one desk and no secretary. Her practice now includes nine attorneys and 35 other staff members.

Over the last two decades Margaret Wong has helped employers obtain work permits for their executives and has assisted thousands of people in coming to the United States to become permanent residents, advance their educations, work, and pursue opportunities. Her clients come from every country around the world, from every walk of life, and range from governmental and corporate to ordinary people. The law firm's talented team handles every kind of immigration problem; its staff is multilingual, with proficiency in languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, Russian and Albanian. Executives and large law firms seek her help when they have tough immigration problems. She is known for speed, quality, honesty and persistence.

She has won numerous awards, including two for philanthropy – the Margaret Ireland Award from the Cleveland Women's City Club and the 1997 Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women's Community Foundation. Crain's Cleveland Business has named her to their "Women of Influence" list and Cleveland Magazine has included her with its "Most Interesting People." Margaret Wong also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2000. Other honors and awards include an Outstanding Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, the Trailblazer Award from NAPABA, Kent State University's Social Responsibility Award, and the Leadership Award from the United Black Fund. Her work has also earned her recognition in books such as Profiles of Ohio Women 1803-2003 and People: Cleveland's Most Valuable Resource, Millennium Edition. Margaret is also an Urban League Board Member and VP.

Margaret Wong is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. While she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations and the public.

Committed to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young professionals, Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on boards of diverse organizations, including Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education, Cleveland Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association, Town Hall, University Hospitals Health System, St. Vincent Hospital Health Care System, United Way Services, and the Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University Law School Advisory Boards. Ms. Wong is also a life member of both the Eighth Judicial District Court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court.

Ms. Wong has offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; and Nashville, TN. She is admitted for practice in Ohio, New York, Illinois, Georgia, District of Columbia and Michigan.

Tsui Yee

Tsui Yee has been practicing immigration law since 1999, handling a wide variety of immigration matters, including family- and employment-based applications for permanent residence, nonimmigrant work visas, defense in removal (deportation) proceedings, naturalization applications, and applications for various waivers of removability.

Ms. Yee is a Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; and the Asian Pacific American Law Association of New Jersey.

Ms. Yee has presented and spoken at numerous continuing legal educations courses on immigration law and law firm practice management. In 2012 Ms. Yee was the recipient of the Dena Coye Outstanding Woman Entrepreneurship Award from the National Minority Business Council, Inc.

Ms. Yee graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1998 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University in 1993. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Prior to forming Guerrero Yee LLP in 2010, Ms. Yee was a founding partner of the immigration law firm of Yee & Durkin, LLP. Ms. Yee was born in Manhattan and raised in Little Italy.

Rosemary Yu

Rosemary Yu is the co-Director of the Immigrant Affairs Program, located within the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. In this role she has been the attorney in charge of numerous successful prosecutions of unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of immigrants.

Rosemary is a native New Yorker who was raised in Chinatown. She was hired by District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau and joined the Office in 2005, following her graduation from Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. She was initially assigned to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. While in SNP's Trial Bureau 30/60, Rosemary handled numerous felony narcotics cases and investigations and in 2008, she was one of four ADAs recognized by Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan for her outstanding case work. In 2009, Rosemary was assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau, where she worked almost exclusively with the Drug Enforcement Administration on long-term narcotics investigations using electronic eavesdropping and other investigatory tools. Rosemary returned to the New York County District Attorney's Office as one of the five inaugural ADAs in the Crime Strategies Unit, which was created by District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance in 2010. In the Crime Strategies Unit, Rosemary was responsible for intelligence coordination and understanding crime trends for the east side of Manhattan South.

Rosemary currently serves as a member of the Office's Permanent Hiring Board. She is one of the founding members of the Prosecutors' Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and in January 2013, was selected to be its co-Chairperson. Rosemary also sits on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division – First Department. Rosemary is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and Claremont McKenna College.

Aspiring Leaders in Emerging Areas of Law

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Faith Lleva Anderson

Faith Lleva Anderson is Senior Vice President & General Counsel for American Airlines Federal Credit Union headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. AA Credit Union is the 13th largest credit union in the US having almost $6 billion in assets with over 40 branches serving over 230,000 members. Anderson oversees legal, compliance, anti-money laundering, government relations, vendor management and HR investigations. She has been with AA Credit Union since1996.

Anderson has been Chair for the American Bar Association Business Law's Committee on Credit Unions. She testified at the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Hearing before Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke. Anderson served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Board of Governor's Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) where she also chaired the CAC's Depository & Delivery Systems Committee. She has spoken to various groups including compliance officers, CEOs, board members and attorneys regarding regulatory and compliance issues.

Prior to joining AA Credit Union, Anderson was in private practice in Wisconsin. She was also a former Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles N. Clevert, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Anderson holds a law degree from Marquette University where she was also a member of the Marquette Law Review. She holds a bachelor's of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Wisconsin.

James Derry

James Derry is an in-house attorney. He started off in a law firm, transitioned to in-house and has worked exclusively for companies across many different industries (consumer products, software, data analytics, and a food services/healthcare company). He began his career as an IP attorney and is now a corporate generalist. He is a registered patent attorney and holds 5 CIPP certifications in privacy. As his career matured, he learned different areas of law and is in the process of learning new areas even today. He began in the field of IP law, transitioned into media & entertainment law, and is now learning aspects of health law.

Throughout his career, he worked on his personal brand internally and externally, and approaches things 'differently' than many attorneys. He does not have great academic credentials - never wanted to be an attorney; and made a lot of mistakes, failed a lot; but, still was able to have some success. Hence, why he was invited to be on the panel.

Melitta George

Melitta George is the Assistant County Attorney for the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. She reviews, drafts, negotiates, and advises county departments regarding contracts with vendors. Before working there, she worked as a corporate counsel for the Taylor Corporation and even as an artistic assistant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. George received her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law and is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota.

LCDR David Lee

LCDR Lee was born in 1976 as the son of Korean American immigrants. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until his high school graduation in 1994. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in International Studies in 1998 and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2001. He was commissioned under the Student Program in March of that year.

After graduation from OIS in November 2001 and NJS in March 2001, he reported to NLSO BROFF Corpus Christi, where he served as legal assistance attorney and defense counsel. From June 2004 to February 2005, he served as Officer in Charge. He then reported to OJAG Code 20 in March 2005, where he served as action officer for general criminal law matters. During his first tour at OJAG, he volunteered for an IA assignment and was stationed at the TF 134 Combined Review and Release Board from February to October 2006, located in Baghdad, Iraq. He returned to Code 20 after his IA and transferred to Code 46 for the final 6 months of his OJAG tour, ending in November 2007.

From November 2007 to December 2008 he served as Trial Counsel and Assistant Officer in Charge for RLSO EURSWA DET Bahrain. After his tour in Bahrain, LCDR Lee returned to OJAG and served as VITA/ELF Program Manager and Action Officer at OJAG Code 16. LCDR Lee served at Code 16 from January 2009 to July 2010, where he transferred to his next position as Command Judge Advocate and Legal Department Head for USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). He completed a deployment to the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet AOR from July 2011 to March 2012, and supervised a Department that processed over 700 military justice cases and nearly 300 administrative separations during his tour. LCDR Lee also qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway.

After his tour on STENNIS, LCDR Lee transferred to the Army Judge Advocate Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA as a student. He received his L.L.M. in International Law in May 2013 and currently serves on the faculty at TJAGLCS as an international law professor.

LCDR Lee is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, among several other awards. He enjoys reading about military history, Crossfit, and following the Green Bay Packers.

Jack Lin

As Corporate Counsel and Patent Program Manager, Jack Lin is the primary counsel for patent related issues at Varian Medical Systems (VMS), a Fortune 1000 global medical device company with more than 6,200 employees and 70 offices around the globe. Varian Medical Systems has patents covering hardware (i.e., particle accelerator, radiation precision and intensity modulator, x-ray tube, x-ray detection panel), software (i.e., imaging processing algorithms, treatment planning software, information management), and biotechnology (i.e., radiation imaging agent, radiation therapy enhancement agent). Jack oversees wide range of matters – patent portfolio management and development, freedom to operate, various transactions, client counseling, development and compliance of company policies, and patent litigation support.

Richard J. Ramos

Rich Ramones is an associate in the firm's Petroleum Industry Practices group. He graduated cum laude from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 2011, and graduated from Rutgers College in 2008 with a B.A. History and B.A. Criminal Justice.

Prior to joining Archer & Greiner, Rich was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Wells, J.S.C. He also clerked for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the legal department of a major mutual fund company. Before attending law school, Rich taught reading comprehension and verbal communication for children with learning disabilities.

During law school, Rich served as an Associate New Developments Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion. His Note, Religion Discrimination or Legitimate Uniform Policy? A Critique and Analysis of the Third Circuit's Decision to Uphold a Private Prison's Ban on Employees Wearing Khimars: EEOC v. The Geo Group, Inc., was published in the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion's 12th Volume. In addition, Rich received the Top Oralist-Preliminary Rounds Award and was a Semi-Finalist in the James Hunter Advanced Moot Court Competition.

NAPALSA Cocktail Reception Keynote Speakers

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Brittlebush Bar & Grill

Nicholas V. Chen

Nicholas V. Chen is managing partner of Pamir Law Group, an APA law firm based in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. He is a 40-year China veteran. Pamir is a practical, street-smart resource for clients who wish to build and protect their long-term position in Greater China. Pamir closes transactions, builds successful businesses and provides regulatory and compliance protection programs across Greater China.

He implements practical strategies and programs to achieve safer business operations as business ecosystems become more corrupt. His ability to apply anti-corruption know-how to reduce risk in procurement, sales, regulatory approvals and internal threats is a critical client resource to protect business success. As China risk rises, he helps clients manage, protect and grow their businesses safely with practical effective solutions. He applies four decades of practical market experience to commercial as well as complex litigation and IP matters. He is a China-Europe Arbitration Commission, CIETAC (all China), SCIA (Shanghai) and SHIAC (Shenzhen) arbitrator. He supports grass roots community development NGO's.

He is a NAPABA Trailblazer, Board member and co-founder of AALDEF and www.goldenbridges.org and co-founding member of NAPABA/NAPALSA/ECASU/AALDEF. He co-chaired the NY Independent Committee to Free Chol Soo Lee; was a member of the archival primary research team, which supported redress for Japanese Americans in Congress, NCJAR's class action suit and the coram nobis cases. Mr. Chen obtained his BA from Yale and his JD from NYU. He is admitted in the DC.

Liani Reeves

Liani Reeves was appointed by Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., to serve as his chief legal advisor. She oversees a portfolio that includes general counsel advice on a wide range of topics including employment; ethics and government transparency issues; review of all laws presented to the Governor for signature or veto; serving as the Governor's liaison to Oregon's federally recognized Indian Tribes; and reviewing clemency petitions and extradition warrants. She also runs the Governor's judicial appointment process which has overseen the appointment of 38 judges in Oregon's trial and appellate courts since January 2011. Ms. Reeves previously worked at the Oregon Department of Justice where she most recently served as Deputy Chief Trial Counsel. She has represented the State of Oregon in hundreds of civil lawsuits involving torts, employment and constitutional claims. Ms. Reeves was also Staff Attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute where she worked on high profile victims' rights cases including the Kobe Bryant case.

Ms. Reeves has served in numerous leadership roles in organizations dedicated to equal access to justice and diversity including serving as the Chair of the Oregon State Bar Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; Chair of the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs; and Co-Chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association. She is an active member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and its current President-Elect. She received the 2011 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Best Under 40 Award. She was also recognized as an up and coming leader with a 2010 Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award and named the 2011 Up and Coming Lawyer of the Year from the Daily Journal of Commerce. She actively mentors law students and has been named Mentor of the Year by both Willamette University and Lewis & Clark Law School. In 2014, the Willamette University Asian Pacific American Law Students Association honored her with the inaugural "Liani J. Reeves Inspiration Award." She was recently awarded the 2014 Oregon State Bar President's Award on Diversity and Inclusion.

Ms. Reeves has also been active in the adoptee community as one of the many hundreds of thousands of children who were adopted from South Korea to a Western family. She is a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics including trial practice; electronic discovery; employment law; and issues relating to gender, race, and adoption.


The Road Less Travelled: Where Can a JD Lead You?9:15 am - 10:30 am

Anna L. Kowalewski

Anna Kowalewski is the Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, where she administers lateral and law student recruitment, implements the firm's diversity initiatives and programs, and manages the summer associate program. Prior to joining Stinson, Anna worked at ABS Legal Advocates, P.A. in Lawrence, KS. Anna earned her B.A. in English from the University of Kansas, and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. Anna is active in the community serving as the Vice President of the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City and as the co-chair of Diversity Recruitment and Retention for the KCMBA's Diversity Section.

Anh-Thus P. Mai-Windle

Anh-Thu ("Anh") P. Mai-Windle has been making a positive impact for over two decades through her commitment to public service. She currently serves as a Senior Litigation Counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she specializes in immigration and appellate advocacy matters. Her work in the past few years has included assignments as a Conciliation Specialist and as Special Counsel to the Director of the Department's Community Relations Service, and as a Director at the National Crime Prevention Council. Ms. Mai-Windle also served as a judicial law clerk and attorney advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Houston, Texas, and Miami, Florida, after joining the Department through the Attorney General's Honors Program. Her diverse experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors includes work as a mediator at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center in Los Angeles, California, and as Assistant Director of Publications and Marketing for a West Publishing affiliate. She has been a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center and is a frequent speaker at various events on topics covering diversity management, government employment, career development, personal branding, immigration law and practice, and crime prevention.

Ms. Mai-Windle has been a longtime leader and volunteer in the Department and for professional, community service, cultural, and civic organizations. Her honors include the Federal Asian Pacific American Council's Outstanding Individual Leadership award, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Best Lawyers Under 40 award, and a Department of Justice Special Commendation Award. Ms. Mai-Windle earned a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and a BA in Criminology, Law, and Society with a minor in English from the University of California at Irvine. Any views expressed are her own and do not represent the position of the Department.

Julie D. Soo

Julie D. Soo is a senior staff counsel with the California Department of Insurance. She volunteers in a variety of community causes, including hate crimes projects, civil rights education, campaign work, and community health advocacy. Julie serves on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women (SFCOSW) and is the immediate past president. During her tenure, SFCOSW has make landmark strides in promoting gender equity principles in the workplace and addressing violence against women. She is active with the California Democratic Party Executive Board as a co-chair of the Platform Committee where she focuses on immigration, education, and health care issues. Julie also sits on the Board of Trustees for Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, she is a Lowell High School alumna and holds an A.B. with a double major in Pure Mathematics and Statistics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. San Diego, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. Prior to law school, she worked in pension actuarial science and insurance underwriting for the private sector. Before practicing law full time, she was a journalist for AsianWeek and a legislative aide in San Francisco City Hall. Julie was selected as a 2006 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow based on her submission of a cover story on youth shootings at San Francisco's Chinese Playground and her discovery that no interpreters were available to victims and their families at San Francisco General Hospital after 11:30 PM. She is a 2012 recipient of the Filipina Women's Network Vagina Warrior Award and the 2013 recipient of the Asian Women's Resource Center's Outstanding Giving Back Award for her work in fostering culturally and linguistically competent services for families affected by domestic violence and human trafficking.

Jonathan C. Su

Jonathan Su is a partner in the Litigation Department of the Washington, D.C. office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. Mr. Su represents and advises clients on government investigations and proceedings. Before rejoining Latham, Mr. Su served as Special Counsel to President Barack Obama. At the White House, he advised senior White House and Executive Branch officials on a wide range of matters, including Congressional investigations, risk management, nominations and personnel issues, litigation matters involving the White House and various matters relating to the Department of Justice.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Su was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he conducted twelve jury trials to verdict. Among his first-chair matters included securing trial convictions and guilty pleas of the leaders of a $78 million Ponzi scheme, as well as leading the Maryland portion of a joint Maryland / District of Columbia prosecution of a $49 million embezzlement from the District of Columbia government. Mr. Su also handled and argued several matters in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2010, he received the United States Attorney's Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud.

Earlier in his career, from 2004 through 2006, Mr. Su served as an associate in Latham's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.

After graduation, Mr. Su was a law clerk for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Robert T. Zung

Robert T. Zung has been a legal editor on Daily Tax Report for more than 20 years, writing about a broad range of tax issues. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Antioch School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Antioch, he served as a staff member and then an editor on the Antioch Law Journal (from the Bloomberg BNA Website).

In May 1988, Robert suggested to a group looking into the organization of a national Asian Pacific American Bar association that the name of the organization should be the "National Asian Pacific American Bar Association" or NAPABA for short. The suggestion was formally made to approximately 20-30 APA bar leaders meeting in Chicago in October 1988 and was adopted as the name of the organization.

Your Brand Matters: Staying Ahead from that First Impression

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Marvin A. Liang

Marvin A. Liang is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day, where his practice focuses on transactional and regulatory matters for energy companies and financial institutions. He represents clients in matters related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Federal Communications Commission.

Prior to joining Jones Day, he served as an attorney-advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he worked on orders and notices for the electric, oil pipeline, and natural gas industry.

Marvin co-chairs the International Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area. He is also an active member of the International Energy Law & Transactions Committee of the Energy Bar Association.

Marvin received his law degree cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Science & Technology Law Review and Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy. He received his B.A. from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and is a founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Exes Asian Alumni Network.

Stephanie McCoy Loquvam

A nominee for the American Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award, Stephanie McCoy Loquvam simultaneously serves on two ABA presidential task forces -— Gender Equity and Legal Access Job Corps -— and has co-chaired the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Women's Rights.

In addition to striving to perform stellar work for her clients, leadership in the legal profession is one of Stephanie McCoy Loquvam's hallmarks. In June 2014, she was appointed to the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project. In 2013, American Bar Association President Jim Silkenat appointed Stephanie to his signature initiative, the Legal Access Job Corps Task Force for 2013-2014. She is also a member of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force for 2013-2014, which was created to "address the continuing gender equity issues that exist in the legal profession and in society at large." She has also co-chaired the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Women's Rights and was one of four attorneys selected for the ABA Section of Litigation Young Lawyers Leadership Program 2014 class.

Stephanie served as an Arizona delegate to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly in 2012 and 2013. She was appointed to serve on the ABA YLD Member Services Team for 2012-2013 and was appointed as a Vice-Coordinator for the Member Services Team for 2013-2014.
She joined Aiken Schenk in 2011 after compiling a distinguished record of achievement at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she received her J.D. and a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology with a specialization in Law and Psychology. During law school, Stephanie clerked for three law firms and for the Arizona Supreme Court's Administrative Office of the Courts. Stephanie received the Dean's Award in 2011 for her leadership at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. As a third-year law student, Stephanie was elected as the Vice Chair for the American Bar Association Law Student Division. In 2011, she was recognized by the ABA Law Student Division for her efforts representing the interests of law students nationwide with the Division's Gold Key Award.

Stephanie holds two Master's degrees, in Forensic Psychology and Business Administration. Before entering law school, Stephanie gained valuable legal experience as a paralegal in multi-million-dollar complex commercial disputes. Stephanie concentrates her practice in matters involving corporate governance of closely held companies and other business disputes.

Ireneo A. Reus III

Ireneo A. Reus III is an "AV®-Preeminent™" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Ireneo is the Managing Attorney at The Law Offices of Ireneo A. Reus III, which he founded in 2005. Ireneo represents business owners and corporate clients in business and commercial litigation, employment law, privacy law and other corporate matters. Prior to 2005, Ireneo worked for a national public finance law firm, a civil litigation firm, and the General Counsel's office of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Ireneo earned his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law in 2004, where he was a member of the UCLA Moot Court Honors Program and served as Senior Articles Editor for the UCLA Journal of Law Technology. Ireneo earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, from Whittier College in 2001, where he also competed for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Ireneo A. Reus III served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) of the State Bar of California from 2012 to 2013. Since joining CYLA's Board in 2009, Ireneo has served as CYLA Vice-Chair (2011 to 2012) and Chair of several CYLA Committees, including the CYLA's Future Committee, Jack Berman Committee, and Appointments Committee. Ireneo has been selected for an American Bar Association (ABA) Employment Law Section Fellowship and ABA Business Law Section Ambassadorship. Ireneo continues to serve in leadership positions in local and national organizations such as the American Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles and the Whittier College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ireneo is one of the youngest attorneys to serve on the State Bar of California's Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform, which is tasked with implementing new set of training requirements focusing on competency and professionalism in California in order to better prepare new lawyers for successful transition into law practice.

Ireneo is a frequent author and speaker at continuing legal education (CLE) programs on various topics such as ethics, professional responsibility, social media, pro-bono, civil litigation, and professional development. Ireneo regularly mentors and speaks to law students at his alma mater, UCLA Law School, and other law schools as such University of Southern California, UC Irvine, Pepperdine Law School, Chapman Law School, and other law schools.

Lynn A. Whitcher
Lynn A. Whitcher is the Associate General Counsel for Md7. As the Associate General Counsel, she negotiates leases and other real estate transactions for national wireless communications 
carriers in the U.S. and overseas and provides employment counsel to U.S. and international subsidiaries. Additionally, she has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. Lynn Whitcher graduated from the Southwestern University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of California.

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