Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

SCCLA Foundation

As part of SCCLA’s efforts to cultivate the next generation of lawyers, SCCLA awards several scholarships and fellowships each year to law students based on academic merit, financial need, and a demonstrated commitment to serving Asian American communities. Applications for these scholarships and fellowships are available on this page.

Scholarships

The George S. Lee Scholarship is bestowed in honor of the late George S. Lee, former SCCLA member and long-time Chinese American leader.


The Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Scholarship is bestowed in honor of United States Senior District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew. In November 2006, SCCLA hosted a dinner in Judge Lew’s honor, proceeds of which exclusively endow this scholarship. Judge Lew, a SCCLA Past President, continues to be a cornerstone of the SCCLA community.

SCCLA proudly presents two scholarships sponsored by the LimNexus Foundation, a non-profit funded by partners of LimNexus LLP to assist the legal education of minority students. It views that a more diverse bar will lead to a more just and equitable society. It works through bar associations to grant scholarships to law students of many ethnicities and minority communities.

The Fund proudly continues to present the Loyola 1996 APALSA Alumni Scholarship, endowed by “Jun” Dominador Tolentino, Kevin Leung, and William Niu, former officers and members of APALSA at Loyola Law School. The scholarship encourages community involvement and leadership advancement.

The Fund is honored to award the Justice Elwood Lui Scholarship in recognition of Justice Lui. A UCLA graduate (BS, MBA, JD), Justice Lui began his career as Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. He served as a judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court and Superior Court and further serves as the Administrative Presiding Justice for the California Court of Appeal. 

The Albert and Theresa Lum Scholarship is endowed by the Lum family. Albert Lum, a law school graduate of USC, was the first president and founder of SCCLA in 1975 and has been advancing Asian American inclusion for decades. Mr. Lum has been in the business of helping small and new businesses since 1964, when he first opened his law practice in the heart of Chinatown. His law career began with supporting and assisting Chinese restaurant owners who were not familiar with US law and struggled to find common ground with the attorneys available to them. As a third generation Chinese American, Mr. Lum felt compelled to help his community. Today he runs a thriving private practice, Lum Law Group with his son, Albert Justin Lum.

LTL is dedicated to giving back and serving its communities. To further its community efforts, LTL generously established the LTL Scholarship through SCCLA to support local law students. SCCLA is pleased to award its inaugural LTL Scholarship in 2019.

The Moy family has endowed the Ming Y. Moy Memorial Scholarship for over 30 years in honor of their late father. Despite knowing very little English, Mr. Moy won a scholarship to UCLA to attend college, an opportunity his parents never had. Admitted to the California Bar in 1966, he worked as a patent attorney before pursuing real estate development and business investments. After Mr. Moy’s premature passing at age 49, his family (Marianne, Marlowe, and Monica) founded this scholarship to foster the same values of commitment to education and hard work that were so important to Mr. Moy.

The Ocinet Community Service Scholarship is awarded to a Southern California law student who exemplifies dedication to serving the communities of Los Angeles, Orange County, and/or San Diego.

The Sihang “Jerry” Oh Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Southern California law student who exemplifies principles that the late Jerry Oh stood for—determination, passion, and drive to excel in all tasks. Ocinet, Inc. sponsors both scholarships in dedication to Mr. Oh, who emigrated from Korea in 1983. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of setting up his own company and factory to manufacture kimchi. Despite significant difficulties, Jerry was able to turn his company into a successful business by the time of his passing in 2010. Jerry is survived by his wife, Aesook, and daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.

The Kim Tung Memorial Scholarship was created in 2022 to honor the late Kim Tung, a former SCCLA board member and president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers. Kim notably was the creator of SCCLA’s original website and was a devoted member of the SCCLA family. Kim worked hard to increase diversity and inclusion for AAPI attorneys within the bar. This scholarship is endowed by Kim’s close friends and colleagues.

Fellowships

SCCLA annually sponsors fellows to work at Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Los Angeles. SCCLA bestows these Fellowships in honor of the following:

You Chung Hong (USC Law, 1924 LLB, 1925 LLM) was the first lawyer of Chinese descent admitted by examination to the California Bar in 1923. His tireless and relentless work on behalf of Chinese American civil rights, including repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, brought him to testify before the U.S. Senate Hearing Committee on immigration before he was 30 years old. At 28, he was elected president of the Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance, Los Angeles Lodge. Specializing in immigration law, “Y.C.,” as he was known, was recognized as the foremost Chinese attorney for over 50 years.

SCCLA is pleased to award its first fellowship in honor of a woman lawyer and judge, the Honorable Ruth Ann Kwan for the Los Angeles Superior Court in California. Judge Kwan was appointed to the Superior Court in 1998. Judge Kwan graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Prior to becoming a Municipal Court judge, Judge Kwan served as a deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Born in Canton, China, the late Judge Jack B. Tso served on the Los Angeles Superior Court for over 20 years and was the third Chinese American judge appointed in Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1960 and was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for over a decade. As a SCCLA founding member, Judge Tso left a legacy of serving the Asian Pacific American community by engaging in significant outreach to young diverse Angelenos interested in pursuing legal careers.

A fourth generation Chinese American, the late Judge Delbert E. Wong was the first person of Chinese descent to serve in the judiciary in the continental United States. Judge Wong was instrumental in creating SCCLA and served as a trailblazer and role model for Chinese and Asian Americans. This Fellowship is endowed by the Wong family, c/o Messrs. Marshall and Kent Wong.

SCCLA Foundation Board of Governors

The Board of Governors for the SCCLA Foundation is SCCLA’s Scholarships Committee. Please contact us at scholarships@sccla.org if you are interested in joining our committee/board or if you have any questions regarding the SCCLA Foundation.

  • President – Christine G. Chen
  • Treasurer – Vicki Chou
  • Board members
    • Celene Chan Andrews
    • Kenny Chung
    • Winston P. Hsiao
    • Kellye Ng-Banuelos
    • Aaron K. Tso
    • Mai Lin

    • Enoch Cheung


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