Lawyering in the Post-Trump Era
This panel will focus on the likely impact of the current administration on the API community. Attorneys will particularly focus on changes in the fields of immigration, civil rights, reproductive justice, and the environment. What actions can we as future attorneys and advocates can take now to make a difference?
Jennifer Chou, Reproductive Justice Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California
Ms. Chou earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Mimi Nguyen, Staff Attorney at Asian Law Alliance
Ms. Nguyen earned her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.
Tina Sinha, Co-leader of the National Security and Civil Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Ms. Sinha earned her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Tseming Yang, Former Deputy General Counsel of the EPA, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law
Mr. Yang earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Frank Nguyen, Vice President of IP & Licensing at Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Mr. Nguyen earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Promoting Diversity as an In-House Counsel
Yumi Nam, In-House Counsel at Macy’s
Yumi K. Nam is a member of the California State Bar and serves in-house at Macy’s as Counsel. Prior to joining Macy’s, Yumi worked in-house at an international cookware company and in local law firms with a focus on intellectual property and entertainment law. Yumi received her undergraduate degree from New York University and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, Yumi externed for the Honorable James Lambden (Ret.) of the California Court of Appeal and interned at Fox and Paramount Pictures. Yumi also served as an Executive Articles Editor of the UC Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal and Co-Chair of the UC Hastings Moot Court Board. She is a member of the 2009 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition championship team and continues to volunteer her time as a judge and coach for various moot court competitions.
Jeannie Roebuck, Axiom Global Attorney
Jeannie is currently an Axiom Global attorney on assignment at Google Inc. Prior to joining Axiom Global, she was at a boutique law firm in Silicon Valley which focused on the representation of start ups including corporate and commercial matters. She’s passionate about technology, data privacy, and corporate law. During law school, she focused her studies on Intellectual Property and Data Privacy and held a wide range of externships. She was a judicial extern at the United Stated District Court of the Northern District of California, as well as an extern at the general corporate and Intellectual Property department at IBM. Jeannie received her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine and her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Bianca Paraguya, Privacy and Compliance Analyst at UCSF
Bianca Paraguya is a Privacy and Compliance Analyst at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In her role, Bianca enforces federal and state protections of the personal, sensitive, and medical information of UCSF’s patients, research subjects, students, and workforce. Her areas of focus include regulatory agency review, policy writing, large-scale breach response, and workforce outreach and education. Prior to UCSF, Bianca worked at One Medical Group where she helped to enhance their health privacy education program.
Bianca received her law degree at the University of San Francisco in May 2015. During law school, she completed externships at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office in the Health and Human Services department; ChangeLab Solutions, a public health law and policy non-profit in Oakland; and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, a legal aid non-profit for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area. In between law school and undergraduate studies at UCLA, Bianca was a community organizer in Brooklyn, New York, where she advocated for affordable housing and funding for public health programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and cooking.
Brian Wong, Senior Counsel at Gap Inc.
Brian Wong is Senior Counsel and Director for the Global Employment Law team at Gap Inc. At Gap, Brian serves as employment counsel to the company’s global sourcing, global logistics and Canada field operations. Together, these workforces include more than 11,000 employees in over 20 countries. Prior to joining Gap, Brian practiced at Seyfarth Shaw and Baker McKenzie, where he represented employers in state and federal employment litigation, and advised on a full spectrum of U.S. and global employment laws. Brian attended UC Berkeley and Boston College Law School. He is a past president and current board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, and co-chairs the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In 2016, Brian received a Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award for his work to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
China and the US Legal Market
Anna Han, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law
JD, Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1981
BA, cum laude, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Professor Anna Han specializes in the areas of Chinese law, corporate law, startup businesses and technology licensing. She is well-published, writing primarily on topics relating to the developing legal system of the People’s Republic of China and is the co-author of the casebook “Doing Business in China”, published by West. She has served as the director of Santa Clara University School of Law’s summer programs in Hong Kong, Shanghai Geneva/Strasbourg, Istanbul, The Hague and Oxford and was the director Center for Global Law and Policy for two years. She frequently serves as an expert on issues relating to corporate governance and Chinese law.
Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 1991, Professor Han worked as an associate at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe and, subsequently, as an associate and then partner at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Morgan Lewis). She has also served as Counsel to the international firm of White and Case based in Palo Alto.
Wei Qun, Attorney at Fenwick & West
JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1992
BA, Hebei University of China, 1982
Wei Qun E focuses her practice on corporate and litigation management for technology and life science companies based in the United States and in China. She provides counsel on general corporate issues, venture capital financings, and dispute resolution. Her clients include both startup and large companies. She has substantial experience in managing complex transactions and litigations for Chinese companies.
Wei has been representing Chinese companies for corporate and litigation matters in the United States since 1994 both in private practice and as an in-house legal counsel before joining Fenwick & West. She has gained valuable insights into working with Chinese companies, and understands the cultural differences between China and the United States.
Prior to joining Fenwick, Wei served as General Manager of International Legal Department of BYD Company Limited. Her role included overseeing all aspects of BYD’s international legal affairs. She had her own law firm for more than 15 years before joining BYD.
Wei was born in China and was admitted for the first college class (Class of 77) in China after the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She studied law at UC Hastings after coming to the United States where she received her JD.
Alan Seem, Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP
JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1996
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Law Program, Spring 1996
BA, Dartmouth College, 1991
Tunghai University, University of Massachusetts in Taiwan Program, Fall 1988
Beijing Normal University, Dartmouth Foreign Study Program, Summer 1988
Alan Seem is a corporate partner in the Menlo Park office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. His primary areas of focus are SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S securities offerings, M&A, venture capital and private equity investments and going-private transactions. Alan also regularly advises companies and their boards of directors regarding corporate governance matters, including SEC/stock exchange compliance and disclosure-related matters. Alan was the former head of Shearman & Sterling’s Asia Capital Markets Group and the Beijing Office Managing Partner, having worked 16 years in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, and remains active in the firm’s China practice. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese fluently and is a member of the bar in New York and California.
Ning Zhang, Associate at White & Case
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
MS and MBA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor, Fudan University, China
Ning Zhang is an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. Ning advises clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments and direct investment projects.
Big Law Pro Bono Work for API Communities
This panel will feature one partner and three associates from four top law firms in the Bay Area. The panelists have each made a great impact in their communities through their extensive pro bono experiences.
David Singh, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Mr. David R. Singh is a partner in Weil’s Silicon Valley Office, where his practice covers all aspects of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Recently recognized by the California Daily Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40” for 2016, Mr. Park has been known for his work in a wide variety of disputes including consumer class actions, trade secret misappropriation, and other post-closing M&A disputes.
Mr. Singh contributes to the legal community including through service in the leadership of the ABA (Section of Litigation). He serves on Weil’s firm-wide Diversity Committee and is a co-founder of Weil’s Asian affinity group.
Mr. Singh got his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2003 and his B.A. from University of Minnesota in 2000.
Aseem Padukone, Associate at Covington
Mr. Aseem Padukone is a litigator in the San Francisco office of Covington & Burling. He has represented clients at the trial and appellate level across a wide array of industries in complex commercial litigation matters and white collar investigations.
For his pro bono work, he has represented an incarcerated prisoner in a Ninth Circuit appeal of a § 1983 action, and has also represented an incarcerated prisoner in federal district court in a lawsuit concerning allegations of excessive force.
Mr. Padukone got his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014 and B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2009.
Jamie Yoo, Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Ms. Jamie Yoo is an associate in the Palo Alto office of WSGR, where she specializes in intellectual property litigation and counseling. Her practice focuses on computer hardware, consumer electronics, mobile communications technology, and software patent litigation, including actions pending before several district courts, the International Trade Commission, and arbitration panels.
Ms. Yoo got her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2013, M.S. in Educational Technology from California State University, East Bay, in 2009, and her B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University in 2006.
Christine J. Hung, Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP
Ms. Hung is a litigation associate in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, where she specializes in complex, high-stakes government and internal investigations. She has extensive experience managing government and internal investigations in the United States and internationally. Ms. Hung also has an active pro bono practice in which, among other matters, she has represented asylum applicants in removal proceedings, and obtained a successful settlement on behalf of a California state prisoner in a federal civil rights case. She was shortlisted in 2014 for the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw Impact Award, which recognizes pro bono initiatives that have an extensive impact on a nongovernmental organization, social enterprise or community.
Ms. Hung got her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2009 and her B.A. from Yale University in 2006.