Executive Board

2021-22

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Claris Park

PRESIDENT

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

 

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania

 

About: Claris is a 2L at Georgetown Law. After she graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, they worked as a theatre maker and an administrator at Spiral Q, an arts and cultural organizing non-profit based in West Philadelphia. She was a member of the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists collective and was nominated for multiple Barrymore Awards for acting in 2019. They often worked on contemporary plays that explored social and political issues, which naturally led to their interest in studying law. They are interested in antitrust law, communications law, and international criminal and human rights law. She also serves as the Outreach Coordinator of Georgetown's Antitrust Law Association and is currently an intern at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

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Vivian Meng

EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT

Hometown: TBA

Undergrad: TBA

About: TBA    

 

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Becca DiPietro

INTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Undergrad: Georgetown University Class of 2019 (Major in Government and Chinese)

 

About: I was adopted from Zhanjiang, China and grew up in Baltimore, MD. I moved to DC to attend undergrad at Georgetown, where I studied Government and Chinese and was involved with AASA and the College Democrats. Before law school, I worked at the National Governors Association serving governors in their economic missions by planning and implementing trade missions and conferences both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to serving on APALSA’s e-board, I’m in the Global Law Scholars program and a Legal Practice Law Fellow. I like exploring restaurants, going to the gym, and swing dancing in my free time. I’ve been to China and Greece twice each and would love to travel to other countries!

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Steven Xie 

SECRETARY

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey 

Undergrad: Georgetown University, Class of 2018 (BA in Government and Economics) 

 

About: TBA 

 

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Seana Buzbee

TREASURER

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergrad: Carleton College, Class of 2015 (Majors in Economics and Studio Art)

 

About: I was born in NYC, but raised primarily in Atlanta, GA before heading to college in Minnesota. After graduating, I took a job in Denver, CO at an economic consulting firm. We operated at the intersection of law and economics, supporting expert witnesses in various lawsuits. I was at that firm for about 5 years before coming to law school. I am still figuring out what area of law I want to pursue moving forward, but am currently getting exposure to court proceedings, trials, the criminal justice system, and more legal research and writing as a Law Clerk at the Alexandria Public Defender's Office. In my free time, I love to play with my dog, get outside, go to concerts, and make art. 

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Luis Chu

ACADEMIC CHAIR 

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Undergrad: University of Toronto (Major in Pharmacy)

 

About: I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and studied pharmacy at the University of Toronto for my undergraduate degree. I practiced as a pharmacist in Canada for several years before deciding to transition my career into law. For my 1L summer work experience, I am a 1L Scholar at Skadden Arps in Washington, D.C. I enjoy reading, indoor rock climbing, and meeting new people. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for a friendly chat about anything at all.  

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April Rose Knight

PROFESSIONAL CHAIR
(PRIVATE SECTOR)

Hometown: TBA

Undergrad: TBA

 

About: April Knight, a 3L at Georgetown University Law Center, is a former journalist based in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While at Georgetown, she was a judicial intern for U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, as well as the 2021 Diversity Summer Associate and 2022 Summer Associate at Van Ness Feldman LLP’s Washington D.C. Office. April is an Online Development Editor and Featured Online Contributor for the American Criminal Law Review (ACLR). She recently published “Under Attack: How Enhanced Anti-Protest Laws Impede and Endanger the Free Press” for ACLR Online.

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Richard Wang 

PROFESSIONAL CHAIR
(PUBLIC SECTOR)

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

Undergrad: Emory University ’19 (Major in Political Science & Economics/Mathematics)

 

About:  I was born and raised in Hangzhou, China. The first time I came to the U.S. was for college. After graduating from colleges, I worked as a macroeconomic researcher for a think tank. In my 1L summer, I worked for Tzedek DC dealing with cases and policy issues related to finance. My academic interests cover business law and administrative law. I am interested in exploring law and policy-making issues. Outside of law school, I am interested in playing chess, tennis, and any kind of board games. 

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Grace Beck

TRAILBLAZERS CHAIR

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Undergrad: Columbia University (B.A., Political Science)

 

About: Prior to matriculating at GULC, I worked as a program coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. I also have extensive experience in the Los Angeles hospitality industry, as a restaurant manager and event planner. This past summer, I interned at the Constitutional Research Institute of the Constitutional Court of Korea. In addition to APALSA, I am a Global Law Scholar. I enjoy baking elaborate pastries, playing video games, weightlifting, knitting dog sweaters, and cats.

 

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Jinny Moon

SOCIAL CO-CHAIR

Hometown: San Jose, California

Undergrad: TBA

 

About: Hello, all! I'm Jinny Moon, a rising 2L and incoming Social Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. I lived my youth in San Jose, California and moved to Korea to finish my education. My dual background inspired me to obtain a bachelor's and master's degree in International Studies. As a passion, I've been engaged in the Korean Intervarsity Debate Association, hosting, adjudicating, and debating in national and East Asian debate competitions throughout college. My practice interest currently lies in litigation (specifically international arbitration and white collar defense), but I am genuinely interested in trying out transactional work as a summer associate next year. I joined APALSA to pass down the same warm welcomes I've received when I came in as a 1L, and I am equally excited to meet more APALSA upperclassmen and graduates through the events Annie and I will be hosting in Fall 2021 and beyond.    

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Annie Dang

SOCIAL CO-CHAIR

Hometown: Everett, Washington

Undergrad: Harvard University (Major in Social Studies)

 

About: Annie Dang is a 2L at Georgetown Law. After graduating from Harvard with an honors degree in Social Studies, she was a paralegal in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and a researcher at Harvard Business School. She has broad interests in white collar prosecution, anti-money laundering regulation, and fintech. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Annie is passionate about serving the legal needs in her community--in her free time, she works pro bono at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in DC, focusing on domestic violence and naturalization cases. On campus, Annie is an APALSA Social Co-Chair, a Law Fellow, and a member of Georgetown Trial Advocacy. She is the inaugural recipient of the APABA-DC First-Generation Law Student Scholarship.