Congratulations to the 2020 AABA Law Foundation Summer Scholarship Recipients

Salle Yoo and Jeff Gray Charitable Foundation Summer Public Interest Scholarship:  Yong Bin Chang

Yongbin Chang is a rising 2L at UC Berkeley School of Law.  He is interning this summer at the East Bay Community Law Center, Housing Clinic, where he will advocate on behalf of the AAPI immigrant and elderly community, as well as other low income families from being evicted from their homes during this current health and economic crisis.  He has also volunteered as a student advocate through Berkeley Law’s East Bay Dreamers Project with the East Bay Community Law Center, focusing on immigration rights and is the incoming Co-Director of the program. Yongbin has also already started his involvement with AABA and is currently the co-chair of the Law Student Committee. 

This scholarship is funded through the generosity of the Salle Yoo and Jeff Gray Charitable Foundation.  Long active with AABA as a former Board member, when asked what inspired her and Jeff to establish this scholarship, she replied simply, "Ray Ocampo has been a leader in supporting APA law students for years, and since the need is so great, we decided to join him". 

Salle Yoo and Jeff Gray Charitable Foundation Summer Judicial Externship Scholarship:  Jen-Ann Lee

Jen-Ann Lee is a rising 2L at UC Davis School of Law.  She is externing this summer with Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes, USDC Eastern District of California.  Jen-Ann is pursuing law as a “second career” after working for the last few years as an engineer for various State environmental regulatory agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board and eh California Air Resources Board.  After starting law school, she has volunteered for the Worker’s Right Clinic, pursuing her passion of community service.  Jen-Ann is a licensed professional Civil Engineer and in response to the oft asked question, "why law?", her response is a simple "to create real change" to be a voice and an advocate for the APA community.   

This scholarship is also funded by the Salle Yoo and Jeff Gray Charitable Foundation.  Salle's hope is that other AABA members will join her and Jeff in supporting the next generation of APA legal advocates and leaders.

AABA Law Foundation Summer Stipends: Kiyoshi Din, Michelle Truong and Christin Kim

This summer as a result of the unprecedented need demonstrated by Bay Area law students, the AABA Law Foundation Summer has awarded stipends to Kiyoshi Din – rising 3L at UC Davis School of Law, Michelle Truong – rising 2L at Santa Clara University School of Law  and Christin Kim – rising 2L at UC Hastings School of Law.  Kiyoshi is externing this summer at the Alameda County Public Defender's Office where last year he worked on the Clean Slate Program. He was so inspired by the Program that created a Clean Slate Clinic at UC Davis where he will be continue to be an advocate this coming year. Michelle is externing with Justice Nathan Mihara. Michelle's immigrant parents are small business owners and she has seen first-hand the struggles of small businesses who serve their underserved community while also dealing with vandalism and robberies.  Christin has served as a community advocate for Asian immigrants and domestic violence survivors and is externing this summer with Justice Therese Stewart.  She intends to utilize her legal skills to continue to advocate for increased language access for APA immigrant survivors. The stipends will allow them to continue with their volunteer work.

These stipends were funded by the extraordinary generosity of AABA members in 2019 and 2020.

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