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Chinese Lawyers Association

Student Representatives

Benjamin Chen

UC Irvine School of Law, Class of 2025

UC Berkeley, B.A., Comparative Literature, High Distinction, Class of 2021 

Benjamin/Ben Chen (陳衍任) is a third-year law student at UC Irvine Law School. Ben was the President of both the International Law Society and the Chinese Law Students Society at UCI Law. Ben is also currently serving on the Executive Board for UCI Law Review and the Journal of International, Comparative, and Transnational Law. For this summer, Ben will be working at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo as a Summer Law Clerk. He also has experience working as a judicial extern for the Orange County Superior Court and as an intern at DaHui Lawyers in Shanghai. Benjamin was born in Taiwan, grew up in Shanghai, and has been in the US since his undergraduate studies. He enjoys drinking Chinese tea, and he plays the Guqin (Zither).

Brendan Wong

UCLA School of Law, Class of 2026

Rice University, B.A., Sociology; B.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Class of 2021

Brendan Wong, born and raised in Taiwan, is a second-year law student at UCLA School of Law. At law school, he serves as the Social Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Students Association. He is also a volunteer with the Legal Aid Association of California. This summer, he served as a fellow at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He has a background in coral reef ecosystem research, and he is passionate about advancing environmental justice through legal work. Before law school, Brendan worked as a bilingual journalist and radio producer in Taiwan. He reported on the local news and hosted shows that explored cultural affairs, such as romantic love and tourism topics. As one of the student representatives, he is excited to connect more students to SCCLA and the larger API legal community.

Isabel Bettina Velasquez

Loyola Law School, Class of 2025

Loyola Marymount University, BBA, Finance, Magna Cum Laude, Class of 2022

Isabel Bettina Velasquez is a third-year law student at Loyola Law School. She currently serves as the Co-Chief Arts Editor of the Loyola Interdisciplinary Journal of Public Interest Law. Isabel previously served as the Advocacy Chair for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and is currently an LLS student ambassador. Additionally, Isabel was a judicial extern at the Circuit Court (O’ahu First Circuit) and a recent legal extern at the Internal Service Revenue Small Business/Self-Employed Division. Isabel graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and minored in Asian and Pacific Studies from Loyola Marymount University. Isabel is also from Hawaii, loves traveling, and eating new cuisines.

Isabel Kasch

Southwestern Law School, Class of 2026

UC Berkeley, B.S., Molecular Environmental Biology, Class of 2021

Isabel Kasch is going into her second year at Southwestern Law School. Isabel is an incoming board member for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Association. She will also be a Teaching Assistant for Contracts. This summer she is externing at the California Court of Appeal, 2nd District. Before law school, Isabel planned to go to medical school, but after realizing she did not want to be a doctor, she pivoted to law school and has never looked back. Isabel is interested in using her science background to possibly pursue a career in patent law. Outside of law school, Isabel is a self-proclaimed café connoisseur and enjoys going on hikes.

Ye "Albert" Tian

UCLA School of Law, 2025

Queen Mary University of London,  2018

Middlebury College, 2016

Ye “Albert” Tian is a second-year law student at UCLA School of Law. At law school, he is a staffer at UCLA Entertainment Law Review and serves as the alumni relations co-chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. This summer, he was a 1L Diversity Fellow at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and from Queen Mary University of London with a Master of Arts in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History. Before law school, Ye has also taught AP Histories for two years at an international high school in Shanghai, China.

Vivian Kwang

LMU Loyola Law School, Class of 2026

Loyola Marymount University, B.A., Journalism, 2022

Vivian Kwang is a second-year law student at LMU Loyola Law School. At law school, Vivian serves as the Treasurer for Loyola’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and is a fellow in Loyola’s Entertainment Law Fellowship. During her 1L summer, Vivian was a judicial extern at the United States District Court, Central District of California. Vivian graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Outside of school, Vivian enjoys reading, watching films/shows, and caring for her many pets.

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