The Eight Annual BALLSA Alumni Dinner
Celebrating Cardozo’s History of Diversity

Eddie Huang ’08
Celebrity Chef, Author, Restaurateur

Ekow N. Yankah
Cardozo Professor of Law

Rafael Martinez ’09

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner/Program

Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York City


The dinner is sold out.
To be added to the wait list, please contact Inez Lano at 212.470.0378 or


Seeger Weiss LLP

Eddie Huang ’08
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Eddie Huang ’08
Eddie Huang is a chef, writer, TV host, fashion designer, speaker, and producer based in New York City and Los Angeles whose work is recognized for bridging food with music, culture, comedy, politics and metropolitan life. He is widely known as the chef and owner of the popular Taiwanese restaurant Baohaus in New York City’s East Village.

As a creator, Eddie has produced several projects under the moniker “Fresh Off the Boat”. It became the title of his ingenious travelogue series with Vice Media, a “genre bending venture of subcultures through the lens of food”. He is currently hosting and executive producing the series’ upcoming third season called “Huang’s World.”

In 2013, Eddie also adopted the Fresh Off the Boat name for his first book and memoir, a New York Times Bestseller in its first week of release. 20th Century Fox optioned the memoir and brought Eddie on board to produce a sitcom of the same name, which has been the #1 ABC mid-season sitcom in America for 2015. The show is the first Asian-American-family centric sitcom in nearly 20 years and the first of its kind featuring a Chinese or Taiwanese family.

Eddie has also hosted Cooking Channel’s Cheap Bites and MTV’s cooking competition show Snack-Off while appearing on Fox Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild, Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, and Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover, and the final episode of Travel Channel’s No Reservations. His podcast Monosodium Glutamate with Eddie Huang garnered thousands of listeners weekly.

Eddie is an editor-at-large for Vice and Munchies and has written articles and columns for The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Observer and more. As a designer for various clothing lines, Eddie was selected by Complex Magazine as one of its designers to watch. Eddie travels the globe speaking to Fortune 500 companies like Converse and Google, non-profits like TED, publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times, and universities like UPenn and Northwestern.

Ekow N. Yankah
Ekow N. Yankah is a Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Columbia University School of Law and a B.C.L., a post-graduate law degree from Oxford University, where he was awarded a Lord Crewe Scholarship. Professor Yankah’s scholarship explores the intersection of analytical jurisprudence, criminal law and political theory. His scholarship has appeared in a variety of books, law reviews and peer reviewed legal theory journals, including Law and Philosophy, Criminal Law and Philosophy, The Illinois Law Review and Criminal Justice Ethics. He has also been a distinguished visitor of the MacArthur Foundation. His current work and forthcoming book explores republican theories of political obligation grounded in civic duty and its relationship to law generally and criminal law in particular. Professor Yankah has been recognized as one of the Top 50 influential Law Professors under 50, has been awarded an Inspiration award by students at Cardozo and serves as the faculty advisor for a number of student organizations including the Cardozo Democrats, the Cardozo American Constitution Society student chapter and the Unemployment Action Center.

Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Yankah was an assistant professor at University of Illinois where he was a member of the Law and Philosophy Program as well as the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Program. At Illinois, Professor Yankah was recognized by students with a special service award. Previously, he was an associate in complex commercial litigation at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York, where he represented Fortune 500 companies and high net-worth individuals in a variety of matters, including contract disputes and allegations of RICO violations.

Outside of the law school, Professor Yankah is active in Democratic politics. Professor Yankah is the Co-Chair of the nationally recognized New York Democratic Lawyer’s Counsel, the voting rights organization of the Democratic National Committee. In this role, Professor Yankah often lobbies and advises elected officials and the New York State Senate and Assembly on voter protection laws and strategies to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote. Professor Yankah has worked in roles as varied as individual poll watching to coordinating multi-state voter protection strategies in the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Professor Yankah also serves on the Executive Board of the Innocence Project and American Constitution Society’s (ACS) New York Chapter. His opinion pieces have appeared in, among other places, The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Rafael Martinez
Rafael Martinez graduated from Cardozo School of Law in 2009 and is now General Counsel for Production and Business Development at Baohaus, Eddie’s groundbreaking restaurant. Rafael is a key advisor to Eddie Huang, counseling and guiding Eddie throughout his entertainment endeavors, including Huang's World and Fresh Off The Boat. Rafael is also an attorney at BMI, the largest performing rights organization in the world. He works in their Legal & Business Affairs Performing Rights group, where he deals with some of the biggest songwriters and publishers in the music industry. Prior to joining BMI, Rafael had his own practice and management company where he represented a number of people in the music, book publishing, TV, and film industries. After graduating from Cardozo, he was hired by Sony Music Entertainment and worked as an attorney in their business affairs department, advising artists like Beyonce, ASAP Rocky, Future and Christina Aguilera. Rafael was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and received his undergraduate degree in history at New York University in 2004.

Tickets: $85 per person

Sponsor Levels
Sponsor and contribute to the BALLSA Scholarship Fund which recognizes a second-year student who has overcome hardship and who has made a positive impact or made a contribution to the Minority Law Student Alliance, Black Law Student Association, Latin American Law Student Association, Asian Pacific Law Student Association, Korean Law Student Association, or the Southeast Asia Law Student Association.

Friend $125*
1 ticket, inclusion on Scroll of Honor

Supporter $500*
1 ticket, inclusion on Scroll of Honor

Fellow $750*
2 tickets, inclusion on Scroll of Honor

Patron $1,000*
5 tickets, inclusion on Scroll of Honor

Silver $2,500*
10 tickets (1 Table), inclusion on Scroll of Honor, premium seating, recognition at the podium

Gold $5,000*
10 tickets (1 Table), inclusion on Scroll of Honor, premium seating, recognition on the podium, recognition on school’s website

*Contributions are deductible for income tax purposes only to the extent that the amount paid exceeds the fair-market value of the benefits received by the donor. The fair market value for this dinner is $85 per ticket.

For more information, please call 212.790.0378.

2016 BALLSA* Alumni Dinner Committee

Dinner Committee
Maurice Q. Robinson ’09
Andrew Hannibal ’12

LaToya Barrett ’09
Suzen Baraka ’12
Michelle Park ’12
Phillip C. Hamilton ’08
Evelyn Perez ’12
Cynthia Rivera ’13

BALLSA Alumni Executive Committee
Lee V. Pham ’10, Chair
Jon M. English ‘13,Vice-Chair
Yusuf T. Yusuf ‘14, Secretary

BALLSA Alumni Board of Advisors
Timothy M. Gladden ‘01
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy ’92
Hon. Dianne T. Renwick ‘86
Randall N. Toure ‘90
Noel L. C. Williams ’87

* Black Asian Latino Law Students Association