AEF Announces 2019 Robert E. Wone Fellow and AEF Public Interest Fellows


Washington, D.C. –  The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) today announced the recipients of 2019 Robert E. Wone Fellowship and AEF Public Interest Fellowships. 

The Robert E. Wone Fellowship has been awarded to Asees Bhasin, a student at Georgetown University Law Center.  Established in 2007 in memory of former AEF Board member Robert E. Wone, the Wone Fellowship is awarded to the applicant who most embodies what Robert sought to be as a lawyer—a trusted member of the community, making a difference in public policies and seeing his efforts improve the circumstances of those around him.  This summer, Ms. Bhasin will intern at Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

AEF Public Interest Fellowships have been awarded to the following recipients:

  • Cary Zhang, Temple University Beasley School of Law:  AEquitas
  • Emily Sun, New York University School of Law:  Safe Horizon Domestic Law Project
  • Leanna Sampson, American University Washington College of Law:  Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Thanh Nguyen, Georgetown University Law Center:  United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit

Since 1993, AEF has awarded approximately $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.  “We received a high volume of applications from many qualified candidates from all over the country,” said Minsuk Han, President of AEF.  “We applaud and congratulate the recipients of this year’s fellowships for their efforts and service to our community.  AEF will accept applications for next year’s fellowships in spring 2020.”

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 fellowships comes from generous donations from national corporations, law firms, individuals, and Annual Benefit Dinner.  For further information on AEF, visit

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