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Penn Law student receives inaugural scholarship from Answering Legal Foundation

January 30, 2017

Law School student Irene Hong L’18 has been awarded the Future Attorney of America Scholarship from the Answering Legal Foundation. The scholarship provides support for up-and-coming attorneys who are entering the legal profession and was awarded to Hong in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement. Hong is the inaugural recipient of the Future Attorney of America Scholarship.

“Irene was an exemplary candidate, and managed to stick out even in the wide applicant pool that was filled with highly qualified students,” said Brooke Shatles, CEO of Answering Legal, a service specializing in answering phones for attorneys. “It was clear to us that Irene’s passion will drive her to success, and she really embodied the reason that we started the Answering Legal Foundation in the first place — to ensure that the future of our legal system is carried by bright young minds like Irene Hong.”

Hong is part of the BA/JD sub-matriculation program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in political science with a concentration in American politics, completing her undergraduate coursework in just two years.

Currently, as a student at Penn Law, Hong is enrolled in the JD/MS in Social Policy dual-degree program in partnership with the School of Social Policy & Practice.

She is also involved in APALSA and serves as the organization’s conference chair. This year’s conference was titled “The Asia Exchange: You at the Crossroads of U.S. Law & Asia’s Rise” and was held on January 21.

Hong’s studies have focused on international tax, looking at the field from both a legal perspective and a social policy perspective, with a specific interest in wealth distribution in the United States and abroad.

Ultimately, she noted, would like to build her legal career at the intersection of the public and private sectors. After this academic year, she will begin a summer associate position at the law firm of DLA Piper in Palo Alto, California.

“I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the corporate world both through my legal studies and through the lens of social policy,” she said.