Happy Lunar New Year

Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  At St. John’s, our celebration of the Lunar New Year began last week with the annual alumni dinner hosted by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA).  Over one hundred students, faculty, and alumni gathered at Chef Yu in Manhattan for an evening of food, drink, fellowship, and networking.  The honoree was Daniel D. Chu ’97, current Chair of New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, the independent agency charged with investigating allegations of police misconduct.  A Queens native, Daniel began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.  He later served as an Administrative Law Judge with the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission and a senior associate at Stern & Montana before opening his own midtown solo practice.  Daniel received the Thomas H. Lee Award, named for the 1936 graduate of St. John’s who became the first Asian American lawyer licensed in New York State.

The many students and alumni in attendance provided a vivid illustration of the vibrancy of the Asian American community at St. John’s — and the willingness of our alumni to return to help our current students.  Many thanks to APALSA President Peter Yi ’12 and the entire Executive Board for putting together a wonderful celebration.

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