Past Boot Camps: Winter 2018
Quyen (pronounced Quinn) Tu is committed to service. Her legal practice is focused on meeting the needs of entrepreneurs and helping them protect their businesses in order to make a positive impact on society. They rely on her counsel to guide their businesses in ways that leave them with time and resources to contribute and to make an impact. Quyen is a driven entrepreneur herself. Her primary commitment is her work with her clients, fueled by a passion to give back to others. She models the reality that you can create a business where your deepest passion of service propels you each day. Her own contributions to others include fundraising for cancer research, serving marginalized people, and assisting in environmental cleanup.
One of her most meaningful experiences was volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Nepal in 2014, working alongside 500 other volunteers from around the world to build 36 houses in a week. The schoolgirls in the photo remind Quyen of the importance of perseverance, open-hearted warmth, connections across language barriers, and serving people in practical and intangible ways. In 2018, Quyen plans to join a Habitat Build in Jordan. She is honored to serve as General Counsel to YANA-Cancer Comfort, an organization providing care packages and prayers to people suffering from cancer. Quyen is a Board Member of the William P. Gray Inn of Court in Orange County and was appointed to the Young Litigator Taskforce for the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section. She has held leadership positions in local and national associations since she was a law student. Quyen is a mentor to past and current law students.
Some of her past experience includes serving as a private prosecutor. In two and a half years, she tried hundreds of photo enforcement cases and argued appeals from them as well. Quyen began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Public Law Center, a non-profit organization that provides access to justice for low-income residents. Working mainly in the Spanish and Vietnamese-speaking communities, Quyen represented people who were cheated by car dealers, had collectors harassing them, or were victims of mortgage fraud. She formed strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, professional associations, elected officials, and media outlets to increase access to justice for her clients. Quyen earned her B.A. at the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. She has also studied in Spain and China. When Quyen is not working, you can find her running, biking, swimming, and learning new yoga poses.