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OCA Remembers General Counsel Robert Wone, Questions Investigation Inactivity
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OCA Remembers General Counsel Robert Wone, Questions Investigation Inactivity

2 August 2007

Hope Chu | Communications Manager 
202 223 5500 |

Murdered lawyer was active in the Asian Pacific American community

Washington, DC – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, today remembered former OCA General Counsel Robert Wone. Wone was murdered in a friend’s house in Washington, DC, a year ago today.

Wone attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was active in the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. He clerked for a federal judge in Eastern Virginia before becoming an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, where he focused on employment and commercial real estate.

Wone’s involvement with OCA began when he was awarded an OCA Presidential Classroom Scholarship in high school. He continued to work with OCA, eventually serving as OCA’s General Counsel in 2006. He was dedicated to the APA community and in addition to his contributions to OCA, he also served as the general counsel for Radio Free Asia and sat on the board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund.

"This was a tremendous loss for the OCA family,” said Ginny Gong, National President, "Robert was an integral part of OCA’s decision making team and instrumental in helping with the acquisition of OCA’s new home. He was wise beyond his years, guiding OCA through some very challenging times. We miss his counsel and his friendship. We miss what is most memorable about Robert – his desire to do good and always with that special, warm, engaging laughter.”

OCA expressed dismay at the DC Metropolitan Police Department for their continuing silence on the case."Robert Wone was murdered a year ago, and we are disappointed that little progress has been made towards finding and prosecuting his killers,” said Michael Lin, Executive Director, "In the year since Robert’s death, there has been very little news from the DC Police Department. OCA stands by Robert’s family in demanding that everything be done to resolve the case.”


Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.

Update (8/2): Correction - Robert Wone's parents were not immigrants, but US-born Asian American.
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