Alumni News

Eric Huang ’05 - Going to Bat for Young Alums

By, Brad Dwin

Ever since childhood, baseball has always been a passion for Eric Huang ’05. When he graduated from Princeton University in 2001 and landed a job with Major League Baseball, it appeared that all of the pieces were perfectly in place for him to live out the dream of working in professional sports.

Or so he thought.

“I noticed that everyone around me, in every department, had a law degree. It became apparent that I wasn’t going very far without a JD, so I made the decision to apply to law school. I had every intention of focusing on sports and entertainment law…up until I got the wake-up call during my first year at WCL,” says Huang.

As it turns out, contract law and labor law--law school staples for attorneys in professional sports--did not interest him. Instead, he decided to focus his studies on constitutional law, criminal law, and civil rights law.

Huang recalls, “Constitutional law just jumped out at me during my first year. I felt like it was made for me.”

Still a hard-core baseball fan, Huang is currently an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Rather than pitch his way through labor disputes or slug it out in high-profile contract negotiations, he currently prosecutes cases for the juvenile section.

And while Huang focuses his career on the young people of the District, he channels his volunteer efforts on the young graduates of the law school.

As the current chair of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Young Alumni Society, he engages young alumni in the life of WCL and keeps them in the loop on key WCL developments. Huang notes that the GOLD Society, which is a subset of the school’s prestigious Myers Society, serves as a vital link to recent graduates.

“Law is a very social field, and as chair of the GOLD Society, I make it a priority to increase networking between younger and older graduates, so that there are no missed opportunities--especially on the job front. In the current economy, it is important for younger alums to make connections with older, more established alumni so that opportunities are not missed down the road,” explains Huang.

Huang also notes that members of the GOLD Society don’t have quite the “financial giving” ability of many of their older counterparts, another reason that creating quality networking opportunities is so important.

His extensive work and commitment to WCL’s alumni outreach efforts have not gone unnoticed by those at the school.

“Eric was a leader as a student and continues to be a leader among alumni and a mentor to students,” affirms Trishana E. Bowden, assistant dean for Development and Alumni Relations. “He is always the first one to volunteer to assist the school in our many endeavors. Eric is a true champion.”