Saturday, April 7, 2012

Welcome E-Board 2012-2013!!

APALSA is pleased to welcome our e-board for the 2012-2013 Academic Year...

President - Michael Wang
Vice President of Operations - Sarah Damerville
Vice President of Public Affairs - Young Yoon
Treasurer - Joanna Lee
Secretary - Monisha Chakravarthy

Alumni Chair - Kyeong Kim
Academic Chair - Annie Cai
Community Service Chair - Han C. Choi
Mentorship Chair - Daniel Jeng

Please feel free to direct any questions or comments to Michael at or to

Saturday, February 4, 2012

3rd Annual Asian Pacific American Alumni Conference

BU APALSA cordially invites you to the 3rd Annual APA Alumni Conference to be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the BU Law Tower.

The theme of this year's conference is “Breaking Barriers and Overcoming Obstacles in the 21st Century.” This conference will feature trailblazing individuals who have made an impact in the community at large – including those who are considered first in their field where Asians Pacific Americans are traditionally underrepresented, who have taken unconventional career paths, and who have opened new doors of social change and progress.

APALSA has successfully hosted this conference for the past two years, and past speakers have included in-house counsel, a former judge from Japan, a former UN Associate Eligibility Officer in Syria, among many other distinguished BU Law alumni. The Conference is first and foremost an exciting opportunity for alumni – old and new – to connect with students and other alumni, to discuss many important Asian Pacific American issues within the legal profession as well as the world at large.

With more than thirty alumni, sixty students, and six of BU law’s largest diversity organizations participating, the APA Alumni Conference is APALSA’s most prominent event of the year.

Attorneys and alumni registration may be completed here.

Student registration may be completed here.


Below is a tentative conference schedule:

11:30 – 12:00 Registration

12:00 - 1:30
Welcome Reception & Lunch
remarks by Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke

1:30 – 2:00
Keynote Address
Myron Dean Quon
BU Law Class of '93

2:15 – 3:30 Panel Session A

Panel A1: First Steps into Legal Careers
moderated by Professor Robert Volk
BU Law Class of '78

Panel A2: Transitions
moderated by Christian Na, Deputy General Counsel of CIRCOR International, Inc.
BU Law Class of '97

3:30 – 3:50 Coffee & Mingling

3:50 – 4:30
Speed Mentoring

4:30 – 5:45 Panel Session B

Panel B1:
Many Faces of Government Positions
moderated by Maura Kelly, Esq., Assistant Dean for Career Development & Public Service

Panel B2:
International Practice: Opportunities for U.S. Lawyers
moderated by Professor Frederick Tung, Howard Zhang Faculty Research Scholar, BU Law
Harvard Law School Class of '87

6:00 - 8:00 Dinner Reception & Closing Remarks
remarks by Deborah Lau Kee, BU Law Class of '78

-- Select speakers this year include:

Judge John T. "Jack" Lu
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
BU Law Class of '84

Deborah Lau Kee
Associate Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Port Authority
BU Law Class of '78

Commissioner Geoffrey Why
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications & Cable
Boston College Law School Class of '98

Young Paik
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ortiz's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Law Class of '04

Tatyana Kravets
BU Law Banking and Financial Law LL.M. Class of '10
BU Law Class of 2010, Banking & Financial Law LL.M. Class of 2010

Joan Bennett
Counsel to the Commissioner, Massachusetts Division of Insurance
BU Law Class of '09, Banking & Financial Law LL.M. Class of '09

Criselda Luiz
Intake Coordinator, New England Innocence Project (NEIP)
Northeastern University School of Law Class of 2010

Neela Swaminathan
Associate General Counsel, Northeast Health Systems
Widener Law School Class of 2010

Alan Chang
Deputy General Counsel, VP Legal Affairs for NY Yankees
BU Law Class of '92

Yugo Nakai
Staff Attorney, Volunteers Lawyers Project, Boston Bar Association
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Class of '07

Willis G. Wang
Vice President & Associate Provost for Global Programs, Deputy General Counsel, Boston University
Boston College Law School Class of '91

Ku Yoo
Partner, Chang & Yoo LLP
BU Law Tax LL.M. Program
Case Western Reserve University School of Law Class of '07

Dinesh K. Melwani
Associate, Corporate Practice & Japan Practice, Bingham McCutchen LLP
McGill University Faculty of Law, Bachelors of Law and Civil Laws Class of '04

Catherine Mannick
General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, AcadiaSoft, Inc.
former Co-Chair, Russian Practice Group, Hale and Dorr LLP
Harvard Law School Class of '82

Carson G. Burnham
Shareholder, International Practice Group, Ogletree Deakins
former Vice President, Global Employment Law, Nowell, Inc.
University of Pennsylvania Law School Class of '98

... and many other distinguished guests

For questions and comments, please contact BU APALSA.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2011-2012 Events So Far... in Pictures

APALSA Annual Meet the Firms
February 2, 2012

APALSA / BLSA Back to School Lunar New Years Event
MIT Lion Dance Troupe
Soul Food & Seoul Food

January 25, 2012

2011 Annual Reunion Alumni Gala Dinner with
Silver Single Award Recipient

Major General Stephen Tom (BUSL '74)
October 29, 2011

Mentorship Program Kick-Off Dinner
September 22, 2011
Dok Bua - Brookline, MA

Labor Day Dim-Sum with APALSA
September 3, 2011
Hei La Moon, Chinatown