APALSA Board Members
I received my B.S. in Media, Culture and Communications from NYU in 2011. I received my Master's in Education from Hunter College in 2013. I was a 2011 Teach for America corps member, and between undergrad and law school I worked for 6 years as an elementary school teacher in New York City public schools. I was born in South Korea, grew up in Missouri, and my current hometown is Miami, Florida.
I was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Los Angeles, California. I graduated from USC (didn't bRuin my life) in 2018 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. This year I am one of the Professional Development co-chairs, which means I spend an inordinate amount of time harassing Building Services. At CLS, I am also the co-President of the Health Law Association, a member of First Generation Professionals, and a staffer on the Human Rights Law Review. My primary hobbies involve starting art projects and never finishing them, beating Sangbo in board games, and napping for long periods of time (any nap shorter than 2 hours isn't worth it). I spent my 1L summer as a judicial extern for Judge Anne Richardson in Los Angeles, and will return to Los Angeles this year as a litigation summer associate at a big law firm.
I am a 2L from Los Angeles, California, and I graduated in 2017 from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. I am interested in becoming Guy Fieri's personal attorney. At Columbia, I am also involved with the Craft Beer Club and California Society. I'm a big fan of basketball, football, and not doing cardio. In my spare time, I practice to become the next Slam Dunk champion.
I'm a 2L of Korean descent, and the current APALSA Vice President of Special Events. I am responsible for planning and organizing special programming throughout the year, including the annual APALSA Conference & Gala. In addition to my involvement with APALSA, I am also an editorial staff member of the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, and a member of EASLS, DeVinimus, and CalSoc. My practice interests include copyright/trademark and entertainment law, but more importantly, I aspire to win an F1 Driver's Championship with Scuderia Ferrari or own a world class Spanish vineyard, whichever comes first. Oberlin College '16. INFJ. Right-handed. Likes Roman history, museums, and Jesus. Dislikes picky eaters.
My name is Suzy and I am excited to be serving as a 1L rep! I grew up in Seoul and Vancouver, and studied Econ/Psych at Cornell. I like spinning, swimming, and eating (but not cooking) yummy food! This year, I am also a part of DeVinimus, Harlem Tutorial Project, Columbia Business and Law Association, and Columbia Law Women's Association.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Flushing, New York. I graduated from Amherst College in 2016 with a B.A. in Chemistry. As one of APALSA's Professional Development Co-chairs, I am passionate about helping diverse law students succeed academically and professionally. I am also an editor on the Science and Technology Law Review and a performer in Law Revue. In my spare time, I enjoy hosting elaborate dinner parties, playing board games, and practicing salsa dancing.
I am one of the LLM Representatives of APALSA this year. Prior to attending Columbia, I was practicing corporate law, particularly M&A, in Hong Kong. Although I attended law school in Hong Kong and am a Hong Kong-qualified lawyer, I obtained my undergraduate degree at NYU, majoring in History of Art. I was born in the U.S. (Nebraska!) and while growing up I have lived in several places including Melbourne, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong. During my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking/trekking, diving and underwater photography.
I am a 1L from Hanoi, Vietnam. I graduated from The University of Chicago in 2019 with a BA in Philosophy. At CLS, I am also a 1L rep for Columbia Business and Law Association and a member of the Society for Law, Science and Technology. When I’m not stressing out about law school, I like to eat, sleep, and watch funny dog videos on the internet. My favorite episode of The Office is Stress Relief. On weekends, I like eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting.
Hello! I am the VP of Internal Affairs, responsible for managing internal operations, and a proud member of the APALSA family. I am currently a 2L in the 3-year JD/MBA program, and I am primarily interested in practicing corporate law post-graduation. I grew up in several different places, including North Carolina, Maryland, Minnesota, Southern California, Beijing, and Shanghai. I attended NYU for undergrad, majoring in finance and accounting and minoring in computer science and math. Prior to law school, I worked in investment banking, and for my 1L summer, I worked at a law firm in NYC. At CLS, I am also a music director for Law Revue (jazz hands), a staff editor for the Journal of Tax Law, and an editor for the Foundational Moot Court Program. In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, reading, watching and playing basketball, hiking, and running in Central Park.
I am an Cali-born American Korean, who grew up in Seoul. After graduating Harvard with an A.B. in Government, I started off in marketing and product development at The Economist in New York. Then I made my way to D.C. to work at a litigation consulting firm and eventually ended up at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. After coding in various statistical languages at the Fed for about 2 years, I am happy to be reading and writing words again at Columbia Law School. I am a staff editor of the Columbia Science & Technology Law Review, a member of the Domestic Violence Project, a member of the Columbia Law School Women's Association, and a proud Transfer Representative for APALSA. In my free time, I play Billboard Hot 100 songs on my keyboard, cook for friends, paint in acrylic, or try to keep up my language skills (Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish).
Hi everyone! I am a first generation Korean-American born and raised in Los Angeles, California (Dodgers and Lakers for life). I attended Columbia University here in New York for undergrad, and graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in English & Comparative Literature and Philosophy. Between then and law school, I had the immense privilege of being an elementary school special education teacher through Teach for America in Central Phoenix. Teaching was an amazing experience, and I still try to remain active in the educational spheres by volunteering with organizations such as the Harlem Tutorial Project and the Suspension Representation Program. Additionally, I am also the Secretary of Student Senate, Membership Chair of First Generation Professionals, and a staff editor on the Human Rights Law Review/Jailhouse Lawyers Manual. In my spare time, I try to stay active by doing Muay Thai, walking to restaurants, or picking heavy things up and down repeatedly. If that fails, I don’t mind watching other people exercise and play sports instead (NBA, NFL, MLB, UFC).
I am the Membership Chair - in charge of membership outreach & recruitment, mentorship families, and academic/study panels.
I spent my childhood years in Vancouver, British Columbia, San Jose, California and Seoul, South Korea. I graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Economics and Government and started my career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, then upgraded to being a hedge fund analyst in Singapore. After graduation, I plan to stay in New York and practice corporate law. At CLS, I am the Cellar Master for DeVinimus and the Treasurer of the Gastronomy Society, as well as a staff member of the Journal of Tax Law. My interests/hobbies are travel, adventure sports (skydiving is my favorite), and good food/wine (see activities, supra).
I am a 2L from Southern California. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration and a Public Policy minor. After undergrad, I worked as a management consultant at Accenture in Los Angeles. In addition to being the caravan chair of APALSA, I am also an editorial staff member on the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. In my free time, I like watching reality TV, complaining about the weather, and going to Barry's Boot Camp.
When I’m not appropriating APALSA funds—er, overseeing our budget and reimbursement process in my role as Finance Head—I’m typically drinking wine, attending concerts, or researching wine bars & upcoming concerts. I refined these hobbies while living in SF, where I worked in finance for two years. I also worked as a consultant for two years in Boston. I’m hoping to put my business background to use as a corporate lawyer, but haven’t picked a practice area yet. My CLS involvement outside of APALSA includes the Science and Technology Law Review, DeVinimus, Left Bank Bordeaux Team, and being a student editor for foundation moot court (I was on the specialized IP moot court, AIPLA, as a 1L).
I am a 1L from Dallas, Texas, and I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018 with a B.A. in History. Before law school, I worked as a legal assistant at a law firm in New York, and I hold interests in corporate and health law. At CLS, I am also a 1L Representative for Columbia Business and Law Association, Columbia Health Law Association, and Columbia Law Women's Association. In my free time, I enjoy running outside, exploring cafes, and crossword puzzles.
Hi everyone! I'm a first generation Korean American from Connecticut. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 with a B.A. in Romance Languages (French, Italian, and Spanish) and taught 3rd Grade through Teach for America in New Haven, Connecticut before coming to law school. At CLS, I am also a staff member on the Columbia Law Review and the U-Visa Project Chair of the Domestic Violence Project. In my spare time, I love trying new workout classes, Eating (with a capital 'e'), and crying over the fact that sea otters hold hands when they sleep.
I am a 2L from Melbourne, Australia, and I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a BA in Economics. I spent this past summer in Kuala Lumpur interning for an international freedom of expression + information organisation, where I conducted research on hate speech in Malaysia. I will spend next summer at a law firm in northern California. At Columbia, I am also involved with the American Review of International Arbitration. In addition to being a law student, I am also a comedian, published poet, and food + pilates enthusiast.
I was born and raised in Chicago, and I graduated from Duke (go Blue Devils!) in 2016 with a B.A. in History. Prior to law school, I spent two years teaching at a high school in Seoul. I worked in-house at a hedge fund my 1L summer.
Practice Area Interests: data privacy, technology and life sciences
Hobbies: traveling, eating through NYC, reading, drawing, and taking barre classes
CLS: Columbia Business Law Review, National Security Law Society, First Generation Professionals, and Empowering Women of Color
I am a 1L from Irvine, California. I graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a B.S. in Managerial Economics and Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning. I worked in aircraft finance for two years in San Francisco before attending law school, and I am interested in corporate law practice. At CLS, I am part of the Columbia Business and Law Society, California Society, and DeVinimus. I enjoy dancing (specifically popping) and exploring the city in my free time.
Hi everyone! I am an LLM from Beijing, China. Prior to Columbia, I studied law in Beijing and Munich. I have practiced as a transactional lawyer at several U.S. law firms in Beijing and Frankfurt for six years, with a particular focus on capital markets transactions and general corporate matters. In my free time, I like reading, traveling, exploring gourmet food, and hanging out with my friends.
As the VP of External Affairs, I oversee fundraising for the organization and maintain correspondence with all our firm sponsors. I also work closely with our Professional Development Chairs to plan and manage APALSA's career-related events throughout the year, including various lunch panels and large workshops.
Practice Interests: Litigation/Arbitration/Investigations
Hobbies: Blowing my budget on new restaurants, Sunday brunches, cinema-going, raucous karaoke sessions, Shadowbox classes, and late night Chinese takeout.
Other CLS Involvement: Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Society of International Law, Society for Chinese Law
I'm a 1L from Blandon, Pennsylvania. I graduated from NYU this past year with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations. At CLS, I'm also a member of Empowering Women of Color. I've met so many wonderful people through APALSA already, so I'm excited to join as a 1L rep! When I have free time, I love hiking, doodling, and watching van life videos on YouTube.
I am a 1L from Los Angeles, California. I graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychobiology. After graduation, I worked for a boutique employment law firm in Westwood, California. I'm involved in the California Society, Columbia Health Law Association, and Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Society. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and watching Gordon Ramsay clips on YouTube.
I am a 2L from the San Gabriel Valley in California. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a B.A. in Physics. After undergrad, I did data analysis and visualizations at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore. Later, I worked at a small intellectual property firm as the patent case manager. In addition to being the special events chair of APALSA, I am also a Foundation Moot Court Student Editor and an editorial staff member on the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. My primary areas of interest are patent and antitrust litigation. When I'm not studying, I like watching TV and spending money I don't have.
Anna Xie is a Public Interest Co-Chair in APALSA. Prior to law school, Anna graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration and spent three years working in Silicon Valley. Outside of APALSA, Anna is also involved with the American Constitution Society and Journal for Gender and Law. She is also a Research Assistant focusing on issues of gender law and a Writing Fellow through the Legal Writing Center. Currently, Anna is interested in pursuing a career in litigation and is an extern at the Legal Aid Society. Over the summer, Anna was a law clerk with the Maryland Attorney General's Office. Outside of law school, Anna enjoys eating her way through NYC, playing wholesome board games with friends, karaoke-ing, and writing in first person (she promises).