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Recent Events 1st Quarter 2012

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Recent Events - First Quarter 2012

AABANY Quarterly Report for February through May 15 2012

In the First Quarter of 2012, heading into the Second Quarter of 2012, AABANY ________________________, as detailed below. Clicking a link will take you to the full-text of the summary.

February

AABANY 2012 Officers and Directors Take Office
AABANY Co-Sponsored Events
AABANY Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street

March

Read the New Issue of the AABANY Advocate
AABANY Co-Sponsors Pathways to the Bench
Property Outlaws Lecture and Book Signing
Understanding the First Time Home Buyer
Tsui Yee at LeGaL Immigration Law CLE

April

AABANY Teams with the NYCLA Asia Practice Committee
AABANY in the News: Nelson Mar, Helen Wan
Chinese Judges Visit SDNY
Preventing Immigration Service Fraud
MinKwon-AABANY Citizenship Day

May 1-15

Mentor-Mentee Happy Hour
Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY 

February

AABANY 2012 Officers and Directors Take Office

Effective February 1, 2012, AABANY's 2012 Officers and Directors started their terms. Led by President Jean Lee, the first Korean-American woman to serve as AABANY's President, AABANY's Board includes President-elect - Mike Huang, Treasurer - Clara Ohr, Membership Secretary - Judy Kim, Recording Secretary - Jane Chuang. Serving two-year terms as Directors are Robert Leung, Karen Lim, William Ng, Dev Sen, Vinoo Varghese and James Yu.

AABANY Co-Sponsored Events

AABANY partnered with fellow bar associations and other professional organizations to present many informative programs, including  What Transactional Attorneys Need to Know about Financial Statements (with KALAGNY and Herrick Feinstein), a Job Hunting Seminar at NYU Law School (with NYCLA), Short Sales and Title Insurance/Basic Foreclosure Procedure/Foreclosure Defenses in New York at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, (with Chase, The Asian Real Estate Association of America, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Snitkin and Vital LLP and First American Title Insurance Company).

Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street

AABANY’s 23rd Annual Dinner was held on February 29, 2012.  For the second consecutive year it took place at Cipriani Wall Street.  We had over 600 attendees, including members and friends from all across the legal spectrum: attorneys in private practice, from firms large and small, global and local; judges; prosecutors; in-house counsel; and law students.  AABANY was privileged to be joined by representatives of elected officials, Federal, State and local, along with bar leaders from the New York State Bar Association, KALAGNY, SABANY, MuBANY, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Network of Bar Leaders, friends from AALDEF, MinKwon Center and the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4).

AABANY's 2012 Honorees were Saru Jayaraman, recipient of our Emerging Leader Award; Sam Reeves, recipient of our Diversity Leadership Award; and Susan Blount, recipient of our Corporate Counsel Leadership Award.  Susan presented a wonderful keynote speech.

MVP Award recipient Ben “the Asian Sensation” Chan and MC Obaid Kadwani kept the atmosphere lively.  Corky Lee and Steven Wu shot photos all through the dinner.  

March

Read the New Issue of the AABANY Advocate

At the beginning of March AABANY released the Winter 2012 Issue of AABANY's newsletter, The Advocate.

AABANY Co-Sponsors Pathways to the Bench

On March 8 the New York City Bar presented a program on "Pathway to the Bench," co-sponsored by AABANY. Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan and Hon. Jeffrey Oing spoke on the panel, discussing how they got to the bench and offering advice on how those with similar aspirations can get there. A reception followed at which the attendees got to speak with panel members one-on-one. AABANY has an active Judiciary Committee that works on issues pertaining to the judiciary and provides assistance to those interested in ascending to the bench. If you would like to learn more about the Judiciary Committee, contact the co-chairs, Vincent Chang, Theo Cheng and James Chou at judiciary-chairs@aabany.org.

Property Outlaws: Lecture and Book Signing

AABANY's Intellectual Property and Student Outreach Committees co-sponsored with the Fordham Media and Entertainment Law Society to present a lecture and book signing event on March 21 for the book Property Outlaws, co-authored by Prof. Sonia K. Katyal.

Understanding the First Time Home Buyer

AABANY's Real Estate Committee presented a CLE on "Understanding the First Time Home Buyer," on March 28 at the Brooklyn offices of Asian Americans For Equality.

Tsui Yee at LeGaL Immigration Law CLE

Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Tsui Yee was a panelist on LeGaL's Immigration Law Overview CLE, a two-part program taking place on March 21 and April 18.

April

AABANY Teams with the NYCLA Asia Practice Committee

AABANY co-sponsored two exciting events being presented by the Asia Practice Committee of NYCLA, the US-Asia Lawyer Cooperation Forum and US-China Capital Market Forum.

AABANY in the News: Nelson Mar, Helen Wan

Whenever we learn about an AABANY member or friend of AABANY appearing in the news, we post that on the "In the News" section of the website.  The most recent includes Legal Services NYC-Bronx attorney and AABANY member Nelson Mar being mentioned in a New York Times article about public school students with mental health issues being sent unnecessarily to hospital emergency rooms.  Also, Time Warner in-house counsel and AABANY Women's Committee member Helen Wan made the news when the announcements about her forthcoming novel, The Firm Outing, was announced.  To read about these stories, go to the AABANY In the News section at bit.ly/In_the_News.  To see earlier postings, go to the archive at bit.ly/In_the_NewsArchive.

Chinese Judges Visit SDNY

On Wednesday, April 11, AABANY organized a visit by a delegation of judges from China hosted by Internews, “an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.”  The meeting took place in a courtroom at the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.  Hon. Denny Chin gave a presentation about his experience handling high profile cases.  Also on hand to greet the Chinese judges were Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto and Hon. Marilyn Go from the Eastern District of New York.  The Chinese judges were also interested to hear about how courts handled cyber-bullying cases.  Joanne Li and Jim Lin (Co-Chair, Prosecutors Committee) from the New York County District Attorneys’ office were on hand to give that presentation.  Joanne works in DANY’s Cyber-Crime and Identity Theft Unit. Jane Chuang, AABANY Recording Secretary and Co-Chair of the IP Committee, coordinated the meeting.

Volunteer for MinKwon-AABANY Citizenship Day

Once again, AABANY joined forces with MinKwon to present Citizenship Day for the Asian American community.  Volunteer attorneys assisted members of the Asian American community with basic questions about applying for US citizenship.

Preventing Immigration Service Fraud

AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Committee, working with the New York County District Attorney's Office Immigrant Affairs Program, presented a community workshop on Immigration Service Fraud Prevention on April 22 at St. Patrick's Youth Center in downtown Manhattan.  The event was open to the community, to provide information on how to spot and avoid immigration service fraud and what to do if you fall victim to it.  Chinese translation was provided. 

 

May 1-15

Mentor-Mentee Happy Hour

On Tuesday night, May 2, AABANY held a Mentor-Mentee Happy Hour at Pranna Lounge. Many current and prospective mentors and mentees met, mingled and caught up over food and drink. We counted many interesting people in the room, including Roslyn Tom, a partner at Baker & McKenzie who was once the first woman at a Japanese securities firm, Don Liu, General Counsel at Xerox who was an avid disco dancer in his high school days, and Margaret Ling, in-house counsel at First American Title and Chair of AABANY’s Real Estate Committee, who swore in Mick Jagger when she clerked for Hon. Constance Baker Motley. We were hoping to announce the launch of the 2012 Mentorship program and talk about the current Mentorship program, but the din of the bar made it impossible. If you would like to learn more about AABANY’s Mentorship Program, contact our Coordinator, Julie Kwon at julie.kwon@aabany.org.

Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and once again AABANY celebrates with a slew events, including taking part in the 33rd Annual AAPI Heritage Festival; presenting with the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) "Revisiting Vincent Chin," a re-enactment of the Vincent Chin trial with a cast of professional actors; and hosting several meetings and events organized by several of our committees. For the full list go to bit.ly/APAHrtg_wAABANY.