Northwestern APALSA

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

Meet Our Board

2021-2022 APALSA Board

Co-Presidents

Kijoon Baeg

Hailing from the sunny Cupertino, CA, Kijoon has a B.S. in music industry from the University of Southern California. During his free time, you can find him playing the violin, as well as reading Amazon best-selling novels and drinking IPAs. Before law school, he worked in real estate sales/development, and this summer, at Legal Aid Chicago. He is also the SBA Treasurer. Kijoon would like everyone to know that Burger King fries are better than McDonald’s fries — you’re welcome to try to change his mind, but so far no one has succeeded yet.

Monica Yue Zhang

Although only a 2L, Monica already holds two law degrees (which is two more than what the rest of us have combined): an LLM from the University of Chicago, and before that, an LLB from Peking University in her hometown of Beijing, China, where she practiced for a few years before coming to Chicago. Here, she has been volunteering at the Lawyers Help Our Community clinics hosted by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. This past summer, she interned with Origami Risk; but more importantly, she also gave birth to a lovely baby boy. Congratulations and we can’t wait to meet him!   


Treasurer

Jane Lee

Jane was born in Seoul, South Korea, but also spent time in Paris and Chicago growing up. She holds a B.A. in Arts & Literature and French from New York University. Prior to law school, she worked at an international NGO and also as an English tutor. This past summer, she interned at Kim & Chang, a Korean law firm. Jane is also involved with the Journal of Human Rights and International Law Society, and mentors high school students on the side. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums, as well as watching a lot of YouTube videos.


Vice President of Marketing

Meredith Liu

Born and bred in Shanghai, China, Meredith is very used to the Chicago weather as a graduate of Cornell University, located in the equally cold and snowy Ithaca, NY. There, she served as a proud journalist at The Cornell Daily Sun. At NLaw, Meredith is a member of the Northwestern University Law Review and has been volunteering at the Illinois Legal Aid Online. This summer, she interned with the in-house intellectual property team at Red Hat. Don’t talk to her about Marvel, Star Wars, or the Lord of the Rings if you’re not ready for some nerdiness-to-the-max conversations.


Vice Presidents of Community Affairs

Jenny Kim

Jenny is a Chicago native who grew up in the suburbs of the city. She went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and got her B.S. in Psychology there. She worked as an instructor and the Director of Academic Counseling at a local tutoring center before going on to law school and interned with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office this summer. Jenny is a member of the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, as well as the Arts and Entertainment Law Society. When she has time, she enjoys running and going to concerts and festivals, but you might also find her making her own music using highly sophisticated software.

Sam Reilly

Originally from Kendall Park, NJ, Sam got her B.A. in Journalism from University of Maryland and wore multiple hats before law school: She worked at Disney World, was a journalist at ABC News, and served as a missionary on the World Race. This summer, she was an intern with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. Sam is also involved with the Journal of Human Rights and the International Refugee Assistance Project, among other things. When she’s not so busy lending her skills to so many projects, she relaxes by running very slowly, riding and training horses, and photographing her roommate’s delicious food creations.


Vice Presidents of Membership

Peggy Kern

One of the many globetrotters here at APALSA, growing up, Peggy’s footprint was all over the world — from Malaysia, China, India, to Ethiopia, Serbia, and Illinois. She got her B.A. in English Literature and East Asian Languages & Cultures from the ​​University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This summer, she interned with the Government Employee’s Health Association. On campus, Peggy’s also involved with the Students Mental Health Alliance, International Law Society, and the SBA Admissions Committee. She is an avid fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and soon you may find her with a tattoo of the four elements from the show.

Elise Wu

Elise is a double purple, holding an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Legal Studies and Global Health. Prior to law school, she worked at a startup nonprofit teaching girls in low-income communities design thinking and coding. Elise is also a member of the High Tech Law Society and the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. This past summer, she interned at both Carlson Caspers and Abbott Labs. In her spare time, Elise finds joy in eating fried Oreos and visiting the Mall of America, in addition to the healthy hobbies of napping, getting massages, and eating sushi. She is from Needham, MA.


Vice Presidents of Programming

Michael Chen

A Boise, ID, native, Michael received their B.A. in Government from Harvard University. They then worked as an analyst at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center before coming to law school. Michael is also a member of the Northwestern University Law Review, Christian Legal Society, and Just the Beginning, a program where they mentor diverse students interested in a legal career. This summer, they interned at Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. In their spare time, Michael enjoys hiking, playing with their cats, and visiting the Art Institute. Best way to make friends with Michael: bring them tapioca puddings and potato salads.

Jake Kim

Another double purple, Jake was born in Seoul, South Korea and earned his B.A. in Psychology at Northwestern. Prior to law school, he ran a business selling organic ginseng shots. This summer, he interned with the Santa Clara Superior Court in California, focusing on complex civil litigation. He is also a member of the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property as well as the Diversity Coalition. During his free time, you can often find him walking around the city and/or on his way to the gym.


Vice Presidents of Professional Development

Michael Choi

Michael was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Dix Hills, NY. He holds two B.A. degrees — one from Columbia University and another from Sciences Po in France. In two years, he can be expected to receive another two degrees as a JD-MBA candidate. Prior to law school, he worked as a project manager for a Japanese artist and also as a paralegal at Davis Polk. This year, he was a summer associate at King & Spalding in Chicago as a 1L LCLD Scholar. A fan of martial arts, Michael has done Taekwondo and Judo, and intends on trying out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at some point.

Olivia Fong

The only 3L on our board, Olivia is from San Mateo, CA and got her B.S. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of the Journal of Law and Social Policy at NLaw, and was a summer associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman this past summer. In addition to all the experience and lessons she’ll be able to share, we’re certain that the amazing desserts she bakes in her free time will also make everyone want to befriend her.

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