2017 Board of Directors (Hội Đồng Quản Trị)


Board Members:

President: Linda D. Tran, LindaDTran@gmail.com4

Linda Tran moved to Seattle from the greater metropolitan area of Kansas City. Known for her attention to detail and compassion towards her clients, attorney Linda Tran brings depth to VABAW, and her community. She is experienced in managing complex legal matters, and is a local attorney that Seattle’s diverse communities trust.Linda graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and received her law degree from the historic Washburn School of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, she served as a police officer in Missouri. Her devotion to justice under the law as an officer led her to law school, where she clerked for the Honorable Jeffery Burshur, Associate Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri and then the Honorable Rex Gabbert, Western District of Missouri- Court of Appeals.A daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Linda’s work ethic and penchant for research are traits that serve her clients well. In 2014 Linda opened her law practice primarily focusing on real estate transactions and realized she wanted to practice civil litigation. She had been selling real estate for her family for the past ten years. She decided she loves plaintiff’s law and thus moved to Seattle to work for her current employers, Campiche Arnold PLLC. Her primary focus of law is on personal injury. Linda is licensed to practice all State and Federal Courts in Washington, and in Kansas and Missouri.
President-Elect: D. Sho Ly, d.sho.ly@leeandleelaw.com

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“David Sho Ly (“Sho”) is an associate attorney at Lee & Lee, PS. Sho’s practice focuses on criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning, and miscellaneous civil matters. He worked at Lee & Lee, PS as a law clerk while in law school and then as a Rule 9 legal intern after he sat for the WA state bar exam.Sho graduated cum laude from the JD/MBA program at Seattle University: he received his JD from Seattle University School of Law and his MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics. During law school, Sho externed in the civil litigation unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Further, he externed for the Honorable John Chun in his last semester at SU Law. Finally, Sho conducted legal research under supervision of Professor Deirdre Bowen involving the relationship between employment discrimination of working women and the advancement of egg freezing technology. He is in the process of getting his paper published.Sho hails from Portland, Oregon and graduated from Linfield College with a BS in biology. He then went on to pursue an MS in genetics at Oregon State University. Upon graduation, Sho worked as a civil servant for the Japanese government teaching English to junior high school students in a rural area of Nagasaki. Sho is an avid foodie, gym rat, and world traveler. Sho is also fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese.”

Treasure: Aric Wong, aricw@nwjustice.org

Aric is a staff attorney at Northwest Justice Project. He graduated from Boston College Law School in 2011 and is originally from Cerritos, California.  Aric has been practicing for a couple of years and is truly is here to help others. In every board meeting, Aric is always volunteering to help the board. He, as well as many other VABAW Board members, mentor in our VABAW Mentorship Program annually.
Secretary: Yayi Ding, yayiding@hotmail.com



Yayi is an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Peng & Weber, PLLC. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, where he was President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and Executive Managing Editor of the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts. Yayi grew up in Richland, WA and Vancouver, BC before moving to Seattle for law school. In Yayi’s spare time, he enjoys sports, hiking outdoors, reading autobiographies, traveling, and photography.
Board Member at Large: Linda Nguyen, lindalemynguyen@hotmail.com TMDW-89-Linda-e1414188858979


Linda has experience in a broad range of matters, including products liability, sexual abuse, wills, and immigration. Prior to joining our firm, Linda served as a law clerk to Justice Debra L. Stephens of the Washington Supreme Court. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern to Judge Paul A. DeFonzo, Judge Kenneth Josephson, and Judge Edward Kandler of the Seattle Immigration Court.Linda enjoys getting to know and giving back to the Seattle community. She has volunteered her legal services at the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics, Seattle University’s Indian Wills Clinic, the Davis Wright Tremaine’s Homeless Clinic, and the Catholic Community’s Immigration Legal Services. She also enjoys helping at food banks, cleaning community schools and parks, sewing, and baking. Linda is an active member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and is fluent in Vietnamese.


Board Member At-Large:  Joanne Kalas


Joanne Kalas is an associate at Foster Pepper, focuses on environmental law, Land Use, and Natural Resources practice group and counsels clients on environmental litigation, transactions, and regulatory compliance. She has experience handling complex environmental litigation and addressing issues related to site remediation, environmental cost recovery, contaminated property transactions, and compliance involving CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, CWA, and state and municipal environmental laws and regulations.

Before joining Foster Pepper,  Joanne practiced as an environmental attorney in New Jersey. During law school, she interned for the Pace Law Environmental Litigation Clinic and the UN Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Defense Support Section, and was a delegate for the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP‑15) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Before starting her legal career, she worked in the field of medical education and managed international conventions for the photography industry.

Board Member At-Large:  Ami H. Nguyen, ami.hong.nguyen@gmail.com


Ami is an attorney with The Defender Association Division of the King County Department of Public Defense. During law school, Ami was involved with a group of attorneys, law students and volunteers who responded to the BP Oil Spill by educating impacted Vietnamese communities about their rights in the claim process. Her desire to practice public interest law deepened while working with illiterate fisherman who were highly vulnerable to unfair processes and procedures. She realized the privilege she gained by obtaining a legal education, and understood the responsibility of using her skills to improve the lives of others. 

Ami joins Seattle from Southern California where she practiced as a public defender and an eviction defense attorney. She was drawn to Seattle’s beautiful water views, hiking paths and small town feel within an energetic metropolitan city. While in California, Ami was a member of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California. She is excited to continue working with Vietnamese American attorneys who empathize with the experiences of immigrants and have the goal of improving access to justice regardless of education, language, ethnicity or wealth.
Board Member At-Large:  Nancy Pham, nancypham@careylillevik.com
Nancy Pham is an associate attorney at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC. Nancy’s practice focuses on dependency and child welfare, family law, adoption, and criminal defense. She is committed to serving underrepresented populations and has dedicated her volunteer efforts to several anti-trafficking organizations over the years. Born and raised in Washington state, Nancy received both her bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Washington. During law school, Nancy worked as a summer associate at Lane Powell P.C., as a law clerk at the Washington State Attorney General’s office, and served as the UW student liaison for VABAW during all three years. Nancy is an avid traveler and has visited more than 20 countries across four continents. She loves cooking, calligraphy, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 Board Member At-Large:  Ly Tran, lyhanhtran@gmail.com 

Ly Tran owns Law Office of Ly H. Tran, PLLC. Ly practices criminal defense. More information is coming soon.

Board Member At-Large: Maria Williams, MWilliams@cedarlawgroup.net

Maria is a co-founder and managing member at Cedar Law Group, PLLC, a law firm located in Seattle’s International District. Maria’s practice focuses on Immigration and Citizenship law, including deportation defense, family based immigration, adjustment of status, naturalization, H1B and L1 visa petitions. She goes the extra mile to make sure her clients get quality representation. Her ability to communicate with clients in Vietnamese as well as English helps her to better assist clients.


Board Member At-Large:  Vincent Williams, VWilliams@cedarlawgroup.net

Vincent Williams is an associate at Cedar Law Group, pllc located in the heart of international district. More information will be coming soon.
Student Liaisons:

Cameron Carlson, University of Washington School of Law,  kcameroncarlson@gmail.com

Michael Huynh, Seattle University School of Law, mhuynh@seattleu.edu
Kristin Tan, University of Washington School of Law,  tank10@uw.edu

Hai Tran, Seattle University School of Law, tranh@seattleu.edu


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