Chao-Fujioka Family Scholarship for International Law:  Michelle Shim, 2L Stanford

Michelle is interested in international transaction law and cross-border litigation.  She is a Franke Fellow in Business Law at Stanford, Co-President of APILSA, and an IP patent litigation legal research assistant. She has worked at Kim & Chang in South Korea, Bates White Economic Consulting in Washington, DC, and Democracy Works in New York. This summer she will be interning at Cravath in New York, working on cross border transactions.

Chao-Fujioka Family Scholarship for Public Law/Government Service:  Eric Wright, 3L UCB

Eric served two tours in Afghanistan as an Army combat engineer. Following his military service, he joined the Foreign Service as a diplomat in China and South Sudan. Eric volunteers with Legal Obstacles Veterans Encounter.  Last summer he interned for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Sacramento, assisting litigation attorneys in cases before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  After graduation, he plans to work as a civilian attorney for USACE and to join the California National Guard as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

Asian Pacific American Judges' Scholarship: Laurel (Na Hye) Kim, 1L Stanford

Laurel has drawn from her experience as a first-generation immigrant in working between 2019 and 2022 as a Pro Bono Legal Intern at Proskauer Rose in New York, where she staffed the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Hotline and worked with clients through the Sanctuary for Families Human Trafficking Intervention Court clinic.  She then was a law clerk for the Judiciary Team for Senator Mazie Hirono, working on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and other immigration issues.  She is also a co-inventor on U.S. Patent 10,672,213 (Currency Sorting Mechanisms and Methods).

Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. Family Scholarship: Jung Kim, 3L UCB

Jung is a co-president of APALSA and the Articles & Essays Editor for the California Law Review.  She grew up in Boston, but graduated high school in Seoul.  In 2023, she was a law clerk for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in San Francisco and a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb in Washington, D.C.  After graduation, she will serve as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in the Central District of California.

Joseph and Chang Morozumi Scholarship: Rachel Kwok, 3L UCB

Rachel has been a student law clerk at the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis School of Law.  Drawing on her grandparents’ experience, she aspires to serve indigent, immigrant clients from a range of multicultural backgrounds. In the summer of 2023, she was a law clerk with the Santa Cruz County Counsel.  She has volunteered for the Worker’s Rights Clinic – Center for Workers’ Rights in Sacramento, and before law school was an intern in the Summer Immigration Defense Unit and Domestic Violence Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.  In the summer of 2024 she will intern at Project South.

The Puri Family Scholarship: Kirsten-Audrey Mauban, 3L USF

Kirsten is an officer of the Pilipino American Law Society and the APALSA Mentorship Chair.  She is an advocate for intersectional social justice in the contexts of tenant rights, indigent defense, and international human rights law.  In 2022, she worked for the Cambodia NGO Committee on The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and in 2023 she clerked at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office.  After graduation, she will work at the Solano County Public Defender’s Office.  

AABA Law Foundation Scholarship: Emily Taing, 2L UC Law SF

Emily serves as a Staff Editor for the UC Law Journal of Race and Economic Justice and the President of APALSA.  She is a Bay Area native – born in San Francisco’s Chinatown  – and grew up working alongside her parents at their family’s donut shop in Santa Clara.  She is a first-generation college student and daughter of Cambodian refugee and Chinese immigrant parents.  Prior to law school, she worked in practice support at Pillsbury Winthrop in New York and Los Angeles. And Emily interned during the summer of 2023 at the Federal Trade Commission in San Francisco as the NAPABA Fred T. Korematsu Fellow.

These stipends were funded by the extraordinary generosity of AABA members in 2023 and 2024.

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