WASHINGTON – Recently, the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) announced Helen Tran, a recent graduate of University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, as the recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship. Tran, who will begin her two-year fellowship in the fall, will focus primarily on health policy issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.
The NAPABA Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship, established by a generous gift from Paul W. Lee, longtime partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, to the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF), was launched 2004 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of Asian Pacific American populations and to develop public interest law leaders of the future. This fellowship is further supported by the combined generosity of law firm partners and in-house counsel who attend NAPABA’s annual convention.
“The NLF Fellowship is an excellent training ground for young attorneys interested in championing civil and human rights for Asian Pacific Americans,” said Mee Moua, AAJC’s president and executive director. “We are excited to have Helen join our team. She is deeply committed to advancing the APA community and health policy, and we look forward to her contribution to our health care efforts.”
While at USC Law, Tran co-founded the Faculty Diversity Initiative to address the absence of tenure-track Asian American faculty at the law school. She has served as an intern on The Hill for Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and worked with the Asian American Action Fund. Tran has also worked on health policy issues while at the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General serving as a summer associate for the Department of Health; as a health policy resident for the California Department of Managed Health Care; and as a health care team intern at Dutko Grayling.
“Helen has a demonstrated dedication to public service and our community,” said Sang-yul Lee, NLF president. “This fellowship program is designed to assist young APA leaders make a difference in the APA community by helping organizations like AAJC achieve its mission of fairness and equality for everyone. This year’s selection process was particularly difficult as we had several outstanding candidates, but Helen was the consensus pick as “the complete package.””
In addition to her law degree, Tran received her bachelor’s degree in public policy, management and planning and master’s degree in health administration from USC.
“As a second generation Chinese-Vietnamese American, I have been enriched by my upbringing in the San Gabriel Valley and my parents’ experiences as refugees of the Vietnam War to pursue work in civil and human rights and health care,” said Tran. “This opportunity at AAJC means so much to me because I have a chance to use my talents and passion for health policy to help advance my community.”