Ken Chen

44 Willow St., Apt. 4, Brooklyn, NY 11201

kensanwaychen@gmail.com 646.468.9085

 

Education

 

Yale Law School

J.D., Spring 2005. Honors on 32 out of 56 graded law-related credits. Communications Editor, Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. Director of Death and the Maiden theatrical production. Music Editor, Palimpsest: Yale Arts Magazine.

 

Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

BASE business program in accounting, marketing, organizational behavior (Summer 01). First place, BASE case competition.


University of California at Berkeley

B.A. in English, 2001. 3.77/4.0 GPA. Honors Thesis.

·       Kenneth Priestley Award, Berkeley’s highest leadership award.

·       Fabilli-Hoffer Essay Prize. Hill-Shumate Book Collecting Prize. James Phelan and Hill prizes (both require nomination).

·       Featured in World Journal, international Chinese newspaper, and China Crosstalk TV: ‘Young Chinese American Achievers’

 

Work

 

Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, L.L.P., Attorney, New York, NY, Summer 2004, Fall 2005 to present

·       Representing high school student seeking asylum on the grounds of female genital mutilation and formerly detained by the FBI under spurious terrorism charges. Legal Aid Society Award (2006, 2007). Case profiled in The New York Times, Essence, and New York Post. One of the year’s most significant pro bono cases—American Lawyer.

·       Prepared for the depositions of more then ten expert witnesses in three countries—a major logistical operation involving thousands of documents, understanding highly technical issues, extensive writing, and supervising a team of five paralegals.

 

New York Civil Liberties Union, Summer Associate, New York, NY, Summer 2003

Researched potential racial discrimination caused by banking fraud provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act and terror suspect lists.

 

Arts & Letters Daily, Culture Editor, Berkeley, CA, Fall 1998 to Fall 2000

·       Founding member of the Internet’s premier cultural portal. Read every major cultural publication and alternative weekly on a daily basis to find links to essays on cultural, political, and philosophical topics.

·       Website featured in Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books.

·       ‘Best website in the world’ –The Guardian. ‘Required reading for the global intelligentsia’ –NY Times.

 

Satellite: Berkeley Magazine of News & Culture, Editor-in-Chief, Founder, Berkeley, CA, Fall 1999 to Spring 2001

·       Founded and edited Satellite, cultural magazine with website, 8,000+ monthly circulation, 50+ staff, 300+ volunteers.

·       Led coalition for greater publications funding, leading to Publications Center. Organized two voting forums.

·       Recipient of multiple grants, including Chancellor’s Grant and Townsend Center Fellowship.

·       Winner of first annual Outstanding Publications Student Award.

Pacific Time, KQED-Radio PBS, Editorial Intern, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2001

Researched stories at the only national radio show on Asia and Asian-American affairs. Reported on H1b visa problems.

 

Additional Experience

 

·       Published in Best American Essays 2006, Best American Essays 2007 (Notable Essay), Boston Review of Books, The Wilson Quarterly, Manoa, Field, Kyoto Journal, Pleiades, Barrow Street, Berkeley Poetry Review, 5 Fingers Review. National Book Critics Circle member.

·       Finalist for poetry prizes: Iowa Review, Barrow Street, Diner, Ahsahta, Paumanok, Anthony Hecht; MeThree Criticism prize.

·       Conversational Mandarin: one-year of college coursework, as well as childhood Chinese school.

·       Pacific Film Archive, Curatorial Intern (2001) – helped curate short film festival. Designed brochure and posters.

·       Nielsen//NetRatings Research Analyst (Summer 1999) – co-wrote first e-commerce report in market analyst industry.

·       Extensive writing on Asian film: IndieWire, Reverse Shot, and H2SO4; volunteer for Yale Taiwanese film symposium.

·       Sixth in the nation, High School Speech and Debate (1996).