Yinfei Wu (’13 WMCL) grew up in Nanjing, a city in eastern China that once served as the country’s capital. She earned her law degree in her home country, then decided to pursue an American Juris Doctor and traveled to Minnesota.
The experience changed her life forever. Today, she lives in St. Paul with her husband, Graham Ojala-Barbour, and their son Edgar. She practices intellectual property law with the Minneapolis-based law firm of Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson. In early 2017, she’ll start a new position at the Washington, D.C., IP firm Finnegan.
None of it, she says, would have been possible without the education and support she received from faculty and staff who helped her overcome language barriers and made sure her previous L.L.M. course counted toward her J.D.
To show her gratitude, Yinfei has made a leadership gift to support scholarships for international students and the Michael D. Schumann & Min (Amy) Xu IP Scholarship fund.
“I believe that each and every Mitchell Hamline student has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world,” she said. “To accomplish this goal, we need to accept and give help to one another.”