Cherie Ching’s experience at Suffolk Law School has encompassed leadership, public service and a commitment to justice. In recognition of her efforts, she was named one of the 25 “Law Students of the Year” by the National Jurist magazine.

In announcing the award the National Jurist wrote, “Cherie Ching has encouraged the Suffolk University Law School minority community toward public service and to become involved in conversations surrounding diversity, discrimination and inequalities in the justice system.”

Ching, a native of Pearl City, Hawaii, is president of the Suffolk Law School Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. In that role she organized the Law School’s annual Dow Lecture Series on immigration law and led a successful fundraising drive to benefit a scholarship for students studying public interest or immigration law.

As a student attorney in the Accelerator Practice Clinic, Ching represents low and moderate- income clients in consumer protection and housing discrimination cases. She works closely with clients to prepare their cases and recognizes how important communication is to receiving fair treatment.

“I’ve had clients who struggled to rent a home,” said Ching. “They don’t always understand the law or there is a language barrier that may interfere with their right to access housing.”

She also coordinates Suffolk Law’s “Hearing Her Story” networking event for students of color to hear from women leaders of color.

Ching’s future plans include protecting consumer rights and creating investment opportunities for minority communities.

“My parents emphasized the importance of recognizing the unlimited potential in every human being,” Ching said. “This is the foundation of my life.”