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Judge Chin Honored at Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Event

March 24, 2015 —

Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit visited Georgetown Law on March 19, delivering the keynote address at “Trailblazers 2015: Breaking New Ground" in the Gewirz Student Center. The event, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), highlighted the successes and challenges facing Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession and sought to encourage the next generation of diverse law students.

"He talked about his grandfather who immigrated to the United States and was a ‘trailblazer’ in his own right, paving the way for his family," said APALSA President Daphne Lin (L’16). "His anecdotes about the variety of cases that he faces as a judge were both entertaining and inspirational to the law students in the audience.”

The student group also honored Chin with its 2015 Asian American "Trailblazers" award as the first Asian American appointed and nominated to the federal bench outside of the Ninth Circuit. Past honorees have included Harold Kongju Koh, former legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii (L'78).

A practitioner’s panel discussion that followed featured Viet Dinh, professorial lecturer at Georgetown Law and co-director of the Georgetown’s Law Asia program; Julia Chang Bloch, founding president of the U.S.-China Education Trust and the first Asian American ambassador in U.S. history; Deepa Iyer, an immigrants’ rights advocate who formerly served as the executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together; and Jenny Yang, chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Dean William M. Treanor introduced Judge Chin. Students Lin, Hai Binh Nguyen (L’16), Jin Keol Park (L’16) and Leah Zhutian Li (L’16) were instrumental in organizing the event.


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