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Margaret T. Chao (General Counsel, Daly Computers, Inc.)

Margaret is General Counsel of Daly Computers, Inc. located in Clarksburg, Maryland where she has worked for over 25 years.  Prior to working at Daly Computers, she was in private practice working primarily on project financing with a focus in the maritime industry.  She was one of the founders of APABA-DC and has served as President of APABA-DC and General Counsel to the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc.  


The Honorable Raymond T. Chen (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)

Judge Chen was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama in 2013, confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013 and assumed his office on August 5, 2013. Judge Chen served as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2008 to 2013. He was an Associate Solicitor in that office from 1998 to 2008. From 1996 to 1998, Judge Chen served as a Technical Assistant at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining the court staff, Judge Chen was an associate with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear from 1994 to 1996. Before entering law school, Judge Chen worked as a scientist at the law firm of Hecker & Harriman from 1989 to 1991. Judge Chen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1994 and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990.



The Honorable Jennifer Choe-Groves (Judge, U.S. Court of International Trade)

Judge Choe-Groves was appointed to the United States Court of International Trade by the President of the United States on July 30, 2015, confirmed by the Senate on June 6, 2016, and sworn in to office on June 9, 2016. Judge Choe-Groves began her professional career serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. She served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama as Senior Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation and as Chair of the Special 301 Committee for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Prior to her appointment to the United States Court of International Trade, Judge Choe-Groves was in private practice. Judge Choe-Groves obtained her A.B. from Princeton University, her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and her LL.M. from Columbia Law School.



Mark Keam (Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates)

Mark L. Keam represents the 35th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which is considered to be the oldest continuous legislative body in the modern world, with roots dating back to Jamestown in 1619. In November 2009, Mark was elected to an open seat, thereby becoming the first Asian-born immigrant to serve in the Virginia General Assembly. In 2011 and 2013, voters chose to return Mark to Richmond for additional two-year terms. Mark was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea, as the youngest child of a Presbyterian minister. At age four, Mark and his family moved to South Vietnam where his father established a church. In 1975, they fled from the war when Vietnam fell to communism. They then moved to Australia where his father established another church, before eventually moving to America. Mark received a political science degree from the University of California at Irvine, and had a chance to live in Falls Church, Virginia, while working as a college intern. After receiving a law degree from Hastings College of the Law, Mark returned to Virginia where he met and married Alex Seong Keam, also an attorney. The Keams have two children, Tyler and Brenna.



Chong Park (Partner, Ropes & Gray)

Chong is an antitrust and commercial litigation partner based in Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office. Chong has nearly 25 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer, including five years as a senior trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Anticompetitive Practices Division.  Chong’s practice focuses on high-stakes matters, including litigation, representation in government regulatory proceedings and investigations, and counseling. He has first-chaired bench and jury trials in federal and state courts and has substantial experience in class action litigation and government enforcement actions.    Chong received his BA from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  He clerked for the Hon. T.S. Ellis III, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Chong has previously served on the Boards of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Bay Area (San Francisco) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.  He maintains a black belt in tae kwon do and competes in triathlons.


Willard Tom (Partner, Morgan Lewis)

Will is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Antitrust Practice. Will has worked in the antitrust field for more than 30 years, both in private practice and in government. In private practice, he has counseled and represented clients in merger and nonmerger matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general, and federal courts. Will returned to Morgan Lewis in 2013 after serving for more than three years as General Counsel of the FTC, where he was the agency's chief legal officer and advisor. In this position, he and his deputies represented the FTC in court and provided legal counsel to the FTC, the operating bureaus, and other offices. Earlier in his career, Will served as a deputy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition, overseeing the agency’s nonmerger enforcement efforts, as well as patent antitrust and health care cases. He also previously served as counselor to the head of the DOJ's antitrust division, a role that included responsibility over matters concerning intellectual property, vertical restraints and telecommunications. Will has been an active supporter of APABA-DC and other APA organizations.


Linda Mar Weidman (Vice President & Senior Counsel, Marriott International)

Linda is currently Vice President & Senior Counsel - International Lodging Development, at Marriott International, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to her position at Marriott, she was Senior Counsel at Bechtel Power Corporation, where she worked primarily on international project financed power generation projects, and prior to that she was an attorney in private practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley & Austin. Linda also formerly served as APABA-DC President; Vice President-Finance of NAPABA; President of the NAPABA Law Foundation; AEF board member; and General Counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. She is currently Chair of the National Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC.


Francey Lim Youngberg (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement for HUD)

Francey is responsible for strategic engagement between the Secretary of HUD and key stakeholders. Her office also plays a coordinating role for the Secretary and the Department in activities conducted by the White House Office of Public Engagement. She also serves as the HUD representative to the White House Initiative on AAPIs. Prior to joining HUD, Francey Lim advised clients on cultural competency, research into AAPI issues, diversity management, minority recruitment, grant writing, grant management, and fundraising. She worked with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, the D.C. Government, the Metro Police Department and federal agencies. Prior to consulting, Ms. Youngberg was a tax attorney for Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, and Hogan & Hartson in D.C. After leaving private practice, she worked as an attorney in the international division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. and later became the founding Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)) under the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. She is a former APABA-DC and AEF President, and a NAPABA Trailblazer Award recipient.

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