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AABANY Co-Sponsors: Second Hong Yen Chang Award Celebration
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AABANY Co-Sponsors: Second Hong Yen Chang Award Celebration


When: 9/16/2020
6:00-7:00 PM
United States


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Please join the Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA), the Columbia Law School Alumni Association and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) for the Second Hong Yen Chang Award Celebration honoring Mozelle W. Thompson, CC’76, Law’81, CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting. This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Asian-Americans to the legal profession.

Mozelle W. Thompson is CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting where he provides legal, policy and business advice to innovative companies like Facebook, Samsung, Disney and many startups. Thompson’s extensive public and private sector experience has allowed him to become a guest on news outlets like CNBC and CNN where he speaks about economic, regulatory and technology issues. He also serves on several corporate and non-profit boards.Thompson was a Team Leader of Economics and Finance cluster in Obama/Biden Transition where he led the review of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC). From December 1997 until August 2004, Thompson served as a Commissioner on the US Federal Trade Commission where he developed leadership roles in such areas as international consumer protection, high technology antitrust, data privacy and intellectual property. He also served as Chairman of the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy where he established groundbreaking policies to promote competition and protect consumers around the world. This role was particularly critical during the growth of today’s high technology industry and it was where he produced the first international standards for e-Commerce.Prior to the FTC, Thompson worked for Treasury Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury where he was responsible for Government Financial Policy. Before going to Washington, Thompson worked for Governor Mario Cuomo, serving as Acting Executive Director, Secretary and General Counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA), New York Medical Care Facilities Finance Agency (MCFFA), and their sister agencies. He also practiced law with the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.Thompson is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School,and received his MPA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.He has taught at Fordham, Princeton and Stanford universities and has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including the Distinguished Service Award by the UC Berkeley School of Law and its Center for Law and Technology. In 2016, Columbia University gave him its highest alumni honor–the Alumni Medal. In addition to his professional activities, Commissioner Thompson has held leadership positions with the American Bar Association and founded several mentoring organizations for underserved communities and children.Thompson is the Son of the late Charles and Eiko Suzaki Thompson of West Babylon, New York.

Hong Yen Chang, Columbia Law School Class of 1886, was the first Chinese-American attorney in the United States. A symbol of the aspirations of Asian-Americans, he was the first person posthumously admitted to the California Bar in 2015. He had been improperly denied admission in 1890 because of the Chinese Exclusion Laws.



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