Ann Chao Sheu is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a Master of Arts in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Most recently, she received her J.D. from Dedman School of Law, where she was a Sarah T. Hughes Scholar. During law school, Ann was inducted into the SMU Barristers Honorary Service Society, and she was also invited into the National Order of the Barristers. She was the Champion of the SMU 2L Moot Court Competition and the Regional Champion of the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition.
At SMU, Ann has served on the executive board of Asian Council, Student Senate, the Board of Advocates and the Association for Public Interest Law. She was also President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, President of the SMU Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Manager of Business Development of the SMUInternational Law Review.
Ann has also been a volunteer for the Genesis Women’s Shelter and a counselor for a national suicide and crisis hotline. She has helped raise over $160k for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Bryan’s House in Dallas, Project Night Night and the March of Dimes. Additionally, Ann has served as ATG’s Director of Fundraising, Secretary and as an Ambassador.
Before law school, Ann was an Enterprise Technology Consultant at Dell. Since then, she has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Texas Attorney General, and both state and federal judges. Ann passed the bar in 2011 and is currently an Assistant District Attorney in Collin County where she heads up the Diversion Program. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and she currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association and as the Chair of the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Ann enjoys traveling, yoga, scuba diving and traveling with her husband Sunny.
What does going Against The Grain mean to you? “Following your heart, no matter what else is going on around you, and inspiring others to do the same. Forging a new path and persevering through so that others may have more opportunities.”
Quote to live by: “Shoot for the moon, because if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.”
Passionate about: Family & friends, great food & wine, exploring the world, good music, relaxing on white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue water, the Dallas Cowboys and cooking
Favorite food: Pastas, fries, ice cream
Can’t live without: My iPhone and Gmail
Color Personality: Solid Gold & Curious Green