Vietnamese American Bar Launches First Ever Year-Long Fellowship to Provide Legal Services

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) proudly announces the establishment of the Lan and Mark Beyster Fellowship Program, a post-graduate fellowship to be provided to a recent law school graduate. The Lan & Mark Beyster Fellowship Program will provide $25,000 to enable a law school graduate to provide legal services to and advocacy for the Vietnamese American community and/or other underserved/underresourced communities.

“This is the first fellowship of this kind given by any minority bar organization in the country,” noted Quyen Ta, President of the VABANC. “We are very excited by the program. This fellowship builds upon the work VABANC has done to encourage public service,” said Ms. Ta.

This fellowship will be the largest fellowship amount offered by a minority bar organization to encourage and provide legal services and pro bono work with the Vietnamese American Community. Most Vietnamese Americans came to the United States as refugees. Despite some instances of model-minority accomplishments, many Vietnamese Americans still live in poverty and lack access to the legal system.

For the last 8 years, VABANC has provided two to three scholarships per year to law students to recognize their achievements and commitments to serving their communities and to encourage public service. The Lan and Mark Beyster Fellowship builds on VABANC’s goals by supporting a recent law graduate who will serve the greater community and whose work will achieve a richer and more inclusive vision of social justice in underserved communities.

For many years, Mrs. Lan Beyster, Mr. Mark Beyster and their family have generously contributed to many philanthropic and educational endeavors. With this fellowship, the Beysters want to encourage public service in the Vietnamese American community and to provide low-income communities with legal services.

To learn more about VABANC, please visit its website at vabanc.org.

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