Annual Scholarship Dinner

To promote legal excellence and community service among Vietnamese American attorneys, every year through our Annual Scholarship Dinner, VABA-DC awards scholarships to two D.C. - area law students, who demonstrate academic success, leadership potential, and strong commitment to serving the Vietnamese American community and/or pursuing public service.  Hear from our past scholarship recipients here.

2012 Scholarship Dinner

Thursday, April 12, 2012

2011 Scholarship Dinner

This year, the VABA-DC Scholarship Dinner was held in conjunction with the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys 2011 (“NCVAA”).  

On April 1-2, 2011, VABA-DC hosted the NCVAA in Washington, D.C. 



2010 Scholarship Dinner

In 2010, VABA-DC held its Second Annual Scholarship Dinner at the law firm of WilmerHale, 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006, on March 18, 2010 at 6:30PM.

Winner Caroline Pham with Congressman Joseph Cao and Judge Jacqueline Nguyen

The 2010 VABA-DC scholarship recipients were Caroline Pham, a second year law student at George Washington University Law School, and Julie Tong, a third year student at the University of Maryland School of Law.  [More about the two scholarship recipients.] The event's Keynote Speaker was Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American Article III judge. See VABA-DC's Jan. 20, 2010 press release

VABA-DC Board member John Huynh Brown served as our 2010 Scholarship Dinner Program Chair.

Inaugural Scholarship Dinner

On February 5, 2009, VABA-DC held its Inaugural Scholarship Dinner. The theme was "Turning the Page: Ushering in a New Generation," which reflects VABA-DC's commitment to promote legal excellence and community service among Vietnamese American attorneys and law students.

The inaugural scholarship recipients were Ha-Thanh Nguyen, a first year law student at George Washington Law Center, and Shandon Phan, a third-year law student at University of Baltimore School of Law, who were selected out of a crowded pool of qualified applicants. The event featured Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), the first Vietnamese American to serve in the United States Congress, as the keynote speaker.

Approximately 120 attorneys, law students, civic leaders and friends of VABA-DC attended the event. Attendees were treated to an authentic ten-course Vietnamese dinner inside the elegant facility of WilmerHale.


Past Scholarship Recipients

"Receiving the Vietnamese American Bar Association of DC Scholarship in 2012 was truly an honor and gave me guidance in my legal career path. At the scholarship dinner, I met incredible people who worked at some of the biggest firms in the country and others who were making a huge difference in our country through their government and NGO positions.
  -- Tran B. Che, 2012 Scholarship Recipient                             

"As a Vietnamese American aspiring attorney from an area of the country where there are not many Vietnamese Americans, it was truly an amazing experience for me to be in the presence of so many successful Vietnamese American attorneys at the VABADC Scholarship Reception." -- Tram Nguyen, 2012 Scholarship Recipient

"Receiving the VABA-DC scholarship in 2009 opened up many opportunities for me professionally and personally. The scholarship helped finance my summer expenses allowing me to take on a public interest internship in the Civil Rights Division of U.S. Department of Justice, where I worked on human trafficking cases and assisted in prosecuting civil rights violations." -- Ha-Thanh Nguyen, 2009 Scholarship Recipient

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