Vietnamese Scholarship Soiree

Friday, February 06, 2009 8:06 PM | Anonymous


Things are booming for the Vietnamese Bar Association, founded by WilmerHale’s Caroline Nguyen. The former bartender at K Street Lounge makes us look smart for picking her as one of our 30 Under 30s: she developed the VBA from a brainstorm to an organization that pulled in 120 for dinner last night, where it granted scholarships to two law students (from GWU and University of Baltimore) who’ve demonstrated commitment to issues affecting the Vietnamese. There’s Caroline with WilmerHale colleagues Kenneth Imo, career development attorney, and dinner co-chair Danny Nguyen.

Could this man be the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia? Gene Rossi, currently an AUSA in the Rocket Docket, tells us he’s “one of several” who’ve expressed interest in the top slot vacated when Chuck Rosenberg left for Hogan. Gene says he and his friendly competition are expecting a spring appointment for the role now filled by Acting U.S. Attorney, Dana Boente, a career guy. To boost the attractiveness of Gene’s candidacy, we pulled in VBA Board Member Mai Nguyen of the FDA to join him.

The evening’s keynoter was Congressman Joseph Cao, right, just elected as a Republican from Louisiana’s 2d District. Here with his Director of Special Projects Dang Nguyen, Joseph was one of the last members to slip into the 111th Congress, as Hurricane Gustav pushed his election day back to Dec. 6th. Political junkies may recognize Louisiana’s 2d as the district held for years by William Jefferson, until the FBI found $90,000 in his freezer. Don’t worry: Joseph says that the guiltiest thing in his is ice cream.

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