Sang Yup Lee
Sang Yup Lee is the Director of Development for The Chicago Bar Foundation. In this role, Sang leads the CBF’s fundraising efforts and oversees all aspects of the CBF’s individual and corporate giving programs.
Prior to joining the CBF, Sang was the Development Manager at the Public Interest Law Initiative. Prior to his career in development, Sang was an attorney for the Progressive Law Group LLC, where he worked on class action litigation and consumer rights cases. Besides his community work through AABA, Sang serves on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Bar Foundations and on the Development Committee of the Management Information Exchange for Legal Aid. He earned both his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
First Vice President
Huy Nguyen is a senior associate at Factor where he advises on corporate and commercial matters for clients in the life sciences, banking, and renewable energy industries, including mergers and acquisitions, project finance, technology transactions, and data protection. He was previously an associate at a consumer bankruptcy law firm providing financial guidance to debtors to navigate their Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. Huy is also a board member of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago. He received his BBAs in Marketing and International Business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Second Vice President
Stephen Lee was a federal prosecutor in Chicago for 11 years, senior counsel for the Chicago US Attorney Office's health care fraud unit, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, and a partner at a mid-sized firm. He is now a solo practitioner focusing on health care fraud defense and data analytics in complex litigation. He is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School. He has researched and written about cases involving Asian American legal history, created the website "Our APA Heritage," which provides resources for Asian Americans to interview their parents and relatives, and was featured on This American Life talking about a "coindence bombshell" involving his family.
Belle Katubig is a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney where she focuses on defending physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals employed by John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and its affilated institutions and clinics. Prior to joining the State's Attorney's Office, she was a trial attorney and partner at a mid-sized law firm speciailzing in complex civil litigation. Throughout her career, Belle has mentored associate attorneys and recently, law students involved with the Diversity Scholarship Foundation. She also volunteers and supports local schools and community organizations that promote the health and safety of the underserved population. She is an active member of the Filipino American Lawyer's Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, North Suburban Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association. Belle received her law degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Debjani Desai is the General Counsel for the Illinois Office of Comptroller. She leads a team of lawyers in Chicago and Springfield to provide legal counsel on state comptroller mandates, such as ordering payments through the Treasury, managing the state’s fiscal accounts, and conducting audits and reports on the state’s fiscal health. She advises the office on litigation, legislation, finance, operations, compliance, and labor and employment matters. In prior roles, she served as an Administrative Law Judge presiding over medical vendor and Medicaid appeals. She managed state and federal litigation for the state Medicaid agency serving elderly, disabled, and indigent populations. She also advocated for victims as a prosecutor of financial crimes and public corruption. Debjani sits in leadership positions for various bar associations and community organizations that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity. She is President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago's Foundation, a SABA Advisory Council member, a Board Member of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and a SABA North America Leadership Institute participant. She is a junior board member of the Chicago Lighthouse, serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. She has previously served as President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and Board Member of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.
Immediate Past President
Jean Liu is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel of CompTIA, Inc., where she leads the legal and compliance functions of CompTIA and its affiliates globally. Prior to CompTIA, she worked as an attorney for a national law firm representing domestic and London-based insurance carriers with respect to sophisticated insurance coverage matters. She also has extensive litigation experience with a wide range of matters including those arising from commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice, other professional liability, employment law, and privacy law. Jean attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received degrees in cognitive science and anthropology, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where she received her law degree and served on the executive boards of the Annals of Health Law, Loyola Consumer Law Review, and APALSA. Jean is a past president of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.