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Recent Events 4th Quarter 2011

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Recent Events - Fourth Quarter 2011

AABANY Quarterly Report for November 2011 through January 2012

In the last quarter of 2011, heading into 2012, AABANY led off with a strong showing at the NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Heading into the holidays, AABANY saw Rosemary Yu, a prominent member of AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee, being appointed Co-Director of the Immigrant Affairs Program at the New York County District Attorneys’ Office. Also, Vincent Chang sat on a New York County Lawyers’ Association panel on the impact of budget cuts on the Federal judiciary. AABANY joined other bar associations in a press release denouncing unfair criticism directed at a Criminal Court judge in the wake of a tragic shooting death of a police officer by an alleged perpetrator who was released by her. In January, AABANY co-sponsored with Wells Fargo a financial workshop for young lawyers and small firms. AABANY also enjoyed a theater outing to see David Henry Hwang’s latest play Chinglish. AABANY remained active into the final quarter of the year, as detailed below. Clicking a link will take you to the full-text of the summary.

November

St. John's APALSA and AABANY SOC "Networking 101"
Get Connected @AABANY
NAPABA 23rd Annual Convention
Commercial Condos and Co-ops

December

Rosemary Yu appointment with NYC DA's Office
Vincent Chang addresses NYCLA Panel
AABANY Annual Holiday Party
Community Workshops at ISACC
Vinoo Varghese quoted in Metro New York
Joint Bar Holiday Party
Bar Associations Press Release: Hon. Evelyn LaPorte

January

Financial Services for Young Lawyers and Small Firms
Demystifying Judicial Screening Panels
Night at the Theater with AABANY

November

St. John's APALSA and AABANY SOC "Networking 101"

On November 12, St. John’s APALSA together with AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee presented Networking 101, an interactive workshop for law students. Chris Chan, past AABANY president, led the workshop, attended by students from St. John’s, CUNY, Hofstra and Touro. Student Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Ben Chan and Liza Sohn attended, along with AABANY members Stephen Kim, Lucian Chen and Executive Director Yang Chen.

Get Connected @AABANY

Next in the “Get Connected @ AABANY” videos was Connie Yik Kong, first year associate at Grimaldi & Yeung, who graduated from Boston University School of Law and got her current position through AABANY. She works with AABANY Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee Co-Chair Pauline Yeung-Ha, partner at Grimaldi & Yeung.

NAPABA 23rd Annual Convention

AABANY was well-represented at NAPABA’s 23rd Annual National Convention: Sustainability, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Omni CNN Center from November 17 through 20. Judge Denny Chin, past AABANY President, was the keynote speaker at the installation banquet and he shared his experiences from his fifteen years on the bench as a United States District Court Judge. NAPABA presented its Best Under 40 award recipients, where AABANY was represented by Director Bobby Liu, General Counsel at MD Sass, and Pauline Yeung-Ha, Co-Chair Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee and partner at Grimaldi & Yeung. Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox and AABANY member, was honored with NAPABA’s prestigious Trailblazer Award.

As a luncheon speaker at the Bar Leadership Institute held on the first day of the NAPABA Convention, AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen spoke about AABANY’s experience as the first affiliate with a full-time executive director. Also at the Convention, Judge Chin led the AABANY re-enactment team in a program entitled “Race, Color and Citizenship: Ozawa and Thind,” which re-created cases in which the Supreme Court upheld the denial of naturalization to two Asian Americans on the basis of race. The cast was comprised of AABANY members and directors: Vincent Chang, Yang Chen, Francis Chin, Lauren Lee, Susan Moon, Esther Nguonly, Liza Sohn, Vinoo Varghese, Jessica Wong and Michael Yap. Several AABANY members appeared as panelists in various CLE programs during the Convention, including Sylvia Fung Chin, John Flock, Parkin Lee, and Hon. Doris Ling Cohan.

At the Convention, New York State Supreme Court Justice, the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, was elected President of the NAPABA Judicial Council. Formed in 1996, the Judicial Council consists of APA judges and judicial officers, active and retired. The group seeks to encourage judicial service by APA attorneys across the country. As President, Judge Ling-Cohan will continue to advance the Council’s mission.
Jane Chuang, AABANY IP Committee Co-Chair, and her partner Michael Yim (also an AABANY member) were mentioned in a Nov. 23 New York Times article about young lawyers taking the path of starting their own law firms rather than following the traditional law firm route.

Commercial Condos and Co-ops

On November 30, AABANY Board member and Real Estate Committee Chair Margaret Ling spoke as a panelist on a program on commercial condos and co-ops presented by the New York Business Development Corporation and Winoker Realty Company. Margaret spoke on EB-5 visas and the importance of title insurance for commercial condos and co-ops. AABANY was a proud co-sponsor of the program.

December

Rosemary Yu appointment with NYC DA's Office

The New York County District Attorney’s office named ADA Rosemary Yu, one of the founding members of AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee, as a Co-Director of the Immigrant Affairs Program. She will help the New York County District Attorney’s office in its efforts to fight immigration fraud and protect the rights of New York’s immigrant communities.

Vincent Chang addresses NYCLA Panel

Vincent Chang sat on a New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) panel at a public hearing on December 2 that addressed the impact of present and future budget cuts on the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the SDNY and Chief Judge Carol Amon of the EDNY testified about the effect that budget cuts would have on public safety and the administration of justice.

AABANY Annual Holiday Party

On December 9, many AABANY members and friends gathered at Pranna for AABANY’s Annual Holiday Party. They shared some holiday cheer over drinks and a delicious spread that included satays, beef sliders, lamb sliders, popcorn shrimp, edamame falafel and sweet potato fries.

Community Workshops at ISACC

On Saturday, December 10, AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee presented two community workshops at the Indochina Sino-American Community Center (ISACC) in Chinatown. Kings County ADA Kin Ng and elder law attorney Pauline Yeung-Ha, partner at Grimaldi & Yeung, spoke about financial abuse of seniors. Nelson Mar, senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC, spoke about the educational rights of immigrant children in public schools. Peter Cheng, Executive Director of ISACC, and his staff provided translation services. Tony Lu and Karen Wu, co-chairs of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, organized the program.

Vinoo Varghese quoted in Metro New York

Vinoo Varghese, AABANY Director and criminal defense attorney, was quoted in a front page article in the December 13 edition of Metro New York on the difficulty of obtaining extradition as a possible cause for the tragic shooting death of Police Officer Peter Figoski.

Joint Bar Holiday Party

On December 17, AABANY joined the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Association of Ghanaian Lawyers of America, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, Dominican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association-New York Region, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, and Nigerian Lawyers Bar Association for the Joint Bar Holiday Party held at Brooklyn Terrace. In addition to a cash bar, a live DJ, and a lively crowd, toys were collected at the party to donate to the Bronx YMCA.

Bar Associations Press Release: Hon. Evelyn LaPorte

On December 20, AABANY joined other diverse bar associations in a press release responding to public statements made about Hon. Evelyn LaPorte. Judge LaPorte was criticized for her handling of the arraignment of Lamont Pride in November 2011. Pride was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski. The other bar associations that signed the press release are: Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Nigerian Lawyers Association, South Asian Bar Association and Association of Black Women Attorneys. New York State Senator Eric Adams, of the 20th Senatorial District, in Brooklyn, NY also signed the press release.

January

Financial Services for Young Lawyers and Small Firms

On January 11, the Real Estate, Solo and Small Firm Practice, and Young Lawyers Committees of AABANY organized a panel discussion, moderated by Margaret Ling, AABANY Director, on financial services for young lawyers and small firms. The panel included a team of Wells Fargo private bankers, business specialists, and financial advisors, who provided advice on how young attorneys could start or expand their law firms.

Demystifying Judicial Screening Panels

On January 19, past President and current co-chair of the Judiciary Committee James Chou spoke on a panel at the New York City Bar entitled “Demystifying Judicial Screening Panels: How You Can Actively Participate in the Judicial Screening Process.” AABANY was a co-sponsor along with Association of Black Women Attorneys, Dominican Bar Association, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, New York City Bar Association’s Committee to Encourage Judicial Service, Minorities in the Courts Committee and Minorities in the Profession Committee, New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association Task Force on Judicial Selection, Nigerian Lawyers Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, and South Asian Bar Association of New York.

Night at the Theater with AABANY

On January 20, AABANY organized a theater outing to see David Henry Hwang’s latest play, Chinglish, about the perils and misadventures (often hilarious) of doing business in China when dealing with language and cultural barriers. Attendees not only got to enjoy a wonderful show; they got to network before the show with members of the New York chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and enjoyed a post-show hangout with the cast at a bar right next to the theater.