MyLoc Dinh's wide-ranging passions and hobbies include everything from politics to break dancing. The second-year student brings her energy and work ethic to Southwestern where she not only serves as President of the Asian-Pacific-American Law Students Association, and Vice President of both the Women's and Native American Law Students Associations, but is also a Junior Advocate in Southwestern's Trial Advocacy Honors Program and a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office. In addition to all of her campus activities, Dinh, who is interested in civil litigation, is currently externing for the Hon. Philip S. Gutierrez of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, a position that involves a lot of research and writing. During the summer, she was a Research Assistant for Professor Byron Stier, and she continues to serve as a teacher's assistant for his evening Torts class, holding office hours to assist students.
Dinh is also the recipient of several scholarships. Most recently, she was honored by the Japanese American Bar Association, where she won the Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship. She has also received the Professor Douglas Salem Memorial Scholarship and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award. She is conversant in Vietnamese, Japanese and French, and earned her B.A. degree in Linguistics from her hometown school, the University of California, San Diego. The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs originally brought Dinh to Los Angeles, where she honed her public speaking skills and interned at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Bill Simon for Governor, Rogers & Associates, and Communications Workers of America Local 9503.
Prior to attending Southwestern, Dinh worked as a Legal Assistant for the firm of Artiano & Guzman LLP and was active in state government. She was a Field Representative for then State Senator Debra Bowen (who is now California Secretary of State) and became interested in Asian Pacific Islander (API) politics, serving as a Field Coordinator for Warren Furutani's campaign for State Assembly. Although very active in politics, she does not have any intention to run for office, but she continues to support APIs in the political process. "After working in politics for a while, I realized I needed a Masters in Public Policy or a law degree, and I opted for the law degree," she said. "I like the flexibility of the programs at Southwestern and the individual attention students receive." Dinh also really enjoyed taking Southwestern's first Capstone course in Mass Tort Litigation, saying "it was so practical and interdisciplinary, and there were only 20 students. I can't say enough about how much that class was very enjoyable and educational. I'm a practical kind of gal. Too much theory can be tough. I like to see how things work in the real world, so I thought that class was just spot on."
A self-professed "jigsaw puzzle geek who enters contests," Dinh also loves spending time with her husband, Elpidio Ebuen. They have found a unique way to bond. "I love break dancing. I never said I was good at it, but I absolutely enjoy it. I figured if you work hard then you can play hard, and I wasn't getting my exercise. So about a year ago, we decided to take a break dancing class together. I do it for the fun of it. I'm not competitive at it. Otherwise it would be work."