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Recent Events 4th Quarter 2012

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Recent Events - Fourth Quarter 2012 

Quarterly Report for November 2012 through January 2013

 

The quarter covering the months of November through January has proved highly active for AABANY. In addition to the slew of events described below, the quarter was filled with achievements, honors and recognitions for our members and friends. We congratulate:

  • Grace Meng, first Asian American Congresswoman from New York.
  • Lorna Schofield, confirmed as a United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, first Article III judge of Filipino descent in United States history.
  • Hon. Randall T. Eng, appointed by Governor Cuomo to become Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, first Asian American to serve as Presiding Justice in New York history.
  • Glenn Lau-Kee, nominated by the NYSBA Nominating Committee to be President-elect effective June 2013, the first Asian American to be so nominated.
  • Kathy Hirata Chin, nominated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination as one of seven candidates found “well qualified” to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick.
  • Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, re-elected to President of the NAPABA Judicial Council. Hon. Denny Chin was re-elected Treasurer and Hon. Marilyn Go was elected Secretary.
  • Judy Kim, NAPABA Northeast Regional Governor, appointed for a two-year term on the NAPABA Board.
  • Steve Choi, Rio Guerrero, Blossom Kan, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal, and Vinoo Varghese as 2012 recipients of the Best Lawyers Under 40 Award presented by NAPABA.


November

Recovery from Sandy
Fall into Fashion with Banana Republic
DACA at Chinatown YMCA
AABANY at NAPABA
AABANY Performs the Vincent Chin Trial Re-enactment
AABANY at the Judicial Friends Dinner

December

Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan Joins Panel on Asian Americans in Politics
Business Development Skills for Women of Color
AABANY Holiday Party

January

AABANY Mentor-Mentee Meetup
Pro Bono Attorney Training
Annual Membership Meeting
Community Celebration for Justice Randall T. Eng

 

November

Recovery from Sandy

All throughout November AABANY teamed with other bar associations, through announcements and its blog to provide information on relief and legal resources for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  AABANY also kept its member abreast of several program cancellations due to the storm

Fall into Fashion with Banana Republic

On November 8 the Women’s and Intellectual Property Committee held Fall into Fashion, a shopping and networking event at Banana Republic in Soho. More than 30 people showed up to take advantage of the great discounts. The Banana Republic was also collecting clothing and canned goods for donation to victims of Hurricane Sandy, and AABANY took pledges for contributions to the Asian American Federation’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

DACA at Chinatown YMCA

On November 12 AABANY joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Asian Americans for Equality, Asian/Asian American Research Institute/CUNY, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Chinatown Manpower Project, Chinese American Planning Council, Chinese Progressive Association, Chinatown YMCA, CUNY Citizenship Now!, Hamilton Madison House, Lower East Side Community Partnership, MinKwon Center, New York Immigration Coalition, New York State Immigrant Action Fund, and University Settlement to present a free information session and legal screening on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

AABANY also kept its members and the community at large informed of the many clinics and information sessions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which took place throughout Novmeber and December.

AABANY at NAPABA

AABANY turned out in force for the 24th Annual NAPABA Convention held at the JW Marriott and hosted by APABA-DC, from November 15-18.  The theme was “Reaching Monumental Heights.”  Five AABANY members were recognized as being among this year’s class of NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40: Steve Choi, Rio Guerrero, Blossom Kan, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal and Vinoo Varghese. (Read the press release here bit.ly/prsrls_BstLwyrs_Undr40.) Membership Secretary Judy Kim was officially sworn in as Northeast Regional Governor. (Read that press release here bit.ly/prsrls_JudyKim_NEregGov.)

Many AABANY members and leaders took part as moderators and speakers on various panels, including: Vincent Chang, Yang Chen, Hon. Denny Chin, Francis Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, Eve Guillergan, Alexander Lee, Lauren U. Y. Lee, Vinny Lee, Robert Leung, Michael Lewis, Peter Ligh, Linda Lin, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Don Liu, Tony Lu, Glenn Magpantay, Hugh Mo, Kin Ng, Chul Pak, Maria Park, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal, Vinoo Varghese, Jessica Wong, Michael Yap.

AABANY Performs the Vincent Chin Trial Re-enactment

On Monday, November 19, just days after the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team performed the Heart Mountain re-enactment at the NAPABA National Convention in Washington, D.C., the team, led by the Hon. Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin, presented for the second time this year a re-enactment of the Vincent Chin Murder Trial.  The Hon. David F. Bauman, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County, saw the performance at the Eastern Super Regional in Atlantic City back in June and was so moved and riveted by it that he invited the team to present it at the New Jersey Judicial College, held at the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck, N.J., before an audience of New Jersey state court judges. To read more go to the blog post at bit.ly/VncntChin_Renactmnt.

 

AABANY at the Judicial Friends Dinner

On November at the 31st Annual Rivers, Toney and Watson Dinner and Dance, organized by the Judicial Friends, the Hon. Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, and Chanwoo Lee, former President, Queens County Bar Association, were among the honorees. They were in distinguished company, which included the Hon. Carmen Beauchamps Ciparick, Court of Appeals, the Hon. Karen Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department, and Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

AABANY took a table at the dinner in support of Judge Eng and Chanwoo Lee. Pictured here, from left to right, are Liz Mo, Steve Lee, Karen Yau, Hugh Mo, Peggy Kuo, Hon. Lillian Wan, Chanwoo Lee, Hon. Randall T. Eng, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Margaret Ling, Vince Chang, Yang Chen.

 

December

Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan Joins Panel on Asian Americans in Politics

On December 5, Columbia University's Asian American Alliance, Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, and Taiwanese American Student Association presented a panel discussion on civic engagement, race and American political development and the role of Asian Americans in politics.  Among the panel's featured speakers was Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Business Development Skills for Women of Color

On December 10 AABANY joined MBBA, and ABWA for an engrossing discussion on the unique challenges faced by female attorneys of color.  A networking reception followed.

AABANY Holiday Party

On December 14, AABANY held its Annual Holiday Party, this year again at Pranna Lounge. Over 100 AABANY members and friends were in attendance to celebrate the holiday season over drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. AABANY participated in the joint fundraising effort undertaken by SABANY, KALAGNY and MuBANY to collect money for the Food Bank For New York City to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief. Over $700 was raised online and onsite.

 

January

AABANY Mentor-Mentee Meetup

On January 16 AABANY helds its Mentor-Mentee event at the offices of Seyfath Shaw LLP, including a roundtable discussion where mentors and mentees were given a chance to discuss how best to maximize the benefits of the mentoring relationship.

Pro Bono Attorney Training

On January 23 AABANY will cosponsor a Pro Bono Attorney Training for a Jan. 26 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA*) Clinic. Training will take place at Baker Hostetler.

Annual Membership Meeting

On January 24, 2013, AABANY held its Annual Meeting. It was hosted by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in their New York office, and the firm generously provided space, food and drinks for all our attendees. At the meeting, many AABANY members and friends got to meet and mingle before the business portion of the Annual Meeting began. President Jean Lee led the meeting and invited members to cast their votes for officers and directors if they had not already done so. While the votes were being counted, she gave an overview of AABANY’s active and productive year in 2012. Executive Director Yang Chen reported on the activities of AABANY’s numerous committees. For the full report go to bit.ly/blog_ann_mtng13.

Community Celebration for Justice Randall T. Eng

AABANY’s fiscal year closes on January 31, and on that day, AABANY’s Judiciary Committee proudly worked with members of the community to put on a dinner in celebration of Justice Eng’s elevation to Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Justice Eng is the first Asian American to hold this position in the New York State appellate courts.  More than 250 people, including more than thirty AABANY members, will be on hand for this event, taking place in Manhattan’s Chinatown. We are also expecting visits from the Queens and Kings County District Attorneys. Justice Eng was among the first Asian American prosecutors in New York City and a strong contingent of AABANY members in the prosecutors’ offices are expected to attend. We are looking forward to a fantastic event.

READ THE THIRD QUARTER REPORT HERE.