APABA SILICON VALLEY CHARITY FOUNDATION


Each year, the APABA Silicon Valley Charity awards Achievement Scholarships to law students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  The purpose of our scholarships is to recognize law students who have demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American community, who overcame personal hardships or challenges, or who have shown excellence and achievement in law school.  The recipients of our Achievement Scholarships have volunteered at various non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area, and many of our past recipients have volunteered at organizations dedicated to providing legal services for the Asian Pacific American community.  These scholarships are made possible through funds raised from our annual Gala, generous sponsors such as LTL Attorneys LLP, and matching donations from other organizations such as BALIF.

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2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Equal Justice Scholarships (sponsored by LTL Attorneys LLP)

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HENNA KAUSHAL is a 1L at UC Berkeley School of Law. A proud double golden bear, she received her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Her undergraduate thesis concerned the dynamic issues around statelessness within the South Asian context. She has worked in India on corporate social responsibility projects, and she has studied in France on post-colonial immigration issues.

As an undergraduate, Henna was a community organizer in Sikh, South Asian and API spaces and an active abolitionist in the anti-human trafficking movement. As a law student, Henna hopes to continue organizing for gender and racial justice. Prior to entering law school, she worked at a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth in civic engagement and political activism. After law school, Henna intends to pursue a public interest career affecting change in issues of immigration and incarceration

 
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JAYA REDDY is a 2L at Santa Clara Law pursuing a career in child advocacy. She is proud to be born and raised in San Mateo. Jaya received her Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in Political Science with a minor in English. She lived and taught English in Jilong, Taiwan after graduating, then moved to Portland, Oregon to work at a civil litigation firm. Since returning to the Bay Area in 2016, Jaya has volunteered with  APABA Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Law's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and Vietnamese American Law Students (VALS), and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She worked in the Juvenile Justice unit at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office during her 1L summer, representing the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program. Jaya is APALSA's Community Service Chair and the Family Law Society's Communications Chair at Santa Clara. Jaya hopes to increase minority exposure to legal education, reform education legislation, and promote rehabilitative criminal justice. In her free time, she enjoys watching "Judge Judy" with her grandma and reading hornbooks poolside.

 

APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Scholarship

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ITIR YAKAR worked as a legal affairs journalist with the San Francisco Daily Journal and an ESL teacher in the API community Before attending UC Davis School of Law. Itir came to law school to pursue a social justice and civil rights career. Her experience as an immigrant woman from a Muslim country shaped her interest in minority and women’s rights.

Itir has focused her efforts in the fields of LGBTQ rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and disability rights. She worked as an extern with the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the ACLU, the Equal Justice Society, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, the EEOC, and the California Supreme Court.  At King Hall, she served as Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild and was active with the Black Law Student Association, La Raza, Lambda, and the Disability Rights Law Association. Itir holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and French from UC Davis and Master’s degrees in law and journalism from Northwestern University.

 

Public Interest Scholarship (with Asian Law Alliance)

ALYSSA V. DAATIO is a 2L at the University of San Francisco School of Law (USF). Alyssa is interested in Immigration and Family Law. Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside. As an undergraduate, Alyssa worked for the Immigration Law Offices of Hadley Bajramovic and helped the undocumented immigrant population in Riverside. Prior to attending law school, Alyssa worked as a paralegal for Berry, Appleman and Leiden, LLP in San Francisco, California. This past summer, Alyssa was a law clerk at Asian Law Alliance, assisting low-income and minority clients with their housing and immigration related issues.

She currently serves as Vice President of the Immigration Law Society (ILS), Community Chair for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and as the Social Chair for the Pilipino American Law Society (PALS). This semester, Alyssa is working on affirmative asylum cases as a student intern at USF’s Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, where she is responsible for assisting unaccompanied minor children. She also participates in USF’s Moot Court Program, as a Case Counsel for 1Ls, where she is responsible for creating the legal problem 1Ls will argue for their First Year Moot Court requirement, as well as teaching them oral advocacy skills. After graduating, Alyssa hopes to continue her work with low-income families and immigrants in seeking legal representation in the Bay Area.


PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

2016

Equal Justice Scholarships (funded by LTL) Kenny Nguyen (UC Hastings)
Jerel Pacis Agatep (UC Hastings)
APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Joint Scholarship Ian Barber (UC Hastings)
Public Interest Scholarship (with ALA) Michelle Kim (UC Berkeley)

2015

Equal Justice Scholarships (funded by LTL) Rena Sera (GGU)
Steven Vong (UC Davis)
APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Joint Scholarship Victor Ng (USF)
Judges' Scholarship Cheryl Ho (SCU)
Asian Law Alliance Fellowship Tiffany Leung (Boalt Hall)

2014

APABA Silicon Valley Spring Achievement Scholarships Daniel Borca (UCLA)
Catherine Nguyen (SCU)
Elaine Ma (SCU)
APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Joint Scholarship Marc Tran (UC Hastings)
Asian Law Alliance Summer Internship Michael Francis Miguel (Boalt Hall)
Asian Law Alliance Fall Internships Rubina Chuang (UC Davis)
Dorothy Ma (USF)

2013

APABA Silicon Valley Spring Achievement Scholarships Cindy Dinh (UC Berkeley)
Judy Hinh (GGU)
Nisha Kashyap (Stanford)
Jessica Le (UC Davis)
Laurance Lee (UC Davis)
Nikki Marquez (Stanford)
Patrick Ting (UC Davis)
APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Joint Scholarships Hazella Bowmani (SCU)
Ramond Rollan (USF)
President's Scholarships Michelle Liang (SCU)
Yanni Lin (UC Hastings)
Asian Law Alliance Summer Internships Hong T. Le (UC Berkeley)
Jennifer Sta.Ana (USF)
Asian Law Alliance Fall Internships Sheena J. Knox (Suffolk)
Amanda (Anda) Kwong (GGU)

2012

APABA Silicon Valley Spring Achievement Scholarships Tiffany Keng (SCU)
VyHanh (Amy) Nguyen (SCU)
Shawn Park (UC Hastings)
Isabella Shin (SCU)
APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Joint Scholarship Atticus Lee (UC Davis)
Asian Law Alliance Summer Internships Jessica Le (UC Davis)
Tina Lu (UC Hastings)
Tracy Pham (UC Hastings)

2011

APABA Silicon Valley Spring Achievement Scholarships Christopher Chou (Stanford)
Cathleen Hamel (Stanford)
Yuki Ku (SCU)
Tuan Ngo (UC Hastings)
Michael Nguyen (UC Hastings)
Asian Law Alliance Summer Internships Wei Lu (SCU)
Frank Hsu Yen (USF)

2010

APABA Silicon Valley Spring Achievement Scholarships Zahra Shakur Jamal (USF)
Christine M. Pham (SCU)
Asian Law Alliance Summer Internship Olivia Layug (SCU)
Charles Wonpu (SCU)