2024 AALFNY Public Service Scholarships

The Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2024 Public Interest Scholarships.

1. Jessica Chan, a student at New York Law School, graduating in 2025, will be interning with The Legal Aid Society in its Criminal Defense Practice. She is looking forward to using her experience in criminal defense work to build bridges between communities of color.

2. Ranjana Venkatesh, a student at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, graduating in 2025, will be interning with The Bronx Defenders’ Criminal Defense Practice where she will work in the Adolescent Defense Project. She hopes her experience in the juvenile criminal defense arena will highlight the importance of holistic lawyering, where lawyers consult with social workers, immigration attorneys, and family advocates to best serve the client as a whole person.

We also applaud the organizations with which these students will be working. The scholarship awards will be presented at a Summer Reception being held on June 24 at 6 pm. Information regarding the Summer Reception is available at www.aabany.org.

AALFNY awards Public Interest Scholarships each year to law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian American community. The purpose of the award is to assist law students with their tuition while encouraging them to use their legal knowledge and training to benefit the Asian American community in New York and to foster commitment by law students to public service in New York. Since 1997, AALFNY has funded more than 60 public interest scholarships to law students.

AALFNY was established in 1993 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York to create and support non-profit and charitable efforts to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and to defend human and civil rights.