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Recent Events Highlights

 

Recent Events Highlights

 
 
October 27, 2010 – Congratulations to former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin on receiving the New York County Lawyers' Association Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice. The award was presented to Judge Chin at the NYCLA Committee on Federal Courts Luncheon honoring the Federal courts in New York City. The Luncheon Committee was chaired by former AABANY President Vincent Chang. The award was presented by Judge Chin's friend, former colleague and law partner, Michael Patrick. Judge Chin received a standing ovation as he accepted the award and then after his inspiring acceptance speech, he got another standing ovation. The room was filled to capacity with 180 attendees, including numerous sitting judges. Congratulations to NYCLA for hosting such a successful luncheon.
 
 
October 25, 2010AABANY is pleased to share the news that AABANY Board Member Michael Yap has been named the Chief Legal Officer for Prudential's International Investments business. Michael will assume this important role effective November 1, 2010. Michael was previously named one of NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2009 and is a member of AABANY's Board of Directors. Please join us in congratulating Michael and wishing him well in his new position.
 
 
October 23, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee went upstate to Syracuse for an inter-APALSA event with law students from Syracuse University, Cornell University and SUNY Buffalo. Former AABANY President Chris Chan gave his Exam Writing Workshop, followed by a panel offering the students advice about internships, networking and career options. The panelists included Chris Chan, Gloria Chung (Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society), Susan Dahline (Bond, Schoeneck, and King, PLLC), Louis Jim (Law Clerk for Senior U.S. District Judge Neal P. McCurn, Northern District of New York), Chanwoo Lee (President of Queens County Bar Association and solo practitioner), Mary Traynor (Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.) and Clifford Tsan (Bond, Schoeneck, and King, PLLC). The panel was moderated by William Ng, co-chair of the Student Outreach Committee. We thank the e-boards of the APALSAs at the participating law schools, and in particular, Rita Chang, President of Syracuse APALSA, for hosting the event.
                           
 
October 22, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee presented former AABANY President Chris Chan’s popular Exam Writing Workshop at St. John's Law School, sharing his proven methods for acing law school exams. We thank Cathy Ng, St. John's APALSA President, for hosting and organizing the event.
 
 
October 15-16, 2010AABANY’s Litigation Committee held the Regional Rounds of the Thomas Tang Moot Court at New York Law School on Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16. Thirteen teams, representing eight schools -- Fordham, Drexel, Brooklyn, Northeastern, Boston, University of Pennsylvania, St. John's and Syracuse -- took part in the preliminary rounds. In the semi-final, the Fordham team went up against the Boston University team, while U. Penn took on the team from Syracuse. In the final round, before a three judge panel comprised of former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin, Peggy Kuo, Chief Hearing Officer at NYSE, and Michael Yim, U. Penn and Fordham squared off, with U. Penn emerging victorious.
 
Congratulations to all the participants. Congratulations to U. Penn for writing the best brief and Syracuse for writing the second best brief. Congratulations to Vivian Lee of U. Penn for receiving the best speaker award and also to Brandon Chu of Fordham for getting the second best speaker award.
 
Many attorneys and judges volunteered their time on Friday and Saturday to judge the competition. Thanks to Hon. Jeffrey Oing and Hon. Joanne Quiñones for judging on Friday night. Thanks to Hon. Denny Chin, Hon. Marilyn Go, Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto and Peggy Kuo for judging on Saturday morning. Thanks to all the attorneys who judged on Friday and Saturday.
 
Congratulations also go to Andy Le and Sam Yee for coordinating and organizing the Thomas Tang Regional Rounds. Thanks and congratulations are also due to Ben Chan, co-chair of the Student Outreach Committee and the New York Law School AALSA for making it possible to hold the competition at New York Law School. It was a fantastic venue for the event, and the competition ran smoothly and efficiently during the entire weekend. Finally, thanks go to the Inter-APALSA council, NAPALSA and the New York Law School AALSA for hosting the Thomas Tang Moot Court After-party on Friday night, giving the competitors a chance to meet and socialize in a more relaxed setting at M1-5 in Tribeca.
 
Good luck to the teams going on to compete at the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition at the NAPABANationalConvention in Los Angeles next month.
 
 
October 6, 2010AABANY's Student Outreach Committee, in conjunction with the Asian Pacific American and Korean Law Students Associations at Cardozo Law School presented the first exam writing workshop of the fall semester, taught by former AABANY President Chris Chan. Many law students at Cardozo came to hear from Chris Chan the right way to write law school exams. Chris will be giving his workshop at other area law schools. If you are a law student interested in taking one of these workshops and would like to know the schedule of upcoming workshops, contact the Student Outreach Committee at aabanysoc@gmail.com.
 
 
September 28, 2010AABANY member Judge Jeffrey Oing, Supervising Judge for Civil Court in Manhattan, and Judge Jaya Madhavan, Supervising Judge of Civil Court in the Bronx, testified at the First Department in public hearings organized by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to address the funding crisis facing civil legal services for the poor.
 
 
September 28, 2010AABANY member Judge Jeffrey Oing, Supervising Judge for Civil Court in Manhattan appeared at a press conference in the Community Room at Confucius Plaza to announce his nomination as a candidate for New York State Supreme Court Justice in the upcoming election in November. On hand for the announcement were Comptroller John Liu, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel SquadronVirginia Kee, founder of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), and Justin Yu, President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New York, were also present. The Community Room was packed with residents of Manhattan's Chinatown and friends and supporters of Judge OingAABANY was represented by its Executive Director, Yang Chen, and former AABANY President, Christopher Chan.
 
 
September 28, 2010 – Congratulations to the South Asian Bar Association of New York on its fourth annual Leadership Awards Gala, held last Tuesday, September 28, at Bridgewaters in South Street Seaport. Congratulations to Rohan S. Weerasinghe, senior partner at Shearman & Sterling, for receiving the Corporate Leadership Award, Bobby Sharma, VP and General Counsel, NBA Development League, for receiving the Corporate Counsel Award, Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, for receiving the Access to Justice Award, and Manavinder Bains, Chief Counsel for Technology, NYSE Euronext, for receiving the Legal Trailblazer Award. More than 200 attendees enjoyed the event, including the following from AABANY: Ben Chan, co-chair of the Student Outreach Committee, Vince Chang, former AABANY President, Jean Lee, Board member, Linda Lin, President-Elect, Dev Sen, Board member, and Board member Vinoo Varghese and his wife, Libby.
                                                                                              
 
September 25, 2010AABANY’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee worked with the Indochina Sino-American Community Center (ISACC) to host a Law Day at ISACC's office in Manhattan's Chinatown to answer questions from the community about immigration law. Over the course of the day, sixteen attorneys recruited by AABANY assisted eighty-eight people with their immigration questions. ISACC staff and volunteers processed the community members and provided translation assistance. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this Law Day a success, and thanks to Peter Cheng, Executive Director of ISACC, for helping to spread the word about the event and working with AABANY to organize it. Congratulations to Immigration and Nationality Law Committee co-chairs, Tsui Yee and Rio Guerrero on a successful Law Day at ISACC. To learn more about the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, send e-mail to rio.guerrero@aabany.org or tsui.yee@aabany.org.
 
 
September 18, 2010AABANY hosted its first Fall Conference on Saturday, September 18.
We had more than 150 people in attendance over the course of the day. We offered eleven CLE programs and each one was well attended, with at least twenty-five participants in each. The CLE programs were presented by AABANY various committees including our Communications Committee, Corporate Counsel Committee, Corporate Law Committee, Government and Public Sector Committee, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, Litigation Committee, Professional Development Committee, Prosecutor’s Committee, Real Estate Committee, Women’s Committee and Young Lawyers Committee. Our program on Rainmaking and Business Development had more than fifty attendees. For all programs, we were privileged to have excellent speakers from a wide spectrum of legal practice areas, including partners and in-house counsel from major law firms and corporations. State Assembly Member Grace Meng and City Council Member Margaret Chin spoke on the panel for APAs Who Want to Run for Elected Office.
 
During the luncheon, Anika Khan, an economist at Wells Fargo, gave an informative and topical presentation on the economic outlook for the U.S. economy. Former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin then addressed the audience with a PowerPoint presentation that reviewed the process by which he became the first Asian American appellate judge in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Chin’s presentation also reviewed some of his high-profile cases, including the Bernard Madoff case. Judge Chin also talked about the trial re-enactments that he has put on during the last few years with AABANY and gave a preview of the upcoming Tokyo Rose trial re-enactment. Finally, Judge Chin shared some of his family history, tracing his immigrant roots which paralleled the experience of so many Chinese-American families who came seeking a better life in America. The room in which the luncheon was held had a limit of 100 and overflow rooms were set up so that those attendees could watch the presentations through a video link.
 
After a full day, many of the attendees stayed for the cocktail reception, giving everyone an opportunity to unwind, mingle, connect and re-connect with colleagues and members of the legal community in New York. During the reception, Steve Choi, Executive Director of MinKwon Center, and Zena Kim, a staff attorney at MinKwon Center, addressed the attendees to talk about the AABANY-MinKwon partnership and the mission and work of MinKwon.
 
We have many people to thank for the successful conclusion of our first Fall Conference:
 
Thanks to all the program organizers and chairs of AABANY's committees who worked tirelessly to produce some excellent panels.
 
Thanks to the Fall Conference Planning Committee for coordinating, planning and organizing the Fall Conference.
 
Thanks to the panelists and speakers who shared their wisdom, knowledge and insights with our conference attendees.
 
Thanks to Anika Khan from Wells Fargo for presenting the economic outlook at the luncheon.
 
Thanks to former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin for speaking at the luncheon.
 
We thank all the volunteers who helped to make the day go smoothly, processing the attendees at registration, checking people in and out of each program and then giving out CLE certificates at the end of the day.
 
We especially thank Akin Gump for hosting the Fall Conference at their beautiful and modern New York office.
 
We are very grateful to Wells Fargo for sponsoring the luncheon at the Fall Conference.
 
We hope everyone who came found the Fall Conference useful and enjoyable. If you have any feedback that you would like to share about the event, please send your comments to main@aabany.org.
 
 
August 25, 2010AABANY held its End of Summer Celebration at Metro 53 in midtown Manhattan on August 25. We saw many familiar faces and quite a few new ones, with attendees representing a wide cross-section of the APA legal community. We had private practitioners, in-house lawyers, prosecutors, government lawyers, judges and law students. We were honored to be joined by Hon. Doris Ling Cohan, Hon. James D'Auguste and Hon. Robert Reed. We were pleased to see some members of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, including President-elect Nadine Fontaine. At the event, we distributed the brochures for the upcoming Fall Conference.  Hard to believe that summer 2010 is nearly over. It was a good way to bid this summer a fond farewell, and we hope everyone had a good time.
 
 
August 6, 2010AABANY, together with the Diversity Outreach Committee of the New York County District Attorney's Office and the National Black Prosecutors Association, co-sponsored a City Wide Summer Intern Diversity Reception on the Rooftop of the Empire Hotel on New York's west side. A healthy contingent of Asian American law students and summer interns were in attendance, including many from Fordham Law School (which coincidentally was about a block away from the venue). The event provided a good opportunity to network with prosecutors and other practicing attorneys in a lively outdoor setting overlooking Lincoln Center. Thanks to everyone who joined AABANY at the event.
 
 
July 28, 2010 – Clifford Chance held its annual Asian Heritage Event at the Museum of Chinese in America on Wednesday, July 28, and among the many attendees from AABANY were Judge Gil Hong, Irene Chiu, and Rio Guerrero and Tsui Yee, the co-chairs of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. In addition to getting to know the attorneys from Clifford Chance and other firms, the attendees could take part in guided tours of the museum. Thanks to Clifford Chance for inviting AABANY to this terrific event.
 
 
July 27, 2010AABANY’s Women’s Committee held a successful Spa and Finance Event on Tuesday, July 27. The attendees enjoyed the services of the Queen Jane Spa and received expert financial advice from a financial advisor.
 
July 27, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee conducted its Interview Skills Workshop at New York Law School on Thursday, July 27. Twenty-four students from various law schools, including law schools in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, California and Washington, DC, participated. Thirteen attorneys volunteered their time to engage in mock interviews with the students. Each student was able to get two or three interviews to sharpen his or her technique and get feedback from the attorney interviewers. Special thanks go to Chia Kang, Sung-Hee Suh, Stephen Kim, Don Nguyen and Sam Yee who kindly donated their time to serve on the panel before the mock interview sessions. Congratulations to Student Outreach Committee co-chairs Ben Chan and Will Ng for organizing another successful Interview Skills Workshop.
 
 
July 21, 2010AABANY’s Real Estate Committee presented a CLE entitled “Green Light Go - Clearing the Bank and Title Issues of a Real Estate Transaction” on July 21. The CLE took place at Mudan Banquet Hall at Queens Crossing in Flushing. It was well-attended, drawing many practitioners from Queens. Margaret Ling, Chair of the Real Estate Committee, not only organized the event, she did double duty as one of the speakers on the panel, together with Richard H. Lee. Thanks also go to Wells Fargo for being a major sponsor and making the delicious dinner buffet possible.
 
 
July 13, 2010AABANY, together with AALFNY, held its annual Summer Reception at the offices of Edwards Angell in New York on July 13. A large group of Asian American trailblazers, attorneys, judges, law students and pre-law students were in attendance. Former AABANY President, Sylvia Chin, Partner at White & Case, addressed the audience before the presentation of awards. AALFNY’s Community Service Scholarship Awards were presented to John Ting of CUNY Law School and Trinh Tran of Hofstra Law School. Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox, presented the awards to this year's participants in the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program. Congratulations to all the awards recipients!
 
 
July 1, 2010AABANY’s Prosecutors Committee held its second anniversary celebration in the New York State Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street. The Rotunda was filled to capacity and played host to prosecutors from all across New York City and Long Island. The District Attorney of New York, Cyrus Vance, was present, along with the District Attorney of Bronx County, Robert Johnson, the District Attorney of Queens County, Richard Brown, the District Attorney of Richmond County, Daniel Donovan, the District Attorney of Nassau County, Kathleen Rice, and New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan. The honoree was Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Congratulations to the Prosecutors Committee on a highly successful event.
 
 
July 2010 – Congratulations to former AABANY Board member John Bajit, the Court Attorney for Hon. Lucy Billings, Supreme Court, New York County, who was elected in June as the President of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, an organization with 500 members and nearly 2000 volunteer attorneys who serve as Arbitrators in New York's Small Claims Court. The Association holds training sessions for attorneys who wish to learn how to arbitrate cases in Small Claims Court, to help that court relieve its congested docket of thousands of cases each year. John has been an active AABANY member, having served as a Director on the Board and as a co-chair of the Litigation Committee. Please join us in congratulating John on this major honor and achievement.
 
 
July 2010AABANY is the community sponsor for a film in the Asian American International Film Festival entitled “9500 Liberty,” a documentary about a local law in Virginia that allows police to question anyone that they have “probable cause” to believe to be illegal immigrants.
 
 
June 24, 2010 – Congratulations to KALAGNY on a very successful Gala Banquet on June 24. The Harvard Club was packed with members and friends of KALAGNY, including a large contingent from AABANY. The keynote speaker was the former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin, who inspired the audience with his remarks about the impact and significance of his becoming the first Asian American Federal appellate judge in the Second Circuit. Another highlight was the silent and live auction at the banquet which featured some very interesting items. Congratulations to the winning bidder on a night of karaoke with former AABANY President Andy Hahn, who has also led KALAGNY and most recently, NAPABA.
 
 
June 23, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee presented its popular Resume Writing Workshop at Seyfarth Shaw on June 23. Thanks to the panelists, Hon. Lydia Lai, Vinny Lee and James Yu, who shared their tips and pointers on crafting effective resumes. Will Ng, co-chair of the Student Outreach Committee served as moderator. Stay tuned for information about the next Student Outreach Committee Workshop which will be the interview skills workshop.
 
 
June 16, 2010Former AABANY President, Judge Denny Chin was formally inducted as the first Asian American Circuit Judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Numerous AABANY members, Directors and Officers (past and present), attended this historic event, although only the few who arrived in time to get into the Ceremonial Courtroom on the 9th floor were lucky enough to witness the ceremony. The courtroom was filled to capacity and those who were not able to get in became early attendees of the reception that immediately followed. Congratulations to Judge Chin on his induction. We look forward to hearing great things from Judge Chin as he embarks on this next stage of his judicial career.
 
 
June 11-12, 2010 - AABANY participated in the NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on June 11 and 12. Several AABANY members appeared as panelists in various CLE programs. Former AABANY President Judge Denny Chin received the Judicial Excellence Award at the Luncheon on Saturday afternoon. Right after receiving that award, Judge Chin led the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Players in a performance of the Massie Trials. AABANY members, including President Robert Leung, President-Elect Linda Lin and Immediate Past President James Chou, attended the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening. Congratulations to APALA-NJ for successfully organizing this year's NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference. We wish all the incoming officers and directors of APALA-NJ much success in the coming year.
 
 
June 10, 2010AABANY’s Corporate Counsel and Corporate Law Committees held the Third Annual Wine-Tasting and Networking Reception for In-House Counsel and Law Firm Attorneys. For the second year in a row, the event took place at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts in midtown Manhattan. Nearly 100 in-house lawyers and law firm attorneys mixed and mingled over some fine California wines and delicious hors d'oeuvres. Numerous General Counsels were in attendance, including Irene Chiu of Systagenix, Don Liu of Xerox, Vernon Chu of BBC-America, Sandra Leung of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bobby Liu of MD Sass and Timothy B. Goodell of Hess Corporation. AABANY thanks all of the sponsors that made the wine-tasting event possible.
 
 
June 8, 2010AABANY joined with the New York City Bar’s Foreign and Comparative Law Committee to host a reception for 30 judges and scholars from China on June 8.
 
 
June 8, 2010Rio Guerrero and Tsui Yee of AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee presented a CLE program for the Network of Bar Leaders on Hot Topics and Ethical Issues in Immigration Law on June 8. 
 
 
June 4, 2010AABANY joined a host of other community groups and bar associations, including the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, to take part in the 7th annual Caren Aronowitz Unity in Diversity Program. It took place in the Rotunda of the New York State Supreme Court building at 60 Centre Street and was organized by the Cultural Diversity Committee of the New York State Supreme Court and the New York County Clerk's Office. This popular event celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of New York and brings the community together through music, photos and food. Thanks to Treasurer Tim Wong for helping to coordinate AABANY’s participation in the event, and thanks to Judge Ling-Cohan for lending us her interns to help staff the AABANY table. Thanks to Judge Ling-Cohan’s interns for helping AABANY to serve food to the hundreds of people who came out for the Unity in Diversity program.
 
 
June 3, 2010 – Congratulations to Theo Cheng, chair of the Federal Courts sub-committee of the Judicial Affairs Committee, for his confirmation by the New York Senate to serve as a Commissioner on the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF). The NYSIF is a statutorily created non-profit entity that manages an $11 billion dollar fund and provides low-cost workers' compensation and disability benefits insurance to employers in the state. Each of the 10 Commissioners serves on a volunteer, unpaid basis, and each must be confirmed by the New York Senate before taking office. Theo was nominated by the Governor in April and his nomination was confirmed on June 3. We wish Theo well as he undertakes this important new role, in addition to his “day job” litigating copyright, trademark and commercial cases as an attorney at Proskauer.
 
June 2010 – Congratulations to Tara Lai Quinlan, AABANY member and past chair of the Issues Committee, on being named one of the 40 under 40 in New York State politics by the Capitol, the publication for and about New York State government. Tara is the Legislative Director and General Counsel to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Please join us in congratulating Tara on this great honor.
 
 
May 27, 2010AABANY, together with KALAGNY and SABANY, sponsored a panel discussion entitled “Blazing a Trail in the Law”. The Conference Center on the 8th floor was packed with attendees who were present to hear our panel speak about their experiences as Asian Pacific American pioneers in the legal field. Rocky Chin, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, State Division of Human Rights, moderated a panel that included former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China; Norman Lau Kee, Partner, Kee & Lau-Kee; Chanwoo Lee, Law Office of Chanwoo Lee; and Hon. Jaya K. Madhavan, Supervising Judge, Bronx County Housing Court. Many of the attendees stayed after the panel discussion to talk further with the panelists. We thank all the panelists for participating in this event and helping us to celebrate APA Heritage Month by sharing their memories and their insights.
 
 
May 24, 2010AABANY participated, together with twenty community based organizations from the Asian Pacific American community, in the first APA Legislative Advocacy Day in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. These community groups made the trek from New York City to spend the afternoon in Albany to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to let Albany know about the great work these community-based groups have been doing for their constituencies back home, in areas such as family and social services, youth programs and advocacy for the community. AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen represented AABANY, Judge Doris Ling-Cohan represented the New York State Unified Court System and brought a few of her interns to the event. Lillian Moy, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northern New York's Albany office, dropped by to support the event. Thanks to Assembly Member Grace Meng for putting it all together.
 
 
May 18-20, 2010 – Last week was a busy one for AABANY with three committees holding events. The Young Lawyers Committee held a dinner and mixer with the Society of Young Lawyer Entrepreneurs in midtown at Darbar (May 18), the Prosecutors Committee held a reunion at Asia Roma (May 19) and the Student Outreach and Young Lawyers Committees held a post-finals reception at Biny Japanese and Karaoke Bar (May 20). Thanks to all who attended these events.
 
May 20, 2010 – Congratulations to Clara Ohr, one of AABANY’s Directors, who spoke on the panel last Thursday, May 20, at the Federal Bar Council's CLE program on Advancing Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
 
 
May 20, 2010 – Congratulations also to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan for being recognized as a Most Influential and Powerful Woman at the Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference on May 20.
 
 
May 12, 2010AABANY’s Real Estate Committee, together with Citibank, First American Title Insurance and KALAGNY, organized a seminar on Planning with the New Power of Attorney, with a focus on Medicaid and tax planning. Pauline Yeung-Ha of Grimaldi & Yeung very capably presented the subject to a large and attentive audience at the Citibank branch near Main Street in Flushing. We look forward to more terrific events from the Real Estate Committee this year.
 
 
May 6, 2010 – Congratulations to Chanwoo Lee, who was installed May 6, at the Queens County Bar Association Dinner as the QCBA's first Asian American president. Hon. Randall T. Eng, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, served as the installing officer. A contingent from AABANY, including Hon. Gilbert Hong and Hon. Toko Serita, attended the dinner.
 
 
May 6, 2010 – Congratulations to Don H. Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Xerox Corporation, who was honored at the Asian American Federation's Spirit of Asian America Gala on May 6. Immediate Past President James Chou and President-Elect Linda Lin were among those from AABANY who celebrated with Don at the Gala.
 
 
April 27, 2010 – Congratulations to Norman Lau-Kee and former AABANY President Glenn Lau-Kee for being honored last Tuesday, April 27, at the NYSBA Smooth Moves program at Lincoln Center. The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA bestowed the Hon. George Bundy Smith Award on Norman and Glenn Lau-Kee. The award has been given since March 2007 to members of the bar who exemplify the high standards set by retired New York Court of Appeals Judge George Bundy Smith whose career was marked by legal excellence, community commitment and mentoring. Norman Lau Kee also celebrated his 83rd birthday that day. Many AABANY members were on hand to help Norman and Glenn Lau Kee celebrate this momentous occasion, including Hon. Doris Ling Cohan and former AABANY Presidents Lai Sun Yee, Vince Chang and James Chou.
 
 
April 23, 2010 – Congratulations to Linda Lin, AABANY President-Elect, who was an honoree at the Brooklyn Law School APALSA Alumni Dinner. Also attending as speakers were Hon. Gilbert Hong and Hon. Toko Serita. Congratulations to the Brooklyn Law School APALSA for putting together another great event, bringing another year of programming to a successful conclusion.
 
 
April 22, 2010 – Congratulations to former AABANY President Judge Denny Chin who was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 22 to sit on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Chin is the first Asian American judge on the Second Circuit and is currently the only active Asian American Federal appellate judge in the country.
 
 
April 21, 2010 – Congratulations to former AABANY President Sylvia Chin, who was the keynote speaker at the Fordham Law School APALSA Alumni Dinner.
 
 
April 10, 2010 – Congratulations also to Margaret Ling, AABANY Director and Chair of the Real Estate Committee, who was honored by the AALSA, SALSA and LALSA at New York Law School on Saturday at their Spring Banquet, held at Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown.
 
 
April 9-10, 2010 – Congratulations to Hugh Mo for the Trailblazer Award presented to him at the First Annual BU Law School APA Alumni Conference. Congratulations also to Kin Ng, co-chair of the AABANY Prosecutor’s Committee for the Distinguished Alumni Award presented to him at the same conference.
 
 
April 8, 2010 – Congratulations to James Lin, co-chair of the AABANY Prosecutors’ Committee, who was honored by Hofstra’s APALSA at their Annual Diversity Banquet. James was a founder of the Hofstra APALSA many years ago. Congratulations also to Vivienne Nguyen, who just completed her term as Hofstra APALSA’s president. She continues to serve as vice president of NAPALSA.
 
 
April 7, 2010AABANY co-hosted with SABANY a judicial clerkship panel at Cardozo Law School. Kruti Dharia, SABANY President, moderated a panel consisting of Hon. Dora L. Irizarry, Arun Subramanian, Rahul Agarwal, Chirag Badlani and Richard Tsai. The panel covered judicial clerkships at the Federal and state level, for both law students and lawyers.
 
 
April 3, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee visited Cornell Law School where the Cornell APALSA hosted a career panel and reception. Students from Cornell, Buffalo and Syracuse attended. The panel was comprised of Asian American attorneys representing various sectors of practice: Chanwoo Lee represented solo criminal defense, Stephen Kim represented corporate law firm transactional practice, Ben Chan, who also moderated, represented non-profit practice, Will Ng represented government, and Prof. Rick Su of Buffalo represented academia. Recording Secretary Francis Chin and Executive Director Yang Chen also participated in the event. The students greatly enjoyed the panel presentation and appreciated the wide range of practice areas represented. They got to speak directly with the panelists in the reception that followed, and those who stayed for the dinner afterward got more insights from the participants. AABANY looks forward to future Upstate visits to maintain our connection to Asian American law students and attorneys in New York State.
 
 
March 18, 2010AABANY took part in a legal clinic at the New York State Attorney General's Office to provide assistance and advice to victims of immigration fraud. Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Chair Rio Guerrero gathered a group of attorneys to participate in the clinic which provided vital guidance to more than 120 individuals and families with their immigration issues. 
 
 
March 15, 2010AABANY’s Women’s Committee helped to organize the inaugural Bar None Women's Symposium entitled: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Or Have We? Winning as Women of Color. Bar None is a consortium of women's committees of New York area bar associations including AABANY, the New York City Bar, Brooklyn Women's Bar Association (BWBA), and the Nigerian Lawyers' Association (NLA). Over 200 guests attended the event, and 3.5 CLE credits were awarded to attendees. The distinguished panelists included NYC Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Roman, Michele Coleman-Mayes, Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, former AABANY President Lai Sun Yee, former AABANY President Sylvia Fung Chin and the keynote speaker, Carla Harris, from Morgan Stanley. The steering committee members included Folake Ayoola (NLA), Jean Lee (AABANY), Karen Lim (NY City Bar), Anne Behk (AABANY), Joanne D. Quinones (BWBA), and Yomi Ajaiyeoba (NLA). Congratulation to the Women’s Committee for helping to make this event a great success.
 
                    
March 10, 2010 AABANY co-sponsored with SABANY and NASABA a reception for Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. It was held at the Rubin Art Museum, on West 17th Street, and more than 100 people, including many AABANY members, attended.
 
 
February 24, 2010 – AABANY’s Annual Banquet took place on February 24, at the Marriott Marquis. Almost 500 guests were in attendance. The Keynote Speaker was Thomas L. Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, DuPont. Additional Honorees include: Sandra Leung, General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Peggy Kuo, Chief Hearing Office, New York Stock Exchange; and John Liu, New York City Comptroller.
 
 
January 12, 2010 – Thanks to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting. Thanks to Kaye Scholer for hosting the meeting. At the meeting, Committee Chairs from AABANY’s various committees presented reports on their activities last year and spoke about upcoming plans for this year. At the meeting, the following Officers and Directors were elected:
 
Officers:
Linda Lin, President-Elect
Timothy Wong, Treasurer
Francis Chin, Recording Secretary
William Wang, Membership Secretary
 
Directors:
Jean Lee
William Ng
Dev Sen
Vinoo Varghese
Lai Sun Yee
James Yu
 
We look forward to an exciting year ahead for AABANY.