Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
New York, NY
Michael Shang will be joining the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City, where he will provide support to Asian American and Pacific Islander community organizations using an integrated advocacy approach. During his time in law school, Michael served as an Articles Editor for the Harvard Law Review, worked as a student attorney in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, served as Conference Co‐Chair for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and served as a research assistant and teaching fellow for both Professors William Rubenstein and Matthew Stephenson. During his law school summers, Michael worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC in Washington, D.C. and Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, Massachusetts. Michael completed over 1,000 pro bono hours while in law school.
After law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable Theodore D. Chuang of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Michael hopes to return to civil rights and immigrants’ rights work after completing a clerkship at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 2024 to 2025. Before law school, Michael worked as a paralegal at Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP, a small commercial litigation firm in Baltimore, Maryland. Michael graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and graduated with General Honors from Johns Hopkins University, where he double majored in Biophysics and Political Science and minored in Mathematics. In his spare time, Michael enjoys running medium to long distances and playing various trivia formats.