Mentorship Program

The mentorship program is designed to provide law students and new attorneys an opportunity to interact with practicing lawyers. We have continued our success with the mentorship program, and received this comment from one of our mentees about her mentor:

“Thanks a lot for arranging this program. It is very beneficial to me. My mentor and I have met for three times already, two for lunch and one for the Saturday cleanup event… I not only got valuable advice from her, but more importantly, she connected me with several people from the law firm where I am going to work at for the summer. So to put it short, I really appreciate her responsiveness, frankness and willingness to help me reach out.”

Law Student Clerkship Program

VABAW’s Hồng Đức Clerkship, founded in 2007, provides a law student with the opportunity to clerk at an international law firm in Vietnam for a maximum of three summer months. The student will have the unique experience of learning the local cultures and customs while living in Vietnam and learning international and comparative law working at a major law firm.

General Membership Events

Each year, we start off the year by celebrating the Vietnamese New Year, TET. We thank Tsongas Litigation Consulting for sponsoring and hosting our 2009 TET event. Previous event sponsors have included Davis Wright Tremaine (2006), Darby & Darby (2007), and Christensen O’Connor Johnson and Kindness (2008). For photos from the 2009 event, click here and scroll down to the pictures from the event.

In 2009, we also held a reception for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative delegates visiting from Vietnam. For photos from the event, click here and scroll down to the pictures from the event.

Each year, we also celebrate Tet Trung Thu in the fall. For more information about the Tet Trung Thu celebrations, please click here. For photos from the event, click here and scroll down to the pictures from the event. For more information about our social events, contact Social Committee Co-Chairs Jessica Nguyen at jessica.nguyen@avalara.com or Alice Truong at alice.truong@nordstrom.com

Our biggest membership event is our Annual Banquet. Click for photos from and information about our annual banquet celebrations.

Membership

To become a member of VABAW, download our Membership Form by clicking here. To be eligible to join VABAW, you must either be (a) admitted to practice in Washington state or (b) admitted to practice in another state but a resident of Washington. Students of all US law schools may join VABAW for free. For more information about becoming a member, contact Membership Committee Chair Michelle Pham.

VABAW understands that membership costs may require an out‐of‐pocket expense and has budgeted a limited amount of money to assist with membership costs. Please understand that VABAW’s stipend is intended for extenuating circumstances. If you would like to apply for a membership fee waiver, please fill out and submit this form.

Community Events

Since 2006, VABAW has joined with other community groups in the annual Asian Counseling and Referral Service “Walk for Rice,” which is a yearly 2.5 mile fun run and walk-a-thon to help supply culturally appropriate foods to low-income families. For photos from the event, click here and scroll down to the pictures from the event.

Since 2008, VABAW has participated in the Little Saigon Spring Clean-Up with the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). For photos from the event, click here and scroll down to the pictures from the event.

In 2008, we also participated in the Vietnamese Community’s “Land of Promises” float during the 2008 Seafair Torchilight Parade. For photos from the event, click here and scroll down to the pictures from the event.

VABAW held a Legal Workshop for the Vietnamese Community in 2008. Click here for the flyer in English. Click here for the flyer in Vietnamese.

For more information about our community events, contact Community Involvement Committee Chair Karen Phu.

Job Listings

For employers who would like to post a law-related job listing on our website, please contact Michelle Pham at michelleqpham@gmail.com. Your posting will remain on our website for 2 months unless you request that we take down the posting earlier.

Assistance with Satisfying CLE Requirements

VABAW understands CLE attendance may require out-of-pocket expenses and has budgeted a limited amount of money to assist. This assistance is only available to VABAW members and is limited to the lesser of $300.00 or 50% of the cost of the CLE.

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