Board and Committees

2022 Executive Board Officers

PRESIDENT

Valerie Truong, Sidley Austin, LLP

Valerie Truong is a Managing Associate (Technology and IP Transactions) at Sidley Austin LLP.  Valerie advises clients at every stage of their growth, from Series A financings through IPOs or sales on a wide range of IP-related issues.  Her practice focuses on representing clients in the e-commerce, consumer products, social media, and software sectors.  Valerie earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Previously, she served as Vice President of VABANC for two terms and on the general board as chair of the Social Committee. 

CO-VICE PRESIDENT

Jennifer Liem, Fenwick & West, LLP

Jennifer Liem is an associate at Fenwick & West LLP. Jennifer advises clients on trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, emphasizing the development of intellectual property assets for technology and life science companies. Jennifer earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Previously, Jennifer served as Secretary of VABANC and on the general board as chair of the Scholarship Dinner Committee.

CO-VICE PRESIDENT

Tram Nguyen, Santa Clara University ’22

Tram Nguyen is currently a 3L at Santa Clara University School of Law. Tram hopes to pursue intellectual property law, specifically in the video game industry. Tram was a 2020 recipient of the VABANC Scholarship. Previously, Tram served as the Scholarship Dinner Chair in 2020 and the Communications Chair in 2021.

SECRETARY

Michelle Truong, Santa Clara University ’22

Michelle Truong is a 3L at Santa Clara University School of Law. Michelle hopes to pursue corporate law, specifically private equity and M&A. Michelle was a 2020 recipient of the VABANC Scholarship. Previously, she served as the Mentorship Chair in 2020-2021.

TREASURER

Felicia Hipps, UC Hastings ’23

Felicia Hipps is a 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law. Felicia served as Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee and currently Co-Chairs the Communications and Membership Committees, as well as manages the VABANC website. Felicia was a 2021 recipient of the VABANC Scholarship, and hopes to pursue a career in criminal law when she graduates in 2023.

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Committees

Community Service
2022 Chair: Mimi Nguyen
VABANC hosts monthly legal clinics in Oakland and San Jose.  Through its monthly legal clinics in collaboration with the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), the VABANC Community Service Committee co-hosts legal clinics in Oakland, California on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm-7pm at the Oakland Library’s Asian Branch at 388 9th Street, #190.  The San Jose legal clinic is co-hosted by the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center and are on the second Wednesday of every month from 6pm-8pm at the Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation (VIVO) at 2072 Lucretia Avenue in San Jose.

Judiciary
2022 Co-Chairs:  Kirby Nguyen, Justin Lee
VABANC’s Judiciary Committee screens, evaluates, and recommends judicial and political candidates to the Board.  Once the committee and the Board makes a determination to endorse a candidate, the committee will work to support this individual’s effort for an appointment to the bench or political position. 

MCLE / Professional Development
2022 Chair: Kathy Nguyen
VABANC strives to promote the professional development of its attorneys through brown bag luncheons with bay area judges and other speakers and MCLE panels.

Mentorship
2022 Chair:  Khoa Nguyen
Attorneys are paired with law students who are interested in the particular field in which the attorney practices.  Attorney mentors and law student mentees may contact VABANC throughout the year to participate in VABANC’s programs.  VABANC organizes social events such as mock interview sessions to assist law students and newer practitioners.

Scholarship Dinner Planning
2022 Co-chairs: Jennifer Liem; Tsu Li Liew
Every year judges, attorneys, law students, and community leaders look forward to attending VABANC’s Scholarship Dinner.  Scholarships and fellowships are given out every year to law students who have shown a demonstrated interest in serving the community.  Sponsorship opportunities and individual ticket sales are available. 

Scholarship Recipient Selection Committee
2022 Co-chairs:  Nguyen Luu, Minh-Chau Nguyen
The selection of scholarships and fellowships are led by the Scholarship Recipient Selection Committee. The Committee will oversee the application process and selection of recipients.

Social / Professional Networking
2022 Co-chairs:  Michael Wang; Ally Phan
Semi-annual or quarterly mixers and events are coordinated by the Social / Professional Networking committee.  VABANC’s social events allow VABANC members to more easily connect on a one-on-one basis.  They have also organized events with other minority bar associations and our southern CA counterpart, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California.

Communications
2022 Co-chairs:  Joyce Sun; Felicia Hipps
VABANC’s excellent communications team puts together a monthly newsletter with the current happenings of VABANC, exciting news about the community, and information about upcoming events.  This committee also maintains the VABANC website and social media presence. 

Diversity & Inclusion
2022 Co-Chairs: Leo Kim
The D&I Committee is focused specifically on VABANC’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. This may include town hall events with other minority bar associations and addressing current issues in the Vietnamese and greater AAPI communities.

Membership
2021 Chair: Felicia Hipps
The Membership Committee oversees the organization of VABANC’s membership base, including member sign-ups and acting as a liaison by relaying any member interests to the general board.

Advisory Board
Carol B. HoGuideline Technologies
Andrew LeBay Area Legal Aid
Nguyen LuuLaw Office of Nguyen Luu
Mai D. PhanStramaglia Luu, LLP