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2/15/2017
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7pm-8:30pm
Where: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
250 W. 55th Street
New York, New York  10019
United States
Contact: Simone Nguyen


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AABANY 2017 Annual Meeting

Please join us for one of our most important events of the year -- AABANY's Annual Meeting. All eligible members in good standing are invited to attend and vote in the AABANY Officer and Director Elections for the fiscal year 2017 (April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018).

The AABANY Annual Meeting will be held on the 15th day of February 2017 at 7:00 pm at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. At this meeting, a vote will be taken to elect officers and directors for the upcoming year and to amend the by-laws. Please register on this page if you plan to attend in person.

We ask all active members to help us attain quorum by submitting a proxy ballot, whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person. The proxy ballot must be received by February 10, 2017. You may download it at http://bit.ly/aabanyproxy2017.

Note: The following membership categories do not have voting rights and should not submit any proxy or ballot: Student, Associate, Affinity.

You may email a PDF version to simone.nguyen@aabany.org, send a fax to (718) 228-7206, or mail a hard copy to:

AABANY
45 Rockefeller Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10111.


All proxy ballots must be received by February 10, 2017. To learn more about each candidate, click on "Bio/Resume" next to each candidate name below. To read each candidate's statement, click on "Statement."

 

The AABANY Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates:


James Cho - Bio/Resume - Statement
President-Elect

Naf Kwun - Bio/Resume - Statement
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Jeff Ikejiri - Bio/Resume - Statement
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Amy Ngai - Bio/Resume - Statement
Treasurer

Dai Wai Chin Feman - Bio/Resume - Statement
Recording Secretary

Tristan Loanzon - Bio/Resume - Statement
Membership Secretary

The following persons have been nominated to fill an open Director position:

Diane Gujarati - Bio/Resume - Statement

Terrence Shen - Bio/Resume - Statement

Brian Song - Bio/Resume - Statement

Bobby Liu - Bio/Resume - Statement

Larry Wee - Bio/Resume - Statement

Marianne Chow - Bio/Resume - Statement

Sonia Low - Bio/Resume - Statement



To read the Nominations Committee Report, click here.



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Set forth below, please find a summary of the material proposed changes to the by-laws.

Proposed Bylaws Revisions

Revision

Reason

2.01 (a): Delete extra space in ( “Bar”).

Cosmetic, non-substantive.

2.01 (c)(1): Insert quotation marks around the acronym ABA after the words American Bar Association in the first line.

Cosmetic, non-substantive.

2.01(c)(1): Insert the word “or” in the phrase “who is employed, resides, attends a law school in the State of New York, …”

Makes this definition of Law Student Member broader and more inclusive.

2.02 (a): Delete the words “shall review each application and …” in the second sentence.

This requirement is not required of the Membership Director as staff assists him or her with review of applications.

3.06: Change the word “Ten” to “ten.”

Capitalization not needed.

4.03: Change “Vice President of Finance and Development” to “Development Director.”

Conform with change of title in 5.04(d) (see below).

4.07: Change “Eleven (11) Board Members shall constitute a quorum …” to “A simple majority of Board members in office shall constitute a quorum ….”

Facilitate reaching quorum for Board meetings.

4.11: Replace “on the second Tuesday of the month; provided, that if the second Tuesday of the month is, in the City of New York, a holiday, the meeting shall be held on the next succeeding business day.” with “periodically as approved by the Board and no less frequently than quarterly.”

Give Board greater flexibility in scheduling regular Board meetings.

5.01(a): Change “Vice President of Finance and Development” to “Development Director.”

Conform with change of title in 5.04(d) (see below).

5.04 (d): Change title of Vice President of Finance and Development to Development Director and add reference to obtaining sponsorships in (i) and (ii).

More accurately reflects current role and function of this position.

5.04 (g) (iv): Change “advising” to “advise” and “requesting” to “request”

Correct grammar.

6.02: Replace commas with semi-colons after (a) and (b), and replace comma with semi-colon and insert the word “or” after (c)

Correct punctuation.

6.03: Delete the word “and” after the semi-colon in (c) and delete the period at the end of (d)

The sentence continues after (d), requiring a punctuation and word change.

6.04: Change the following sentences:

 

While serving on the Nominations Committee, a Member shall not be eligible for nomination as any Officer or Director. A Member may remove such ineligibility by resigning from the Nominations Committee in advance of the first Nominations Committee meeting in the Fiscal Year.

 

to read:

 

While serving on the Nominations Committee, a Member shall not be eligible for nomination and consideration for any Officer or Director position by the Nominations Committee. A Member may remove such ineligibility by declining the nomination, if any, for Officer or Director position or declining appointment by the President to serve on the Nominations Committee in advance of the first Nominations Committee meeting in the Fiscal Year.

To clarify the intent of the original language to allow the President greater flexibility in appointing Nominations Committee members.

7.01: Delete:

 

At least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Annual Meeting of the Members, the Secretary shall mail a ballot, proxy, and a return envelope that shall be clearly marked “ELECTION MATERIALS ENCLOSED,” along with the notice of the Annual Meeting to every Active Member of the Association. Active Members shall also be entitled to write in on their ballots votes for candidates not otherwise nominated.

Facilitate move to electronic voting and save costs of printing and mailing notice, ballot, proxy and return envelopes in connection with Annual Meetings.

7.03: In the second sentence, insert the words “or email” after “Any proxy sent or ballot cast by mail ….”

Facilitate move to electronic voting.

 

To read the current version of our by-laws, click here. To see the proposed changes in their entirety, click here.

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We hope to see you at our Annual Meeting. As always, we look forward to another fruitful year with all of members. Don't forget to cast your ballot!