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Recent Events Fourth Quarter 2010

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Fourth Quarter 2010 

December 6, 2010 – AABANY’s Nominations Committee issued its report identifying the candidates for the January 2011 election for AABANY Directors and Officers. Click here to read the report.

December 6, 2010 AABANY is pleased to announce the formation of its Intellectual Property Committee.  The Intellectual Property Committee seeks to promote the skills and knowledge of, and opportunities for, practicing and aspiring intellectual property lawyers in the New York area; to provide information to artists, authors, and inventors within the community about the protection and use of intellectual property; and to serve as a forum for U.S.-Asia intellectual property issues.  In the pipeline for 2011 are CLE events, legal clinic opportunities, and networking gatherings, with our kick-off event being a presentation by former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin on intellectual property cases over which he has presided, scheduled for March, 2011. If you are interested in becoming a member of the IP Committee or wish to receive email notifications of upcoming events, please send your contact information (name, email address, firm/company/school name) to For more information, contact co-chairs Karen Lim ( or Jane Chuang (

November 30, 2010 – AABANY’s Government and Public Sector Committe and Pro Bono Committee, together with the MinKwon Center, co-sponsored "For the Public Good," a meet-and-greet event with public interest attorneys.  It was held at B Flat, a bar and lounge in Tribeca.  The following organizations were represented: the MinKwon Center for Community Action, by Grace Cho and Steve Choi, The Door's Legal Services Center, by Lauren Burke, and the Legal Aid Society's Employment Unit, by Aaron Halegua.  Steve Choi, as a former staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, spoke about his experiences there.  AABANY co-Founder Rocky Chin, a lifelong supporter of public interest law and civil rights advocacy for the Asian American community, presented opening remarks. Thanks to Liza Sohn for spearheading the organization of this event.

November 19, 2010 – AABANY organized, moderated and co-hosted with NYCLA and the ABA an informed roundtable discussion with a seventeen-member Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights as part of an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) initiative.  Representatives from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam met over lunch at NYCLA, 14 Vesey Street, with representatives from the New York Asian Women's Center, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the United States Attorney’s Office (Eastern District) and the American Bar Association. Former AABANY President, Chris Chan, moderated the meeting, and AABANY members Ben Chan and Veronica Jung greeted the distinguished guests and dignitaries.  This meeting occurred as a result of President Obama extending an invitation to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) to visit the United States on a study tour.

November 17-21, 2010 – NAPABA’s 22nd Annual Convention, Inspire, took place at the J.W. Marriott in Downtown Los Angeles from November 17 through 21, and AABANY was there in force.  AABANY members were easily identified by the bright yellow or hot pink stickers on their badges.  AABANY members could also be found in many programs throughout the conference, as speakers or panelists, including: former AABANY President Vincent Chang, Executive Director Yang Chen, former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin, Francis Chin, Kathy Chin, Katherine Choo, former AABANY President John Flock, Peggy Kuo, Lauren Lee, Vinny Lee, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Don Liu, Glenn Magpantay, Concepcion Montoya, Yasuhiro Saito, Vinoo Varghese and Jessica Wong. Congratulations to the University of Pennsylvania's Moot Court team, Vivian Lee and Allison Stoffregen, for bringing the Thomas Tang trophy to the Northeast for the first time.  Thanks to Hon. Marilyn Go, Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto, Jennifer Wu, Sam Yee and former AABANY President Chris Chan for helping the team to prepare in New York City the week before the final rounds took place in Los Angeles at the NAPABA convention.

November 13, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee conducted its much anticipated Networking Workshop. Law students from the law schools at St. John's, Hofstra and CUNY converged in the 4th floor atrium at St. John’s Law School to participate.  Presented by former AABANY President Chris Chan and Executive Director Yang Chen, the nearly fifty students who attended learned the basics of networking in an informative and interactive session that got the attendees out of their chairs and on their feet to put into action the concepts that were being introduced during the workshop.  The students got comfortable with shaking hands, making eye contact and engaging in easy conversation with each other.   Chris Chan introduced his "wing man" technique for honing in on and isolating VIPs that the students wished to target out of a clustered group.  After the workshop, the students got to continue applying the skills they just learned by talking with the St. John's alumni who took time out of their weekend to take part in the workshop.  Thanks to St. John's APALSA for organizing and hosting the event. Thanks to Hofstra and CUNY APALSAs for participating.

November 11, 2010AABANY participated in a Corporate Law Career Roundtable at Cardozo Law School. Former AABANY President Sylvia Chin, Partner, White & Case, and AABANY Director and Litigation Committee Co-Chair, James Yu, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, and Stephen Kim, AABANY Corporate Law Committee Co-chair, Associate, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold, took part along with representatives from SABANY and KALAGNY.  The event was organized by the APALSA and KALSA at Cardozo and involved seating the practicing attorneys at tables with five or six law students each, and after a period of asking each of the practitioners questions about their practice, the students rotated to another table to interact with the practitioners seated there. It was a capacity crowd, and the students took full advantage of the opportunity to find out from the participating lawyers what their practice was like and how they got to where they are today. We thank Sylvia, Stephen and James for representing AABANY at this event, and we commend Iris Yao and Emily Sy of Cardozo's APALSA for putting the event together.

November 8, 2010AABANY extends our welcome and congratulations to Charlotte Kim, who recently moved to New York from Boston to join the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in their corporate finance practice.  Charlotte was previously a partner in the Boston firm of Choate Hall & Stewart.  Charlotte also served as President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts from 2008 to 2010.

November 4, 2010 AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee held the first part of their series on Life After the DA’s office. On the panel were former AABANY President John Flock, Partner at Kenyon & Kenyon, Anthony C. Hom, Principal, Jones Hirsch Connor & Bull, P.C., Matthew J. Santamauro of Matthew J. Santamauro, P.C., and Chad Sjoquist of Gallo Vitucci and Klar LLP. Annette Almazan moderated. The event was co-sponsored by the New York office of McCarter & English, which hosted the panel discussion. This panel focused on opportunities and options in the private sector. Future panels will explore opportunities in government and elsewhere.

November 2, 2010 –Congratulations to AABANY member, Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing for his election to Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in New York County.

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