Press Release: New York Asian American Law Students Excel at National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention in New Orleans

November 18, 2015  

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

NEW YORK – November 18, 2015 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to congratulate Christina Nguyen and Azizah Ahmad on their recent honors from the NAPABA Law Foundation (“NLF”), which were presented on November 7, 2015 at the NAPABA Rising Convention at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana. NAPABA is the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and it established the NLF in 1994. The 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. We also congratulate Katherine Zhang, who was elected as Northeast Regional Director of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (“NAPALSA”) at the NAPABA Rising Convention.

Christina Nguyen, a third-year law student at St. John’s University School of Law and former AABANY Legal Intern, received one of the two UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships for $5,000, awarded to law students in the Asian Pacific American community who are the first in their family to go to law school. Azizah Ahmad, first-year law student at Brooklyn Law School and former Senior Programs Associate for NAPABA, received one of two Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships of $7,500, awarded to the law students who demonstrate particularly outstanding leadership potential to serve the Asian Pacific American community, as selected from all of the scholarship applicants by the NLF in consultation with the President of NAPABA. Katherine Zhang, who was elected as the Northeast Regional Director of NAPALSA, is a second-year law student and the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (“APALSA”) at Brooklyn Law School.

“We at AABANY are proud of Christina and Azizah to have their achievements and leadership potential recognized by the NLF with well-deserved scholarships,” said Yang Chen, Executive Director of AABANY. “We also congratulate Katherine for her election to Northeast Regional Director of NAPALSA. All three students exhibit traits that will serve them well as future leaders in the legal profession, both within the Asian Pacific American community and beyond. Congratulations to Christina, Katherine and Azizah.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to [email protected].

Correction: A previous version of this press release erroneously identified the scholarship that Christina Nguyen won as the $2,000 NLF Scholarship. This was incorrect. She received one of the two $5,000 UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships. 

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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AABANY Speakers at NAPABA Rising 2015

The following made New York proud at the 2015 NAPABA Annual Convention in New Orleans. 

  • Solo/Small Firm Boot Camp
    Featuring Eve Guillergan; Edward Kang, Mentorship Program Coordinator; and Tsui Yee, Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair
  • Asian Pacific Americans in Alternative Dispute Resolution: A New Frontier
    Featuring Theodore K. Cheng, Litigation – ADR Sub-Committee Chair
  • Lessons from Detroit: Advising Municipalities in Distress
    Featuring Commercial Bankruptcy & Restructuring Committee Co-Chair Vincent Roldan
  • The ABCs of Insurance Panel Counsel
    Featuring KALAGNY Immediate Past President Kyun Yi
  • Surviving The Lion’s Den: A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Navigating Office Politics
    Featuring Blossom Kan, In House Counsel Committee Co-Chair
  • Fishy Justice: SCOTUS Takes on Prosecutorial Discretion & Over-criminalization
    Featuring Vinoo Varghese, Former Board Member
  • The New Hollywood: How Technology is Transforming Entertainment Media
    Featuring Vernon Chu
  • Shattering Double Ceilings: How to Increase APA Women Leaders in Law
    Featuring Jennifer H. Wu
  • NAPALSA – Social Justice, Clerkships & Government Jobs, and Alternative Careers for JDs
    Featuring Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  • Luncheon & Plenary Session: The Voting Rights Act 50 Years Later: A Call to Action
    Featuring Jerry Vattamala
  • Asian-American LGBT Attorneys & The Bamboo Closet: To Stay In or Not?
    Moderated by Connie Montoya
  • Many Pros, Few Cons – More and More Lawyers Turning to Compliance
    Featuring Julie Kwon, Former Mentorship Program Coordinator, and Robert Shin
    Chaired by Michelle Rhee, Advisory Committee Member
  • Secret Handshakes: Practical Leadership and Professional Development Skills for APAs
    Moderated by Michael Yap
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: What’s Happened and What Does it Mean for 2016?
    Moderated by Jerry Vattamala
  • Sorry, I Thought You Were the Interpreter – When It’s Lawyers Who Are Being Profiled
    Featuring David Lat
  • Rising Waters: Practical Tips on Making It Rain
    Featuring Rio Guerrero, Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair
  • The Ins & Outs of Becoming an Administrative Law Judge: A View from the Bench
    Moderated by Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  • Breakfast & Plenary Session: Women Leaders in Public Service
    Featuring 2015 AABANY Women’s Leadership Award Recipient Jenny R. Yang and 2016 AABANY Women’s Leadership Award Recipient Michelle K. Lee
  • Paradox of Abundance: The Ups & Downs of $50/Barrel Crude Oil
    Featuring Clara Ohr,  Immediate Past President 
  • Strategies for Effective Advocacy in Combating Human Trafficking
    Featuring Song Kim, Issues Committee Co-Chair
  • Justice for All: LGBT Civil Rights & the API Community
    Moderated by Glenn Magpantay, LGBT Committee Chair, and Carmelyn Malalis
  • Why and How to Become a Law Professor: Advocacy for APAs Through Legal Scholarship
    Featuring Elaine Chiu
  • NAPALSA Pre-Law Conference
    Featuring Christina Nguyen, Former Intern
  • General Counsel Roundtable
    Featuring Don Liu, Advisory Committee Member, and Ivan Fong, 2016 AABANY Corporate Counsel Leadership Award Recipient
  • AABANY Trial Reenactment: The Vietnamese Fishermen and The Ku Klux Klan – See the full cast, photos, and highlights of the event by clicking here.