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Lan Diep believes that service is the strategy of applying local solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. In his professional and personal life, he strives to help communities gain access to justice and to further the public interest.
Most recently, Lan served as a Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellow at the Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center in San Francisco. In this capacity he led the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project, educating limited-English-proficient and low-income Vietnamese Americans about their rights under employment law and providing limited representation to help enforce those rights.
Prior to that, Lan served as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at the Mississippi Center for Justice. There, he helped low-income victims of the BP Oil Disaster - predominantly limited-English-proficient Vietnamese American fishermen who account for a third of the region’s fishermen - across the five Gulf states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida understand their rights and assisted them in filing their claims against the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. For this work he was recognized by the Huffington Post as the "Greatest Person of the Day" for April 27, 2011, by the White House as a "Champion of Change", and by President George H. W. Bush’s Points of Light Institute as its 4,748th recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award.
Lan also provides English-to-Vietnamese interpretation and translation services to government entities, law firms, and organizations as needed.
Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese
Pro bono (100%)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Daily Point of Light Award||Points of Light Institute||2012|
|Champion of Change||The White House||2011|
|Greatest Person of The Day||The Huffington Post||2011|
|Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellow||Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center||2013 - 2014|
|Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow||Mississippi Center For Justice||2010 - 2012|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of California - San Diego||Political Science/International Relations||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|University of California - San Diego||History of War, Revolution, and Social Change||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Destination Law School||Why Minority Students Should Consider Law School||2014|
|Workers' Rights Presentation||Workers' Rights Under Labor & Employment Law||2013|
|EJW Fellows Leadership Development Training||Leveraging Your Fellowship to Establish Your Brand and Burnish Your Reputation||2013|
|Lunchtime discussion at Case Western Reserve University Law School||How To Find A Public Interest Law Fellowship||2012|
|Immigration Action Now Week at Oberlin College||Two Years After The Spill: A discussion on the environmental, legal, and practical problems faced in the Vietnamese immigrant community following the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster||2012|
|Justice First Luncheon||Crude Justice - AFJ's Documentary on the BP Oil Spill||2011|
|42nd Annual Meeting of the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union||The BP Oil Disaster and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Liberties||2011|
|National Legal Aid and Defender Association Conference||Disaster Law and The Aftermath of the BP Oil Spill||2010|