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AABANY Announcements, December 12, 2011

 

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS December 12, 2011

In this edition

  1. Thanks for Coming to the Holiday Party
  2. AABANY Presents Community Workshops at ISACC
  3. Congratulations to Rosemary Yu
  4. US District Court Mediation Program
  5. Special Announcement from the Judiciary Committee: USMJ Vacancy
  6. NYLJ Articles on Mayor's Role in Appointing Judges
  7. Earn CLE Credits by Judging National Mock Trial Competition
  8. AABANY In the News: Karen Wu
  9. Report of the Nominations Committee
  10. Next Annual Dinner Committee Call: Dec. 13
  11. AABANY cosponsors Town Hall Meeting/Securing the Golden Years: Dec 13
  12. NYSBA Antitrust Section Seeks Diverse Attorneys
  13. Apply for Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program by Dec. 30
  14. Apply for AALFNY 2012 Community Service Scholarships
  15. On WE Blog @ AABANY: Center for Urban Research: Report on Diversity on Wall Street
  16. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  17. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Thanks for Coming to the Holiday Party

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday night, December 9, for AABANY’s Annual Holiday Party. Many AABANY members and friends filled the North Balcony at Pranna on 28th and Madison Avenue to share some holiday cheer over drinks and a delicious spread that included satays, beef sliders, lamb sliders, popcorn shrimp, edamame falafel and sweet potato fries. Check out the photos here: http://bit.ly/holiday_pty2011. AABANY wishes everyone a joyous holiday season!

AABANY Presents Community Workshops at ISACC

On Saturday, December 10, AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee presented two community workshops at the Indochina Sino-American Community Center (ISACC) in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In the morning, Kings County ADA Kin Ng and elder law attorney Pauline Yeung-Ha, partner at Grimaldi & Yeung, spoke about financial abuse of seniors. In the afternoon, Nelson Mar, senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC, spoke about the educational rights of immigrant children in New York City public schools. Peter Cheng, Executive Director of ISACC, and his staff provided translation services to the many members of the Chinatown community that came out to learn more about their legal rights in the areas of elder law and education law. Tony Lu and Karen Wu, co-chairs of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, helped to organize the program as part of AABANY’s effort to reach out to the community. For photos of the event, go to http://bit.ly/aabany_isacc2011. For more information about the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, contact Tony and Karen at probono-chairs@aabany.org.

Congratulations to Rosemary Yu

AABANY is pleased to report that the New York County District Attorney's office has just named ADA Rosemary Yu, one of the founding members of AABANY's Prosecutors' Committee, as a Co-Director of the Immigrant Affairs Program. In that role she will help the New York County District Attorney's office in its efforts to fight immigration fraud and protect the rights of New York's immigrant communities. For more information about this important appointment, read the press release at bit.ly/CoDrctrs_ImmgrntAffrsPrgm. Please join us in congratulating Rosemary as she undertakes this new role.

US District Court Mediation Program

As mentioned on last week's WE Blog @ AABANY, The Hon. Harold Baer, U.S. District Court  Judge, Southern District of New York would like to see more diverse attorneys involved in the Court's mediation program. Judge Baer has observed that

one of the many advantages of our program is that we provide phenomenal training for those who have no previous exposure to mediating disputes but are interested in learning.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email Taa Grays at tgrays@metlife.com. You must email Ms. Grays by today Monday, December 12, 2011.

Special Announcement from the Judiciary Committee: USMJ Vacancy

For those interested in applying to become a United States Magistrate Judge, here is an announcement from Theo Cheng, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee:

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York has announced a vacancy for a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge position in Brooklyn. The EDNY's public notice, which contains additional information about the position is available on the court's website at http://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/pub/docs/notices/ALC_Vacancy_Public_Notice_PR-10-18-2011.pdf, and the application itself is available on the court's homepage. AABANY encourages all qualified attorneys with an interest in serving in the federal judiciary to submit an application, which is due no later than January 13, 2012. If you have any questions about the position or would like assistance in connection with your application, please contact AABANY's Judiciary Committee at judiciary@aabany.org, or any of the co-chairs Vince Chang (vince.chang@aabany.org), Theo Cheng (theo.cheng@aabany.org) or James Chou (james.chou@aabany.org.)

NYLJ Articles on Mayor's Role in Appointing Judges

Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Theo Cheng shares two timely articles from the New York Law Journal on the important role played by Mayor Bloomberg in appointing judges to New York's criminal, family and civil courts. On Mayor Bloomberg's judicial legacy read: bit.ly/MayrsAppts_to_CivilFamilyCt. On the work of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, read: bit.ly/blog_Mayrs_AdvsryCmte.

Earn CLE Credits by Judging National Mock Trial Competition

On March 10 and 11, 2012, Pace Law School in White Plains will again be hosting a National Mock Trial competition featuring some of the top schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Brown and Dartmouth, among others.

Pace is offering 3 free general CLE credits for all attorneys who volunteer to judge a round. A round lasts no longer than 3 hours. Free parking is available and Pace will provide complimentary food and beverage. You can judge as many rounds as you'd like.

Register to judge online by clicking this link. Or, get more information and register by visiting www.WhitePlainsORC.com.

AABANY In the News: Karen Wu

The December 7, 2011 edition of Sing Tao Daily included a story about Karen Wu, Co-Chair of AABANY's Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, being recognized as New York State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2012.

Report of the Nominations Committee

Nominations Committee Chair Linda Lin submits the Report of the Nominations Committee for 2011. The Report lists the candidates that the Committee has found qualified for the Directors and Officers vacancies for the upcoming elections in January.  Thanks to the Nominations Committee, and congratulations to all the candidates.

Next Annual Dinner Committee Call: Dec. 13

The next meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee will be by conference call on December 13 at 5 pm. If you are interested in helping AABANY plan its biggest event of the year, please contact Jean Lee, Annual Dinner Committee Chair, at jean.lee@aabany.org. The Annual Dinner will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on February 29, 2012.

AABANY cosponsors Town Hall Meeting/Securing the Golden Years: Dec 13

Join AABANY, NYU A/P/A Institute, AARP and the Asian American Journalists Association for this informative meeting on aging in the APA community.

This free event takes place in Lipton Hall at NYU, 108 West Third Street. There will be a Meet & Greet with community leaders at 6:30 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 and there will be an hors d'oeuvres & wine reception at 8:30.  More information can be found in our Upcoming Events section below.  Admission is free but RSVP required by December 12.

NYSBA Antitrust Section Seeks Diverse Attorneys

The New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Section is seeking to diversify its membership and invites APA attorneys and law students to join the section. A section summary is available at bit.ly/Antitrust_Law_Section. As part of this outreach, the section will pay for the registration fees associated with attending its annual meeting day program and evening events on January 26, 2012. Interested practitioners or students can contact the chair of the section, Jay L. Himes (Partner at Labaton Sucharow LLP), directly at jhimes@labaton.com or (212) 907-0700 . (Please note that you must be or become a NYSBA member to join the section.)

Apply for Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program by Dec. 30 Deadline

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 application for the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP) is now available.  Log on to the website at www.jmbjip.org for more details.  The deadline to apply is December 30.  As stated on the JMB JIP website:

[The Program] offer[s] law students who have completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to continue their legal education as summer judicial interns in New York and New Jersey metropolitan area courthouses.  Judicial internships are exceptional learning opportunities that offer tremendous insight into the process of judicial decision-making.  They offer an opportunity to strengthen analytic and legal writing skills.

Apply for AALFNY 2012 Community Service Scholarships

The Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. (the “Fund”), a non-profit organization originally established in 1993 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”), invites law students to apply for its Community Service Scholarship Awards (“Asian American Law Fund Scholarship” or the “Scholarship”). The Fund will award Scholarships in the amount of $5000 each to up to three law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian American community. The purpose of the award is to assist law students with their tuition while encouraging them to use their legal knowledge and training to benefit the Asian American community in New York and to foster commitment by law students to public service to the Asian American community in New York.

The completed Scholarship Application and all required materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Applications and further information can be found at bit.ly/AALFNY_Schlrshps2012. Questions regarding the Community Service Scholarship Program or tax deductible donations to the Fund may be directed to Sylvia Fung Chin at schin@whitecase.com.

On WE Blog @ AABANY: Center for Urban Research: Report on Diversity on Wall Street

In addition to the various entries mentioned above, you may be interested in reading on WE Blog @ AABANY the following post on a report issued by the Center for Urban Research on Diversity on Wall Street: bit.ly/Divrsty_on_WallSt.

 

Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program

Do you have some time to volunteer to assist self-represented litigants in New York's courts?  Many opportunities exist through several Volunteer Attorney Programs to get trained to provide legal advice and assistance to pro se clients in housing, family law, consumer debt and foreclosure cases.  Please visit the Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program’s website to learn how you can help.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • December 13: AABANY cosponsors Town Hall Meeting: Securing the Golden Years, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Lipton Hall at NYU, 108 West Third Street. For more information click here.
  • December 17: Annual Joint Bar Association Holiday Party at Brooklyn Terrace from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM at Brooklyn Terrace, 216-228 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY. For more information click here.
 

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

 
  • December 13: CAPABA Open Membership Meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Diageo, 801 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT. RSVP by Dec. 9. For more information click here.
  • December 14:  NYSBA CLE: Operating the NY Not-for-Profit Organization (NYC Session) 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at Affinia Manhattan, 371 Seventh Avenue At 31st Street. For more information click here.
  • December 14: FREE Workshop: Know Your Rights with the Police and ICE from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at The New York Immigration Coalition Immigrant Concerns Training Institute, 137-139 W. 25th Street, 12th Floor (Between 6th & 7th Avenues), New York, NY.  For more information click here.
  • December 21: KALAGNY Annual Holiday Party from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Spotlight/Grand Karaoke Bar & Lounge, 23 West 32nd Street. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

 
  • Associate Commissioner/Compliance Officer, Brooklyn, NY
  • Staff Attorney Position, Disability Justice, New York, NY
  • IP Litigation Associate, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, New York, NY
  • Japanese Fluent Attorneys for Document Review, New York, NY
  • Director of Litigation, Legal Svcs NYC, Bronx
  • Attorneys needed for Korean Law Firm

For more information on these listings and other open positions go to the AABANY Career Center.

 
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