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AABANY Announcements, February 4, 2013

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS February 4, 2013

In this edition

  1. Press Release: Former AABANY President Glenn Lau-Kee Named President-Elect of the NYSBA
  2. Deadline to Submit Application for JMB Judicial Internship Program extended to Feb. 8
  3. Mandarin/Cantonese translators needed for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Other Legal Assistance
  4. Registration Now Open for 2013 Annual Dinner
  5. Community Celebration in Honor of Hon. Randall T. Eng: Jan. 31
  6. NAPABA: Applying to Serve in the Obama Administration
  7. NAPABA Support for ABA Appointments: Feb. 11 Deadline
  8. AALFNY 2013 Scholarships
  9. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  10. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  11. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  12. On WE Blog @ AABANY: ACS Writing Competition, Penn APALSA Conference, NAPABA IHC Mentoring ProgramEnforcement, FEMA Sandy Application Deadline Extended
  13. Fellowship Announcements
  14. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  15. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  16. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Press Release: Former AABANY President Glenn Lau-Kee Named President-Elect of the NYSBA

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) welcomes and applauds the news that Glenn Lau-Kee has been named as President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Mr. Lau-Kee was elected at the 135th Annual Meeting by the House of Delegates, the Association’s decision and policy-making body. He will begin his one-year term as President-Elect on June 1, 2013. Mr. Lau-Kee will be the first Asian American to serve as a President-Elect of NYSBA. “On behalf of AABANY and its Board of Directors and Officers, we congratulate Glenn on this historic achievement and wish him success as he becomes the President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association, a revered organization and leader among all bar associations in the nation,” said Jean Lee, President of AABANY.

AABANY and NYSBA participate in a number of joint programs through the year, including an annual Diversity Reception at NYSBA’s annual meeting in New York every January. “Glenn is among the most respected leaders at NYSBA and in the entire legal community in New York. AABANY is proud of Glenn’s historic ascension to the presidency-elect of NYSBA, an elevation which inspires the entire Asian legal community. We are certain that Glenn’s new role at NYSBA will boost Asian American participation in NYSBA and lead to new joint initiatives between NYSBA and AABANY,” said Vincent Chang, former AABANY President and a current member of NYSBA’s Nominating Committee.

To read the full text of the press release go to bit.ly/Glenn_LauKee_apptNYSBA.

Deadline to Submit Application for JMB Judicial Internship Program extended to Feb. 8

The deadline to submit an application for the Joint Minority Bar (“JMB”) Judicial Internship Program has been extended until Friday, February 8, 2013.

The Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage ("AJHH"), the Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY"), the Asian American Law Fund of New York ("AALFNY"), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association ("MBBA"), the Puerto Rican Bar Association ("PRBA"), and the South Asian Bar Association of New York ("SABANY") have joined together to form the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (the "Program") to offer 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.

For more information about the JMB Judicial Internship Program and to download a copy of the application, please visit our website at www.jmbjip.org Please direct any questions about the program or application to jmbjip@gmail.com.

Mandarin/Cantonese translators needed for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Other Legal Assistance

Brooklyn Jubilee is providing free legal services to Coney Island residents, primarily concerning FEMA, housing, public benefits, and insurance questions. We need Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu and Russian interpreters all week long, but primarily on Saturdays. Interpreters will assist attorneys and paralegals conducting new client intake. No legal expertise is required for this volunteer position.  This opportunity is not limited to attorneys and law students, and they are in critical need of translators in order to better serve the Chinese-speaking community, so please consider volunteering and inviting any of your non-lawyer friends who have Chinese language skills!

Intake hours are 10-3 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Intake hours are 2-7 on Thursday. Interpreters would be appreciated for 2-3 hours of the intake session any day of the week, but especially on Saturdays. Please contact Executive Director Sandhya Reju Boyd at director@brooklynjubilee.org if interested in volunteering.

Brooklyn Jubilee also provides opportunities for legal volunteers, which requires attendance at a training (next one is scheduled for 2/23). A follow-up announcement regarding that opportunity will be forthcoming soon.

Registration Now Open for 2013 Annual Dinner


AABANY cordially invites you to its 24th Annual Dinner on Wednesday February 27 at Cipriani Wall Street. Regular registration is now open online until February 22. Sponsors that missed the January 31 deadline but who still wish to attend as sponsors, please contact main@aabany.org. Silent auction donations are being accepted. For all the details and to register online go to bit.ly/Annual_Dinner2013.

Community Celebration in Honor of Hon. Randall T. Eng: Jan. 31

On January 31, AABANY’s Judiciary Committee co-organized a community celebration in New York’s Chinatown in honor of the Hon. Randall T. Eng to recognize his historic elevation to Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, the first Asian American to be appointed to this position. About 250 attendees filled Delight 28 located at 28 Pell Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown, next door to the building that Presiding Justice Eng and his family first moved into upon arriving in the United States from Hong Kong.

 

Many AABANY members were present, including President Jean Lee, Immediate Past President Linda Lin and past presidents James Chou, Vincent Chang, Yang Chen and Glenn Lau-Kee. The Prosecutors’ Committee also turned out in force, having honored Presiding Justice Eng as a trailblazer in 2011. Rosemary Yu, ADA from the New York County DA’s office, was one of the organizers of the event, together with Mark Fang, who came to know Justice Eng through the JAG Corp.

Presiding Justice Eng’s parents, wife, sister and in-laws also came out to celebrate along with many community members and leaders, not just in Chinatown but from Westchester as well.

We thank everyone who attended for making this a truly memorable and special occasion.

NAPABA: Applying to Serve in the Obama Administration

Many NAPABA members have expressed interest in serving in the second term of the Obama Administration. NAPABA has assembled the information below as an introduction to the process, and important information about how to facilitate pursuit of a position is included. Current NAPABA members should submit application materials as outlined below.

All AABANY members are NAPABA members so interested AABANY members should go to bit.ly/blog_Srv_ObamaAdmin for further details.

NAPABA Support for ABA Appointments: Feb. 11 Deadline

We need your help and involvement to ensure that Asian Pacific Americans are well represented in the ABA’s leadership ranks. Please consider applying for an appointment or encouraging another NAPABA member to do so.

NAPABA will be recommending candidates for appointments to committees, commissions, and other ABA entities for the upcoming bar year. To be considered for an endorsement, you must submit a request to NAPABA by February 11, 2013, noon EST.

For more details see Upcoming Events.

AALFNY 2013 Scholarships

SPREAD THE WORD!  Each year, the Asian American Law Fund of New York (the “Fund”) awards up to three scholarships of up to $5000 to law students that are committed to helping the Asian American community in New York.  The Fund recognizes that at a time when money is tight, committing one’s time to our community service organizations can be a financial strain, especially when considering law school tuition and living expenses.

If you are a law student and are planning to work with a community service organization in the New York area during the summer 2013, you are eligible to apply.  Go to bit.ly/AALFNY_SchlrshpForm_2013 for more details and to download a copy of the Scholarship Application.  The completed Scholarship Application and all required materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2013.

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2012/13 Legal Internship Program.  Open to college students, law students and law grads, AABANY is looking for a few talented, energetic and motivated interns to help plan and organize AABANY programs and events, provide research and administrative assistance and perform other tasks and assignments to advance and promote AABANY’s mission.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  For full details and information on how to apply go to bit.ly/Lgl_Intrn_Details.  Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at yang.chen@aabany.org.

AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now

The AABANY Law Review’s Special Edition issue, released at the AABANY Fall Conference, is available for purchase ($20) on the AABANY website at http://lawreview.aabany.org/current-issue. The issue features annotated reenactment scripts of five historic Asian American trials written by Honorable Denny Chin, Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu, Kathy Hirata Chin, and Vincent T. Chang. These plays have been presented by Asian American bar associations and law schools all over the nation. The issue includes an introduction and foreword from the authors. Go online and buy your own copy today, or get it as a gift for anyone interested in learning more about Asian American legal history and social justice issues.

Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Successful Third Annual Fall Conference
  • Sponsor Spotlight: MetLife
  • President's Letter from Jean Lee
  • Profile: Steve Choi, MinKwon Center Executive Director
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Initiatives
  • AABANY Fall 2012 Events Rundown

On WE Blog @ AABANY: ACS Writing Competition, Penn APALSA Conference, NAPABA IHC Mentoring Program

Fellowship Announcements

All Fellowship announcements can now be found on AABANY's website under Resources, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships."  To see current announcements for Fellowships go to bit.ly/Fellowship_Announcmnts.

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

  • February 11: Deadline to submit applications through NAPABA for ABA Presidential Appointments 2013-2014.  For more information click here.
  • February 13: Committee Chairs Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Boies Schiller & Flexner 575 Lexington Ave. New York, NY.  To register click here.
  • February 27: AABANY'S 2013 ANNUAL DINNER, Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street. Cockatil Reception at 6:00 P.M. Dinner at 7:00 P.M. Black tie preferred. Regular Registration Rates end February 22 so register now at bit.ly/Annual_Dinner2013.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • February 5: Doing Business in Developing Countries: The Importance of the Rule of Law, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street . For more information click here.
  • February 7: FREE Program: World Recognition of Distinguished General Counsel: Ronald Cami, from 8:30 to 10:45 AM at The Harvard Club, 35 W. 44th Street. For more information click here.
  • February 7: PALS Winter 2013 Supplemental Bar Tutorial from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, 4 Times Square. For more information click here.
  • February 7:  PALS 2013 Mentoring Reception from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Chadbourne & Park LLP, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. For more information click here.
  • February 7: Seton Hall University School of Law 4th Annual Diversity Banquet from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Newark Club, 1 Newark Center #22A, Newark, NJ. For more information click here.
  • February 8-9: Yale Law School's Critical Race Theory: "From the Academy to the Community" Conference, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT. For more information click here.
  • February 12: The Asian Lawyer and Kobre & Kim  LLP join together to present a Live Webinar, "The Challenge of International Judgment Enforcement", from 1:00 - 2:30 PM.  AABANY Advisory Committee Member Michael Kim will be a speaker.  For more information click here.
  • February 13: PALS presents: Careers for Lawyers in Health Law, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Proskauer, Eleven Times Square (Eighth Avenue & 41st Street). For more information click here.
  • February 14:  PALS Winter 2013 Supplemental Bar Tutorial from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, 4 Times Square. For more information click here.
  • February 16:  Penn MLSA will host its Seventh Annual Muslim Law Conference. For more information and to download a copy of the event flyer click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Environmental Justice New York
  • US-licensed Associate, Barun Law, Seoul
  • Disaster Relief Attorney (post-Sandy cases) Staten Island Legal Services
  • Family/Domestic Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services

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

 
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