UH Manoa School of Law names two Freeman Foundation Fellows

Fellowships support foreign legal professionals in School of Law's LL.M. program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Apr 27, 2006

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law has awarded its 2006-2007 Freeman Foundation Fellowships to Sun Samnang of Cambodia and Wang Zhiyong of China. The fellowships, sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, support two students per year in the School of Law‘s LL.M. Program, and are available to students from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

"The School of Law is immensely grateful to the Freeman Foundation for this example of pathbreaking generosity," said School of Law Dean Aviam Soifer. "By making it possible for exceptional students from developing countries in Asia to come to the William S. Richardson School of Law for a year in order to earn their LL.M. degrees, the Freeman Foundation advances the rule of law through outstanding individuals and in realms where legal knowledge could hardly be more important."

The fellowships are worth approximately $40,000 each and pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses for one year of study at the School of Law. They are awarded on the basis of merit, need, and commitment to public service, and this year‘s two awardees were chosen from a group of excellent applicants from China and Cambodia.

Sun Samnang of Cambodia is a 1997 graduate of the Royal University of Law and Economics who has also studied in Seoul, South Korea. He now works for the East-West Management Institute‘s Program on Rights and Justice in Phnom Penh, where he coordinates the Law Fellows program supporting rule of law activities in Cambodia. He also teaches law at the University of Cambodia and the Royal University, and is a public interest lawyer working on legal and judicial reform.

Wang Zhiyong of China is a top graduate of Jilin University‘s law school and was designated as a judicial officer with the Supreme People‘s Court in Beijing. Since his graduation in 2000, he has worked as a clerk and judicial officer in the Criminal Division of the Court with a focus on economic crimes, illustrating his commitment to a career in the judiciary. He is now studying in Japan as one of 40 candidates out of 4,000 selected by the Chinese government for overseas study.

The Freeman Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation based in Stowe, Vt., was established in 1994 in memory of Mansfield Freeman and administered by members of his family, including his son, Houghton Freeman. The foundation is dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and the nations of East Asia.

For more information about the Freeman Foundation Fellowship Program or the School of Law‘s LL.M. Program, contact Associate Director of International Programs Spencer Kimura at kimurasp@hawaii.edu.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/law