William Tong, state representative of the Connecticut General Assembly, spoke to law students and faculty Tuesday, March 25, as part of the Color of Law Roundtable Discussion series. Representative Tong discussed his career path and experience being the first Asian-American to be elected at the state level in Connecticut.
As an Associate Counsel at a law firm in Connecticut, Representative Tong had a wealth of advice for the students in attendance. "Enrich yourself during law school, it helps you become a more complete practitioner," said Tong. "In order to be an effective lawmaker, one must have a working understanding of the law. With that said, skills from diverse backgrounds are needed to put together an effective legislature."
The Color of Law series is designed to expose Western New England College law students to attorneys, professionals, and judges of color from the surrounding area. Tong was the third of four speakers to take part in the Color of Law Roundtable Discussion which will be held throughout the semester.