August 2, 2016
Thusfar this year, we celebrate the wonderful achievements of a number of our members. We take notice of three particular individuals and members, along with their extraordinary accomplishments this summer. We congratulate Don Liu, Congresswoman Grace Meng, and Austin So, who continue to chart new paths through their respective careers. This month, Don Liu will begin his new roles as Executive Vice president, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Target Corporation. Last week, Congresswoman Grace Meng was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. And earlier last month, Austin So was appointed as the General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of StoneMor Partners L.P. Both Don Liu and Austin So are former Gala honorees of KALAGNY.
Don Liu Shoots into the Fortune 50
This month, Don will begin his new role as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Target Corporation, a Fortune 50 company. See more here. Previously, Don was the General Counsel, Secretary and Corporate Senior Vice President of Xerox Corporation, where he was responsible for all of Xerox's legal and government affairs. Other previous positions have included roles at Toll Brothers, IKON Office Solutions, and Aetna Healthcare. Before going in-house, Don worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and at Richards & O’Neil. Don is a champion of diversity, and served as the Keynote speaker at KALAGNY's annual gala in 2011. Other of his professional accomplishments and affiliations include his service on a variety of boards, such as serving as the former chairman of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). The Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc. seeks to cultivate and inspire future Asian American leaders within the legal profession through the use of scholarships to law students, and is named after Don. He received a B.A. from Haverford College, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
The Democratic National Committee Unanimously Elects Congresswoman Grace Meng as a Vice Chair
New York Representative Grace Meng represents New York's 6th Congressional district in the New York City borough of Queens. Last week, she was elected to serve as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. This district includes the Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens and Maspeth neighborhoods. Previously, she served in the New York State Assembly. Born and raised in Queens, Congresswoman Meng graduated from Stuyvesant High School, and received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Congresswoman Meng is the first Asian American from New York State to serve in Congress. She has sponsored a number of successful bills. Earlier this year, she sponsored a bill which removed the term "Oriental" from all federal law. The bill was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law this past Spring.
Austin So Becomes the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of StoneMor Partners L.P., a Publicly Traded Company
Early last month, Austin joined StoneMor Partners L.P., a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as its General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. He also serves as the company's Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, Austin was Division General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Heraeus Incorporated, part of the Heraeus Group, a Fortune Global 500 manufacturing conglomerate, leading a team of lawyers in Germany, China and the U.S. Before going in-house, Austin practiced both litigation and corporate transactional law at top New York law firms, including Cravath, Linklaters and Akin Gump. He has also had his own law practice. Austin was recently voted a Rising Star by the MCCA and was a Trailblazer Honoree at KALAGNY's annual gala. Austin received his A.B. from Harvard and his J.D. from Penn Law.