Tram Nguyen ’13

“If we as lawyers don’t try to understand discrimination and step up to end it, then who’s going to do it?”

Tram Nguyen ’13

As an undergraduate intern at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), Tram worked in the Asian Outreach Unit with Cyndi Mark, a 1994 graduate of the law school. Cyndi encouraged Tram to apply to Northeastern for law school. Tram took Cyndi’s advice, came to Northeastern and then, as a third-year student successfully partnered with Cyndi on an application for a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship at GBLS devoted to combatting domestic violence in the Vietnamese community. “Domestic violence is a taboo subject among the Vietnamese,” says Tram, who was born in Vietnam. “This fellowship allowed me to spend three years doing both outreach and education as well as direct legal services.”

From GBLS, Tram looked to make a broader impact by running for seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 2018 and again in 2020, voters from Andover, Boxford, North Andover and Tewksbury elected Tram to represent their interests at the State House. She is the first Vietnamese American woman in elected office in the commonwealth, the first Vietnamese American elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the first Asian American on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators and the first Asian American woman to serve as vice chair of a House committee.

Co-op

Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston

In the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Tram worked with public defenders on a case involving a Vietnamese-speaking client accused of murder.

Activities
  • Committee Against Institutional Racism (CAIR)
  • Student Bar Association
  • Cooperative Income Sharing Program (co-chair)
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (admissions officer)

 

Co-op

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston

Under the supervision of the Honorable Marianne Bowler, Tram participated in writing two civil decisions.

Co-op

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu

In Hawaii, Tram enjoyed working for a general practice firm.

Electives
  • Negotiation
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
Co-op

Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris, Boston

At this general practice firm, Tram focused on employment-related work.

After Graduation

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Greater Boston Legal Services

Next

Staff Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services

Now

State Representative, 18th Essex District, Massachusetts

Result

A politician who puts people first.