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AABANY Presents: Build Your Own Network - Panel and Speed Networking
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AABANY Presents: Build Your Own Network - Panel and Speed Networking


When: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Where: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 7th Ave, New York, NY, New York  10019
United States


What is networking?  How can it help me?  The Student Outreach Committee is proud to present “Build Your Network:  Panel and Speed Networking Event” to answer those questions and put your skills to the test.  Join us for a two-part event with insights from a distinguished panel of attorneys on the value and how-tos of networking, followed by an hour of “speed networking” with attorneys in attendance.  But sign up quickly because this event is limited to 50 students!  The speed networking portion will be an opportunity for you speak one-on-one with attorneys and make a great first impression.


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Time: Thursday, March 30th from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm (registration begins at 6 pm)


What: AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee will be having a two-part event entitled “Building Your Network: Panel and Speed Networking Event” 


Location: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP




Sameer Advani, Litigation Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


Sameer Advani is a partner in the Litigation Department and Vice-Chair of the firm’s Business and Corporate Litigation Practice Group. He focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative claims and mergers and acquisitions litigation. His practice also includes litigating matters in bankruptcy court. He has particular experience in matters with an international dimension, having represented clients in litigation that involved parallel ongoing proceedings in North America, Europe and Asia.


Sameer was selected by Law360 in 2014 as one of ten attorneys nationwide to be named a “Rising Star” in the area of Securities.  He was also named a “Rising Star” in 2013 and 2014 for Securities Litigation by New York Metro Super Lawyers.


Charles Chen, Deputy General Counsel at HICKIES, Inc.


Charles Chen is the Deputy General Counsel for HICKIES, Inc. (, a global footwear accessories startup company that launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2012 and now, its core product, HICKIES® Lacing System is sold in over 40 countries. Charles is the chief IP counsel and the head of global brand protection. 

Prior to HICKIES, he helped artists, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits at the Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts in New York. He also worked at a boutique IP firm in Washington D.C., the U.S. Copyright Office, and the Philadelphia Commerce Court. He received his JD and LLM in IP from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (also known as Franklin Pierce Law Center). 

Charles also serves as a Board of Director at the Association of Corporate Counsel New York City (ACC-NYC), a Co-chair of the IP Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and a Committee Member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of International Trademark Association (INTA). 


James Cho, Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York


James R. Cho is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. He joined the office in 2008 and currently works in the office’s Civil Division. James has litigated dozens of cases across a wide subject area, including defending multi-million dollar medical malpractice and personal injury claims and challenges to federal statutes, regulatory schemes and administrative decisions, and prosecuting cases pursuant to the federal False Claims Act, health care regulations, environmental statutes and civil forfeiture statutes. 

James has tried numerous cases to verdict and regularly represents the United States in appellate cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented the United Sates in nine cases on appeal and argued five cases before the Second Circuit. 

James is also active in the recruitment and diversity efforts at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. James serves on the office’s hiring committee and actively recruits minority attorneys. He regularly mentors fellow Assistants and interns in the office. 

Prior to joining the government, James worked in private practice with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a national law firm, where he litigated labor and employment matters. He began his legal career at Seyfarth’s Chicago office and moved to the firm’s New York office in 2005.

James is active in numerous local and national bar associations and non-profit organizations. He previously served as president of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY) from 2010 to 2013. James also previously served for two years as co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s labor and employment committee. James has served on the board of the Korean American Community Foundation since 2007.  In 2016, James joined the board of the Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY"), and in 2017, was elected President-elect of AABANY.

James graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan and cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.


Marianne Chow, Counsel at Hearst Corporation


Marianne Chow is a counsel at Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies, where she is a member of the international corporate team in the Office of General Counsel. She focuses her practice on cross-border joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements and other transactional matters. Prior to joining Hearst Corporation, Marianne was a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a member of the Finance Group and primarily represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in financing transactions, including acquisition and other leveraged financings and asset-based facilities.

Marianne received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 2007. Prior to law school, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Yokohama, Japan, where she performed comparative research on immigration policies and socio-economic development of Chinese communities in Japan and the United States. Marianne earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University in 2003 where she majored in International Relations and minored in Japanese.

Marianne has been an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York since 2014.  She served as a Vice President, Programs and Operations from 2015-2017 and as co-chair of the Women's Committee and Career Placement Committee from 2014-2015.  She also currently serves as an officer of the Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc., a scholarship to identify, cultivate and support emerging Asian American leaders within the legal profession.


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