The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW)’s 2009 Hồng Đức Clerk is Dai Dao, a second-year law student from the University of Wisconsin. Dai spent his 2009 summer at Baker & McKenzie in their Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, office.
VABAW’s Hồng Đức Clerkship awards one law student full funding for airfare, lodging, and daily stipend for the summer clerkship. This is VABAW’s second year for the Clerkship.
Dai graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in History (with a concentration in Southeast Asian History and Historiography), and is currently finishing his second year of law school at University of Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin Law School, Dai received the Samson Fellowship and is a member of the Wisconsin Law Review. Dai spent his summer after his first year of law school at YKVN law offices in Ho Chi Minh City. Dai is fluent in Vietnamese. Dai and his family still make Washington state their home.
Baker & McKenzie was one of the first international law firms to establish offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam. Baker & McKenzie’s offices in Vietnam provide on-the-ground liaison and support services to clients interested in investigating, negotiating, and implementing projects in the country. Lawyers in the Vietnam Practice Group guide clients through the legal and commercial risks inherent in Vietnam’s evolving legal system and changing political-economic landscape.
Dai reflects upon his Hồng Đức summer experience as follows:
VABAW thanks all its friends and supporters for making this Hồng Đức Clerkship possible.