New York University Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association


Leadership. Scholarship. Service.


Executive Board

NYU APALSA proudly presents our Executive Board for 2017-2018!


Organizations - PLEASE READ BELOW as opposed to solely contacting Co-Chairs so we can best serve your interests.

  • Private : Please reach out to the Professional and Outreach Chairs to assist with coordinating events.
  • Public Interest : Please reach out to the Public Interest Chair.
  • Current and Prospective Students: Please feel free to reach out to anyone on the board, in particular the Admissions and Social Chairs who will be able to help integrate you into the NYU Law community and direct you to whoever is best able to help. 


Jocelyn Shih js9462@nyu.edu

Jocelyn Shih

Jocelyn Shih was born in Taipei, but raised in Shanghai and Beijing.  She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a minor in History.  At NYU, she's also a research assistant and a staff editor on the Journal of International Law and Politics.  She worked at Bracewell in New York during her 1L summer.  She’ll never say no to sushi, theatre, and a good book.

Kirstie Yu kjy238@nyu.edu

Kirstie Yu

Kirstie Yu was born in Boston and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She attended UC San Diego, where she majored in Political Science-International Relations and double minored in Cognitive Science and Law & Society.  After graduating from college, she worked first as a legal assistant for a defense contractor and then as a research assistant.  Kirstie was a summer associate at Mintz Levin for her 1L summer.  She enjoys playing the flute and watching, analyzing, and reading about all sports, but especially her New York Yankees.

Professional Chairs



Alice Hong was born and raised in New Jersey.  She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.  Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at a law firm.  This summer, she worked as an intern in Prudential Financial's corporate legal department.  She is a staff editor for Law Review.  In her spare time, Alice enjoys exploring the New York food scene.

Alice Hongah4189@nyu.edu

Alice Hongah4189@nyu.edu

Leslie Teng was born and raised in Plainview, New York, prior to attending the University of Michigan. There, she majored in History (with a focus on Medieval England) and Political Science. Upon graduation, she immediately started law school at NYU, after developing a passion and interest in the law through courses and internships during college. In her free time, Leslie enjoys reading, baking, and traveling. 

Leslie Teng lt960@nyu.edu

Leslie Teng lt960@nyu.edu

Social Chairs

Michael Chen mc6115@nyu.edu

Michael Chen mc6115@nyu.edu

Hometown: Unknown
Undergrad: Questionable
Major: See above
Work Experience Pre-Law School: N/A
1L Summer: Unknown
Interest: None

Soung Young Choe syc362@nyu.edu

Soung Young Choe syc362@nyu.edu

Soung Young was born in Seoul. She attended New York University for undergrad where she majored in Economics with a minor in Business Studies. She took a year off after graduating from NYU to spend time with her family in Seoul and travel in Europe. Soung Young spent this past summer working as a summer associate for Kim & Chang, a Korean law firm based in Seoul. She loves Yelping and discovering hip new restaurants in the city. 

Admissions Chairs


Brent Low was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science. After college, he worked in college admissions and as a disk jockey. He enjoys playing basketball and reading critical race and queer feminist theory.

Brent Low bjl391@nyu.edu

Brent Low bjl391@nyu.edu

Prior to law school, Eric was an analyst at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and New York.  His role in the Human Capital Management division centered around designing and delivering training workshops on topics including: workplace inclusion, executive presence, negotiation theory, and mindfulness.  Eric attended the University of Florida on a National Merit scholarship, and received his B.A., cum laude, in English Literature.  As an undergraduate, he helped create an official UF course, EDA 4930: Leadership, Diversity, and Social Justice, in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs and LGBT Affairs, which trained student leaders to lead diversity retreats for 400+ students.  In another life, Eric was also: an assistant chef in Iceland, a TEFL certification instructor in Italy, a bartender in Portugal, and a junior associate at a small venture capital firm.  He interned in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York this summer.

Eric Sun sun.eric.m@gmail.com

Eric Sun sun.eric.m@gmail.com

Korematsu Chair

Andy Kim adk455@nyu.edu

Andy Kim

Andy Kim was born in Seoul and raised in Dallas.  He attended Cornell University, where he studied Labor Relations and English Literature.  For his 1L summer, Andy worked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit as well as the Koreatown Youth & Community Center.  He is a staff editor for Law Review.  In his free time, he's into running, writing, and cultivating shrimp.

Public Interest Chairs

Grace Li gl1572@nyu.edu

Grace Li

Grace was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Media, Pennsylvania. In 2014, she graduated from Princeton University, where she studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Finance. After graduation, Grace worked to expand Petey Greene Program to New York City as a Charles W. Puttkammer ’58 Reentry Fellow. She created and ran programs bringing university students to tutor high school equivalency and adult basic education students in federal jails in New York City as well as high school students on Rikers Island. She enjoys dancing and writing poetry.

Sahng-Ah Yoo say274@nyu.edu

Sahng-Ah Yoo

Sahng-Ah Yoo is an alumna of Phillips Exeter Academy and Columbia University (B.A. in Psychology).  She continued to develop her academic interests in the intersection of psychology and law as a graduate student at University of Oxford, studying Criminology and Criminal Justice, where she wrote her dissertation on why "good cops" commit police brutality.  While broadening her legal knowledge at law school, she is finding ways to produce non sibi work through law, most recently assisting in an amicus brief for a third circuit Fair Labors and Standards Act case and co-publishing a chapter on the legal barriers undocumented students face in attending American universities.  In addition to being Public Interest Co-Chair for APALSA, Sahng-Ah is also the Co-President of the American Constitution Society, Editor-in-Chief of Supreme Court Forum, and Student Ambassador to the New York City Bar Association.  As a Sotomayor Judicial Fellow, she spent her 1L summer working for a federal judge in S.D.N.Y.  Sahng-Ah is an avid fan of Korean TV shows and napping.

Outreach Chairs


Esther Sohn is a poutine-loving Korean-Canadian who grew up in Toronto for most of her life.  She attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she earned a B.S. in International Politics with a focus in International Law.  Upon graduation, she immediately started law school at NYU and served as a judicial intern at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She is a staff editor for Law Review.    Esther loves running along the Hudson River and traveling with friends.  She is also currently looking for a running buddy!

Esther Sohn hys265@nyu.eduat3267@nyu.edu

Esther Sohn


Publicity Chairs

Julie Hong jh5570@nyu.edu

Julie Hong

Julie Hong is a SoCal native, but has been residing in NY long enough to call herself a bonafide New Yorker.  She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Art History at U.C.L.A and a Masters in Library Science at San Jose State University. Prior to law school, she worked in digital advertising at BuzzFeed.  She decided to make a career shift and come to NYU Law after reading Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” and volunteering at a legal aid desk.  She enjoys crossword puzzles and is a ramen aficionado. 




Leland Chang was born in Palo Alto, California, but was raised traveling between California, Shanghai, and Taipei. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology and Statistics – he realizes this is a strange combination indeed. Post-college, he split a year working for a non-profit, backpacking South East Asia, and asking himself if pursuing a career in law was the right decision. So far the answer is yes. Last summer he interned at the New York State Executive Chamber. 

Leland Chang ldc325@nyu.edu

Leland Chang ldc325@nyu.edu