APALSA Board 2021-2022

Bernice Kwan
Co-President
Hometown: Queens, NY
Undergrad: Duke University
Prior Work: Legal Aid Society, Promise of Justice Initiative
Other Org Involvement: Harvard Defenders, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Women’s Law Association
Hobbies: Baking shows, hiking new trails, zombie movies

 

Lenny Giarrano
Co-President
Hometown: Sarasota, FL; Queens, NY
Undergrad: Duke University
Prior Work: Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services; software engineer at Capital One
Other Org Involvement: Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Journal on Legislation, Prison Legal Assistance Project
Hobbies: Running, crosswords, board games, movies, The Bechdel Cast, fiction, basketball, cats, and Lao food

 

Andrew Hyun
Treasurer
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: George Washington University
Prior Work: BlackRock, Ropes & Gray, NASA
Other Org Involvement: HLS Student Government, West Coast Club
Hobbies: No-Limit Poker, Jiu-JItsu

 

Erika Suh Holmberg
Membership Chair
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: Columbia University ‘16
Prior Work: Gibson Dunn (DC office), DOJ Antitrust Division, Greater Boston Legal Services (Immigration Unit)
Other Org Involvement: HLS Advocates for Human Rights, International Human Rights Clinic, International Law Journal
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, making greeting cards, foreign languages, North Korea-related human rights issues

 

Eric Xu
Academic Chair
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Prior Work: Roark Capital Group, Munger Tolles, Asian Law Caucus
Other Org Involvement: Board of Student Advisers, American Constitution Society, Journal of Law & Technology, Harvard Immigration Project, Journal of Legislation, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Hobbies: Music, art museums, long walks, Quizbowl

 

Annie Tao
Professional Development Chair
Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Undergrad: Princeton University
Prior Work: Google
Other Org Involvement: Journal of Law & Technology
Hobbies: Baking, board games, reality TV

 

Amber Feng
Professional Development Chair
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Undergrad: UC Berkeley
Prior Work: Social Justice Collaborative, Children Now
Other Org Involvement: Harvard Law Review, Women’s Law Association, and People of Color Collective
Hobbies: Soccer, women’s sports, comedy, sitcoms, romcoms, Marvel, Jane Austen

 

Tram Tran
Sponsorship Chair
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergrad: UCLA
Prior Work: Ernst Young, Deloitte, Ropes and Gray
Other Org Involvement: West Coast Club, Women’s Law Association, Negotiators, Harvard Business Law Review
Hobbies: Tennis, hiking with my dog, trying new food, traveling, drawing, baking

 

Katie Chen
Sponsorship Chair
Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
Undergrad: Amherst College
Prior Work: Davis Polk & Wardwell
Other Org Involvement: Journal of Legislation, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Journal of Law & Technology, Women’s Law Association, LAPS
Hobbies: Reading, music, food

 

Barbara Tsao
Social Chair
Hometown: San Jose, CA & College Station, TX
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Prior Work: 9-12th Grade Science Educator, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Other Org Involvement: Women’s Law Association, Texas Club
Hobbies: Videography, photography, podcasts, karaoke

 

Katherine Hu
Social Chair
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Undergrad: Columbia University
Prior Work: Akin Gump, Columbia Center for Justice
Other Org Involvement: European Law Association
Hobbies: Watercolor painting, travelling, cooking

 

Irene Kwon
Public Interest Chair
Hometown: Oradell, NJ
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Prior Work: charity: water, NJ Office of the Attorney General
Other Org Involvement: International Law Journal
Hobbies: Board games, reading, drinking iced coffee

 

Madeleine Matsui
Political Chair
Hometown: Hong Kong
Undergrad: Brown University
Prior Work: Altshuler Berzon, Google
Other Org Involvement: Journal of Law & Gender, Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project
Hobbies: Fiction, Crosswords, Travel, Hiking

 

Victoria Li
Community Engagement Chair
Hometown: New York, Beijing
Undergrad: Columbia University
Prior Work: Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia
Other Org Involvement: FiLM Society, American Constitution Society, Women’s Law Association
Hobbies: Lounging in cinemas and petting my two cats

 

Samantha Ilagan
Conference Chair
Hometown: Newburgh, IN
Undergrad: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Prior Work: FTCA Section, Department of Justice
Other Org Involvement: Tenant Advocacy Project, Women’s Law Association, Journal of Law and Gender
Hobbies: Watching soccer and tennis, cooking, learning to ski, knitting and crocheting

 

Lisa Wang
Conference Chair
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI; Harrisburg, PA
Undergrad: The University of Edinburgh
Prior Work: Ekimetrics London
Other Org Involvement: International Law Journal
Hobbies: Cooking, yoga, travel, hanging out with my roommate’s dog

 

Jaylia Yan
Alumni Chair
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Undergrad: Arizona State University, Harvard Kennedy (Master’s)
Prior Work: Delaware Dept. of Justice, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Hobbies: Astro-photography, baking for a village, finding free food on campus

 

Janet Park
Hometown: New Jersey
Undergrad: Columbia University
Work Experience: DOJ (various offices), UNCITRAL, International Paralympic Committee
Other Org Involvement: International Law Journal, Harvard Law and International Development Society, Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association
Hobbies: Food Network & the Great British Baking Show, fashion design, and string instruments

 

Hannah Hsieh
Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA
Undergrad: UCLA
Work Experience: Latham & Watkins, LLP (DC Office)
Hobbies: Weightlifting, Hiking, Yoga, Horror Movies, True Crime Podcasts, Baking

 

 

Kristie Sham
Communications Chair
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: UC Berkeley
Prior Work: Venable LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Other Org Involvement: West Coast Club, Harvard Pan-Asian Graduate Student Alliance, People of Color Collective
Hobbies: Painting, video editing