Asian American Scholars Forum (AASF) is delighted to announce that Margaret Lewis, Brian Sun, and Peter Zeidenberg have joined the AASF Legal Advisory Council. The Council will advise AASF to build a network of attorneys experienced in defending Asian American scholars, and to stimulate dialogues among scholars, university administrators, government officials, and the general public.
Margaret Lewis is Professor of law at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on law in China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice and human rights. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, a visiting professor at Academia Sinica, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s US-Japan Leadership Program. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her publications have appeared in academic journals including the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and Virginia Journal of International Law. She has participated in the State Department’s Legal Experts Dialogue with China, has testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and is a consultant to the Ford Foundation. Her recent publications include Criminalizing China and Time to End the U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative.
Brian Sun is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. He is a trial lawyer experienced in complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and multijurisdictional investigation matters. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Brian’s litigation practice covers a range of areas, including matters involving unfair competition, intellectual property, commercial bribery, public corruption, entertainment, shareholder rights, contractual disputes, fraud and cross-border issues. A former federal prosecutor, Brian was Chief of the Financial Investigations Unit of the US Department of Justice and Assistant US Attorney of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles early in his career. His clients include Global Fortune 500 institutions and high-profile individuals embroiled in high-stakes litigation. Over the years, he has represented such clients as Hon Hai Precision Co. (Foxconn), Mattel, Emerson Electric Co., Air China, Ltd., EFG Bank AG, Sanofi-Adventis, and the City of Los Angeles and a number of individuals. He represented Dr. Wen Ho Lee in his successful civil lawsuit against the United States government.
Peter Zeidenberg is a partner in Arent Fox’s Government Enforcement & White Collar practice. He defends scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, and other individuals and business organizations accused or suspected of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, government contracting and procurement fraud, export violations, espionage-related offenses, computer crimes, the False Claims Act, wire and mail fraud, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has had tremendous success in persuading the government to decline to bring prosecutions as well as convincing prosecutors to dismiss cases that have already been brought. If a trial is necessary, Peter has a long track record, with scores of jury trials while at the Department of Justice and in private practice. Peter is experienced in conducting internal investigations and counseling companies and organizations responding to government enforcement threats. His work in such matters includes grand jury investigations, administrative subpoenas, and Congressional investigations, with a particular focus on criminal trials. He has represented researchers including Xiaoxing Li, Sherry Chen, and Qing Wang.
Asian American Scholars Forum is a nonprofit, nonpolitical association of American scholars of Asian descent united to promote academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all. Many of us are also united in our shared experience of having faced—or being at risk of—discrimination, marginalization, and racial profiling.
Members of AASF draw on distinguished Asian American scholars. Since the founding of AASF in February 2021, we have been organizing webinars to facilitate dialogues among scholars, attorneys, university administrators, and government officials. The webinars are co-sponsored by 13 Chinese-American scholar associations and 2 Asian-American organizations, representing over 7,000 Asian American scholars. Aiming to build a sustainable organization, we are applying for the 501(c)3 status and have started fundraising.