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AABANY Announcements January 22, 2018

In this edition

  1. Annual Meeting of Members on Feb. 13: Please Submit Your Proxy
  2. Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
  3. AABANY Co-sponsors Trial Reenactment at New York City Bar on Feb. 12
  4. Renew Your NAPABA Affiliate Membership
  5. Annual Dinner 2018: Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession
  6. Help Plan the 2018 AABANY Annual Dinner
  7. AABANY co-sponsors: Investigation & Litigation in China - eDiscovery Challenges, Jan. 24
  8. The Importance of Engaging in Judicial Screening Committee Panels, Jan. 25
  9. AABANY Co-sponsors: Columbia APALSA Conference, Feb. 10
  10.  Highlights Week of January 16
  11. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  12. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  13. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  14. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  15. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  16. NAPABA News
  17. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Annual Meeting of Members on Feb. 13: Please Submit Your Proxy

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) Annual Meeting of Members (the “Annual Meeting”) will be held on February 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm ET at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019.


At the Annual Meeting, there are three proposals scheduled to be voted on:


·       Proposal 1 – To elect the officers identified on the proxy form to serve a one-year term for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018 and ending March 31, 2019 (the “2018 Fiscal Year”);

·       Proposal 2 – To elect five (5) directors from the eight (8) nominees identified on the proxy form to serve two-year terms beginning on the first day of the 2018 Fiscal Year; and

·       Proposal 3 – To amend AABANY’s by-laws to increase the number of the Board Directors from thirteen (13) to nineteen (19), to make changes that provide for greater operational flexibility for AABANY such as in setting the date of future annual meetings of members, to make changes to conform to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and to make other ministerial changes.

Every Active Member (as defined in AABANY’s by-laws) in good standing (as defined in AABANY’s by-laws) shall be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.


Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to complete and submit the proxy to help us ensure quorum at the meeting.


All completed proxies must be RECEIVED by February 8, 2018.


Deadline to register for the Annual Meeting: February 11, 2018.

For more details and to register, go to http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1032825


Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Since 2014, AABANY has sought to recognize one law firm each year for its extraordinary efforts to improve the diversity of our profession by presenting AABANY’s Law Firm Diversity Award.  The 2018 AABANY Law Firm Diversity Award will be presented at the Annual Dinner on February 28, 2018.


Nominees should be a law firm that has achieved significant success in the areas of recruiting, retaining and promoting women and diverse attorneys while also demonstrating a commitment to raising awareness of, and influencing the legal community to address, the challenges faced by women and diverse attorneys in the legal industry.


For more details, click here for the nomination form.


Deadline: January 31, 2018.


Questions: Send email to yang.chen@aabany.org


Renew Your NAPABA Affiliate Membership

If you received a notification from NAPABA recently that your membership with NAPABA expired on December 31, please note that as an AABANY member you are eligible for a FREE affiliate membership with NAPABA because of your AABANY membership. Please contact margaret.langston@aabany.org  and Margaret can send you the instructions on how to renew your NAPABA affiliate membership for 2018.

AABANY Co-sponsors Trial Reenactment at New York City Bar on Feb. 12

In 1961, James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi. Although he was qualified, he was rejected -- Meredith was black, and the University had never admitted a black student. Represented by Constance Baker Motley and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Meredith sued in federal court in Mississippi, alleging that the University denied him admission because of his race.


In this reenactment, we tell the story of Constance Baker Motley and James Meredith and their battle with Ole Miss, based on court transcripts and other writings.


This presentation is a collaboration among the New York City Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and will feature narration by Judge Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin and a cast that includes Judges William F. Kuntz and Margo Brodie of the Eastern District of New York and members of the co-sponsoring associations. 2.0 CLE credits in the new Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias requirement will be given.


FREE for AABANY members. Space is limited. Register now here.

Annual Dinner 2018: Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession

 AABANY’s 2018 Annual Dinner: Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession takes place on February 28 at Cipriani Wall Street. Individual tickets are now on sale. Early bird deadline is February 9, 2018. Sponsorship packet is also available. Deadline to sponsor is January 31, 2018. For more details go to bit.ly/aabanyad18  

Help Plan the 2018 AABANY Annual Dinner

The initial meeting for those interested in helping to plan the 2018 Annual Meeting was held on Monday evening, Nov. 6, at the New York City Bar Association. Thanks to all who attended. If you are interested in helping us to plan and organize our largest event of the year but were not able to make the meeting, please contact President-Elect James Cho at james.cho@aabany.org to find out how you can get involved. Thank you.

The Importance of Engaging in Judicial Screening Committee Panels, Jan. 25

Please join AABANY’s Judiciary Committee to discuss participation on judicial screening panels with input from experienced lawyers and AABANY members who have served on screening panels. The goal is to share past experiences with attorneys of all levels and formulate a blueprint on how our members can be more effective participants in screening panels, utilizing the existing rules and the lawyer’s ability to persuade and paying careful attention to details. The program is open to all AABANY members and members of the Judiciary Committee who may serve in this crucial role in the future.  The panel will discuss the roles and responsibilities of screening panel members, how the procedure works from top to bottom, and share past experiences. For more details and to register go to http://aabany.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1054502


AABANY co-sponsors: Investigation & Litigation in China - eDiscovery Challenges, Jan. 24

Join AABANY for a complimentary CLE panel discussion on Wednesday, January 24 at Fordham University School of Law in the Costantino Room, 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY.  2 CLE credits are available.


To register, go to http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1060331

AABANY Co-sponsors: Columbia APALSA Conference, Feb. 10

Columbia Law School's APALSA would like to cordially invite you to attend their 7th annual Conference on February 10th, 2018. This year, they are putting the spotlight on APA leaders in the legal community and with the goal of inspiring others to foster APA leadership in this field. Along with our great panelists, they will be honoring Ms. Kathy Hirata Chin as the first recipient of the Hong Yen Chang award for her efforts and leadership in the APA and legal community. The award is named after Mr. Hong Yen Chang, the first Chinese immigrant and Asian attorney licensed to practice law in New York and in the United States.


For more details and to register go here


Highlights Week of January 16

Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force

AABANY’s Issues Committee is pleased to invite you to join the newly formed AABANY Community Response Task Force!

The Community Response Task Force (CRTF) is AABANY’s answer to the rapidly changing legal landscape and the need for quick, effective, and coordinated responses to the emergent issues that affect our communities. AABANY is firmly committed to being a strong voice and steadfast advocate on behalf of the Asian-American/Pacific-Islander community. In the past several months, we have all been witness to sweeping changes that necessitated powerful legal responses. While there have been some great triumphs, there were often times when it was difficult to obtain information, to find ways to contribute, or to organize a response quickly enough to be effective.

The CRTF is specifically designed to address these needs. The CRTF will serve as a central clearinghouse for information and coordination – tailoring the alerts sent to each volunteer based on that volunteer’s preferences and the needs of the community. Alerts and actions will range from emergency legal services to direct non-legal service actions and from workshops to rallies.

Read more 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.

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 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 Latest Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Interview with Hon. Randall T. Eng, Recipient of the 2017 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Baker McKenzie LLP
  • New York Law Journal Distinguished Leadership Honoree Andy Hahn
  • Letter from AABANY President Dwight Yoo
  • Practitioner Update on Changes to USCIS Procedures
  • Book Review of Robert Haig’s Business and Commercial Litigation in  Federal Courts, Fourth Edition
  • Perspectives on A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law
 

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

  • Jan. 24: AABANY co-sponsors: Investigation & Litigation in China - eDiscovery Challenges, 6-9pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 25: Judicary Committee Meeting, 6-7:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 25: The Importance of Engaging in Judicial Screening Committee Panels, 7:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 8: AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, 5:30-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 12: AABANY co-sponsors a Trial Reenactment: Constance Baker Motley, James Meredith, and Mississippi U., 6-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 13: AABANY Board Meeting, 6-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 13: AABANY Annual Meeting, 7-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan. 22: Rebuilding Puerto Rico: Strategies, Partners and the Role of the Oversight Board, 6-8:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 23: Federal Bar Council presents "Call to Action: Credible Roles in the Courtroom for Diverse and Women," 5:45-7:45pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 23: Best Practices for Successfully Navigating Your Role as In-House Counsel, 6-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 24: Democracy and Political Development in Asia, 6:30-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 24: Day of the Endangered Lawyer, 6-8pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 25: The Three Keys to Success: Seeking, Receiving and Incorporating Feedback, 6-8pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Legislative Counsel, New York City Council
  • Summer Legal Intern, New York City Council
  • Labor & Employment Associate, Littler Mendelson, P.C., Long Island NY
  • Counsel, Adirondack Park Agency, Essex County NY
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.