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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Equal Justice Scholarships (sponsored by LTL Attorneys LLP)


KENNY NGUYEN is a 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law and grew up in San Jose, California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at UCLA, where he studied Asian American Studies and Film and Television. Currently, he is the President of the Vietnamese American Law Society at his law school. This past summer, he interned as a law clerk at the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. In the near future, he would like to work as a trial lawyer within the criminal justice system, where he can be mindful about the concerns of impoverished communities while possessing outcome-determinative influence to fix inequalities and ensure fair prosecution.


JEREL PACIS AGATEP received his B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Irvine and his J.D. from U.C. Hastings. He is passionate about representing clients, especially non-immigrants, in their employment and labor ordeals. Jerel is an active student member of the California Employment Law Association (CELA), and received a scholarship for its 12th Annual Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar. During his time at Hastings, he was a Senior Notes Editor on the Science & Technology Law Journal. Jerel also completed forty-five hours of pro bono work, providing free legal assistance to the community regarding immigration, landlord/tenant disputes, and employment issues for organizations including Hastings Homeless Legal Services, San Francisco Pathway to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI), and Asian-Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. This fall, through the UC Hastings Bridge Fellowship Program, he will be working at the U.S. Postal Service’s Employment Law Department, and will be continuing his time at Hoyer & Hicks as a post-bar law clerk. Looking ahead, Jerel hopes to continue working with underprivileged workers, especially in the Asian-American community.


APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Scholarship


IAN BARBER is a 2L at UC Hastings. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He is active in several campus organizations and will serve on the board of Hastings OUTLAW for the 2016-2017 school year. Ian is also a contributor for Hastings International & Comparative Law Review. This past summer, he interned at the Law office of Okan Sengun where he worked on a variety of immigration cases. Ian particularly enjoyed advocating for clients seeking asylum based on a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, political opinion or membership in a particular social group defined by sexuality, gender identity or HIV status. He aspires to purse a career in immigration law with emphases on global migration and continued service to marginalized communities.


Public Interest Scholarship (with Asian Law Alliance)

MICHELLE KIM is a 2L at UC Berkeley School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminology, Law and Society, and Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine in 2014. During her summer internship with ALA, she assisted low-income individuals with various legal issues regarding housing and immigration. In her first year of law school, Michelle assisted asylum seekers at the California Asylum Representation Clinic in Berkeley, CA. After graduating from law school, she hopes to continue working closely with minority communities.



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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)