Welcome Lan Diep, Shartsis Fellow

Welcome Lan Diep, Shartsis Fellow
September 26, 2013

We welcome our new Shartsis Fellow, Lan Diep, who will be supervising the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project in the South Bay.  He will provide community outreach and public education on rights in the workplace and will engage in limited representation on behalf of low income Vietnamese American workers in and around San Jose.

One of the goals of the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project is to establish a weekly Workers' Rights Clinic for Vietnamese speaking clients.  Lan will be expanding on the work of Betty Duong, who will serve as Special Counsel to the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project.  Lan is fluent in Vietnamese, has worked as an international broadcaster in Washington, D.C., and attended Independence High School in San Jose, leaving him with close ties to that community. 

As an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow with the Mississippi Center for Justice, Lan served as a member of a regional oil disaster legal advocacy team that provided education and free legal assistance to communities affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.  He traveled to communities throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama providing outreach and assistance to populations impacted by the spill and in need of legal advice and representation.  Lan hosted informational community gatherings to educate the Vietnamese American community about their rights and legal options, and he also published a Vietnamese newsletter distributed throughout the region.

Lan's work in the Gulf was widely celebrated.  He was the guest speaker at the ACLU of Mississippi's 42nd Annual Membership meeting in August, 2011, and has been honored at the White House and featured in the New York Times and the Huffington Post.  He is profiled on the White House website as a Champion of Change and was featured in the Jackson Free Press as its Person of the Day on August 22, 2011.  He was jointly awarded the John Minor Wisdom Public Service & Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association Litigation's Section in April, 2012 for his efforts as part of the Gulf Justice Consortium.

From July, 2012 to November, 2012, Lan was a Field Organizer for Organizing for America in Nevada.  He recruited, managed, and trained over 50 volunteers to organize their communities into teams in support of President Obama's reelection campaign and developed neighborhood specific strategies to conduct outreach to voters.