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About APALA-NJ Foundation

The APALA-NJ Foundation, incorporated in 2010, was organized to serve exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes pursuant to IRS Code 501c(3). As such, contributions made to the Foundation are exempt from federal income tax. The Corporation shall support and benefit APALA-NJ by, among other things, soliciting, receiving, holding (either absolutely or in trust as a trustee), investing and managing gifts, grants, contributions and bequests which are intended to benefit the long-term goals, purposes and objectives of APALA-NJ, and by managing an endowment fund for the benefit of APALA-NJ. The APALA-NJ Foundation’s premier activity will be to create and support the APALA-NJ Scholarship Fund.

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APALA-NJ Foundation Officers

Scholarship Committee

2015 Chairs: 
Vik Jaitly
David S. Kwon
Rajiv D. Parikh

APALA-NJ in conjunction with the APALA-NJ Foundation awards scholarships annually to law students from New Jersey’s three law schools: Rutgers Law Camden, Rutgers Law Newark, and Seton Hall Law. Scholarship recipients are selected by the APALA-NJ Foundation Scholarship Committee. Awardees must demonstrate a strong record of academic achievement, service to their respective law schools and most importantly, exemplify a commitment to the Asian Pacific American legal community and community at large.

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Rajiv Parikh, President

Rajiv D. Parikh, Associate in the firm's Newark, New Jersey office, is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Construction Law & Litigation Practice Groups.

Mr. Parikh served as a clerk to the Honorable Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2005-2007).

Mr. Parikh earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 2005. He was Editor in Chief of the Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, in May, 2001, and was a representative to the University’s Board of Governors.  

Mr. Parikh is a Barrister for the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court and a member of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey and the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey. In 2010, Mr. Parikh was recognized in New Jersey Monthly Magazine by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Litigation. Also in 2010, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Secretary of the APALA-NJ Charitable Foundation.

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David Kwon, Treasurer


Mr. Kwon is a litigator concentrating his practice in the areas of complex business litigation, insurance coverage litigation and white collar crime / corporate internal investigations. He has experience litigating actions involving contract disputes, shareholder disputes, unfair business practices, business torts, and trade secrets. He has also represented corporate policyholders in disputes with insurance companies that have involved claims pertaining to numerous types of policies, areas of insurance coverage, and client industries. His practice also includes representation of companies and individuals in white collar criminal and securities fraud matters, as well as performing internal investigations for corporate clients.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Kwon served as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney's Office. He worked in the Appeals Bureau from 1995 to 1998, and Trial Bureau 70 of the Trial Division from 1998 to 1999 where he gained substantial appellate and trial litigation experience. Since February 1999, he worked in the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Investigations Division. In that capacity, he handled numerous complex criminal investigations into a variety of financial and government fraud matters. Most notably, Mr. Kwon was cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York in order to lead a long-term, joint federal-state investigation into HUD mortgage fraud.

In 1994 he worked as a Summer Intern in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Civil Division.

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Ronald Chen, Secretary

Ronald Chen returned to the law school in January 2010 after serving for four years as the first Public Advocate of New Jersey in 13 years when the Department of the Public Advocate was restored in 2006. As a member of Governor Corzine's Cabinet, he was charged with providing advocacy for a number of specific constituencies, including elder citizens, persons with disabilities, mental health services' consumers, and ratepayers, and was generally given standing to represent the public interest in legal proceedings. His areas of focus included eminent domain reform, voters' rights, affordable housing, childhood lead poisoning prevention, deinstitutionalization of persons with developmental disabilities and mental health services' consumers, and affordable energy for ratepayers. As Public Advocate, he was named chair of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy, which was charged with making recommendations on how state government can best assist immigrants to integrate into the New Jersey community.

Prior to becoming the Public Advocate, Dean Chen was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the law school, with responsibility for overall academic and curricular operations and policy. Previously, he was Acting Director of the Minority Student Program, Director of Financial Aid, and an Assistant Professor of Law. Through all these jobs, he maintained a busy schedule as a law professor, teaching Contracts, Federal Courts, Constitutional Law and Church-State Relations. In addition, Dean Chen provided pro bono legal representation to a host of clients on a range of civil rights and constitutional law cases.

Dean Chen was an active lay leader of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He first served as a trustee on the New Jersey affiliate board from 1989 to 2002, and then was elected to ACLU's national board. In 2002, he was elected by the national board to serve on the National Executive Committee.

Dean Chen earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1980 and graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark with high honors in 1983, where he was editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review and the Saul Tischler Scholar. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Professional Ethics from 1996-2006 (the last year as vice-chair), served on the New Jersey Law Journal editorial board from 1996-2006, chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education from 2003-2006, and chaired the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee from 2002-2003.

He was named the New Jersey Law Journal's "Lawyer of the Year" for 2007, in large part because of his work in using state constitutional principles to prevent eminent domain abuse. Among the other awards he has received are the Fannie Bear Besser Award for public service given by the Rutgers School of Law-Newark Alumni Association, the 2007 Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award given by the New Jersey State Bar Association, the 2002 Roger Baldwin Award bestowed by ACLU-NJ for contributions to civil liberties, and the 2001 Outstanding Achievement Award bestowed by the Association of Asian and Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.

A child of Chinese immigrants who came to this country after World War II, Dean Chen has lived most of his life in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

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Moly Hung, Director of Giving and Relationships


Moly K. Hung is an attorney with a solo practice that concentrates in the areas of Real Estate and Business related matters along with consulting on issues of a governmental and/or political nature. Prior to returning to his home state of New Jersey, he served as a Deputy Corporation Counsel with the City and County of Honolulu, initially in the Counseling and Drafting Division and then subsequently in the Trials Division. Mr. Hung also served as a former Civil Division Law Clerk with the Circuit Court of the First Circuit for the State of Hawaii. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers College and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. 

An active participant of the Asian Pacific American community, Mr. Hung is a long standing member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey and currently sits on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee of the organization. A past editorial board member from 1999 to 2005 of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association newsletter, the NAPABA LAWYER, he has also served in two full NAPABA national convention year terms from 1999 through 2000 as a former Co-Chair on the NAPABA Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee with Alexander M. Lee, Esq. In 2007, Mr. Hung notably served as a Co-Chairman with Edward S. Kiel, Esq. of the NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference that was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

Mr. Hung has served as a commissioner of the New Jersey Asian American Commission from 2002 to 2004 as appointed under former Governor James E. McGreevey. In 2008, then Governor Jon S. Corzine appointed him as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Study Foundation. 

Of specific distinction, Mr. Hung has assisted in establishing and serving in the last five (5) consecutive years as a committee member (2009) and or Co-Chair (2006, 2007, & 2008) of the always much anticipated and well received APALANJ Golf Classic & Dinner. He is currently serving as a fellow Co-Chair with Eugene Huang, Esq. and Edward S. Kiel, Esq. as to this year's upcoming 5th Annual APALANJ Golf Classic & Dinner scheduled for August 12, 2010.