The Asian American Bar Association of New York
Recent Events - Second Quarter 2011
AABANY Quarterly Report for May 2011 through July 2011
May being APA Heritage Month has always been busy on AABANY’s calendar but this year was the busiest yet in recent memory, with events celebrating women lawyers in the arts and diversity on the bench as just two of a wide array of programs that AABANY organized or took part in. May was also the month in which AABANY President Linda Lin published an article in the New York Law Journal for Law Day, and two past AABANY Presidents, Andrew Hahn and Vincent Chang, became the first-ever Asian Americans to receive the New York City Bar Diversity Champion Award.
June saw no let-up, with several of AABANY’s committees presenting significant programs: the Government and Public Sector Committee put on a financial planning workshop for lawyers in public service; the In-House Counsel Committee and the Corporate Law Committee presented the Fourth Annual Wine-Tasting and Networking Reception; and the Prosecutors’ Committee celebrated their third anniversary. The wine-tasting drew nearly 100 attendees with in-house lawyers from some thirty-five corporations. The Prosecutors’ Committee anniversary celebration was attended by over 100 prosecutors, attorneys, judges, law students and dignitaries, including the District Attorneys of the Counties of New York, Bronx and Queens. Comptroller John Liu made an appearance to give some remarks in recognition of the APA trailblazers being honored at the event.
The schedule continued to be fully loaded in July, with the announcement of the AABANY Mentorship Program and the AABANY Law Review as well as planning moving forward on the second annual Fall Conference and the 2012 Annual Dinner. AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee together with the Corporate Law Committee presented a program in July on how to set-up a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Student Outreach Committee has been busy, too, putting on resume writing and interview workshops in June and July to help law students hone their job search skills.
Because it is the summer, AABANY did not forget to kick back and enjoy it, with a July Jol (South African slang for “party”) thrown by the Student Outreach Committee and a picnic in Central Park presented by the Young Lawyers Committee and Litigation Committee. AABANY held a summer reception before its July Board meeting, enjoying the views from the terrace of Kenyon & Kenyon’s offices in lower Manhattan. Towards the end of July, AABANY teamed up with the Asian American Arts Alliance for a happy hour in an East Village bar that brought Asian American lawyers and artists out on one of the hottest days of the year to socialize, drink and catch a couple of live performances.
AABANY, its committees and members have enjoyed a highly active spring and summer indeed. Listed below are the major highlights from each of the last three months of the second quarter. Clicking a link will take you to the full-text of the summary.
The month of May began with the New York Law Journal publishing an article entitled “The Asian American Experience” by AABANY President Linda Lin as part of the Law Day edition. President Lin wrote eloquently about the continuing vitality of the rule of law to Asian Americans, a topic appropriate not just for Law Day but for APA Heritage Month.
At the beginning of May, AABANY launched its “Get Connected @ AABANY” campaign to highlight the many ways in which active participation in AABANY helps its members advance professionally and personally. As part of the promotion, AABANY gave away free t-shirts with the “Get Connected @ AABANY” logo for all members that signed up to join AABANY in the month of May. The campaign included a “Get Connected @ AABANY” video on AABANY’s YouTube channel featuring Melerie Shih, AABANY’s Legal Intern, who spoke about how AABANY got her connected with the AABANY Legal Internship Program as she finished up her first year at Cardozo Law School and how her connection with AABANY landed her a summer internship at Hess Corporation’s legal department.
As part of the “Get Connected @ AABANY” program, AABANY created a survey to get feedback from the members and non-members about AABANY’s events and programs and what AABANY can do to be more responsive to the needs of the membership, current and prospective. That survey has been made available on the AABANY website since early May.
At the start of May, AABANY announced the date for its second annual Fall Conference, a full day of CLE programs presented by AABANY and its committees, including a luncheon and a cocktail reception at the end of the day. The date is September 17 and the venue is the New York office of Skadden in Times Square. The Fall Conference Planning Committee has been busy at work with AABANY’s committees to prepare the line-up and schedule.
On May 3, AABANY took part in Community Law Day at Foley Square to educate the public about the law and how they can obtain access to justice and legal assistance through referral services, volunteer attorney programs and other facilities.
Then on May 5, AABANY members, many of them alumni of Binghamton University, attended a program entitled “To Be Seen and Heard: The Emergence of an Asian American Political Voice in New York,” at the SUNY Global Center in midtown Manhattan, featuring a panel discussion about Asian American political engagement and participation in New York. The panel was organized by Executive Director Yang Chen, a Binghamton alum who also chairs the Binghamton University Asian and Asian American Alumni Council. The program was moderated by AABANY co-founder Rocky Chin and included Prof. Lisa Yun, co-founder of the Asian and Asian American Studies program at Binghamton; Margaret Chin, City Council Member; Chung Seto, senior advisor to Comptroller John Liu; State Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who is an AABANY member; and Kevin Kim, City Council candidate in 2009, also an AABANY member. Comptroller Liu appeared at the end of the panel discussion to present closing remarks.
On May 8, AABANY joined KALAGNY and numerous other APA community groups and organizations for an afternoon of music, performances, food, and family fun at the 32nd Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival, also known as the CAPA (Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans) Festival at Union Square.
On May 9, AABANY co-sponsored the Kings County District Attorney’s Office’s APA Heritage Month Celebration at which the Hon. Randall Eng, Appellate Division, Second Department, was among the honorees. The event included a screening of the documentary “Vincent Who?” which was made during the 25th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder and explored the legacy of that event on the Asian American community.
On May 10, AABANY’s Women’s Committee, along with Dewey & LeBoeuf and the Asian American Arts Alliance, presented a Celebration of APA Women Attorneys in the Arts. It featured a lively discussion moderated by Caroline Sun, a former attorney turned painter, with panelists Blossom Kan (writer), Linda Lin (dancer), Clara Ohr (pianist and vocalist) and Samita Sinha (artist, vocalist, composer). After the discussion, Samita gave a vocal performance and Linda Lin, with Shea McMillan, gave a dance performance. During the cocktail reception, a pre-recorded piano performance by Clara Ohr played while a slideshow of Caroline Sun’s paintings was projected.
On May 11, AABANY’s Young Lawyers’ Committee teamed up with AALDEF’s Young Professionals Committee to host a Summer Networking Event at T.G. Whitney’s in Midtown Manhattan’s East Side. The location was changed due to the large response leading up to the event. A raffle was held to benefit AALDEF’s anti-human trafficking program.
On May 12, AABANY’s Judiciary Committee, together with NYCLA, hosted a Celebration of Diversity on the Bench, featuring the APA judges in New York as special invited guests. Judiciary Committee co-chair Vincent Chang welcomed the guests and introduced each of the speakers, starting with Hon. Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge, Supreme Court, New York County, followed by NYCLA President James Kobak, then by AABANY President Linda Lin and concluding with Chief Assistant District Attorney in New York County, Daniel Alonso. Comptroller John Liu also made an appearance to say a few words about the importance of a diverse judiciary and to acknowledge the current APA judges in New York, both those who were able to attend and who could not make it due to scheduling conflicts.
On May 13, Michael Yap, former AABANY Board member and Chief Legal Officer of International Investments, Prudential, received the Corporate Leadership Award at the APALA-NJ Annual Dinner at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. AABANY leaders, including Immediate Past President James Chou, Director Margaret Ling and Executive Director Yang Chen, were in attendance.
On May 16, AABANY, together with SABANY and KALAGNY, presented a Writing Competition Workshop at the offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy to help law students prepare for writing competitions that are required for law review. Among the panelists were Rahul Agarwal, President of SABANY, and Will Wang, AABANY Director and co-chair of AABANY’s Communications Committee.
On May 17, AABANY, represented by Executive Director Yang Chen, appeared at a press conference with seventeen other bar associations at the New York City Bar to announce their support for legislation to recognize same-sex marriage in New York. Also on hand were the Presidents of the New York City Bar Association, Samuel W. Seymour, and the New York State Bar Association, Stephen P. Younger, and the leaders of many other bar groups. A month later, on June 24, the New York State legislature passed the Marriage Equality Act which was signed into law the same day by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, taking effect on July 24.
During the evening on May 17, AABANY’s Solo and Small Firm Committee held their first event of the year, a Kick-off Meeting and Get-together that took place at B Flat in Tribeca. Co-chairs Tim Wong and Pauline Yeung hosted a group of solo and small firm practitioners who took the opportunity to network and talk about their various practices.
On May 18, AABANY’s IP Committee presented the first in their series of workshops on IP Skills. The topic was Trademark Registration, and the speakers were co-chair Karen Lim and Bobby Pierson, a member of the committee. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft played host, and despite the thunderstorms that tore through New York that evening, the conference room where the program took place was filled to capacity.
At the start of May, the New York City Bar Association announced the winners of the Sixth Annual Diversity Champion Award. AABANY congratulated all the recipients: Sheila S. Boston, Chair of the Diversity Committee at Kaye Scholer LLP, S. Jeanine Conley, partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP and President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Vincent T. Chang, partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP and former AABANY President, and Andrew T. Hahn, Sr., partner at Duane Morris LLP and former AABANY and NAPABA President. It was the first time in the history of this award that any Asian Americans were selected, and AABANY came out in force to witness the Diversity Champion Award being presented to two former AABANY Presidents at the awards luncheon. Executive Director Yang Chen introduced Vince Chang and the Hon. Denny Chin introduced Andy Hahn. Videos from the ceremony can be seen on AABANY's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/aabany.
On May 25, AALFNY and AABANY co-sponsored a Spring Reception at Debevoise & Plimpton to recognize the recipients of the AALFNY Community Service Scholarship: Prathiba Desai from CUNY Law School (working for the Somaly Mam Foundation on developing a manual for attorneys to use in assisting sex-trafficking victims in civil litigation) and Sapna Patel from Boston University School of Law, who is working with MFY Legal Services. More than 100 APA law students, judges, associates, partners and in-house counsel attended.
On May 27, AABANY, represented by Executive Director Yang Chen, joined MinKwon and other APA groups for a press conference to announce an Asian American coalition to support re-districting reform as part of the ReShapeNY Campaign led by Citizens Union. Speakers at the press conference noted the growth of the Asian American population in New York and advocated for re-districting reform that will give Asian Americans a greater voice in the political and electoral process.
The Hon. Peter Tom was the invited speaker for the APA Heritage Month Celebration held on June 2 at the offices of the New York City Law Department. Pat Miller, Chair of the Diversity Committee in the Law Department, introduced New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo who in turn introduced Judge Tom. Judge Tom, a trailblazer among Asian American lawyers, was the first Asian American judge elected to the New York State Supreme Court from New York County and was the first Asian American appointed to the Appellate Division. Judge Tom spoke about his distinguished career in the judiciary as well as his stint as a boxer, earning him the distinction of being the first Asian American to win the Golden Gloves Boxing Championship. AABANY and SABANY co-sponsored the event which was attended by APA attorneys in the Law Department from across the city.
CAPABA, the Connecticut NAPABA Affiliate, hosted the Northeast Regional Conference from June 3-4, at the Marriott in Stamford, Connecticut. AABANY members appeared in large numbers, and many were there to perform the Tokyo Rose trial re-enactment to a packed room, led by the Hon. Denny Chin. At lunch, Judge Chin gave the keynote speech, presenting a PowerPoint on his judicial career, his ascent to the Second Circuit and what it has meant for the APA community. During the dinner, Parkin Lee, General Counsel at the Rockefeller Group, gave the keynote speech and shared his lessons gleaned from three decades in practice, from law firm to in-house.
On June 7, the New York City Bar’s Foreign and Comparative Law Committee co-sponsored with AABANY a reception for 46 judges and scholars visiting from China. The event was organized by the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, who has spearheaded similar receptions in the past for Chinese judges. Judge Ling-Cohan also hosts the judges during their month-long stay in New York, educating them about the United States legal system and jurisprudence. AABANY is pleased to have been a co-sponsor of the reception, which was covered by the New York Law Journal and by the Chinese press.
Also on June 7, AABANY took a table as a Silver Sponsor at the KALAGNY Annual Gala, held at the Harvard Club. NY1 Reporter Vivian Lee served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Trailblazer Award Recipient was Prof. Jeannie Suk of Harvard Law School. Also honored was Xerox Corporation Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Don Liu.
On June 10, AABANY took part in the 8th Annual Caren Aronowitz Unity in Diversity Celebration at the New York State Supreme Court Rotunda. Numerous court and bar organizations provided food from the many diverse cultures that make up the fabric of New York. Personnel at the courthouse and members of the surrounding community got to sample the fare, enjoy a slideshow recognizing diversity within the court and hear music from the different cultures represented at the event. Thanks to AABANY Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee co-chair Tim Wong for procuring the food. Thanks also to the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan’s interns for volunteering at the AABANY table.
On June 16, AABANY co-sponsored with the Network of Bar Leaders a CLE program on the Disciplinary Process and How to Defend Against a Disciplinary Complaint. The Network of Bar Leaders is a consortium of nearly fifty bar groups in New York, including many diverse and specialty bars. AABANY, a member of the Network of Bar Leaders, has regularly worked with it to be the CLE provider for programs that they seek to organize, and AABANY looks forward to continuing to work with the Network of Bar Leaders in the future.
On June 21, the Government and Public Sector Committee along with the Real Estate Committee presented a financial planning workshop for attorneys working in the government and public sector. Richard Tsai, co-chair of the Government and Public Sector Committee, moderated a panel that included Nancy Zahzam, Director of Financial Aid at Brooklyn Law School, who spoke about recent Federal legislation that provides for loan forgiveness on Federal student loans; Jimmy Quan, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor, who spoke about saving, investing and general financial planning; and Chau Huynh, Private Mortgage Banker, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, who spoke about buying a home. The panel was highly informative and useful. Both Richard Tsai as moderator and the audience posed challenging questions to the panel. Thanks to all who attended and thanks to Wells Fargo for providing the space and the light refreshments.
On June 23, the In-House Counsel and Corporate Law Committees held the Fourth Annual Wine-Tasting and Networking Reception for In-House Counsel and Law Firm Attorneys at the Aicon Gallery. This perennial event drew nearly 100 attendees, representing more than thirty-five corporations and organizations, including the following in-house counsel: Alan Chang, New York Yankees; Vernon Chu, BBC Worldwide Americas; Irshad Karim, Autonomy Capital; John Kim, Macquarie Funds Group; Michael Korniczky, Graham Packaging Company; Carol Lee, Taconic Capital Advisors; Parkin Lee, Rockefeller Group; Bobby Liu, MD Sass Investors Services; Don Liu, Xerox Corporation; and Thomas Sharpe, Natixis North America. Katy Choo, Chief Investigative and Anti-Corruption Counsel at General Electric, addressed the audience, speaking about her path from Davis Polk to the United States Attorneys’ office to General Electric, the growing ranks of Asian Americans in the profession and the importance of diversity. AABANY thanks the event sponsors: Bingham, Constantine Cannon, Duane Morris, Haynes Boone, Kobre & Kim, Mayer Brown, Quinn Emanuel and Reed Smith. AABANY also thanks Veritas Ridge Winery for providing the wine.
On June 28, many law students from area law schools and beyond (including Boston and Chicago) descended on New York Law School for the 11th Hour Resume Review Workshop organized by AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee. Co-chair Ben Chan presented basic tips for resume-writing and distributed a handout that included sample resumes and a long list of action words that can help strengthen descriptions of work and other experience. After the presentation, Ben and co-chair Liza Sohn matched students with practicing attorneys who volunteered their time to provide one-on-one advice on the students’ resumes
The AABANY Prosecutors’ Committee held their third anniversary celebration on June 30. Prosecutors from the Bronx, New York, Queens, Kings, Richmond and Nassau counties came out to celebrate at the New York County Lawyers’ Association building. The Prosecutors’ Committee honored three Asian American trailblazers: the Hon. Randall Eng, Appellate Division, Second Department, and the first Asian American ADA in New York; Hugh Mo, Law Firm of Hugh H. Mo, P.C. and the first Asian American ADA in Manhattan; and John Flock, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon, and the first Executive ADA in the Bronx DA’s office. Prosecutors’ Committee co-chairs James Lin and Cristina Park made opening remarks and served as Masters of Ceremonies. Catherine Christian, Executive ADA in the Special Narcotics Prosecutors Office and past president of NYCLA made welcoming remarks on behalf of NYCLA, which co-sponsored the event. Comptroller John Liu made a special appearance to recognize and acknowledge all the honorees. District Attorney of Queens County, Richard Brown, District Attorney of Bronx County, Robert Johnson, and District Attorney of New York County, Cyrus Vance, each offered their congratulations to the honorees and the Prosecutors’ Committee. Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Richmond County Executive ADA Tim Koller extended their congratulations to the honorees and the Prosecutors’ Committee. AABANY President Linda Lin was on hand to offer congratulatory remarks. Each of the honorees was then introduced and each gave a short acceptance speech. Kin Ng, Executive at the Kings County District Attorneys’ Office, provided the closing remarks. Many judges, including Judge Denny Chin, Judge Marilyn Go and Judge Doris Ling-Cohan, attended the event. Numerous AABANY members, law students and the honorees’ family and friends also attended. Thanks to the Prosecutors’ Committee for organizing such a successful and well-attended anniversary celebration.
July began on a sad note with news of the passing of the Hon. Oymin Chin. She had been a Housing Court judge since 1998 and died on July 1 at the age of 57. AABANY honored the request of Judge Chin’s family to make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
In July, AABANY announced the launch of its Mentorship Program. Law students and young lawyers have frequently asked how they can find mentors so AABANY has begun taking applications from mentees and mentors. The distinguishing feature of the AABANY program is the matching of candidates not just by professional interest areas but by hobbies and personal interests in the hopes of developing a stronger bond between mentor and mentee, to connect not just on a professional level. The plan is to have the mentors and mentees meet face-to-face during the cocktail reception at the Fall Conference.
In July, AABANY also announced its plans to launch its first law journal, The AABANY Law Review. The journal is intended to provide comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation of concern to the AABANY community. The journal is currently being staffed and the goal is to publish the first issue in early 2012.
On July 7, the AABANY Student Outreach Committee gathered together more than forty law students and attorneys at the Public House in Midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station for the July Jol. Jol is South African slang for “party” and the law students from area law schools, including Brooklyn, Hofstra, New York Law, Fordham, Cardozo and NYU, sure seemed to be in a partying mood. Ben Chan, Student Outreach Committee co-chair greeted the attendees and Ferris Kim from Brooklyn Law School helped make everyone feel welcome. AABANY President Linda Lin and Past President Chris Chan joined the Jol, as did President-elect Jean Lee, Recording Secretary, Young Lawyers’ Committee and Communications Committee co-chair Will Ng, Prosecutors' Committee co-chair Jim Lin and AABANY Director Clara Ohr.
On July 11, AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and Corporate Law Committee presented a CLE program entitled “Changing the World One Charity at a Time: Setting up a Non-Profit: Considerations and Alternatives.” It was held at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. Pro Bono Committee co-chair Tony Lu served as moderator. On the panel were Elizabeth Perez from the Lawyers Alliance of New York, Karen Wu from Perlman & Perlman (and co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee) and Jean Tom from Patterson Belknap. Nearly forty attendees filled the conference room, many of whom were not attorneys but were interested in learning about the legalities and considerations behind forming non-profit corporations. The highly engaged audience challenged the panelists with pointed and insightful questions.
On July 12, the AABANY Board held their July Board meeting, and in keeping with tradition, it was held at the offices of Kenyon & Kenyon through the good graces of partner John Flock, a past President of AABANY. For the last few years, AABANY members were invited to enjoy the views of New York Harbor from the 11th floor terrace of Kenyon & Kenyon’s offices in lower Manhattan during a cocktail reception that immediately preceded the Board meeting. We also took the opportunity to invite anyone interested in becoming active in AABANY’s Issues Committee to sign up and let Joe Gim, the Committee Chair, know of their interest. The interns who were part of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program also joined the party because their stipend checks were being presented during the reception. We enjoyed quite a healthy turnout and many of the guests decided to stay on for the Board meeting immediately after the reception.
On July 14, AABANY’s Annual Dinner Committee, chaired by President-elect Jean Lee, met for the first time to begin planning the 2012 Annual Dinner. Next year’s dinner will again be held at Cipriani Wall Street and is scheduled for February 29.
For the last few years, AABANY’s Young Lawyers Committee and Litigation Committee have organized a picnic in Central Park, and this year’s picnic took place on Saturday, July 16 at Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, right by the Delacorte Theater, the location of Shakespeare in the Park. Many members came with family and friends to enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon in Central Park. We have become so accustomed to seeing each other in business attire that some of us had to a double-take to recognize our friends and colleagues in summer casual wear.
On July 18, President Linda Lin sent a letter on behalf of AABANY to the 2011 Commission on Judicial Compensation addressed to Commission Chair William C. Thompson, Jr., urging an immediate pay increase for New York State court judges to an annual salary range of $190,000 to $196,000, together with future indexed cost-of-living adjustments. AABANY’s position was echoed by other bar associations, including NYCLA and NYSBA, and continued AABANY’s long tradition of supporting judicial pay increases for New York’s judiciary.
Tuesday, July 19, was a busy day, starting out with a morning CLE program, organized by AABANY Director Margaret Ling and Chair of the Real Estate Committee, on short sales, REOs and foreclosures in New York. The well-attended program was co-sponsored by AABANY with Chase, the Asian Real Estate Association of America – Metro NYC chapter, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals – NY Chapter, and Landstar Title Agency (where Margaret is Vice President and Counsel).
Later on July 19, AABANY co-sponsored with the Diversity Committee of the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the National Black Prosecutors Association a Citywide Summer Intern Diversity Reception. It was held on a sweltering New York summer afternoon on the Rooftop of the Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan but no one seemed to be bothered by the heat, as attorneys and summer interns enjoyed each other’s company over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
While the reception continued on into the evening, AABANY’s Litigation Committee held a meeting at which the Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, was the special invited speaker. Judge Matsumoto spoke with the attendees about their experiences as litigators in Federal court and took questions about how the courts could be more responsive and helpful to them as they litigated their matters. It was a rare opportunity for Litigation Committee members to interact directly with a sitting Federal judge. AABANY is grateful to Kobre & Kim for hosting the meeting at its offices in Midtown Manhattan. Thanks to co-chairs Tristan Loanzon and Will Wang for organizing the meeting.
On July 20, the Student Outreach Committee, co-chaired by Ben Chan and Liza Sohn, continued their programming to help students sharpen their job search skills, this time with a workshop on interviewing. The Mock Interview Workshop featured a panel discussion with Sylvia Chin, partner at White & Case, the Hon. Marilyn Go, United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York, and Lily Lu, partner at Arnold & Porter. Nearly forty law students got the chance to speak one-on-one with more than twenty lawyers to get pointers and tips on their interview techniques. We hope that the workshop prepared the law students for their upcoming interviews on- and off-campus. Thanks to Sylvia and White & Case for hosting the event.
On July 21, AABANY partnered again with the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4), this time for a happy hour at Angels and Kings, a bar in the East Village. Approximately 60 artists and lawyers filled the place, and the event included live performances by members of a4. The evening was organized on a4’s side by Executive Director Andrea Louie and her staff, and on AABANY’s side by Liza Sohn. To their credit, everyone seemed to be having a good time and there is already talk of similar future collaborations between a4 and AABANY.
AABANY has had a very active spring and summer, with the balance of the summer likely to be devoted to planning the Fall Conference. While that is happening, AABANY’s Mentorship Program, AABANY Law Review and the Annual Dinner will also be worked on. AABANY looks forward to an eventful and exciting few months ahead.