AEF Brings Law Students And Attorneys Together At Its Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception Hosted By Clifford Chance

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September 18, 2018


Washington, D.C. –  The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) held its annual Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception on September 13, 2018 at Washington, D.C. offices of Clifford Chance US LLP.  Over 100 law students and attorneys participated in the event to kick off the 2018-2019 academic year and the 2018 AEF Mentor-Mentee Program.

“We are very pleased to bring together so many attorneys and students in the area,” said Tracey Fung, AEF Director.  “Students connected with other law students and attorneys in the area; many lawyers met their new mentees for the first time.”  Tracey and Yiyang Wu, Treasurer of AEF, planned this year’s Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception.  “We thank Clifford Chance US LLP for hosting our Reception again this year,” said Yiyang.

With the Mentor-Mentee Program, AEF aims to foster lasting mentoring relationships between D.C.-area attorneys and law students.  Each law student who applies for the Program will be paired with a mentor based on their career interest, among others.  The Program is a fun and rewarding way for mentors and mentees to explore and advance the mentee’s career goals.  “Over 200 student mentees and attorney mentors have participated in this year’s Program,” said January Kim, AEF Director.  “It is thrilling to think that our matching could be the beginning of a life-long mentoring relationship,” said Madeline Dang, Vice President of AEF.  January, Madeline, and Enoch Chang, AEF Director, administer AEF’s Mentor-Mentee Program this year.

The registration for AEF’s Mentor-Mentee Program is open until later this fall.  “We are encouraged by the number of student applications and attorney registrations so far, and we thank everyone who is participating in the Program,” said Enoch.  “It is not too late to participate.”  The registration is available on AEF website at

Since 1993, AEF has awarded nearly $300,000 in fellowships and grants to support law students whose work benefits the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at large.  AEF’s educational programs throughout the year are aimed at bringing together APA attorneys and law students in the area and promoting diversity in legal profession.  AEF thanks each of the donors, sponsors, and participating attorneys who have given their time and money to further our mission.

AEF is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area in 1993 to engage exclusively in charitable and educational activities.  Funding for AEF comes from generous donations from national corporations, law firms, individuals, and the Annual Benefit Dinner.  For more information on AEF, visit