Thursday, January 1, 2009

Speaker Bio

Winston Nagan
Winston Nagan is a current professor at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law

J.S.D., Yale Law School
LL.M., M.C.L., Duke Law School
M.A., Brasenose College at Oxford University
B.A., Brasenose College at Oxford University
B.A., University of South Africa

University of Florida: Joined Law faculty in 1975 as Associate Professor. Named
Professor (1978), and Affiliate Professor of Anthropology (1989). Founding Director of
Institute of Human Rights and Peace Development (1994).

Visiting Faculty: University of Stellenbosch, University of Leiden, University of Cape
Town (South Africa), Markerere University (Uganda), Monash University School of Law
(Melbourne, Australia). Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town.

Previous Academic: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1968-71); Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University School of Law (1971-72); Assistant Professor of Law, DePaul University (1972-73).

Topics: International Human Rights, National Security Law, Legal Theory, International Law,
International Courts, Ethnic Conflict, Human Rights of Indigenous People 

Professional Assoications
Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), Fellow, World Academy of Art and Sciences. American Society of International Law, International Third World Legal Studies Association, Association of American Law Schools, American Bar Association (International Law Section), American Society for Social Philosophy and the Philosophy of Law, South Africa Constitution Watch Commission.

Tom Lin
Tom Lin is a current Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (Arthur Littleton Fellow)
B.A., New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Professional Background
University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2010
Topics: Business Organizations, Corporations, Securities Regulation, Behavioral Law & Economics,
Privacy Law

Prior Academic Experience: Instructor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; Advanced Legal
Writing Instructor, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Prior Legal Practice: Office of the New York State Attorney General; Davis Polk &
Wardwell; Dewey Ballantine LLP

Michael Pillow
Michael Pillow is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Law and FAMU College of Law.  He is also a Senior Manager at Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas.

University of Virginia - B.A. 1979
University of Pittsburgh - J.D. 1983

Professional Experience 
Attorney, Swensen & Perer
Attorney,  Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

Siemens/Westinghouse – Director, Contracts
Siemens Energy Services -  Division Compliance Officer
Mitsubishi Power Systems - Senior Sales & Marketing Manager (Current)

Adjunct Professor - University of Florida College of Law
Adjunct Professor - FAMU College of Law
Adjunct Professor - Seminole State College

Professional Associations
Member, Bar Association Ethics Committee (former)

Author - Neighbors

Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang
Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang is currently the Executive Director for the Boat People SOS (BPSOS) and has spent his lifetime advocating for Asian-American rights.  For 13 years, he has also worked as an engineer and a quality control manager at a research lab in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute  
M.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Professional Experience
BPSOS Director – 2001 – Present

Founder - Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS)
Founder- Committee for Religious Freedim in Vietnam
Founder – Center for Vietnamese Torture Survivors
Board Member - Access for All Advisory Committee to the National Capital Region Transportation
Planning Board
Board Member - Participatory Action Research Team of Howard University Center for Disability and Socioeconomic Policy Studies.

Editor – Vietnam Country Report
Contributor  for various news publications including Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, Houston Chronicle, etc.

Washingtonian of the Year – Washingtonian Magazine
Community Services Award - National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies
Community Service Award - Asian Pacific American Bar Association Education Fund.
Lifetime Service Award - National Congress of Vietnamese Americans
Lifetime Achievement Award - Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.
Outstanding Technology Leadership Award - Education Technology Think Tank and Black Congressional Caucus
Fellowship – Drucker Foundation Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellows Program
Fellowship – Stanford University - Center for Social Innovation

He launched an advocacy campaign in 1995 that resulted in the resettlement of over 18,000 former boat people from Vietnam to the US under the Resettlement Opportunity for Vietnamese Returnees Program.
Establishment and re-opening of several refugee programs such as the Priority One In-Country Refugee Program, the Humanitarian Resettlement Program, and the “Davis” Amendment

Mai Phan
Mai Phan is an attorney practicing in California who is highly active in the Asian American legal community.

Professional Experience
Loyola Law School - J.D. 2002
Golden Gate University - L.L.M. International Legal Studies
Practice Areas: family, immigration, and corporate law.

Founder - National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys
President - American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Silicon Valley Chapter
Ambassador - American Immigration Law Foundation

2009 Rising Star Unity Award Recipient recognized by the Minority Bar Coalition

2006 NCVAA -  Community Service panel ist
2010 NAPABA Conference – Community organization panelist

President of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, Silicon Valley Chapter (AILA-SCV) and
Ambassador for the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)
Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA)
Asian Pacific Bar Association of Sillicon Valley (APBSV)
Vietnamese Amercian Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC).
President of VABANC 2008
Founding member and current President of the Vietnamese American Professional
Women Association of Silicon Valley (VAPAW)
board of directors of VNHELP, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to children and women in Vietnam.
Chair,  Mai co-chaired the inaugural Kind Gala held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose (2007)

Mobilized legal aid clinics for Vietnamese American community affected by the BP Oil Disaster.  
VIP (Volunteers in Parole) advocate

Jenny Do

Jenny Do is an attorney practicing in California who is also an artist.  She actively participates in human rights advocacy through her professional activities and art. 

San Jose State University - B.A.
Lincoln Law School - J.D.

2007 Woman of the Year - California Legislature of District 23
Lifetime Achievement Award - City of San Jose
Bell Foundation Grant - 2005

Professional Experience
Adjunct professor - San Jose City College
San Jose Art Commission Member
Contributor, Viet Tribune News paper

Life story featured in the Opra Winfrey show

Jo-Anne Yau
Jo-Anne Yau is a solo practitioner and one of the very few Asian-Americans sitting on a judiciary bench.  

Magistrate and Hearing Officer – 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Solo practitioner – Intellectual Property

Adjunct Professor – Florida State College of Jacksonville
Mock Trial Judge and Coach – Florida Coastal School of Law

Publications: “Stealing What’s Free: Exploring Compensation to Body Parts Sources for Their Contribution to Profitable
Biomedical Research." – Frannkoin Pierce Law Review (2006)

Nadia Firozvi
Nadia Firozvi is currently the Domestic Policy Coordinator at the Arab American Institute. She has a background in immigration law, community lawyering, immigration law, labor and sex trafficking

LL.M., American University, Washington College of Law
J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law
B.A., Loyola College in Maryland

Professional Experience
Domestic Policy Coordinator at the Arab American Institute

Staff Attorney at Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Associate at Howanski & Greene LLC

Hoa "Tee" Ho
Hoa "Tee" Ho is a new attorney practicing law in Florida.  As an attorney at Three Rivers Legal Services, her proximity to the law school helps her connect with students.

B.A. in Classics, College of Charleston  
J.D., University of Florida 

Professional Experience 
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. - Housing and Homeless Prevention Advocate

Shandon Phan

Shandon Phan is Director of Communications and Civic Engagement of Boat People SOS, Inc. (BPSOS)

B.S.E., Tulane University
J.D., University of Baltimore School of LAw

Professional Experience
Director of Communications, Civic Engagement - BPSOS
Founder, Publius Consulting (IT and web communications consulting fir)
Chairperson, Vietnamese American National Chamber of Commerce
Founding President of Vietnamese American Republican Coalition
Board of Directors of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area. 

Congressional Recognition Certificate - U.S. Congress
“Spirit of Excellence” Award - U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of the Judge Advocate General
Service Learning Scholar Award - University of Baltimore. 

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