On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at a luncheon at the Benson Hotel (from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.), OAPABA member Trung Tu will receive the Community Leadership Award from the Judge Learned Hand Awards, presented by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee. Trung Tu is a partner at McEwen Gisvold, LLP, and is also the Northwest Regional Governor for National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is a highly recognized litigation and appellate attorney who has garnered such awards as National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40,” and Oregon Super Lawyers’ Rising Star. Trung has coached Mock Trial at Jefferson High School and held several key volunteer positions with Notre Dame University and its alumni network. He also mentors racial and sexual minority law students and young attorneys and provides pro bono services to the Q Center and to Vietnamese immigrants.
The OAJC Judge Learned Hand Awards honor the memory of Judge Learned Hand, who was recognized as the heir to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ legacy of jurist, philosopher and poet of liberty. Judge Hand was appointed by President Taft as US District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. He was famous for the extensive range of decisions which he rendered in more than 2,000 cases, especially those centering on questions of constitutional rights and anti-trust legislation. The Learned Hand Award honors leaders in the legal field for professional excellence and contributions to the community. Award recipients are people who embody much of what Judge Hand represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society. Congratulations, Trung!