Board of Directors

Officers

President-Elect

Qing Guo

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Vice President of Communications

Janice V. Arellano

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Vice President of Membership

Gregory Yen

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Directors

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Jenny Chung, President

Jenny Chung is an attorney in Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC’s Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Groups. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.

Prior to joining CSG, Jenny was an attorney at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Jenny also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Hammer, U.S.M.J., United States District Court, District of New Jersey. 

Jenny received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Notes and Comments Editor on the Brooklyn Law Review. 

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Qing Guo, President-Elect

Qing H. Guo is an attorney at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani (GRSM). She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, commercial and complex litigation, and appeals before state and federal courts. Qing has extensive experience in representing clients in matters ranging from complex commercial litigation, employment discrimination claims, constitutional violations allegations, New Jersey Tort Claims Act, Open Public Records Act defense and enforcement, and contested probate litigation. Qing is well-versed in filing and defending Orders to Show Cause, seeking temporary restraints and for summary actions, having served as a law clerk to the Hon. Walter Koprowski, Jr., P.J.Ch., Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage, Chancery Division, General Equity and Probate Parts. She is facile with emergent applications, seeking immediate temporary restraints and orders to show cause.

Qing obtained a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University, where she holds a double major in Political Science and Chinese Studies. During law school, Qing interned with the Hon. David B. Katz, P.J.F.P. (Essex Vicinage), the Hon. Judith H. Wizmur, Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey (ret.), and the Hon. Susan D. Wigenton, District Judge for the District of New Jersey. She also participated in the Civil Litigation Clinic at Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice (CSJ), a clinical program that provides pro bono legal services for economically disadvantaged Newark residents.

Qing speaks Mandarin and Fujianese.

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Janice V. Arellano, Vice President of Communications

Janice is a Litigation Associate at Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC, a law firm with offices in Matawan, Oakland, and Somerville, NJ. She represents public and private entities, as well as individuals, with a focus on local government law, school/education law, commercial litigation, and employment matters, She is also a court-appointed attorney for alleged incapacitated individuals in Somerset County, NJ with attention to the Spanish-speaking population.

Prior to law, she worked in education policy with the National Education Association in Washington, DC and was a teacher in Philadelphia for three years. Janice received her law degree from Temple University-James E. Beasley School of Law where she was a 2012 Marutani Fellow and Law & Public Policy Scholar. She earned her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A., cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

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Gregory Yen, Vice President of Membership

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Ashwath Trasi, Secretary

Ashwath is currently a Legal Specialist employed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families (DCF). In this role Ashwath serves as in-house counsel to DCF in employment matters, presiding over Departmental Discipline and Grievance Hearings, responding to charges of discrimination filed in the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and New Jersey’s Division of Civil Rights (DCR), acting as a liaison to New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General and other counsel representing DCF in employment litigation matters, and providing advice and counsel to DCF’s Offices of Human Resources, Employee Relations, and Equal Employment/Affirmative Action on legal and legislative matters.
Ashwath began his career in the public sector in 2013, when he began working for the Office of Attorney General’s Division of Law as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) in the Employment Litigation section. During this time, Ashwath practiced in the District Court of New Jersey, the Superior Court of New Jersey, and New Jersey’s Appellate Division. Ashwath is committed to serving the State of New Jersey and its citizens.
Ashwath grew up in Metuchen, NJ graduating from Metuchen High School in 2001. He then went on to graduate from Haverford College with a B.A., majoring in History and minoring in Economics. He received his J.D. from the Pace University School of Law in 2009. After law school, Ashwath was a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas J. Stroumstos, J.S.C. in the Middlesex County Vicinage. Thereafter he worked as an associate at the law firm of Hoagland, Longo, Moran Dunst & Doukas, focusing his practice on Environmental and Toxic Tort matters.
Ashwath has been an active member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyer’s Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) for the past year, attending numerous events and designing and distributing APALA-NJ’s weekly announcements Newsletter.
Ashwath currently lives in Mercer County, NJ. He enjoys going to concerns, movies, sporting events, hiking and relaxing at the beach.

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Punam P. Alam, Treasurer

Punam P. Alam is an Associate at Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. where she focuses her practice on management defense in employment law litigation. With experience in both the public and private sector, Punam formerly served as Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law. In that capacity, she handled a full caseload of complex employment litigation matters and defended numerous cases filed against state departments and agencies, including state colleges, correctional institutions, the department of Human Services and New Jersey Transit.

Punam’s skillset includes defending claims related to violations of NJLAD, FMLA and CEPA and she has experience, managing cases from inception to resolution in both trial and appellate proceedings.  Prior to joining NFC, Punam was as an Associate at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP.

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Arupa Barua, Director

Arupa Barua currently serves as a Regulatory Officer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). In this role, she administers NJDOT’s ethics compliance program and works on special assignments on behalf of the Inspector General. Prior to her current positon, Ms. Barua served as the Motor Vehicle Commission’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and Title VI Coordinator. In this capacity, she was responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable State and Federal anti-discrimination laws, which include, but are not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ms. Barua also worked as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for the State of New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General. As a DAG, she was assigned to the Employment Counseling and Labor section, where she worked to represent and advise State agencies on employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination claims filed by State employees with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights. Ms. Barua started her career as a law clerk to the Presiding Criminal Law Judge in Mercer County Superior Court.

Ms. Barua is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was born in Bangladesh and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was six years old. Ms. Barua was raised in Detroit, Michigan and is the first in her immediate family to pursue a postsecondary education. She received her B.A.  from Michigan State University’s James Madison College of Public Affairs, majoring in International Relations and with a minor in International Development, Muslim Studies, and Asian Studies. Ms. Barua received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.

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Sudha V. Raja, Director

Sudha V. Raja is an Assistant Section Chief in the Transportation, Construction & Condemnation Section within the Division of Law (DOL), Department of Law and Public Safety.  Sudha graduated from Temple School of Law in 2001.  Since then she has served in the DOL, focusing on litigation and agency advice.  Sudha is the 2016 recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for excellence in litigation.  She has served for four years as a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, District Ethics Committee, District VII.  For many years, Sudha has actively mentored new attorneys in the DOL.  Currently, she is Chair of the Asian Employee Resource Group within the Attorney General’s Office.  She has been an active member of APALA-NJ for several years, and in 2018, she helped to organize APALA-NJ's Law Day program at Rowan College and participated in NAPABA’s Lobby Day.

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Bo Han, Director

Bo Han is Senior Counsel of Intellectual Property (IP) at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in Princeton, NJ.  As part of the IP group at BMS, she handles the full scope of global biopharmaceutical patent issues.  Through her decade of experience working in-house and in private practice, she has developed expertise in global patent prosecution, counseling, due diligence, IP-related transactional work, post-grant proceedings, and IP litigation.  Prior to joining BMS, she was a Counsel at WilmerHale’s IP Department in Boston, MA, where she focused on patent prosecution, counseling, post-grant proceedings, and litigation in the life sciences space, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, trade secret litigation, and biosimilar pre-litigation investigation.  While in private practice, Ms. Han was recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ Rising Star” in IP law.  She had an active pro bono practice and successfully represented asylum clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Prior to serving as Secretary of APALA-NJ, she was the In-House Committee Co-Chair from 2018-2019.  Ms. Han obtained her B.S. in Biology, with highest honors and highest distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her J.D. from the New York University School of Law.  She recently obtained her Credential of Readiness Certificate on business fundamentals, with honors, from Harvard Business School Online.

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Richard Ramones, Director

As Deputy General Counsel for Conrail, Rich Ramones is a “jack of all trades.” He oversees complex litigation including labor and employment, commercial, environmental, occupational injury, and real-estate matters. He advises and supports multiple business units across the railroad including human resources and labor relations, real estate, design and construction, and engineering. Rich has also worked with both lawyers and non-lawyers to implement proactive risk reduction measures including the creation and management of compliance programs, workforce optimization, and business process improvement strategies.

He is the first attorney of color to hold the position of Deputy General Counsel since Conrail’s corporate restructuring in 1999.  In addition, Rich is undergoing training to serve as corporate secretary of a Conrail owned affiliate company.

Previously, Rich was a senior associate at a major Greater Philadelphia area law firm before he transitioned in-house and joined Conrail.  Rich also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Wells, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division. He also clerked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Philadelphia, and for the legal department of a national mutual fund company.

In 2017, Rich received the Rutgers Law Recent Graduate Award. He also served as co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Committee, a Member of the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.

Rich is also a 2009 alumnus of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group’s Fellows Program.

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Irene Hsieh, Director

Irene Hsieh is an associate in the Litigation Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, where she is a member of the Employment Law and Higher Education Practice Groups.  Based in the firm’s Woodbridge office, Ms. Hsieh concentrates her practice in commercial litigation. She has growing experience in the areas of trusts and estates, employment, and construction litigation, including work on behalf of clients in the building industry and academic sector. Ms. Hsieh's experience also encompasses providing support in a lengthy arbitration involving a closely held business management dispute.

Ms. Hsieh serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.  She is a member of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee for District VIII (Middlesex County). She has been listed in Super Lawyers – New Jersey Rising Stars in the Business Litigation practice area.  In 2017, she was recognized by the New Jersey Builders Association with its Committee Chair Award as Mixed-Use Developers Affiliate for her work in crafting New Jersey’s Sewer and Water Connection Fee Law, which established a credits system for redevelopment projects and amended the statutory language for connection fee reductions for affordable housing projects in the state.

Ms. Hsieh received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Rutgers University. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.