CLW Keynote Speaker

Cindy Mai Dinh is an alumnae and testament of the success of the Rice University’s College Leadership Workshop hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association.  She earned her Bachelor in Arts degree in Sociology and Health Policy at Rice University on a full-ride scholarship as a Gates Millennium Scholar and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  She went on to pursue a joint degree in law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Cindy Dinh is a second-generation Vietnamese American who is passionate about bringing immigrant voices into mainstream politics.  Learning how to read, write, and speak in Vietnamese helped her engage with the community. Ms. Dinh attended Hung Vuong Vietnamese Language School and became a teacher assistant and teacher while she was still a student at Rice University.  In 2016, she co-emceed the school’s 30th anniversary gala.

In 2016, she began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Gray H. Miller in the U.S. District Court in Houston, drafting the Court’s opinions and making recommendations on criminal and civil cases.  One of the highlights of her clerkship was delivering the keynote speech to over 1,200 new Americans at a naturalization ceremony as the Judge swore them in as U.S. Citizens. She works at Mayer Brown LLP as a civil litigator resolving commercial disputes.  Ms. Dinh volunteers with the Asian American Bar Association and is a board member of the Federal Bar Association and Rice University Community of Asian Alumni.