Board of Directors
Mark J. Calaguas is an attorney practicing at the intersection of law and technology, with interdisciplinary experience in non-profit leadership and public service. As product counsel for Tayo, he provides legal and strategic support for an innovative online help desk delivering vital, culturally tailored information to underserved communities navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark also performs data privacy consulting and management services for startup founders, small businesses, and institutional clients. Additionally, he sits as a federal appointee on the Illinois State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has worked as a staff attorney in the litigation group of an AmLaw 100 firm. Mark is a member of the working group for the Privacy and Safety Framework (PSF 2.0) at the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), an organization promoting privacy, security, and ethics in immersive environments (virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality).
In addition to serving on the AABA board, Mark is immediate past president of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago) and a founding board member and current at-large trustee of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA). He also presides as board chair of the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), a grassroots non-profit that organizes the Filipinx/a/o community around issues of social, racial, and economic justice, and serves as a community representative on the local school council of Skinner North Classical School. Mark is an alumnus of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), the U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Leadership Advancement Program, and is a former National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) Diversity Scholar.
Mark holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with Certificate in International Law and Practice from Loyola University Chicago.
Summer Du is an associate attorney at Law Offices of Jeffery Leving where she counsels clients on various aspects of dissolution of marriage and paternity proceedings including child custody, support, visitation, property division, financial planning, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, domestic violence and post-divorce issues. As a new mother and recent immigrant, she empathizes with her clients’ struggles and goals, which she has fought for in and out of the courtroom.
Summer has been a fierce advocate for the Asian American community in Chicago. She has been a regular volunteer at Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic since 2014. Summer is also a board member of the Chinese American Bar Association. She participates in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association lobby day in Washington D.C. annually.
Kwanwoo Lee is an associate at Marshall Gerstein, who secures patent protection for clients in the United States and foreign jurisdictions, and counsels clients on various intellectual property issues. At the firm, he serves on the Diversity and Inclusion committee and as liaison to the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. Kwanwoo is also an active pro bono advocate, volunteering time with Lawyers for the Creative Arts and the Wills for Heroes Foundation. He received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Huy Nguyen is a senior associate at Factor where he negotiates commercial contracts for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, focusing on information technology, data protection, and healthcare compliance. 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 the treasurer of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and is an active volunteer at the monthly Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic, providing free legal consultation to clients on various matters, including landlord-tenant, employment, family, and personal injury disputes. 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.
Takayuki Ono is an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Disputes and White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations groups in Sidley Austin LLP’s Chicago office. Tak represents corporations and individuals in a variety of high-stakes disputes, including in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. Specifically, Tak has extensive experience representing clients in investigations and litigation involving federal and state False Claims Acts.
Tak serves as Vice Chair of the Associate Board for the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, and is also the founder and co-chair of the Japanese American Bar Association’s Chicago Regional Committee. He received his BS from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and his JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Amol Parikh is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery where he concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology litigation, counseling, and procurement. He draws on his trial and litigation experience in combination with his engineering training to quickly identify intellectual property and technology issues and works with clients to develop creative strategies to address them. He earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and was a member of the DePaul Law Review. Amol maintains a robust pro bono practice focusing on immigration and civil rights matter. In addition to his legal practice, Amol is a 2018 Fellow for the Legal Counsel on Legal Diversity and a member of the Ravinia Associates Board.
Jaz Park is an Illinois-licensed attorney with a litigation practice in employment law, representing employees and small businesses. Jaz assists executives and high-level employees in disputes, including race and gender discrimination, wage and hour issues, non-competes, and whistleblowing. Jaz also advises employers on diversity and inclusion, EEO matters, and investigations. She has served as a faculty lecturer in Employment Litigation at Chicago-Kent College of Law, in its preeminent Labor and Employment Law program, where she also received her JD. She attended Brown University for her BA, and is admitted to the Northern District of Illinois.
Jaz’s latest initiatives have been focused on diversity in the legal profession, through her appointment to the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)’s Steering Committee on Racial Inequality, as well as on the exemplary passage of a bipartisan 2021 non-compete bill in Illinois with the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the IL Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Minority Bar CLE (MBCLE) Conference, and Vice President of the Korean American Bar Association (KABA). Previously, she served as a Vice President of the Korean American Association of Chicago (KAAC), and Chair of the Advisory Council on Equity for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations.
Jaz values her longstanding Chicago roots. As a Chicago Public School (CPS) K-12 alum, she now participates on racial equity matters for her children in CPS.
Armando (“Archie”) was recently named as Associate Clerk to Iris Martinez, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He was an Assistant Cook County Public Defender for over 15 years, most recently assigned to the Legal Resources Division, responsible for post-conviction matters and criminal appeals. For over 10 years he was assigned to the Felony Trial Division at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse (26th and California), and was also member of AFSCME Local 3315.
Dedicated to diversity and service, Armando has volunteered to teach Constitutional Law to middle-school students at Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Little Village, to help coach and train the Loyola Law School Corboy Trial Advocacy Team, and to meet with prospective Chicago-area students as a volunteer alumnus for Michigan State University. In college and law school he was a member of various student organizations involved with the Asian American community and/or public service, including APASO (Asian Pacific American Student Organization) and PASS (Philippine American Student Society) at Michigan State University. He is a proud member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association and Asian American Bar Association.
Born in The Philippines and raised in Henderson, Kentucky, Armando attended Michigan State University and the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law. He resides in the Near North Side with his wife and son.
Sonni Choi Williams was appointed as the City Attorney for the City of Lockport, Illinois in June of 2017. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Williams worked for the City of Peoria for over 17 years. She has over 20 years of experience in municipal law and defending civil state and federal tort and injunction cases including appeals before the state and federal appellate courts and the Illinois Supreme Court.