On March 27, 2008, VABA-DC officially introduced itself to the community. Approximately 45 Vietnamese American attorneys, students, bar association presidents and community leaders gathered at WilmerHale for the Inaugural Reception of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area (VABA-DC).
As the only Vietnamese American bar association on the East Coast, VABA was formed to promote the professional growth and advancement of Vietnamese American attorneys, encourage and facilitate the entry of Vietnamese American students into the legal profession, and contribute to the public interest by serving as a voice for the local Vietnamese American community and assisting community members with legal concerns.
The founding Board members are: Tuyet Duong, Andy Le, Uyen Le, Caroline Nguyen, Catherine Nguyen, Danny Nguyen, Martha (Mai) Nguyen, Phong Nguyen, and Hansel Pham.
The Executive Officers for the 2008-2009 term are: Caroline Nguyen (President), Andy Le (Treasurer), and Uyen Le (Secretary).