Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.
Originally from Huntington Beach, California, Allan Bach graduated this week with a JD degree with a concentration in sports law and business from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Recently, Bach was voted by his classmates to be the JD Class of 2020 speaker at the annual awards dinner. Bach was also the recipient of the Thomas Tang Law Scholarship presented by the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and was a Paul & Flo Eckstein Scholar. With an interest in sports law, Bach was able to spend a summer working for two professional sports teams, D.C. United, a Major League Soccer professional club based in Washington, D.C., and the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings.
Question: What has your experience at ASU Law been like?
Answer: My time at ASU Law has been an enriching journey, a second-to none-legal education that has become the foundation as I embark on my legal career. My time here has brought me lifelong friends, moments that become memories and a dream that has become reality.
Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU Law?
A: I have received advice from two professors that have stuck with me, not because it was particularly related to school or the legal community, but because it is relevant in all aspects of life. Putting it less eloquently than them, their advice was "to always be you" and "kindness knows no bounds." So thank you Professor Ching and Professor Holst for reminding me, amidst the complexities of a legal career, how something so simple can have a profound impact.
Q: What do you feel most grateful for?
A: My family. My parents — Hi, Mom! — and my sister for their sacrifice, continued guidance and support. They are an immense part of who I am today and what I am able to accomplish, such as graduating from law school.
Q: What motivates or inspires you?
A: Understanding and appreciating the grind and uphill battle of this journey. By striving to be and do better every day, one day at a time, in all walks of life, I hope to make the most of my opportunities and pay it forward.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in law school?
A: Plan ahead but stay in the moment. I never could have imagined three years flying by so fast. Cherish this time!
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