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AABANY Announcements February 5, 2018

In this edition

  1. Annual Meeting of Members on Feb. 13: Please Submit Your Proxy by Feb. 8
  2. Annual Dinner 2018: Early Bird Deadline is February 9
  3. Help Plan the 2018 AABANY Annual Dinner
  4. Support the Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund
  5. AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, Feb. 8
  6. AABANY Co-sponsors: Columbia APALSA Conference, Feb. 10
  7. AABANY Co-sponsors Trial Reenactment at New York City Bar on Feb. 12
  8. Volunteers Needed for Feb. 14 Pro Bono Clinic
  9. Renew Your NAPABA Affiliate Membership
  10.  Highlight: Korematsu Day
  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 by Feb. 8

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


Annual Dinner 2018: Early Bird Deadline is February 9

 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 here.
 

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.

Support the Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund

AABANY is sad to receive the news that our friend Han Choi, a NAPABA trailblazer, mentor and leader, is battling cancer. In his honor, a scholarship fund has been created, to be administered by the NAPABA Law Foundation.

For more details on the fund and to lend your support, please click here.

AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, Feb. 8

Join AABANY to celebrate the year of the Dog on Thursday, February 8th, 2018. The event is hosted by New York County Lawyers Association in Joint Partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, & the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York. Please complete RSVP to attend.

 

For more details and to RSVP, please go here.


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, please go here.


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.

Volunteers Needed for Feb. 14 Pro Bono Clinic

We are seeking volunteers for AABANY’s February 14 Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic.  Those who are interested should contact ariana.pabalan@aabany.org.

 

When/Where:
February 14 from 6:30-8:30 PM at 33 Bowery, 2nd floor, New York, NY. 

Volunteer Needs:

(1)  Attorneys to provide legal advice and/or a referral, if appropriate.  There is no language requirement.  Interpreters will be provided, if needed.  We are generally looking for attorneys who have practiced for about 5+ years, although this requirement is flexible.  AABANY Membership required.  
(2)  Cantonese and Mandarin speaking interpreters.  Bar admission not required.


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.

Highlight: Korematsu Day

On Tuesday, January 30th, at the NYU Cantor Film Center, AABANY co-sponsored the inaugural Korematsu Day Celebration. January 30 is Fred Korematsu’s birthday. The event featured prominent speakers such as Jack Tchen, founding director of the A/P/A Institute at NYU; Daniel Dromm, an openly gay City Councilman who helped pass a resolution that established Jan. 30th as the Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in New York City, and Karen Korematsu, long-time activist and daughter of Fred Korematsu.

For more details, read here.

 

 

 

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

AABA Law Foundation Invites Applications to the 2018 Garrick S. Lew Fellowship:  The AABA Law Foundation has opened applications for its 2018 Garrick S. Lew Fellowship, a $10,000 award to a 3L law student committed to a criminal defense practice after graduation.
To apply for the Garrick S. Lew Fellowship, visit http://bit.ly/garricklew2018. Applications are due on February 16, 2018, to the AABA Law Foundation.

To see current announcements for Fellowships, click here.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

 

  • Feb. 8: AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, 5:30-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 8: In-house Counsel and IP Joint Lunar New Year Dinner Party, 6:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 9: Immigration and IP Committees Joint Lunar New Year Dinner Party, 6:30pm. 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.
  • Feb 14: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 14: AABANY Women's Committee Monthly Breakfast, 8:00am. For More information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Feb 15: AALDEF's Lunar New Year Gala, 6PM. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 27: NYWBA Annual Judicial Reception, 6PM. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Paralegal - Tax and Economic Justice Unit, Bronx Legal Services, Bronx, NY
  • Public Finance Associate, Nixon Peabody
  • Staff Attorney, Immigrant Protection Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group
  • General Counsel, Honeywell, Kansas City, MO
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.