OUTSTANDING YOUNG LAWYER: Binah B. Yeung
By Laurin S. Schweet
|Binah B. Yeung |
Binah Yeung, this year's recipient of KCBA's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, has a remarkable academic and volunteer history from law school at Lewis & Clark in Portland, where she graduated cum laude in 2011. Yeung's awards included the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence, the law school's nominee to the American College of Bankruptcy, the Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award and Mock Trial/Moot Court awards, as well as the Community Service and Pro Bono Award recipient for the years 2009 through 2011.
But for those who know her, it is not surprising that she is not content to rest on those laurels. Since graduation from law school in 2012, Yeung has used her drive, her commitment and her intelligence for the benefit of law firm clients, co-workers, friends and, most importantly, under-served populations in need of legal advice.
Not having the luxury of unfettered pro bono hours at her law firm, Schweet Linde & Coulson, PLLC, has never fazed Yeung. Her extraordinary commitment to volunteerism is driven solely by the desire to serve and to make a difference in the lives of the underrepresented and low-income populations and young people. For example, Yeung has devoted a significant amount of time to the CENTS (Consumer Education and Training Service) program. She volunteers at community outreach events, and has created and designed brochures to educate and inform the public of various services available through CENTS and KCBA, including the Debt Clinic, the Debt Slapped program (smart financial planning for incoming college students), the Make Change program (financial and legal rights workshops for financially troubled individuals), and volunteer legal services.
Yeung is also working on expanding the brochure kiosks for the courtrooms in U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She works closely with federal bankruptcy Judge Karen A. Overstreet and Tony Leahy, director of CENTS, on these matters.
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