Officers

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Hsin-Hsin (Ivy) Lee

President

Ivy Lee is a contracted Legal Counsel at CompTIA, Inc. Prior to CompTIA, she worked as an attorney at Hlustik, Huizenga, Williams & Vander Woude Ltd., where she served as outside general counsel for middle market companies. Her practice includes commercial contracts, corporate governance, M&A, real estate, and counseling U.S. businesses on cross-border transactions. She is a regular volunteer at the Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic, where she provides free legal consultation related to landlord tenant, wills & trusts, divorce, and immigration. Ms. Lee is a graduate of Chicago Loyola School of Law and the University of Michigan.

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Jonathan Yee

Vice President Operations

Jon Yee is an associate at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP where he regularly represents domestic and London-based insurance carriers with respect to financial institution bonds, as well as commercial crime and broker-dealer professional liability policies. In addition, Mr. Yee has extensive litigation experience with respect to matters involving complex commercial and professional liability disputes. Mr. Yee attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received a degree in urban and regional planning, and the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While at Notre Dame, Mr. Yee served as the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society and Assistant Rector of Stanford Hall. Prior to serving as CABA's Vice President of Operations, Mr. Yee served as its Treasurer. He also received CABA’s 2020 Rising Star Award.

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Yankun Guo

Vice President Finance & Development

Yankun Guo is a partner with Goldstein & McClintock LLLP in Chicago. She advises on corporate and securities law, with application to emerging technologies, fund formation, venture financing, and corporate compliance. Additionally, she acts as outside general counsel to a number of small businesses and start-up companies. Prior to joining Goldstein & McClintock, Ms. Guo spent several years in private practice following company-side positions with Opportunity Financial, LLC and in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group’s Transactions, Commercial Relations Group and Corporate Compliance Team. Ms. Guo is also the Vice-Chair in the Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee of Chicago Bar Association.

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Jing Zhao

Vice President Communications

Jing Zhao is a corporate counsel at Hill-Rom, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, where she works closely with company executives and corporate development teams in structuring, managing and implementing a variety of strategic corporate transactions, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic investments and other corporate transactional activities. Ms. Zhao also provides legal, contracting and negotiation support for highly strategic OEM, integration, development, partnership and licensing transactions for commercial matters.

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Huy Nguyen

Treasurer

Huy Nguyen is an associate at Factor where he negotiates commercial contracts for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, focusing on information technology, data protection, and healthcare compliance. He was previously an associate at a consumer bankruptcy law firm providing financial guidance to debtors to navigate their Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. Huy is also a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and is an active volunteer at the monthly Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic, providing free legal consultation to clients on various matters, including landlord-tenant, employment, family, and personal injury disputes. He received his BBAs in Marketing and International Business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Yan Zong

Secretary

Yan Zong is an associate at Merz & Associates P.C., a boutique IP litigation firm. Prior to Merz & Associates, she worked at a law firm representing clients in a wide range of matters.  Ms. Zong is licensed to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She volunteers at the Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic.

 

Board of Directors

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Alan Chen

Alan Chen is an associate at Winston & Strawn LLP and focuses his practice on private equity and mergers & acquisitions.  He has also worked at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Office of the General Counsel for the Governor of Illinois, and as a Senior Analyst in Global Finance for Burger King Corporation.  Mr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Chicago, where he competed as a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim Team.

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Summer Du

Summer Du is an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department, Collections, Ownership, and Administrative Litigation Division. Her practice focuses on debt collection and creditors’ rights. Prior to City of Chicago, Ms. Du worked at a Fortune 500 company as a senior compliance associate. She has also been a regular volunteer at Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic, consulting clients in domestic relation matters. Ms. Du was a clerk of Judge Mark J. Lopez in Cook County, and APALSA president of DePaul University College of Law in 2014-2015. Before law school, She worked as a sports event organizer in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Coppa Italia 2011.

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Frank Gao

Frank Gao is a registered patent attorney and chemist at ABC Patents. Mr. Gao has counseled corporate clients and individual inventors, since 2009, in a wide variety of patent matters, securing patents in chemical, mechanical, material science, medical technologies, and litigating patents and trademark matters all around the U.S. His specialty is patent drafting and litigating, prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios. Prior to joining Ladas & Parry LLP,  Mr. Gao worked for another prominent Chicago patent law firm and he was in-house patent counsel at Sandvik. Before Sandvik, he was a patent agent/attorney at a law firm in California. Before entering law school, Mr. Gao worked at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) editorial division, where he analyzed and built database entries for patents in fields of pharmaceuticals, polymer, and material science, as well as supervised associates on building databases projects, and reengineering entry input system. Mr. Gao also worked at Princeton Biomolecules where he synthesized customized peptides via solid-state synthesis.

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Helen Ji

Helen Ji is an intellectual property attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP. She is experienced in all stages of patent litigation, with a primary focus in life sciences patent litigation. Helen’s past academic and laboratory experiences, including at the National Institutes of Health, allow her to effectively handle a broad range of technologies including biomedical devices, mechanical devices, e-commerce platforms, software, electronic devices, and pharmaceuticals. She additionally has experience in trademark counseling, prosecution, and litigation and has counseled a diverse range of clients, from small startups to established businesses, regarding transactional intellectual property issues. Ms. Ji received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the Associate Board of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, a member and former executive chair of the Young Professionals Board of Cures Within Reach, and a committee chair of Chicago Women in IP.

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Vincent Kan

Vincent Kan is a Hearing Officer with the Illinois Department of Revenue's Board of Appeals. He hears petitions for relief from Department penalties and interest as well as offers-in-compromise on final state tax assessments. Previously, Mr. Kan served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Revenue Litigation Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General where he practiced state and local taxation as well as creditor's rights law. He has been lead trial counsel on several state income tax, sales/use tax, property tax, and state excise tax matters. Mr. Kan has also been a speaker at both the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax subcommittees. He earned his LLM in Taxation in 2010 and JD in 2008 from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his BS in Information Systems from University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. He is admitted to the bars of Illinois (2008), New Jersey (2008), and New York (2009).

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Rachel Huan Kao

Rachel Huan Kao is an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois, with a solo practice dedicated to immigration law. She serves AILA Chicago Chapter on various committees. She also serves Chinese American Bar Association - Chicago on the Board of Directors. She is a past board member and Treasurer of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, past Treasurer of Chinese American Bar Association – Chicago, and past board member of Asian American Bar Association – Chicago. Ms, Kao is actively involved in the ISBA Minority Bar Association CLE program, enforcement of the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and has often spoken on immigration issues to the community.  Ms. Kao is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (JD), the University of Illinois School of Public Health (MPH), and Washington University in St. Louis College of Arts and Sciences (AB).

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Yasmine Kumar

Yasmine Kumar is currently a Vice President of Executive Liability at Thompson Flanagan where she provides insurance options to private equity clients. Prior to this role, Ms. Kumar was an Associate in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and a Tax Associate in the Multistate Tax Services group at Deloitte Tax LLP. Throughout her personal and professional life, Ms. Kumar has been involved in the Chinese-American and wider Asian-American community. She looks forward to making relationships in CABA and helping further the bonds in the Chicago Asian-American legal community throughout her service on the Board. Ms. Kumar graduated from the Illinois College of Law and is licensed to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court.

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Youyang "Mona" Li

Youyang "Mona" Li is an associate at Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno, & Lenz-Calvo LTD and focuses her practice on employment-based immigration matters. She has previously worked at Baker McKenzie, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Immigration Project. Ms. Li received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law and her BA in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Michigan.

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Elaine Liu

Elaine Liu is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Her practice has encompassed all stages of litigation in federal and state courts as well as arbitration proceedings. She also provides counseling to clients seeking to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws. She has significant experience in a broad range of substantive areas, including primarily the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), labor and employment, consumer class actions, False Claims Act, financial services, and telecommunications. Ms. Liu is also active in the firm’s pro bono program. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Ms. Liu worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable Laura Taylor Swain, Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as a legal extern for the Bronx Defenders. Ms. Liu received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and served as Editor-in-Chief and a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Business Law Review, as well as Co-President of the Education Law & Policy Society. Before attending law school, she worked as a management consultant advising corporations on business strategy. Ms. Liu received her AB cum laude with High Honors in Economics from Harvard University.

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Jean Liu

Jean Liu is an attorney at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP. There, she regularly represents domestic and London-based insurance carriers with respect to financial institution bonds, and commercial crime, employment practices liability, mortgage banker/broker professional liability, and directors and officers liability policies. She also has extensive litigation experience with a wide range of matters including those arising from commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice, other professional liability, and employment law. Jean regularly handles class action matters rooted in privacy law, including the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and counsels clients with respect to an array of regulatory matters. Jean attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received degrees in cognitive science and anthropology, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where she received her law degree and served on the executive boards of the Annals of Health Law, Loyola Consumer Law Review, and APALSA. Jean is the immediate Past President of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and also serves as the Second Vice President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area.

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Tony Shu

Tony Shu concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, immigration and naturalization, corporate and business transactions serving immigrants from Asian countries since 1980. He volunteers in the Chinese community as a host on a radio program on legal issues and elected four terms as the Chairman of the Board and four terms as the President of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, an institution representing Chicago’s Chinese community to promote its economic, social, cultural and political interests. He currently serves as a Director of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Mr. Shu was recognized by the Cook County State’s Attorney for his service to the Asian communities with the Asian Pacific American Community Service Award; the Chinese American Bar Association for his contribution to the legal profession as a distinguished Chinese American attorney with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Chicago Bar Association for promoting access to the legal community with the prestigious Vanguard Award. He served as an Illinois Delegate at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012 and Philadelphia in 2016. Mr. Shu is married to Yvonne for 41 years and they have three adult children, Adam, David and Sarah.

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Xiang Siow

Xiang Siow is currently an associate at Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C. in the New Markets Tax Credit group. His practice focuses on representing investors, lenders, and borrowers in community development transactions. Mr. Siow has also been an active participant in pro bono matters, both in Chicago and at his prior law firm in New York City. Mr. Siow received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Commissioner of the law school’s intramural basketball league. Prior to law school, he graduated from the University of Chicago and worked in Queens, New York at a non-profit organization focused on assisting immigrant- and minority-owned small businesses.

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Elaine Sit

A solo practitioner focused on guardianship matters and a Guardian ad litem in Cook County, Elaine attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.A., M.A.) and graduated from I.I.T. Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.).


She has written for the ASIAN LAW JOURNAL (U-California Boalt), 20th CENTURY CHICAGO: 100 YEARS, 100 VOICES (SUN-TIMES) and FEDERAL LAWYER MAGAZINE; she was featured in the July 2019 issue of CHICAGO LAWYER MAGAZINE for her work at the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) clinic in Chinatown.


Elaine received CABA’s Justice Laura Liu Lifetime Achievement award in 2020.  She also serves on the Board of CVLS.

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Hao Tan

Hao Tan is a partner at Arch & Lake LLP. He works closely with clients in Asia and U.S. to obtain IP protections all over the world. Hao has both a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. His technical experience and language skills are invaluable to his clients in a global marketplace. Mr. Tan has drafted freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, patentability, and invalidity opinions. In addition to his prosecution work, he provides advice to prospective and existing clients about patent strategies in the U.S. and China. He has also handled many patent appeals, Inter Partes Review (IPR), and Post Grant Review (PGR). He works with a broad spectrum of technologies including: communication systems, data processing systems, analog and digital circuits, medical imaging systems, smartphones and wearable devices, microprocessor architectures, signal processing devices, semiconductor devices, artificial intelligence technology, and LCD and LED devices.

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George Wu

Dr. George Wu is an experienced Intellectual Property attorney who focuses his practice on biomedical-related matters and cutting-edge technologies. He is experienced in counseling clients on patent applications as well as trademark and copyright registrations, specifically in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, and medical device industries. Dr. Wu also represents clients in Inter Partes Reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. Alongside 14 years of legal experience, his strong technical background in molecular and cell biology provides him with an additional perspective when advising clients.

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Jianing Xie

Jianing Xie is a Staff Attorney at the Chicago Community Bond Fund. She is passionate about supporting families impacted by the criminal legal system, and creating a racially just society for communities of color. Prior to CCBF, Ms. Xie was a legal fellow with Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where she established a family defense practice to represent parents impacted by incarceration in their child welfare proceedings. She regularly volunteers with the Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic, and is a member of i2i Chicago. Ms. Xie is a graduate of Harvard Law School, '19 and Duke University, '13. As a law student, she served as the Executive Director of Harvard Defenders and a student attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s family practice. In recognition of her contributions to the HLS community, she was awarded the Frank S. Righeimer, Jr. Prize for Student Citizenship and named a Harvard Presidential Scholar. Ms. Xie interned previously at the Orleans Public Defender and the Federal Defender Program of Chicago. She is admitted to practice in Illinois.

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Eric Zhi

Eric Zhi is an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

 

Advisory Board

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Ann Chen

Ann Chen is Senior Counsel at Abbott Laboratories, working on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She previously served as Abbott’s first full-time attorney focusing on social media and digital matters. She also serves as Chair of the Abbott Legal Department's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team and was a 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. Ms. Chen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science and obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, followed by a federal clerkship with Judge Adalberto Jordan in the Southern District of Florida.  She started her career at Kirkland & Ellis and was formerly global trademark counsel at Mars, Incorporated.  The National Law Journal named Ann a "Top 40 Under 40 - Chicago's Rising Stars."

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Michael Chu

Michael Chu is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago. Michael focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law. As an experienced litigator for over 28 years, Mr. Chu handles complex IP cases before the federal courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Chu also supervises the prosecution of patent and trademark applications and leads inter partes review teams before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Chu also has extensive experience working with domestic and international clients on cross-border transactions, IP portfolio growth, licensing, government regulation, outsourcing and import/export issues in Asia and Europe.

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June Htun

June Htun has been practicing Immigration and Nationality Law since 2009. She is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and Burmese. Ms. Htun graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois with a Juris Doctor degree. She is a solo practitioner with an office in Chicago, Illinois. The majority of her practice is in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, concentrating on removal/deportation proceedings, humanitarian visas and family-based immigration. She appears at U.S. immigration courts, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices throughout the U.S.  June also practices federal litigation before various U.S. Circuit and District courts nationwide.

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Sharon Hwang

Sharon A. Hwang is a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., where she focuses her practice on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling.  She provides strategic counsel to clients regarding complex patent disputes involving a wide variety of technologies from medical devices to cellular telephony to consumer products.  Ms. Hwang has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and an IP Star since 2015, and was recently named one of World Intellectual Property Review’s Influential Women in IP 2020 and one of Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in Law 2020.   Ms. Hwang is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, Vice-Chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, and President-Elect of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Board for the University of Illinois.  She received the Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award from CABA in 2018, and the Vanguard Award from CABA in 2016.

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Nathan Leong

Nathan Leong is a technology attorney and leads the legal and government affairs team for Microsoft U.S. Health & Life Sciences on a variety of matters including complex cloud and AI transactions, regulatory policy and compliance, and overall legal strategy and execution. He speaks and writes regularly on technology innovation, cloud and AI, data protection, and digital health. In addition to CABA, Mr. Leong co-chairs NAPABA’s health law committee, serves on the board of the AABA-Chicago Law Foundation and recently completed a term as at-large member of the LCLD Fellows Executive Council.

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Dennis Mondero

Dennis Mondero has served as Executive Director of Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) since August 2013, after serving for approximately ten years on CMAA’s Board of Directors. Mr. Mondero is a first-generation immigrant, born in the Philippines, when his family moved to Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in 1971.  Mr. Mondero received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana, his Juris Doctor from Indiana University at Bloomington, and his Master of Law Degree in Real Estate from John Marshall Law School. After some time practicing commercial real estate law, Mr. Mondero joined the City of Chicago as Chief Counsel for the Department of Buildings, then subsequently held positions as Deputy Buildings Commissioner, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer for the CTA. Mr. Mondero is a past President of the Asian American Bar Association and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago.  Among his current activities, he sits on the Board of Directors for Illinois Partners for Human Services and on the national board for the National Federation of Filipino American Associations.  Mr. Mondero also serves on Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Advisory Collective, and various other community advisory boards, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and Truman College.

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Lei Shen

Lei Shen is a partner in the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy and Technology Transactions practices in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Ms. Shen advises clients regarding a wide range of global data privacy and security issues.  She advises companies on navigating and complying with state, federal, and international privacy regulations, including with regard to global data transfers, data breach notification, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), CAN-SPAM, and more. She also advises on e-commerce issues, and on issues concerning mobile privacy and emerging technologies, such as telematics services, Internet of Things, and big data. Ms. Shen has extensive experience working with companies across many industries to develop privacy statements, terms of use, privacy policies and playbooks, and other internal and external policies and procedures to comply with privacy laws. She regularly negotiates data privacy and security provisions in vendor agreements. Ms. Shen was named to Global Data Review’s “40 Under 40” list for top data lawyers from around the world in 2018.

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Darryl Tom

Darryl Tom is of counsel to Shaw Legal Services, Ltd., and concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and public finance.  He received a B.A. in economics from Cornell University, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He has represented clients in various litigation matters from inception to trial, including matters involving consumer fraud, products liability, construction disputes, and real estate litigation matters.  On the public finance side, he has worked on transactions for the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority, as well as various educational institutions and hospitals. Mr. Tom is a past president of the Chinese American Bar Association of Chicago,  past president of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, board member of Erie Family Health Center, board member of the Lynn Sage Foundation, and former board member of the Chinese American Service League. He was a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow in 1999-2000, and received the Business Leaders of Color Award from Chicago United in 2009.

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Andy Wang

Andy Wang is a partner at Wang Austin LLC, a boutique law firm that practices exclusively in the employee benefits and executive compensation area. He advises public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions all over the country on the design, implementation, administration, and compliance issues that arise in connection with all types of employee benefits plans, including retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, cash and equity-based incentive compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and fringe benefit programs.  Mr. Wang also has represented clients on matters before the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor involving determination letter submissions, plan corrections, audits, and penalty assessments, and he has significant experience handling the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of various types of corporate transactions. Mr. Wang has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Listing in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  He is a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation, and is a past honorary board member of AABA Chicago. Mr. Wang earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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Kimberly Wong

Kimberly Wong is Assistant General Counsel, Cat Digital Lead Counsel, at Caterpillar Inc.  In her role, she advises leadership and business teams responsible for bringing digital and technology capabilities to Caterpillar products and services.  With almost one million connected assets worldwide, Caterpillar is focused on using data, technology, advanced analytics, and AI capabilities to help customers build a better world.  Prior to joining Caterpillar, she was senior counsel at McDonald’s Corporation and an associate at Baker Hostetler LLP.  She received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

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Virginia Yang

Virginia Yang practices environmental, natural resources and conservation law and currently serves as legal counsel at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Her work includes USEPA Superfund matters, FEMA grants & appeals, and administrative rule making. Most notably, she served as Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Natural Resources in the 2014 Lake Michigan Water Allocation issue and was appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals in 2009.  Ms. Yang obtained her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law and her M.S. and B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Yang is the first recipient of the 2016 Justice Laura Liu Lifetime Achievement Service Award from the Chinese American Bar Association for her work with CABA, including as President from 1995-2002.

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Gary Zhao

Gary Zhao represents clients in high-stake and complex business litigation matters nationwide. A partner in SmithAmundsen LLC’s commercial litigation group, Mr. Zhao has secured victories through both trial and arbitration for his client in cases involving breach of contract, intellectual property, false advertising, unfair competition, business fraud and other disputes. Mr. Zhao has been recognized by NAPABA as one of Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2015. He is the past President of the Chinese American Bar Association and is a recipient of the Presidential Leadership Award from the organization. Mr. Zhao is a past board member of AABA Chicago and received its Member of the Year Award in 2010. He was recognized as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Mr. Zhao is currently a member of NAPABA’s Board of Governors.

 

Student Representatives

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Crystal Chen

Ms. Chen is currently a 2L at the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign, where she serves as a member of the Executive Board for ALSA, the Asian Law Student Association. She also works as a pro bono legal intern at the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Chen was born in Nanjing, China. Prior to law school, Ms. Chen went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ms. Chen hopes to practice intellectual property law. Ms. Chen enjoys playing guitar, reading about AI technology, and visiting museums in her spare time.

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Jessica Lee

Ms. Lee is a 3L at the University of Chicago Law School, where she serves as co-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Prior to law school, she received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. She will be practicing in restructuring after graduation.  Her interests include weightlifting, reading about pop economics, and origami.

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Amanda Rhim

Ms. Rhim is a 3L at the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is a member of the Asian American Law Students Association as well as a Senior Article Editor of Notre Dame's Journal of Legislation. Ms. Rhim is from the Chicago suburbs and plans to practice in Chicago after graduation. Prior to law school, Ms. Rhim went to the University of Missouri and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. Her areas of interest are labor and employment. In her spare time, Ms. Rhim enjoys jet skiing and cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Adam Shu

Mr. Shu is a 2021 J.D. Candidate at the Northern Illinois University College of Law where he was a Closing Argument Competition semifinalist, Mock Trial co-champion, Moot Appellate Court Competition semifinalist, as well as a member of the American Constitution and 2nd Amendment Societies. This past year, he joined the Northern Illinois University Legal Clinic in their efforts to aid the underserved communities in and around Chicago’s collar counties. Prior to law school, Mr. Shu earned his M.S. in International Hospitality Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Kendall College in Chicago; he plans on practicing law with an emphasis on hospitality-focused corporate real estate. As the proud son of an immigrant, Mr. Shu also hopes to support pro bono legal services focused on immigrant communities.

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Christina Xiang

Ms. Xiang is a 3L at UIC John Marshall Law School, where she serves as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association from 2019 to 2020. She is currently working as a judicial extern for the Circuit Court of Cook County Probate Division. She volunteers at the Chicago Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic by assisting with client intake and providing Mandarin-English interpretation. During her 1L summer, Ms. Xiang participated in the 1L Moot Court Competition where she won the Octofinalist and worked as a law clerk at the City of Chicago Law Department. Ms. Xiang was born in Beijing, China and came to the US when she was 16 years old. Prior to law school, she went to Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Ms. Xiang is a figure skater and enjoys snowboarding and scuba diving in her spare time.

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Yunge Li

Ms. Li is currently a 3L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she serves as the president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She is interested in the intersect of data privacy, healthcare, and technology and has relevant experiences working for retail pharmacies and a biotechnology company. Prior to law school, Ms. Li has a background in social anthropology and business management.

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Y. Jeffrey Tsai

Jeffrey Tsai is a 3L at Chicago-Kent College of Law where he serves as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, and Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing I & II. During his 2L year, he externed for Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s intellectual property practice group. He regularly volunteers at the Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic assisting with client intake and providing Mandarin-English and Cantonese-English interpretation. Prior to law school, Jeffrey went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a B.A. in Political Science and Communication. His interests include Formula One Auto Racing, comic books, and cooking. Jeffrey hopes to practice intellectual property and corporate law.