An Ngoc Duong ’12 has been awarded the Hong Duc Clerkship by the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (State) to work this summer at the Ho Chi Minh City office of Lovells LLP. The clerkship provides $5,000 for travel and living expenses. Duong, who speaks Vietnamese, will be traveling to Vietnam this summer for the first time. She said she is looking forward to working and living there at a time of “rising prominence of Vietnam on the international scene.”
Duong is an International Business Law Fellow, Carswell Scholar, recipient of a Centennial Grant, and an Academic Achievement Scholar. She is active in the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society.
After graduation from Wesleyan University, she joined her family’s retail business, which specializes in children’s formal wear. She contributed to the company’s expansion as a store manager and buyer, eventually spearheading the opening of a new location. By 2006, the company entered a new growth phase and Duong traveled to China to pursue sourcing leads.
“That’s where I had a watershed experience that eventually led me to law school,” Duong said. “We met with several factory owners about garment production, design rights, and importation – but none of the meetings resulted in contracts. There were just too many variables of import and export laws that remained unclear. I needed to know more about international law and trade if we were going to make progress.”
Duong moved to New York and worked for two years as a paralegal for White & Case LLP before entering BLS. “As a law student and IBL Fellow, I have begun to explore regulatory issues and their economic effect internationally.” She is particularly interested in the interplay of trade regulation and intellectual property. “I am also excited about exploring how global commerce can contribute to bridging political divides, and fostering understanding and cooperation.”