Northwestern APALSA

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

Meet Our Board

2020-2021 APALSA Board

Co-Presidents

Michelle Kim

Michelle is a second-year law student at Northwestern. Born in Canada and schooled in South Korea, Michelle graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Religion and a Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture. She also holds a M.A. in Asian Religions from Yale Divinity School. Prior to law school, she taught as a Teaching Fellow at an international school in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This past summer, she interned with Siemens Industry’s in-house legal department. Michelle enjoys cross-stitching, baking, and skiing in her spare time.

Linh Nguyen

Linh is a second-year law student at Northwestern. This summer, Linh worked as a Summer Associate (1L LCLD Scholar) at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and as a Fellow in the Children and Family Justice Center of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Prior to law school, Linh worked in a number of strategy and business development roles in the health care industry. Linh holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.   


Treasurer

Barang Phuk

Barang is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She grew up in Cambodia and graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S.B.A. in International Business. Before law school, she was a Research and Outreach Officer for the University Network for Human Rights in Middletown, Connecticut. This summer, she worked as a research assistant for two Northwestern law professors. Having grown up in a rural community in Cambodia, Barang aspires to one day return to Cambodia as a human rights advocate for women and children. Barang likes writing poems and short stories during her spare time.


Vice President of Marketing

Ivey Eugene

Ivey is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A in Media Studies. Prior to coming to law school, Ivey started a children’s library app called tellingBook and worked as a Korean-to-English translator. She spent this summer at Jenner & Block and Cboe as a 1L LCLD Scholar and will be a summer associate in the Bay Area or Chicago next year. At Northwestern, Ivey is involved in Diversity Coalition and the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Center Student Group. Ivey is an avid follower of the UFC and recently, became interested in Brazillian Jujitsu. In her free time, Ivey enjoys weight-lifting, hiking, and watching documentaries. 


Vice Presidents of Community Affairs

Matthew Chang

Matthew is a second-year law student at Northwestern. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to law school, Matt joined Teach for America and taught high school special education in his hometown of San Jose, CA. Additionally, he also founded and directed a legal clinic serving the immigration needs of low-income clients in the Bay Area. This past summer, Matt worked at PepsiCo as in-house counsel. In his free time, Matt enjoys weightlifting, playing video games, and exploring tasty food!

Rachel Lee

Rachel is a second-year law student at Northwestern. Born and raised in Southern California, she graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 with a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics. This past summer, she worked as a Coles Fellow at the Illinois Human Rights Commission. She enjoys true crime podcasts, running, talking about her dog, and reality television.

Henry Zhu

Henry is a second-year law student at Northwestern from Indianapolis. He attended Indiana University for undergrad, where he majored in Finance and International Business and minored in Spanish and Chinese. Before law school, he worked in finance and public interest law in New York and as a teacher in Madrid, Spain. This past summer, he interned with the Legal Aid Society in New York, where he assisted the Immigration Law Unit in defending clients in removal proceedings, and he hopes to work in immigration law after graduation. In his free time, Henry enjoys learning Krav Maga, watching Spanish-language series on Netflix, and eating his way through Chinatown.


Vice Presidents of Membership

Scott Lee

Scott is a second-year JD-MBA candidate at Northwestern. Prior to coming to school, he studied Electrical Engineering Computer Science at UC Berkeley and worked at Apple as a Machine Learning Software Engineer / Data Engineer. He is interested in technology policy and anything in the intersection of law, business, and technology. During the summer, he took a lot of classes and worked as a legal intern for a proprietary trading firm, as well as did data privacy research. In his free time, he climbs, plays badminton, travels and takes photos, and loves online games.

Janice Lin

Janice is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She was born in Taiwan, but grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 with a B.A. in political science and psychology. After college, she worked as a workplace consultant in Chicago for three years before she started law school. For her 1L summer, she interned with VMware’s in-house employment law group. In her spare time, she looks for new shows on Netflix to watch and new recipes and Youtube workouts to try. 


Vice Presidents of Programming

Karen Hsu

Karen is a second-year law student at Northwestern from San Diego, CA. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology. This past summer, Karen worked at the California Department of Justice in its Consumer Protection section. In addition to her position in APALSA, she is involved in the Women’s Leadership Coalition and the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. In her free time, Karen enjoys cooking, jogging on the lakefront, and watching Parks and Recreation.

Janie Hwang

Jamie is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She graduated from Northwestern with a B.S. in Journalism. This summer, she was a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a Research Assistant for a professor at the law school. She winds down by watching movies and sports, and she also enjoys trying out new restaurants in Chicago.

Lizzy Song

Lizzy is a second-year law student at Northwestern. On campus, she is involved in APALSA, First Generation, and the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. She was born in San Jose, California and raised in Seoul, Korea before coming back to the States for college. She attended Cornell University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Law & Society. This past summer, Lizzy worked as a legal intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Chicago. In her spare time, Lizzy likes to binge her favorite shows on Netflix and watch food videos on Youtube. 


Vice Presidents of Professional Development

Patrick (Byung-Hoon) Choi

Patrick is a second-year law student at Northwestern. He was born in Korea but also spent his childhood in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. He graduated from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business with a B.B.A. in 2014. Prior to law school, he worked for five years in the financial industry in New York and Hong Kong. For his 1L summer, Patrick interned at Legal Aid Chicago as an intern in their consumer group. In addition to APALSA, he is involved in campus as the Treasurer for the Student Bar Association. During his free time, Patrick likes to read economic commentaries, cycle at home, and check out Chicago restaurants.

Jing Liu

Jing is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She is originally from China and is currently living in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter. Prior to law school, Jing worked for three years in marketing and advertising in both Hong Kong and New York. In her spare time, she loves working on small DIY projects and binge-watching TV. Her recent favorite shows are The Good Fight, Homeland and Billions. This past summer, she was a judicial extern for the Court of Appeals of California while working as a research assistant at the same time.

HQ Wang

HQ is the second-year law student at Northwestern. He was born and raised in Central Mainland China. He went to University of Washington in Seattle and IE University in Madrid for undergraduate studies with a LLB degree on comparative law. Prior to law school, he worked in Europe and Asia to provide legal compliance for the global cannabis industry and tobacco industry. This past summer, he adopted a dog named Hotpot from Qatar and worked at Accenture’s Legal group in Chicago as a summer legal intern. He and his dog both love all types of outdoor sports. 

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