Tan is a staff
attorney at the
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights
includes litigation and advocacy
relating to immigration detention and
immigrants’ access to education.
He is a graduate of Harvard
College and Yale Law School and
also holds a master’s in comparative
literature from New York University.
After law school, Mr. Tan clerked for
the Honorable M. Margaret McK-eown of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit and worked at
IRP as a Skadden Fellow and Liman
Public Interest Fellow.
In 2014, he was awarded a California Lawyer of the Year Award in Immigration Law for his work on
Rodri-guez v. Robbins, a class action lawsuit
challenging the prolonged detention
of immigrants without bond hearings.
Outside the ACLU, Mr. Tan serves as
a steering committee member of the
Detention Watch Network.
Nisha Vyas is a senior staff
attorney with Public Coun-
sel’s Community Develop-
ment Project in Los Angeles,
California. Her work in-
cludes providing counsel to
tions, including legal advice and capacity building
support to nonprofit affordable and supportive
housing providers, and affirmatively enforcing
laws to ensure an adequate supply of affordable
housing and protections against displacement in
With a background in community law and fair
housing, Ms. Vyas’s advocacy is rooted in the belief
that all persons should have access to safe, decent
and affordable housing of their choice. Ms. Vyas
started her career as a staff attorney, and later,
deputy litigation director, with Southern California
Housing Rights Center. There, she represented
tenants and homeowners in challenging discriminatory practices on the basis of race, national
origin, familial status, sexual orientation, disability
and other protected characteristics in federal and
In 2010, Ms. Vyas was selected as the Jay M.
Spears Clinical Teaching Fellow by Stanford Law
School. At the Stanford Community Law Clinic,
she taught and supervised second-and third-year
law students in representation of low-income clients in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in an
array of litigation and advocacy matters including
housing and workers’ rights.
Prior to joining Public Counsel, she served as
the pro bono director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, where she implemented
new initiatives to centralize pro bono needs to
more effectively serve clients and communities.
Ms. Vyas serves on the boards of the UCLA Law
Alumni Association, the Asian Pacific American
Bar Association of Los Angeles County, and the
South Asian Network, and is a past president of the
South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
Public Interest Foundation. She is a graduate of
UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law, where she
completed the David J. Epstein Program in Public
Interest Law and Policy.
Greg Wu is
sel at United
company on a wide range of domestic
and international benefit matters. At
United, Mr. Wu is also on the lead-
ership team of UNITE (the United
Airlines Multi-Cultural Business
Resource Group), a Pro Bono & Com-
munity Service Program Leader, and
chair of the Social Committee.
He also serves on the Honorary
Board of the Asian American Bar
Association of Chicago. Even though
Coach K failed to offer him a basketball scholarship, Greg took his talents
to Duke University, and after going
undrafted by the NBA, he attended
Harvard Law School. ■
BRETT SCHUSTER (bschuster@napaba.
org) is the communications manager for the
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.