Inaugural Scholarship Dinner
On February 5, 2009, VABA-DC held its Inaugural Scholarship Dinner. The theme was "Turning the Page: Ushering in a New Generation," which reflects VABA-DC's commitment to promote legal excellence and community service among Vietnamese American attorneys and law students.
The inaugural scholarship recipients were Ha-Thanh Nguyen and Shandon Phan, who were selected out of a crowded pool of qualified applicants. The event featured Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), the first Vietnamese American to serve in the United States Congress, as the keynote speaker.
Approximately 120 attorneys, law students, civic leaders and friends of VABA-DC attended the event. Attendees were treated to an authentic ten-course Vietnamese dinner inside the elegant facility of WilmerHale.