The Asian American Bar Association of New York
Recent Events - Third Quarter 2011
AABANY Quarterly Report for August 2011 through October 2011
August was a busy month for AABANY. Thanks to hard work of Communications Committee, AABANY officially launched We Blog@AABANY. AABANY is now fully equipped with new social media - Facebook, twitter, linkedin, and blog - to better engage with its members. Also, AABANY took a part in helping the Asian American community in New York by joining ACCORD to be heard on redistricting issue. AABANY co-sponsored number of events including the first Minority Law Student Conference Day and the Asian American International Film Festival. As summer drew to a close, AABANY made sure to celebrate by holding its End of Summer Happy Hour at Roam where many Board members, committee chairs, members and prospective members socialized and mingled.
AABANY had one of its biggest events of the year in September: the Second Annual Fall Conference. It was a great success with more than 210 attendees. At the Conference, President Linda Lin announced the launch of the AABANY Law Review and introduced its first Editor-in-Chief Jen Yue Connor Yim. Also, AABANY officially kicked off its inaugural Mentorship Program during the cocktail reception following the Fall Conference, at which some mentors and mentees met for the first time. In September, AABANY served with other minority bar associations to carry out the important work of screening judicial candidates to fill state court vacancies. Also, AABANY testified at a redistricting hearing in Queens held by the state legislative commission on redistricting. In September, AABANY's basketball team showed that its members are not only great lawyers, but are also talented athletes by winning its division in an Asian recreational league, Fastbreak NYC.
The schedule continued to be packed in October, starting with AABANY co-sponsoring with the Network of Bar Leaders and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association a CLE program on Attorneys‘ Liens and Legal Fee Enforcement . Also, AABANY received great news from its distinguished members. Michael Yap, past Board member, was honored at the Rutgers Law School Mela, Peggy Kuo was featured on the PBS series on "Women, War and Peace" and Pauline Yeung-Ha was recognized as Super Lawyer Rising Star and New York Magazine‘s Best Lawyer.
Also, the Student Outreach Committee had been busy throughout the fall, reaching law students in the Greater New York area via AABANY‘s law school roadshows and holding Chris Chan‘s exam writing workshops.
Listed below are the major highlights from each of the last three months of the third quarter.
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“Get Connected @ AABANY” and WE Blog @ AABANY
In August, AABANY officially launched the AABANY Blog, We Blog@AABANY, to provide another outlet for outreach to our members and the general public. We hope to engage our readers by posting not only announcements but also content that would be useful and interesting to attorneys, and APA attorney in particular. The blog postings also go out on our Twitter feed, LinkedIn group and Facebook page so if members are signed on to those services, they will get updates in real time.
"Get Connected@AABANY" campaign continued in August on AABANY‘s YouTube channel by featuring Tristan Loanzon, our long-time member and co-chair of the Litigation Committee, who shared how he got connected @ AABANY. Also, to learn what members think of AABANY's programs and what else members think AABANY should be working on, AABANY continued its "Get Connected" on-line survey.
AABANY Joined ACCORD, Asian American Coalition on Redistricting
AABANY joined ACCORD, Asian American Community Coalition for Redistricting and Democracy, to participate with other Asian American community groups, including MinKwon Center for Community Action and AALDEF to be heard on redistricting as it impacts the Asian American community in New York.
AABANY Co-sponsored First Minority Law Student Conference Day
On August 3, the New York State Bar Association‘s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion presented the first Minority Law Student Conference Day. AABANY was one of the minority bar leader sponsors which also included: Association of Black Women Attorneys, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, Dominican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGal), Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Muslim Bar Association of New York, New York Women‘s Bar Association, Nigerian Lawyers Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of New York and the Westchester Black Bar Association.
The conference took place at Fordham Law School from 10 am to 3 pm. It included programs on what law students can do with their law degree, in law and outside of it, resume writing and interviewing skills and dressing for success.
Theo Cheng Spoke at Seminar: Digital Distribution of Film and Television
On August 11, NAPABA‘s Entertainment Law Committee together with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) presented a seminar on how to distribute your completed film via digital distribution channels such as on-line streaming and video-on-demand. Among the panelists was Theo Cheng, current co-chair of AABANY‘s Judiciary Committee and an active member of the Intellectual Property Committee.
AABANY Co-sponsored “The Learning” at AAIFF
AABANY was one of the Community Partners for the screening of the documentary ?The Learning? at the Asian American International Film Festival, now in its 34th year. The film is about four Filipino women who leave their families and homes behind to teach in the inner city schools of Baltimore.
AABANY End of Summer Happy Hour
On August 31, AABANY held its End of Summer Happy Hour at Roam. We had the entire place to ourselves, and we filled it with many Board members, committee chairs, members and prospective members, who met, mingled and caught up in an informal and fun setting.
Joint Minority Bar Screening Panel
AABANY, together with representatives from the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, Dominican Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of New York, interviewed judicial candidates for Civil Court and Supreme Court in Kings County and New York County and issued ratings for each candidate that appeared before the panel. AABANY was privileged to serve with the other minority bar associations to carry out the important work of this screening panel.
AABANY Testified at Redistricting Hearing in Queens
On Sep. 7, AABANY testified at a public hearing held in Queens by LATFOR, the New York State legislative commission on redstricting. The participation of many Asian American community groups, including AABANY as a member of ACCORD, was reported in the Sep. 8 edition of Epoch Times, along with other Asian press and NY1, a prominent cable news channel focusing on New York City news.
MinKwon Citizenship Clinic
On September 17, AABANY participated in the MinKwon Citizenship Clinic. It was a great opportunity for AABANY attorneys to give back to the Asian American community members in Queens by providing basic legal consultation and application assistance for Citizenship Application.
Annual Fall Conference 2011: Diversify
On September 17, AABANY held a successful Second Annual Fall Conference at Skadden. The event was a great success with more than 210 attendees throughout the day. AABANY‘s many committees contributed 15 programs, providing CLE credits in various areas, including ethics.
During the luncheon, Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, delivered inspiring and compelling remarks covering a wide range of subjects from Asian American attorneys to attorneys in China and the struggles and challenges that both have faced and continue to face. At the end of the luncheon, President Linda Lin announced the launch of the AABANY Law Review and introduced its first Editor-in-Chief Jen Yue Connor Yim. After the end of a long day, many of the attendees stayed for the cocktail reception. During the reception, James Hong, Civic Participation Coordinator at MinKwon Center, spoke about the work that MinKwon has been doing to mobilize the Asian American community in New York to engage in the re-districting process. MinKwon is the lead organization behind ACCORD (Asian American Community Coalition on Redistricting and Democracy) of which AABANY is a member. Also during the cocktail reception, AABANY officially kicked off its inaugural Mentorship Program, with Julie Kwon, Mentorship Program Coordinator, introducing the program and inviting the first class of AABANY mentors and mentees to meet each other in person for the first time.
Executive Director Spoke on Diversity at Two Separate Programs
Executive Director Yang Chen spoke on the state of diversity in the legal profession in New York at Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) Symposium at Skadden on September 20.
Executive Director Yang Chen spoke in the opening panel of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals Fall Conference held at White & Case on September 27 on targeted initiatives to promote diversity in law departments and law firms.
AABANY Basketball Team Won its Division in Asian Recreational League FastbreakNYC
AABANY basketball team, formed by Communications Committee co-chairs Will Wang and Will Ng, won its division in Asian recreational league FastbreakNYC.
Michael Yap Honored at the Rutgers APALSA Mela
On October 6, Michael Yap, past Board member of AABANY and Chief Legal Officer of Prudential‘s International Investments business, was honored at the Rutgers APALSA‘s Mela, a dinner to celebrate Asian American Achievements in the legal profession.
Peggy Kuo Featured on PBS Series on “Women, War and Peace”
AABANY member and 2010 honoree Peggy Kuo was featured extensively in the first episode of the five-part PBS series "Women, War & Peace" talking about the groundbreaking work she did as a prosecutor in the Hague War Crimes Tribunal that brought to justice the soldiers in the war in the former Yugoslavia that used rape on a massive scale as a weapon.
AABANY Co-sponsored CLE Program on Attorneys’ Liens and Legal Fees Enforcement
On October 4, AABANY co-sponsored with the Network of Bar Leaders and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association a free CLE program on Attorneys' Liens and Legal Fee Enforcement. It was a well-attended program that offered 2.0 CLE credits in ethics.
AABANY Co-sponsored Program on Leadership Development for Minority Attorneys
On October 12, the New York City Bar Committee on Minorities in the Profession presented a seminar entitled: "Minority Attorneys: You‘re An Up and Coming Talent - Be More, Do More and Discover More By Reaching For The Leader Within You." AABANY co-sponsored this free event, and past AABANY President and 2011 City Bar Diversity Champion Award recipient Vincent Chang was among the panelists.
AABANY and IAC Co-hosted Fall Networking Event at Slate
On October 20, AABANY Student Outreach Committee, Young Lawyers Committee, and Inter-APALSA Council (IAC) hosted a successful and well-attended networking events where attorneys, law students, and APALSA organizations from across the metro NYC area met.
Chris Chan Exam Writing Workshops
On October 21, AABANY‘s Student Outreach Committee launched the Fall 2011 exam writing workshops presented by past AABANY President Chris Chan. The program provided students from Hofstra, St. John‘s and Touro law schools with tips and techniques to excel in law school exams.
AABANY and MinKwon Center Co-sponsored a Free Legal Clinic
On October 29, AABANY and MinKwon Center co-sponsored a free legal clinic for the Asian American community. Held in MinKwon‘s offices in Flushing, Queens, members of the Asian American were invited to walk-in to receive free legal advice in various areas, including immigration, housing, foreclosure and labor.
AABANY Visited Law Schools with its Roadshow
Throughout the fall, AABANY, through the Student Outreach Committee, visited New York area law schools for the Law School Roadshow, reaching New York Law School, Brooklyn, NYU Law School, St. John‘s and Hofstra. On October 29, AABANY tooks its show up to Syracuse Law School, where students from Syracuse and University of Buffalo law schools got to meet with and learn from lawyers from New York City and Syracuse.
AABANY Leaders’ Speaking Engagements
During the month of October, AABANY leaders were invited to speak at various bar association programs. The speaking engagements started with Vinoo Varghese, AABANY Board member, moderating a CLE program on Accounting for Lawyer at NYCLA in October 11. On October 12, past Prosecutors‘ Committee Chair Kin Ng, spoke at NYCLA‘s public forum on Multi-Lingual Lawyering. On same day, past President Vincent Chang, spoke at the NY City Bar‘s "You‘re an Up and Coming Talent: Be More and Discover More by Reaching for the Leader within You." On October 13, Executive Director, Yang Chen, spoke at the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders Fall 2011 Workshop: "Leading Lawyers," in the program on "Social Networking Part IV - Digging Deeper." Lastly, on October 19, Solo and Small Firm Committee Co-Chair Pauline Yeung-Ha spoke at NYSBA Trust and Estate Law Section Diversity Committee‘s program "Breaking it Down: the Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Administration." Pauline spoke on "How to Administer the Estate."
Pauline Yeung-Ha Recognized as Super Lawyer Rising Star and New York Magazine’s Best Lawyer
Pauline Yeung-Ha, partner at Grimaldi & Yeung, was recognized as Super Lawyer Rising Star 2011 (the only elder law attorney to receive this recognition in NY) and New York Magazine‘s Best Lawyer 2012.