Chinese American Bar Association

35th Annual Installation Gala Program
October 13, 2021
Bridge 410  (410 N Paulina St)

Order of Events

[5:30 PM Networking Hour]


[6:30 PM Formal Program]


Opening Remarks & Acknowledgements

Year in Review

Installation by Hon. Jasmine Hernandez

Officers; Board of Directors; Advisory Board; Student Board

Brief Remarks from Hon. Edmond E. Chang

Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Distinguished Service in Law Award

Kim Leung

Rising Star Award

Eric Zhi

Closing Remarks

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Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 17th district. Ms. Gong-Gershowitz is the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants who fought deportation under the Chinese Exclusion Acts, and a crucial leader in the passing of the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act in Illinois. Earlier this year, Speaker Welch appointed Ms. Gong-Gershowitz as the first Asian American ever to Chair the Judiciary - Civil Committee in the Illinois House of Representatives.

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Distinguished Service in Law Award

Kim Leung

Kim Leung is the Managing Attorney for CASL’s Legal Services. She facilitates the delivery of free legal services to low-to-moderate income persons. Prior to joining CASL’s leadership team, Ms. Leung was a regular volunteer at CASL’s Legal Services. She draws from her breadth of legal experience in the private and public sector. She formerly served as Assistant Attorney General to the Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Before entering the public sector, she was an associate at Chicago law firms specializing in insurance coverage and personal injury.

Ms. Leung is passionate about access to justice. She serves on the professionals board of CARPLS legal aid.

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Rising Star Award

Eric Zhi

Eric Zhi is an associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, representing clients in a broad range of domestic and international transactions including mergers and acquisitions, SPAC transactions, commercial real estate transactions, and a variety of corporate matters. Eric is the co-founder and co-chair for Lawyers Helping Our Community, a special legal clinic under Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) that addresses the unique legal challenges faced by small business owners and individuals in Asian American communities.

 
 

Officers

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Ivy Lee

President

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Jon Yee

VP of Operations

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Yan Zong

VP of Communications

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Yankun Guo

VP of Finance & Development

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Huy Nguyen

Treasurer

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Mona Li

Secretary

 
 

Board of Directors

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Alan Chen

Winston & Strawn LLP

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Summer Du

Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.

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Di Fu

Loeb & Loeb

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Frank Gao

Ladas & Parry, LLP

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Helen Ji

Schiff Hardin LLP

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Vincent Kan

Illinois Department of Revenue's Board of Appeals

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Rachel Huan Kao

Law Office of Rachel H. Kao

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Yasmine Kumar

Thompson Flanagan

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Elaine Liu

Mayer Brown LLP

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Jean Liu

Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP

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Peter Liu

Baker McKenzie

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Kim Leung

Chinese American Service League

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Tony Shu

Tony T. Shu & Associates

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Xiang Siow

Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.

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Elaine Sit

Law Office of Elaine Sit

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Stephanie Tang

Loyola University School of Law

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Jianing Xie

Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern School of Law

 

Advisory Board

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Ann Chen

Transunion

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Michael Chu

McDermott Will & Emery

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June Htun

Law Offices of June J. Htun

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Sharon Hwang

McAndrews, Held & Malloy

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Nathan Leong

Microsoft

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Dennis Mondero

Chinese Mutual Aid Association

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Lei Shen

Cooley LLP

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Darryl Tom

SLS Law, Inc.

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Andy Wang

Wang Austin LLC

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Kimberly Wong

Caterpillar, Inc.

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Virginia Yang

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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Gary Zhao

SmithAmundsen LLC

 

Student Board

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Leanne Jossund

Loyola Chicago School of Law

Woman Artist

Shuyao Wang

UIC John Marshall Law School

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Shenzhi (Vera) Wang

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

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Christopher Pillay

University of Notre Dame Law School

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Crystal Chen

University of Illinois College of Law