2019-2020 APALSA Board
Ysabel is a second-year law student at Northwestern. Born and raised in the Philippines, she graduated from the University of California in Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and Business Economics. She was a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois during the summer after her first year of law school, and will be a summer corporate associate at a big law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area next year. When she’s not busy studying, she enjoys exploring Chicago, satisfying her sweet tooth, and singing in the shower.
Juna is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to law school, she was at a tech startup in San Francisco, and also organized for the Hillary Clinton campaign. She spent this past summer at Legal Aid in Los Angeles, and will be returning to the Bay Area next summer to work at a firm. In her free time, Juna can be found wandering around the latest exhibit at the MCA (it’s free for students!), doing pilates/yoga, or watching movies.
Jiachen Liu is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She grew up in China and completed her undergraduate degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she majored in Chinese Law and Economics. This past summer, Jiachen worked at a Chicago plaintiffs’ law firm. She intends to explore more transactional work next summer. Jiachen likes swimming and playing tennis in her spare time.
Vice President of Marketing:
Gahyun is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She grew up in Korea and came to the United States to attend Vassar College, where she studied political science and Chinese. After college, she spent a year in China for graduate studies in international relations and worked in Korea for some time before coming to law school. This past summer, she worked at a non-profit where she conducted research on alternative dispute resolution programs in the United States. Next summer, she will work at a big law firm in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, exploring restaurants in Chicago, and cooking.
Vice Presidents of Community Affairs:
Grace is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She lived overseas in Turkey before coming to the U.S. to go to college. She went to the University of Virginia and graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in History and Political Philosophy, Policy & Law. Grace came straight-through to law school and spent this past summer interning at Legal Council for Health Justice in Chicago. Next summer, she will be interning at Mayer Brown in Washington D.C. Grace likes to eat out with friends at Asian restaurants, sing in the shower, and watch shows with a lot of character development.
Shuhan is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She grew up in China and completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern, majoring in Communication Studies and Political Science. This past summer, she interned for a judge in the Southern District of New York. Next summer, she plans to work for a law firm in their Hong Kong office. She enjoys trying out new restaurants in Chicago, and has recently developed an interest in archery.
Vice Presidents of Membership Engagement (formerly Social):
Marie is a second-year law student at Northwestern. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and Business. Before law school, she spent two years working as a project assistant at a law firm. She winds down by binge-watching Schitt’s Creek, trying new recipes, running along the lakefront, and discovering new true crime podcasts. She’s got the best recommendations for Japanese restaurants in Chicago.
Michelle is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She was born in Korea and grew up in New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University, where she studied Chemistry and Psychology. During her first summer of law school, she worked at a non-profit in New York City called Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund on their Immigrants’ Rights and Voting Rights Projects. This coming summer, she will be at a big law firm in New York City. In her spare time, she thinks about what kind of dog she wants to get and things she will do once she has the dog (she already has a name for the dog; his name is Woof Blitzer).
Vice Presidents of Programming:
Yunah is a second-year law student at Northwestern from Seoul, Korea. She studied at Yonsei University majoring in English Language and Literature and spent an exchange year in California. Yunah also worked as a paralegal at an asset management company before coming to law school. This summer, she was in Hong Kong where she was either working or swimming off a boat. Yunah always craves Chinese food, and loves going to Chinatown. She also enjoys walking around the city, going to concerts, and watching cute dog videos on Instagram.
Chris is a second-year law student at Northwestern from Durham, NC, with roots in New York City and Chicago. He attended Duke University for undergrad, where he studied English Literature and History. This past summer, he worked as a Lefkow Public Interest Fellow at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in Chicago, where he handled U-Visa and asylum matters. Next summer, he will work in the litigation group at a big law firm in Silicon Valley, CA. In his spare time, Chris enjoys taking photographs around the city, running along the lakeshore, singing at karaoke bars, talking Duke basketball, and being involved in church.
Vice Presidents of Professional Development:
Ebe is a second-year law student at Northwestern from Queens, NY. She graduated from The City College of New York with a B.A. in Asian Studies. This past summer, she worked as a law clerk with the City of Chicago in its Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory, and Contracts Division and will be splitting next summer between New York and Chicago at a big law firm. Ebe likes to read and buy things in her spare time, and occasionally likes to cook and go to the gym.
Yaesul is a second-year law student at Northwestern. She attended Emory University where she majored in political science. This past summer, she worked as a Summer Associate at Katten in Chicago, and plans to return to Katten next summer. In her spare time, Yaesul likes to binge watch Netflix shows including House of Cards and Friends. She also enjoys painting, cooking, and exploring new neighborhoods in Chicago.