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AABANY is proud to say that we are New York City's largest and most active minority bar association. Due to the tireless efforts of our many Committees, AABANY is able to engage the APA legal community through our diverse and engaging programming, which includes premiere flagship events, educational panels and CLE programs, community outreach, and social and networking opportunities. Feel free to browse our Recent Photos or blog for a more comprehensive snapshot of what we've been up to. Our Weekly Announcements also chronicle the ongoing activities of AABANY under "Highlights." You can find the latest Weekly Announcements by clicking on "News" in our above navigation bar.

Annual and Quarterly Reports can be found under Organizational DocumentsAs always, photos can also be found on our Facebook page.

Below are just a few highlights of what AABANY has been up to lately:

Annual Holiday Party

On Friday, December 9, many AABANY members and friends gathered at Dave & Buster’s Times Square for the 2016 holiday party. The first 50 members who arrived were eligible to receive a drink ticket, good for one beverage, and a Power Card that included unlimited play all night long on many video games.

Attendees feasted on sliders, quesadillas, ribs, wings and other delicious fare. We had the entire Empire Room to ourselves, with rows of tables and chairs for us to sit down and eat. It felt a bit like a high school cafeteria, except that we could order beer.

June Lee, Pro Bono Committee co-chair, joined us, and her co-chair Sam Lui and Government Service and Public Interest Committee co-chair Anita Wu took the opportunity to give her a farewell gift, an engraved pen from Tiffany’s, for all the great work she did as Pro Bono Committee co-chair. June will be relocating out of New York City soon, and we will all miss her.

After people had enough to eat and drink they made their way to the games area, and the kids inside all of our lawyers lost no time in revealing themselves. Quite a few of our members were drawn to the shooting games. Hmmm … maybe there was some pent-up rage and stress that needed to be relieved.

We had the Empire Room only until 8:30 pm but many of the attendees stayed well past that time in the games area and made full use of their Power Cards. Everyone who got one could keep it and use it on their next visit to Dave & Buster’s (but no more freebies).

The general consensus seemed to be that Dave & Buster’s was a good choice. Perhaps we will have another future outing there. Stay tuned.

For more photos from the event, check the album on AABANY’s Facebook page.


AABANY made a strong showing at the NAPABA 2016 Convention in San Diego, held from Nov. 3 through 6. Thank you to everyone who represented AABANY and made the NAPABA Convention a truly great time for everyone. We were part of a record-breaking year that drew some 1900 attendees from around the country.

Click here to see our photos from the weekend. 

Click here to see the list of panels that included AABANY members.

LGBT Asian/South Asian Reception

On October 18, 2016, the AABANY LGBT Committee co-hosted, with NQAPIA, the LGBT Asian American/South Asian Attorney Reception. More than seventy guests attended from law firms, in-house, public interest and government practices. Along with numerous sponsors, the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in New York graciously hosted the event, and Jonathan Stevens, a partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group, warmly welcomed all attendees. Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of the Appellate Term, First Department, a trailblazer and the first Asian American woman elected to the Supreme Court in New York, gave moving keynote remarks. NQAPIA president Glenn Magpantay introduced and showed a short film featuring Asian and South Asian American parents expressing their support for their LGBT children.

Many attendees expressed excitement about the LGBT Committee of AABANY and wanted to learn more about participating. For more information, check out information on the LGBT Committee and email John Vang at or Glenn Magpantay at

AABANY Fall Conference: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up

We were so proud to welcome attorneys, law students, and legal professionals to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom on September 24, 2016 for our Annual Fall Conference. This year, we proved that our Fall Conference continues to grow and improve. We were able to offer a wide variety of programming, which included programs for attorneys across many different practice areas (from immigration to veterans affairs and more), law students seeking to launch their careers, lawyers interested in becoming judges, and those seeking to realize their fullest potential. 

While we are proud of the individual components of the Fall Conference, which included our Diversity Career Fair & Expo and Steve Chung's Group Mentoring, we are most proud of what this Fall Conference represents: coming together as a community to better ourselves and the profession. Thank you to every person who was a part of that effort.

To see highlights from the day, check out our 2016 Fall Conference Highlight Page, which includes photos, sponsors, programs offered (as laid out in the program book), and information about 2016 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer.

Rally to Support Justice Doris Ling-Cohan

AABANY stood by Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, who was unjustly deemed not qualified to be a judicial candidate in November’s election by the Manhattan Democratic Party. The panel’s decision to reject the candidacy of an incumbent judge in New York County was unprecedented and was particularly unexpected, given Justice Ling-Cohan’s record as a jurist and her stature as a trailblazer in the legal community. We were one of many organizations that supported her during a rally on September 6, 2016.

“The outpouring of support for Justice Ling-Cohan from the community was moving and inspiring," said AABANY President Susan Shin, following the nomination of Justice Doris Ling-Cohan at the Manhattan Democratic Convention. "AABANY is pleased to have been part of the effort to get her on the ballot, and I was privileged to have been able to see her unanimously win the floor vote and accept the nomination with a standing ovation. We will continue supporting Justice Ling-Cohan in her efforts to get re-elected to the bench and to continue her service to all New Yorkers as a dedicated member of the judiciary.”

We congratulate her on her victorious re-election during the November 2016 election. 


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