APALSA Board Members
Hey everyone! My name is William and I am 2L from northern Los Angeles County, CA. I graduated from Harvard in 2018 with a B.A. in Social Anthropology and minor in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights with a focus on Asian American Studies. Before law school, I worked as a youth organizer at the HANA Center in Chicago. This past summer, I worked at the Civil Legal Services Division of the Public Defender Service of DC. In addition to APALSA, I am also a PI/PS Fellow, a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic, a staff member on the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, a member of the Paralegal Pathways Initiative, and organize with the Restorative Justice Collective, Economic Justice Collective (associated with NLG), and the Parole Advocacy Project. In my free time, I love eating good food with friends, going to the movie theater, playing board games, and watching Korean dramas / other good TV.
Hi everyone, I'm the co-chair for APALSA's Professional Development. I'm from South Korea and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Financial Economics, and loved it so much that I came back for law school! Aside from APALSA, I am also involved in the Columbia Business Law Review, Gastronomy Society, and the Society for Korean Legal Studies. In my free time, I enjoy discovering new restaurants with friends, visiting museums, and walking around the city. See you around campus, and please reach out if you have any questions!
Hey everyone, I'm Ray and I'm one of APALSA's Public Interest Chairs! I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from Dartmouth in 2018. I worked as a financial analyst in New York for three years before starting Columbia's JD/MBA program last fall. I previously also worked part-time at the U.S. Development Finance Corporation and spent this past summer at NYC Law's Economic Development Division. At Columbia, I'm involved in the Journal of Law and Social Problems, the Public Interest Law Foundation, and Bar Review. Outside of school, I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to the gym, and adding new restaurant/bar pins to my Google Maps.
Hi everyone! My name is Nancy Lu, and I'm a 2L from New York City. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021 with a degree in Health and Societies. This past summer, I worked in-house at Pfizer (even though I've received 2.5 doses of the Moderna vaccine). On campus, I'm also a staff editor on the Science Technology Law Review and a co-president of the Columbia Health Law Association. I like to spend my free time baking chocolate chip cookies, drinking coffee, window shopping, and solving crossword puzzles. Reach out to me anytime to chat about anything!
Hi everyone! My name is Molly Lu, and I'm a 2L from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, which means I tell everyone I'm from Toronto. I graduated from McGill in 2020 with a double major in history and religious studies (with focuses on Chinese history in the early 20th century and Ancient Israelite religion, respectively), and then I worked at Pool Supplies Canada for a short stint. The pool supplies job was post-pandemic; pre-pandemic, I waitressed at a pho restaurant and then a fine dining restaurant. You'll find me touring East Village, Chinatown, and Flushing every weekend looking for new things to eat, but I'm also at the Met every other weekend sketching, and in Riverside Park every other evening enjoying the sunset and the view of New Jersey.
Hey everyone! My name is Melody and I’m a 2L from Taipei, Taiwan. I went to undergrad at Rice University and studied Political Science and Policy Studies. During my 1L summer, I interned at Communities Resist here in New York, which is a housing justice organization. This school year, I am also a staffer on the Human Rights Law Review and on the board of the Taiwanese Law & Culture Club and Gastronomy Society. I love chatting about books, music, and the joys of scrolling through Facebook Marketplace!
Hey everyone! I'm a 2L from Toronto, Canada. I graduated from Western University in 2020, majoring in Business Administration. Before law school, I worked at a securities trading firm in Toronto. Aside from APALSA, I'm also involved with First Generation Professionals and the Journal of Race and Law. During my 1L summer, I was a legal intern in the Juvenile Rights Practice at The Legal Aid Society. In my free time, I enjoy jazz and urban dancing, binge-watching Korean dramas, and getting my 9 hours of sleep a night (on a good day).
Hi APALSA! My name is Lena, and I am a 2L from Salt Lake City, Utah. I graduated from Yale University in 2021 with a B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience concentration) and a certificate in Data Science. During my 1L summer, I was a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Outside of APALSA, I am a staff editor for the Columbia Law Review and a member of the Mediation Clinic. My favorite things include reading manga, running, and caffeinating. I am so excited to welcome you all to APALSA! Please feel free to reach out about anything and everything. I am happy to share my experiences finding a community in APALSA and navigating 1L as a KJD who is unsure about the type of law she hopes to practice!
Hi all! I am APALSA’s VP of Finance. I am a 2L from Beijing and New York. I graduated from Cornell University in 2021 with a double major in Sociology and Economics, and went straight through to Columbia for law school. During my 1L summer, I interned with a judge in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. Outside of APALSA, I am also a Staff Editor for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and the U-Visa Chair of the Domestic Violence Project. In my free time, I love learning about new fashion trends, traveling, vlogging, and bookstore browsing.
Hi there! I’m VP of External Affairs for APALSA this year. I grew up in Southern California and graduated from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business along with a minor in Geospatial Information Systems in 2018. Before law school, I was a management consultant in SF for a few years and also worked on building a boutique hotel business in Laguna Beach. In addition to APALSA, I am a staff editor on the Columbia Business Law Review and a member in the Mediation Clinic. In my free time, I enjoy scuba diving, playing golf, and trying different afternoon tea spots in NYC. For my 1L summer, I was an in-house legal intern at a tech company. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship or startup work, let’s chat!
Hi everyone! I am a 2L from Seoul, Korea. I graduated from Brown in 2019 with a B.A in Visual Art and Sociology. Before coming to law school, I worked at the GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation and the Seoul office of Cleary Gottlieb. During my 1L summer, I worked at the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition to APALSA, I am the Co-President of the Society for Korean Legal Studies, the Vice President of Social Programming at the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Society, and a staff member of the Journal of Law & the Arts. In my free time, I enjoy café hopping, watching movies, visiting art museums, and reading!
Hi everyone! I'm a 3L originally from Blandon, PA, but I've called New York home for the past six years. I graduated from NYU in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations. At CLS, I was also a staff member of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and a student editor for the Foundational Moot Court Program. In my free time, I love trying new arts and crafts, playing with my cat Frankie, and hiking!
Hi everyone! I’m a 2L and one of the Social Chairs. I grew up in Paris, France and graduated from UChicago in 2019 where I studied public policy and human rights. Before law school, I worked for two years as a paralegal at a firm in Paris doing anti-corruption work. This summer, I interned at the International Rescue Committee. In addition to APALSA, I am also Director of Social Programming for the Gastronomy Society, Treasurer for the Taiwanese Law and Culture Club, and a Staff Editor on the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. In my free time, I enjoy baking, exploring the city, and going to karaoke with friends.
Hi everyone! I'm a 3L 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. During 2L, I was the President of APALSA, Event Chair for the Columbia Health Law Association (CHLA), and a staff editor on the Columbia Science and Technology Review (STLR). Post-CLS, I will be working at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges in New York. In my free time I enjoy watching basketball, playing board games with friends, and dreaming of becoming a baker.
Hi everyone! I am APALSA's Pro Bono Chair. I was born in China and immigrated to the US when I was eleven years old. Now my family is in Atlanta, GA. I graduated from Cornell in 2020 with a major in Economics. During my 1L summer, I worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York. At Columbia, I am also a staff editor on the Science and Technology Law Review, a student editor for the foundation moot court program, a Professional Development Co-Chair for First Generation Professionals, the Treasurer and Caravan Chair of the Domestic Violence Project, a Pro Bono Co-Chair of the Society for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, and the Treasurer of the Taiwanese Law & Culture Club. I am also a research assistant at the Columbia Justice Lab, focusing on youthful offender laws. In my free time, I love traveling, exploring different foods, and watching live performances.
Hi everyone, my name is Amy. I'm APALSA's VP of Special Events. I went to Penn for undergrad where I studied Communication. At Columbia, I'm also the Fundraising Chair for CLWA, Co-President for SKLS, and staff editor for CLR. I spent my 1L summer at a litigation boutique. Apart from school, I enjoy doing arts and crafts, traveling, and rewatching Modern Family.