APALSA Board Members
Yae Rin is from both South Korea and Orange County, California and graduated from University of Berkeley in 2017, double-majoring in Political Science and Social Welfare. As the Special Events Chair, she will be coordinating the annual Conference and Gala, Trial Re-Enactment, and other events of APALSA. Along with APALSA, she serves on the board for the Society for Korean Legal Studies (SKLS) and Columbia Health Law Association (CHLA). She is an enthusiast of board games, rooftop bars, team sports, and ethnic cuisine.
Vivien Lee was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Michigan, and she graduated from Wellesley College in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. After undergrad, she worked as an R.A. at the Brookings Institution, where she examined various issues on fiscal and monetary policy. In addition to being a public interest co-chair of APALSA, she is a staff member of the Columbia Law Review and a board member of the Education Law and Policy Society. Over the summer, Vivien was a legal clerk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Vivien is a former national champion in Sanda (Chinese kickboxing), and occasionally taught boxing classes at her local gym before the pandemic.
I am excited to lead APALSA’s fundraising and career-related programming this year as the VP of External Affairs! I was born in Korea and spent my childhood in Seoul and Vancouver, Canada. I studied Psychology and Economics at Cornell and continue to be passionate about analyzing the legal system through a social science lens. I spent my 1L summer at a New York firm (while being physically located in Seoul!) and am completely undecided on a practice group. This year, I will also be serving as a staff editor for the Journal of Law and Social Problems, a teaching assistant to Professor Kraus, and a member of the Empirical Legal Studies Lab.
I'm a 2L from Hanoi, Vietnam and the current Vice President of Special Events. In addition to my involvement with APALSA, I'm part of SLST, CBLA, and HRLR. My practice interests include international arbitration and financial markets. I aspire to win a medal in the USAPL Raw Nationals someday.
Hello! I am a 3L in the 3-year JD/MBA program and a current 3L Representative for APALSA. In my 2L year, I was APALSA's VP of Internal Affairs, as well as 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. I attended NYU for undergrad, majoring in finance and accounting, and prior to law school, I worked in investment banking in NYC. Post-CLS, I plan to practice corporate law in NYC. In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, reading, watching and playing basketball, hiking, and running in Central Park.
As one of the two Professional Development Co-Chairs for APALSA, I work with the VP of External Affairs on liaising with firms regarding sponsorships and organizing professional development programs such as lunch panels and workshops. I grew up in several different places, including Seoul, Korea, Bloomington, Indiana, and Los Angeles, California. I graduated from Colgate University in 2017 with B.A. in Mathematics and Economics. At CLS, I am also the President of Society for Korean Legal Studies and a staff member of the Journal of Tax Law. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, snorkeling, or watching documentaries.
I was born right here in New York City but grew up in Tokyo, where I attended international schools. I graduated from Princeton in 2017 with an A.B. in East Asian Studies and a Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication. Before CLS, I spent a couple years working as a paralegal. During my 1L summer, I worked as a summer associate at Simpson Thacher. As one of APALSA's Professional Development Co-chairs, I am committed to helping our members pursue their professional goals, especially in light of the changes and uncertainty we are all facing! Outside of APALSA, I am Communications VP of the Columbia Business Law Association (alongside our very own Jenna Shin!) and a 1L Moot Court Student Editor. This year, I'll be a resident of the Business School, but plan to be very active and present for all things APALSA!
I am a 2L 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 Davis Polk in New York, and I also worked as a summer associate at a law firm in Boston for 1L summer. At CLS, I am also a staff member of the Columbia Business Law Review and VP of Communications of the Columbia Business and Law Association. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new cafes and foods, watching documentaries, and spending time with friends.
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 the Diversity and Development Editor on the Columbia Law Review and a member of the Advanced Mediation Clinic. 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.
Hello! I am a 2L from Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, Korea. I graduated from Columbia in 2018 with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Political Science. In my spare time, I love to watch movies, research new restaurants to explore, and learn how to cook virtually by watching cooking videos. Apart from APALSA, I serve on the boards of the Society for Korean Legal Studies and the Columbia Gastronomy Society.
I’m a 2L from Hong Kong and I graduated in 2018 from UCLA with a B.A. in Business Economics. I am interested in space law. I’m also involved in the Law and Entrepreneurship Society and the Journal of Asian Law. I love baking bread, cooking, and binge watching shows. I regularly wake up at 6 am to be punched in the face at Krav Maga.
I am a 2L from Irvine, California. I graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a B.S. in Managerial Economics and Environmental Policy, Analysis, & Planning. I worked in aircraft finance for two years in San Francisco before attending law school. As a Membership Chair for APALSA, I am in charge of membership outreach and recruitment, mentorship families, and academic / study panels. I am also an Editor on the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. My hobbies include freestyle popping, flying drones, and exploring NYC (well actually... now it's enviously watching my plants get more sun than I do).
Hello! I'm a 2L originally from Blandon, Pennsylvania. I graduated from NYU in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations. At CLS, I am also a staff member of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, a Myra Bradwell Banquet Chair for CLWA, and a student editor for the Foundational Moot Court Program. In my free time, I love trying new arts and crafts, doodling, and hiking!
I am a 2L from Seoul, Korea, and I graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics. I will be overseeing APALSA’s budget and reimbursement process this year. In addition to being the VP of Finance of APALSA, I am also the Professional Development Chair of SKLS and a staff member of the Columbia Journal of Tax Law. In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix and basketball, trying out new recipes, and walking in parks.
Hi everyone! I'm a 2L from Los Angeles, California. I graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychobiology because I was pre-med and confused. After graduation, I worked at a boutique employment law firm in Westwood, California. In addition to APALSA, I'm also a staff editor on the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review (STLR) and an Event Chair for the Columbia Health Law Association. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, chilling with my dog, and watching scary movies with friends.
I'm a 2L who grew up in Hong Kong and I'm the Public Interest Chair for APALSA. I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Before law school, I worked in operations management for an industrial supplier, fundraising for a Chicago non-profit, and as the assistant to the CEO of a legal technology company. During my 1L summer, I interned in the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Attorney General's Office. At CLS, I am also the Vice President of the Domestic Violence Project and a member of the Columbia Law Review. In my free time, I enjoy reading all types of fiction, watching reality TV, eating spicy food, knitting, and running.