Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award
The VLP is pleased to announce that Shuang Yu has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of August 2015. Shuang is a second year student at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and has spent the past two semesters volunteering in VLP’s Self-Service Center Project. Smart and dedicated, Shuang is a great addition to our program and we’re proud to have her as a volunteer.
Shuang is from Heilongjiang, China – a province located in the northeastern portion of the country. She moved from Heilongjiang to attend college in Beijing at the Central University of Nationalities, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and a Bachelor of Arts in English. During her time at CUN Law School, she was involved in Moot Court and received the Honor of Excellence as Class Leader.
After completing her LL.B, Shuang was admitted to practice law in China and became a member of the Beijing Bar Association. She practiced at two firms in Beijing as a trademark attorney – first at Chang Tsi & Partners Law Firm and then at Wan Hui Da. During this time, Shuang represented several international brands and celebrities, advising clients on registering trademarks as well as the prosecution and enforcement of trademark and copyright laws in front of the Chinese trademark authorities.
Shuang came to the U.S. to attend the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She is in the school’s Juris Doctor with Advanced Standing Program, which allows foreign students who have a law degree in their home country to complete their J.D. in two years rather than the standard three. During her time as an attorney in Beijing, Shuang had many international clients – several from the U.S. Thus, according to Shuang, it is beneficial for her to obtain a U.S. law degree to advance her career in China.
Shuang decided to become involved with the VLP because she “loves to get involved in anything that is meaningful and helpful” to others. After experiencing two semesters at the Service Center Project, Shuang expressed how impressed she was by the volunteer attorneys and the quality of legal services that the attorneys give to people in need.
Besides the VLP, Shuang is currently the Vice President of U of A’s Intellectual Property Cyberlaw Society. This summer, she clerked for the Pima County Superior Court Family Law Bench, followed by a clerkship with the Virginia intellectual property firm Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP.
In her spare time, Shuang likes to travel, play badminton, and watch The Good Wife. She also enjoys eating at her favorite Tucson restaurant – Thai China Bistro.
Shuang’s dream job is to be an “international lawyer who can donate lots of money as well as time to those in need of help.”
Thank you, Shuang, for volunteering!