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AABANY Announcements May 15, 2017

 

In this edition

  1. AABANY co-sponsors: Photography Exhibit & Conversation with Corky Lee, May 23
  2. 38th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration, May 21
  3. Congratulations to Pauline Yeung-Ha
  4. Thanks to our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers
  5. Join AABANY for "Abacus: Too Small to Jail" on May 24
  6. Co-Chairs Needed
  7. The Asian American Judges Association of New York Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 17
  8. Highlights: Week of May 8
  9. AABANY Co-sponsors: Discussion with Acting U.S. Atty. Joon Kim, Hon. Denny Chin, and Rep. Grace Meng, May 30
  10. AABANY Co-sponsors: This Land is Our Land - Oyama v. California, May 31
  11. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  12. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  13. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  14. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  15. NAPABA News
  16. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  17. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  18. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  19. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  20. Fellowship Announcements
  21. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY co-sponsors: Photography Exhibit & Conversation with Corky Lee, May 23

 Cleary Gottlieb, in partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), cordially invites you to a photography art exhibit and conversation wtih Corky Lee, Chinese-American photojournalist.  Mr. Lee's work explores the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture and incorporates Asian American experience into the larger fabric of American history.  Registration is for AABANY members only.  Admission is free but capacity is limited. Register now.

38th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration, May 21

 
The AAPI Celebration on May 21 is a street fair that takes place on Mott Street in Chinatown.  New York's Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration is the nation's longest running festival celebrating Asian diversity and participation in community events. It is presented in collaboration with 120+ community organizations and representatives from eight countries. It is the nation’s most prestigious such event and dedicated to celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander identity.

 
There will be a stage with performances throughout the day along will tables of local businesses, vendors and community groups for people to visit.  AABANY has a table and needs people to staff it. We have  2 hour shifts, starting at 10:30am, 12:00 noon, and 2:00pm. If you can volunteer, contact Chris Kwok at chris.kwok@aabany.org.
 
Even if you cannot help us staff the table, please consider joining us for this event on Sunday, May 21. Please also help us spread the word about it. It's a great way to meet community members, tell them about AABANY and promote the pro bono clinic. Bring your friends and family!
 

Congratulations to Pauline Yeung-Ha

Congratulations to past Board member and current Chair of AABANY’s Compensation Committee and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee on being honored as one of Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction in 2017.

According to Pauline’s office:

Brooklyn Courier Life magazine reached out to women in the community who have made a significant contribution to their community. Pauline Yeung-Ha was chosen because of her tireless efforts to make a difference in her community, and as a dynamic attorney who shares her knowledge of estate planning, tax and elder law, both through the law firm and in her generous volunteer efforts. Pauline’s special focus is the under-served elderly and their caregivers in the Asian American community in Brooklyn as well as throughout NYC.

The dinner and awards ceremony will take place on June 1 at Sirico’s in Brooklyn. If you wish to send Pauline a congratulatory message in a special issue of Courier Life, the deadline is this Wednesday, May 17.

Please join us in congratulating Pauline on this wonderful recognition!

Thanks to our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers

AABANY held its monthly Pro Bono Clinic on May 10 at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Our volunteers saw 34 clients. Thanks to former AABANY Treasurer Tim Wong who made space in his office available for us to see clients.  Read the full details here.

Join AABANY for "Abacus: Too Small to Jail" on May 24

AABANY - KALAGNY - FALA NY

are proud to co-sponsor a screening of

ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail

About the Film: From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:20pm Screening
Q&A immediately following the film with Sung family members
Post Q&A gathering to be announced at screening

Tickets are $16 each and can be purchased by clicking on "Register" under "Registration Information."


Co-Chairs Needed

AABANY's Mentorship Program and Student Outreach Committee have vacancies for co-chair positions in Fiscal Year 2017 which began on April 1. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV or resume to main@aabany.org. Below are descriptions of the Mentorship Program and Student Outreach Committee.
 
Mentorship Program:
AABANY’s Mentorship Program provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. By way of one-to-one relationships and Mentorship Program events held throughout the year, the program will provide the structure to advance professional growth and networking skills of both mentors and mentees. Mentors 

Student Outreach Committee:

AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee seeks to equip APA students with concrete skills to excel academically and professionally. In addition, the Committee acts as a bridge between law students and attorneys, encouraging APA students to be active in the APA legal community. To achieve these goals, the Committee sponsors career programs, networking events, and social activities. Currently, there are more than 300 APA law student members in AABANY, and the Committee works with approximately 18 law schools in the tri-state region.

The Asian American Judges Association of New York Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 17

Please Join The Asian American Judges Association of NY in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

When: May 17, 2017
Where: NYS Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, Ceremonial Courtroom 295
Time: 1-2 PM

Keynote Speaker: Joon H. Kim (Acting U.S. Attorney Southern District of New York)

Contact Linda Lin linda.lin@aabany.org for more information.

Highlights: Week of May 8

AABANY Co-sponsors: Discussion with Acting U.S. Atty. Joon Kim, Hon. Denny Chin, and Rep. Grace Meng, May 30

Susan L. Shin, Immediate Past President of AABANY and Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, moderates a discussion from three prominent APAs serving in the Federal government, in the executive, judicial and legislative branches. Hear from these trailblazers what they do, how they got there and how you can also Take Charge and Lead Change by working for the public good.

The event is free but registration is required. Capacity is limited. Preference will be given to AABANY members and APKS attorneys. For more information, click here.

AABANY Co-sponsors: This Land is Our Land - Oyama v. California

In 1934, Kajiro Oyama, a Japanese American farmer, purchased six acres of land in Chula Vista, California. In 1937, he bought two adjacent acres. At the time, California's Alien Land Law prohibited "aliens ineligible for American citizenship" from owning land, and under federal law, Oyama was ineligible for naturalization, even though he had been living in this country for some twenty years. Oyama bought the land in the name of his son Fred, who was born in California.

The State of California brought an action to escheat the land to the State, on the grounds the land was purchased in Fred's name as a "fraud upon the People of the State of California." The case would eventually reach the United States Supreme Court.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of Kajiro and Fred Oyama and the state of California through narration, reenactment of court proceedings and historic photographs.

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Reenactment

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

CLE credit will be offered.  Register here.

AABANY Clerkship Directory

Did you clerk for a judge? Have you served as a court attorney? If so, please fill out our AABANY law clerk/court attorney survey!
 
 The Judiciary Committee has created a clerkship directory to gather information about our members who may be willing to act as future resources and/or ultimately want to become a judge. If you've ever clerked for a judge, please take a minute to fill out this survey and forward to others: http://bit.ly/aabanyclerks
 
We appreciate your help!

Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association

The New York City Bar Association is offering discounted membership to AABANY members. They will waive your one-time admission fee and give you 20% off your first membership dues payment. Membership dues are dependent on your earliest year of admission in any state or country.

Click here to take advantage of this great deal.

AABANY Speakers Bureau

Interested in future speaking opportunities? Join the confidential AABANY Speakers Bureau if you're open to raising your profile and sharing your expertise. Click here to access the form.

AABANY regularly receives requests from AABANY Committee Chairs and other bar associations for speakers to speak on various legal topics. This form is designed to collect information from our membership and engage those who are most interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with various legal audiences. 

We respect your privacy. All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Email main@aabany.org if you have any questions.

New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available

Interested in moving your legal career forward? Launched at the 2013 Fall Conference, the Career Placement Committee seeks to match qualified AABANY members with available legal positions.

The new Career Placement Committee Intake Form is now available. Click here to help us help you. Feel free to also email your resumes and CVs to resume@aabany.org.

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Career Placement Committee at careers@aabany.org

NAPABA News

Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys/law grads with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some civil Supreme Court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity, as well as an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.

Willing to fill out paperwork for paid fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and references by email to:
Rebecca Wohl, riwohl@nycourts.gov

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2017 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.

Read the Current Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:                   

  • Breaking Barriers: Kin Ng, First APA to Lead Major Trial Bureau in NYC Prosecutors’ Office
  • Practicing Immigration Law in the Age of Trump
  • Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the U.S. Executive Order: What It Means for the Crimmigation Lawyer
  • Immigration Executive Orders Signed in January 2017
  • The Day-to-Day Immigration Practice Under Trump
  • Letter from Outgoing President Susan Shin
  • Letter from Incoming President Dwight Yoo
  • 2017 AABANY Law Firm Diversity Award Winner Spotlight: White & Case

 

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

Fellowship announcements can be found on AABANY's website under Career Center, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." To see current announcements for Fellowships, click here.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 17: AABANY and Hard IP Present: Judges' Reception, 6:30-9:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 23: AABANY co-sponsors: Photography Exhibit & Conversation with Corky Lee, 6:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 24: AABANY co-sponsors: ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail, 6:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 30: AABANY Co-sponsors: Discussion with Acting U.S. Atty. Joon Kim, Hon. Denny Chin, and Rep. Grace Meng, 6:00-9:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Tax Club Dinner, 7:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Co-sponsors: This Land is Our Land - Oyama v. California, 5:30-8:30pm.  For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 17: The Asian American Judges Association of New York Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, 1-2:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 18: General Counsel Invitational, National Bar Association.  For more information, click here.
  • May 19: MBBA 33rd Anniversary Awards Gala, 6:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 19: KALAGNY Litigation Committee Meeting: "Soft Skills for Tough Litigators," 6:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 21: 38th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration, 11:00am-4:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 26: Public Memorial Service for Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 11:00am.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Civil Practice Supervising Attorney-Immigration NYIFUP, Legal Aid Society, NYC
  • Civil Practice Supervising Attorney, Housing Program, Legal Aid Society, NYC
  • Staff Attorney, ACLU, NYC
  • Staff Attorney, The Innocence Project, NYC

For more information on these listings and other open positions go to the AABANY Career Center. Members must be signed in to have access to the Career Center. Either search by keyword or just hit "Search" at the bottom of the form to see a complete listing of jobs.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.