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2013-2014 Executive Board of the Asia Law Society


Co-President - Eun Sung Lim

Co-President - Erica Mitchell

Treasurer - Jessie Chen

Lecture Chair - DJ Heebner

Secretary - Daniel Halainen

Publicity Chair - Ki Hoon Kim

Outreach Chair - Jesse Taylor

Social Chair - Chian Liu

1L Rep - Claire Bang

1L Rep - Eddie Mears

LLM Rep - Xin Kong

LLM Rep - Maki Takahashi 

3L Rep - Dang Duong

3L Rep - Sejin Park


3L Rep - Young Jo

3L Rep - Yuzhe PengLing


3L Rep - Michael Schmale



Eun Sung Lim is the Co-President of ALS. He was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, but his family moved to Yangon, Myanmar (or Rangoon, Burma) when he was in 8th grade. He attended an international school there where he picked up English and played a lot of soccer. Then, he flew 40 hours to attend the University of Michigan for undergrad. Although he studied business at Ross, he spent more time playing his Korean drums than reading his business law textbook. After graduating, he lived in California for 5 years working as a college admissions consultant, enjoying the sun, and entertaining the idea of becoming a professional drummer, at which point he realized there was no fandom in Korean drumming and came back to Michigan for law school instead. 



Erica Mitchell is the Co-President of ALS. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in the southwestern part of Virginia.  Erica graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a degree in History.  Throughout college and after, Erica worked for the Papers of George Washington as a research assistant. She studied Mandarin Chinese at UVA, and worked on various projects concerning Christianity in China with the Global China Center in Charlottesville, Va. After college, Erica also worked with immigrants from China tutoring ESL. She has traveled in China, and hopes to return in the near future.   


Jessie Chen is the Treasurer of ALS. She earned a B.B.A. from Baruch College, CUNY in New York CIty where she majored in Finance & Investments and minored in English and Law & Policy. While in school, she was a criminal investigator intern for the Legal Aid Society and intern for NYC Council Member Stephen Levin. She was also an International Leadership Fellow during which time she worked in the Office of the CFO at NASA. Before attending law school, Jessie worked as a paralegal for a real estate attorney in New York and spent the last few summers teaching English and traveling around Taiwan. 


DJ Heebner is the Lecture Chair of ALS. DJ a 2L here at the University of Michigan Law school, and she’s also pursuing a dual degree at the Center for Chinese Studies. She went to the University of Michigan for undergrad and graduated in 2011, majoring in Political Science and Economics with a minor in International Studies. During college, she studied abroad in Beijing and wrote her honors thesis on China’s effect on global governance decisions. Between undergrad and law school, she spent a year teaching English in Taiwan as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program. She’s glad to be back in Ann Arbor and looking forward to three great years with the Asia Law Society. 



Daniel Halainen is the Secretary of ALS. He grew up on the east coast and earned his B.A. in Chinese from Vassar College in 2007. As an undergraduate, he studied at Qingdao University, worked at a bilingual Montessori school, and volunteered in rural Zhejiang. After graduating, he spent a year studying Chinese law, politics and economics on a fellowship at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center before moving to Shanghai, where he worked as an analyst and project manager at a consulting firm.


Ki Hoon Kim is the Publicity Chair of ALS. He is originally from Seoul, South Korea, and has lifed in California, New Jersey, and New Hampshire. He ended up at Columbia University in New York, graduating in 2011 with a B.A. in political science and minoring in sustainable development. He is interested in learning more about business and integrating this with his interest in the environment. During his time between college and law school, Ki Hoon served for 2 years in the Korean Army, where he served as a vocalist in the 8th US Army Band.


Jesse Taylor is the Outreach Chair of ALS. He is a 1L and is a current dual degree student getting his MA in Japanese Studies. Jesse grew up in north Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. Jesse has spent short blocks of time in Japan and iwll be returning there for the summer in 2014, where he will study at Osaka Gakuin University before returning to Ann Arbor. He is excited to work with ALS throughout the year and help increase coordination between ALS and other centers throughout the University of Michigan.



Dang Duong is a Co-3L Rep of ALS. An immigrant from Vietnam, Dang grew up in San Jose, California. Dang graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Physics and served in the U.S. Navy before coming to Michigan Law. During the summer after his 1L year, Dang interned at Baker & McKenzie in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dang is currently in the 3rd year of his dual JD/MBA programs at Michigan. In his spare time, Dang enjoys learning obscure geography and linguistics facts – which are often only good for trivia – and riding his bike. Dang is very proud to serve ALS among his very accomplished colleagues on the ALS Executive Board. 



Sejin Park is a Co-3L Rep of ALS. She grew up in Seoul, South Korea and studied history at Yale. While in college, she traveled and studied in France, China, and Turkey with the help of Yale College's research grants. She also volunteered in Rabat, Morocco on her residential college fellowship. As a bilingual speaker of English and Korean, she has worked with the Yale Office of the Vice President and General Counsel and the Yale Office of Marketing and Trademark Licensing as a translator and researcher regarding their legal and business matters involving their Korean clients. Before law school, she studied Chinese in Beijing on the Chinese Cultural Scholarship and worked at the International Legal Affairs Division of South Korea's Ministry of Justice. 


Young Jo is a Co-3L Rep of ALS. Young was born in Seoul, Korea and has an extensive background in Asia. He has worked in Japan and China for Samsung Electronics and has experience in the manufacturing/business field in the Asia. He has also spent time in Korea as a summer associate at Yulchon LLC. Young is truly excited to meet friends interested in Asia and would love to share his experience. Young majored in Economics and International Relations at Cornell University. Young is fluent in English and Korean.



Yuzhe PengLing is a Co-3L Rep of ALS. After growing up in Hengyang, Haikou and Zhengzhou, she went to Peking University. While in college, she majored in International Relations and served as the Academic Director of Asia International Model United Nations. Yuzhe worked for a think tank affiliated to Peking University before coming to law school. She also interned at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.



Michael Schmale is a Co-3L Rep of ALS. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale in 2008 with a degree in East Asian Studies. Michael has lived in Japan, Korea, and China, participating in such programs as Princeton in Ishikawa, the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship (Korea), the PKU-Yale Joint Undergraduate Program, and the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua. He also spent two years teaching at Xiuning Middle School in Anhui province, China, through the Yale-China Association Teaching Fellowship. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Last Updated ( Nov 08, 2013 at 11:19 PM )