Introducing the 2015-2016 Executive Board
Bob Zhao, Co-President
Born in Japan, Bob moved to Canada at the age of 4 where his parents gave him a "Big Book of Baby Names" and commanded that he choose one. Eager to go play, he picked the shortest and easiest name he could find. Bob studied at the University of British Columbia where he focused on cultural psychology and cognitive neuroscience. With his interest in the legal implications of technological advancements, he is concurrently pursuing a Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy. In his spare time, Bob enjoys beach volleyball, snowboarding, and playing with his two dogs.
Other Engagements: Duke Law and Technology Review (Staff Editor), Health Law Society (President), Veteran Assistance Program (Director of Psychological Testing), Transactional Law Competition
1L Summer: j2 Cloud Services, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
2L Summer: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett - Palo Alto, CA
Alan Fu, Co-President
Alan grew up in Los Angeles after immigrating to the U.S. right before first grade. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California, believing he would learn about math, science, and cars, but mostly cars. Alan is interested in patent litigation and the evolution of patent law as it adapts to modern society, and spent a summer interning as a patent examiner at the USPTO. His favorite things are his dog and Allagash White. He still hopes to learn to work on cars one day, unfettered by academic curricula.
Other Engagements: Duke Law and Technology Review (Staff Editor), Moot Court Board, Mock Trial Board (Twiggs-Beskind Cup Mock Trial Competition Champion)
1L Summer: Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic - Durham, NC
2L Summer: Kirkland & Ellis (2016 Diversity Fellow) - San Francisco, CA
Anais Ning, Vice-President
Anaïs is Chinese-American and grew up in Florida after immigrating to the States. She majored in music and philosophy at UNC while studying abroad for two years in Paris and Montevideo (Uruguay) and taking classes in the target languages. Anaïs is pursuing the JD along with a Masters in Economics to explore her interest in the empirical effects that changes in law have on behavior. She loves extreme sports and outdoor activities like skydiving, krav maga, kayaking as well as cavern and wreck diving.
Other Engagements: Duke Law Journal (Staff Editor), Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (Co-President), Transactional Law Competition
1L Summer: Jun He Law Offices - Shanghai, China
Research Assistant for Professor Helfer - Durham, NC
2L Summer: Weil, Gotshal & Manges - Dallas, Texas
Izzy Xu, Treasurer
Izzy grew up in Fuzhou, China, and has lived, studied and worked in six countries on five continents (China, Australia, United States, Kenya, Spain, and Germany). She is a Double Dukie, and studied Philosophy, Economics, and Dance prior to law school. Izzy is interested in the intersection between Philosophy, Economics, and Law, as well as the application of federalism in ethnically/religiously divided societies. She loves to dance (modern, tango, flamenco, you name it...), travel, cook, and eat.
Other Engagements: Duke Journal of Law & Contemporary Problems (Staff Editor), Mock Trial Board (Twiggs-Beskind Cup Mock Trial Competition Champion)
1L Summer: Judicial Intern to The Hon. Denis Hurly, United States District Court,
Eastern District of New York
2L Summer: Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton - D.C. / Cologne, Germany
Soo Lim, Director of Professional Development
Soo grew up in Forest Hills, NY and attended Brandeis University where she studied French and Anthropology. Among the languages she has studied, she also lists Chinese, Arabic, and Korean. At Duke, Soo is a dual degree student pursuing a J.D. and an LL.M in International and Comparative Law. Although Soo initially developed her passion for law when interning at Sotheby’s in Paris, she is now interested in litigation and international arbitration. In her free time, Soo likes to contemplate and engage in hearty debates about the greatest unresolved question in life: the ending of Inception.
Other Engagements: Duke Law Journal (Staff Editor), Mock Trial Board
1L Summer: White & Case - Beijing, China
2L Summer: Davis Polk & Wardwell - New York, NY
Anna Guo, Director of Community Outreach
Anna was born in China but traveled the world as a child, spending three years in Oklahoma and two years in Syria before returning to China for high school and college. Having learned Finance and Economics in college, Anna is very interested in the interplay of economic principles and corporate law. She also has a great interest in pro bono service and had represented McDermott China during her summer internship in the 2015 Asian Pro Bono Forum in Thailand. Anna is adventurous and loves the outdoors. Back in China, she rode her bike to Tibet (630 miles), hitchhiked in northern China, and ran in marathons. Her goals before graduation are to attempt a mountain summit and to learn how to salsa and hip hop.
Other Engagements: Cancer Pro Bono Project (Project Leader)
1L Summer: McDermott Will & Emery - Shanghai, China
R.W. Bobholz Law, PLLC - Durham, NC
2L Summer: Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider - D.C. / New York, NY
Jennifer Tian, Director of Internal Relations
Jenn was born and raised in Warrensburg, Missouri, a quaint town located in the middle of the Show-Me state. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a minor in Music. At Duke, Jenn has developed a wealth of interests and has greatly enjoyed interacting with her fellow classmates and professors. In her free time, she enjoys hitting golf balls at the Washington Duke driving range and finding new restaurants in the area.
Other Engagements: Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems (Staff Editor), Moot Court Board (Hardt Cup Coordinator), Legal Writing TA, LEAD Fellow
1L Summer: Bryan Cave - St. Louis, MO
2L Summer: Latham & Watkins - Chicago, IL
Christine Yoo, Director of Diversity & Awareness
Christine was born in New York City and moved to Seoul, South Korea when she was 7 years old. She came back to the U.S. when she was 18. She attended Emory University, where she studied Sociology and Chinese. She is interested in practicing corporate law and cross-border transactions. In her free time, she likes to cook and eat.
Other Engagements: Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy (Staff Editor)
1L Summer: Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic - Durham, NC