Mission Statement

The Stanford China Law and Policy Association was founded in 2006 at Stanford Law School. Our mission is to build ties between legal scholars and practitioners in China and the United States.


Executive Board

Randy Wu (Co-president)

Randy is currently a 2L at Stanford Law School. Randy graduated from Harvard University in 2000 with a bachelor's in Chemistry. After working as a software engineer and as a lab technician, Randy entered the Ph.D. program in biophysics and bioinformatics at the University of California, San Francisco. After graduating in 2008, and prior to law school, Randy worked as a patent agent in a Boston firm specializing in biological and chemical patents. A native of Beijing, Randy is interested in legal issues that arise from interactions between China and the United States.

Adrian LeCesne (Co-president)

Adrian LeCesne is a 2L from Chicago, Il. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in East Asian Studies in 2009, and studied on a Chinese government fellowship at the People's University of China in 2010. He is interested in sustainable energy, urban transportation infrastructure, and toxic substance management, as well as the direction that China-U.S. IP policy is advancing. He enjoys playing Weiqi.

Hans Andersson
Hans Andersson is 2010 graduate of Yale College with an A.L.B. in ethics, politics, and economics. He studied Chinese language and culture for three years at Yale, at Harvard Beijing Academy completing the intensive equivalent of one academic year in one summer, and for one year while at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Hans wrote his senior thesis on "national exceptionalism" in China and America and, with his thesis adviser as co-author, has published an article on America facing China's rise in the University of Virginia's journal on contemporary culture, The Hedgehog Review. Hans is currently studying law at Stanford and software engineering at Harvard, expecting simultaneous J.D. and A.L.M. degrees in 2014. Hans hopes to apply his advanced knowledge of Chinese language and culture in his practice of law.

Lei Cai
Lei earned her LL.B. in 2006 and LL.M. in 2008 from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Since 2008, she worked for nearly three years at T&D Associates, a local law firm in China which mainly engage in international trade and antitrust cases. Her practice as a lawyer focuses on anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations initiated by China's Ministry of Commerce. In addition to these cases, she also involved in several antitrust filing cases as well as legal counseling in terms of antitrust issues in China.

Joe Casey
Joe is currently a 1L at Stanford. He has a B.A. from Wesleyan University (2001) and an A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University (2005). Joe is also a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and speaks, reads and writes Chinese fluently. Prior to Stanford, Joe worked in intellectual property investigations and enforcement in China. Joe was the manager of CBI Consulting in Shanghai and Guangzhou from 2005-2008, and worked as the Regional Global Security Manager for Apple Computers in Shenzhen from 2009-2010. Most recently, Joe served as a Research Fellow at the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission, where he authored reports on intellectual property trends in China and on U.S.-China trade. Joe is currently an Stanford Law School Editor for the China Guiding Cases Project. Joe's career interests include international business, intellectual property, and emerging markets.

Sifei Han
Sifei is currently an LL.M. student in Corporate Practice and Governance at Stanford Law School. She earned her LL.B. from Shanghai International Studies University in 2007. After graduation, she joined Paul Hastings' Shanghai office and was a China Associate of the firm's corporate department before coming to Stanford. For the past two years, she had been seconded by the firm to work in China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) in Beijing, which manages most of China's foreign exchange reserves. She focuses her practice on corporate and commercial law, investment management, and mergers and acquisitions in China.

Cecilia Wu
Cecilia is currently a first year graduate students of music, science and technology in CCRMA, Stanford University. She earned her Bachelor degree in Fashion Design from Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology in 2000. Being an award-winner of several music composition contests, Singers contests and so forth, Cecilia was hired by Universal Record China as a music producer in 2000. Cecilia switched to EMI Music publishing and EMI record China. She had four very good years at EMI and held a position of executive assistant to the General Manager when she left EMI. Cecilia continued her career in the music industry in China for another four years in the most influential local record company Taihe Rye Music Co., Ltd as a senior manager. Cecilia established the publishing department for Taihe Rye and focused on the legal issues of copyright and royalty as well as digital distribution. Cecilia released her first spiritual music album Clean Your Heart in 2010. Cecilia is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Her career interests include music industry, entrepreneurship, computer science, network communications, new media, copyright and entertainment law.

Sue Wang
Sue Wang is currently a 3L at Stanford Law School. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007 with Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Political Science. Between college and law school, Sue spent two years working at an immigration law firm in San Francisco. Sue is interested in intellectual property (both patents and "soft" IP), securities, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Ying Wang
Ying is currently a 2L at Stanford Law School. She earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology from University of Science & Technology of China. Her Ph.D. work, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, used high-throughput biotechnologies to study honey bee social behavior on the molecular level. A honey bee lover and an avid hiker, Ying is interested in environmental issues, especially energy efficiency, natural resources, and sustainable agriculture in China.

Jingyi Xu

Jingyi is currently a student in the L.L.M. program in corporate governance at Stanford Law School. Her full biography is coming soon!

Sandy Yao

Sandy is currently a 3L at Stanford Law School and is former co-president of CLPA. Born and raised in Suzhou, Sandy went to college at Tsinghua University in Beijing and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. Afterwards, she came to the states for advanced study and graduated from MIT in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Before entering law school, Sandy worked for two years as a technology specialist at an IP law firm in Boston, where she prepared and prosecuted patent applications in areas of electrical engineering, medical devices, computer technologies, and telecommunications. With her engineering background, Sandy is primarily interested in technology-related issues in law and policy.

Bo Yue

Bo is currently a student in the L.L.M. program in corporate governance at Stanford Law School. His full biography is coming soon!

Y. Michelle Yuan

Michelle is currently a 3L at Stanford Law School and is former co-resident of CLPA. She was also a Senior Editor of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance and one of the student leaders of the Stanford Tax Pro Bono Program. Born and raised in China, Michelle went to college in the Department of Philosophy at Peking University in Beijing. Michelle also holds a MA and Ph.D. candidacy in religion from Duke University in North Carolina, where she served as President of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association and was a Member of the Graduate Student Affairs Advisory Committee. At Duke, Michelle helped found and participated as a member in the Duke Chinese Folk Dance Group. Michelle spent her 1L summer working as a clerk for Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA and has also previously worked as a program coordinator, graduate intern and teaching assistant for Duke University. Michelle has a passion for working with clients and a strong interest in corporate law.

Katherine Zhao

Katherine is a 1L at Stanford. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Wellesley College and a M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Prior to law school, she worked at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on environmental, public health, and gender issues. She then traveled to China as a Fulbright and Boren Fellow, where she analyzed the localization of international legal frameworks in the cases of domestic violence and human trafficking. Most recently, she was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. She is particularly interested in the intersection between social and legal change in China.

Former CLPA Board Members

Katie Plichta (Vice President)
Katie Plichta is a JD/MBA candidate at Stanford University. She graduated from North Carolina State University summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Business Administration, concentrated on Operations & Supply Chain Management. With interests including social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, disaster management, and South-South cooperation, Katie aims to apply her JD/MBA to a career in international development. Accordingly, Katie spent last summer working for the United Nations Development Programme, in its Beijing-based China office, and she participates in Stanford's Timor-Leste Legal Education Project (TLLEP).

Jørgen Bek Weiss Hansen

Jørgen Bek Weiss Hansen is originally from Denmark and received his Bachelor of Law and Master of Laws from Aarhus University (Denmark) where he also wrote his dissertation ("Subsequently failed contractual assumptions in corporate matters"). During Jørgen's time at Aarhus University he helped establish a new free legal aid, De Jurastuderendes Retshjælp ("The Law Students Free Legal Aid"), and worked as a student worker and scholarship awardee at a major law firm in Denmark, Kromann Reumert. Following his time at Aarhus University he practiced the mandatory three years as an assistant attorney at the law firm Lassen Ricard (Copenhagen, Denmark) before being admitted to the Danish Bar in August 2010. During this period he gave legal counsel regarding commercial law in general and specialized legal counsel regarding corporate matters and construction law. Further, Jørgen performed pro bono work at the Copenhagen Free Legal Aid where he gave counsel regarding immigration, lease disputes, family law etc. Jørgen's primary fields of interest are corporate law, international law and construction law both of which he has worked with extensively. He has also traveled extensively and found China to be his favorite foreign country.

Cunzhen Huang

Cunzhen earned her Bachelor degree in Law (together with a Certificate of Chu Kochen Honors College)from Zhejiang University (P.R. China) in 2004. From 2004 to 2005 Cunzhen studied international law in Fudan University (P.R. China), and continued her studies at Leiden University (the Netherlands) earning an LL.M. in Advanced Studies in European Business Law in 2007. After graduation, Cunzhen joined the Brussels office of Linklaters LLP, a leading UK based international law firm, specializing in the EU competition law. More than one year later, Cunzhen was seconded to the London office of Linklaters LLP for six months. In October 2008, Cunzhen worked on a visiting scheme with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission (the competition regulator in the European Union, responsible for establishing and implementing a coherent competition policy for the European Union). Cunzhen joined the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in January 2009, focusing on various aspects of the EU competition law, Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law and international trade law. Cunzhen has a wide range of practice experience in respect of both advisory and transactional work. She has worked on cases concerning multi-jurisdictional merger control filings, abuse of dominant positions, anti-competitive agreements and cartels, as well as antitrust law compliance programs. Cunzhen has also worked with the American Bar Association and the American Chamber of Commerce in China to shape the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law and its implementing rules.

Ke Jiang

Ke earned his LL.B. in 2003 from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and his LL.M. from Stanford Law School in 2011. Since 2003, He worked for nearly four years at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was mainly responsible for legislative affairs. Then he worked as an attorney at King & Wood PRC Lawyers for more than three years. His practice as a lawyer focuses on WTO dispute settlement and the team he worked for has been involved in more than half of the WTO disputes where Chinese government is a disputant. He has also experience in antitrust notification before the Chinese government and corporate compliance areas.

Joo Hyun Lee

Joo Hyun was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, but lived in China (Shanghai, Guangzhou) for six years during her childhood. Since then, she has maintained an interest in various aspects of Chinese society, and is excited to be part of the Stanford China Law & Policy Association. Joo Hyun graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. At law school, Joo Hyun is also involved with the Volunteer Attorney Program (pro bono) and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance. She is strongly interested in corporate law.

Clint Light

Clint graduated from the University of Alabama in 2006 with degrees in History and The Classics. After splitting the next year teaching in Shanghai, China and working as an architectural assistant, he took a paralegal/ legal assistant position at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC. During his two years with the firm, Clint worked primarily in the international department, focusing on toxic torts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance in East Asia. Since beginning law school at Stanford, he has participated in the International Law Society Executive Board, Energy Law Society, StreetLaw pro bono program, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Journal, and Stanford Law Association. He has recently worked as a Sudanese oil rights analyst and attended The Hague Academy of International Law in The Netherlands.

Huaying Liu

Huaying Liu received an LL.M. in Corporate Practice and Governance at Stanford Law School in 2011. Huaying earned her LL.B. degree in Beijing Foreign Studies University, while also working as a part-time intern and then a paralegal at Lovells Beijing office during her senior year. After graduation, Huaying joined Paul Hastings' Beijing office, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and foreign direct investment. Huaying advised various multi-national companies on their entries into China (either by acquisition of an existing company or by establishment of a subsidiary), and on their subsequent strategic development in China. She also advised international private equity funds in their multi-million dollar investments in, and the restructuring of, Chinese companies in various industry sectors, such as real estate and retailing. Huaying has passed the Chinese bar exam, and she is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Thompson Paine

Thompson is currently finishing his J.D / M.B.A. joint degree program at Stanford (2012), and he has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005). Prior to Stanford, Thompson worked in Beijing for the U.S. Department of State from 2006-2008, monitoring social and political trends and events in China. His stints in the legal world include corporate law (project finance; international regulatory compliance) with Morrison & Foerster, LLP, in Washington, DC, and Beijing, as well as trade litigation in the General Counsel's Office at the U.S. Trade Representative's Office in Washington, DC. Thompson's career interests include entrepreneurship, education and technology, Chinese politics and international law.

Peter Richmond

Peter is a 3L and is jointly pursuing an M.S. in Environment and Resources at Stanford. He hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, and completed an undergraduate degree in economics at UNC - Chapel Hill. After graduating, Peter spent three years working as an assistant analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. Peter's interest in all things Chinese spurs from his experience just before beginning law school studying Chinese for four months in Taipei, Taiwan, and travelling for several months throughout China. Peter is particularly interested in Chinese energy, environmental, and trade issues.