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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 2012 through May 2012

AABANY’s fiscal year began on February 1, 2012, and in the first few months of the year, AABANY has gotten off to a flying start. As detailed below, these past few months have been filled with recognitions and honors for our members, our biggest Annual Dinner to date, meetings, CLE programs and events organized and presented by several AABANY committees, co-sponsorships with other bar associations and community groups, capped off by another event-filled APA Heritage Month. Among many highlights, possibly the one that stands out is AABANY’s co-production of “Revisiting Vincent,” a collaboration with the Asian American Arts Alliance and the Museum of Chinese in America, to re-tell the story of Vincent Chin on the anniversary of the 30th year since he was killed. AABANY remains a highly active and vigorous organization with a wide variety of programming choices and benefits for its members and the community.

February

AABANY 2012 Officers and Directors Take Office
Parkin Lee Honored at AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala
CLE and Co-Sponsored Events
Meeting with Korean Law Students
In the News: Helen Wan
Committee Chairs Meeting
Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street

March

Winter Issue of the AABANY Advocate Released
Meetings
AABANY Co-Sponsors Pathways to the Bench, Dodd-Frank, Networking
Property Outlaws: Lecture and Book Signing
Understanding the First Time Home Buyer
AABANY Leaders at Other Bar Events
Aric Wu in Crain’s Best 40 Under 40

April

AREAA Global Summit
JMB JIP Kick-Off Reception
Free Legal Clinic with MinKwon Center
AABANY in the News: Nelson Mar, Don Liu, Yang Chen
Dare to DREAM
Chinese Judges Visit SDNY
Raising the Bar
AABANY Teams Up with the NYCLA Asia Practice Committee
MinKwon-AABANY Citizenship Day
Preventing Immigration Service Fraud
Meetings and Committee Events
APALSA Dinners
Sandra Leung and Don Liu on Smooth Moves
Lorna G. Schofield Nominated to Serve as United States District Judge

May

Spring Issue of the Advocate
Linda Lin Appointed to City Council Districting Commission
Don Liu Selected as City Bar Diversity Champion Award Recipient
Pamela Chen, Prosecutor of the Year
Networking Events
AAJA-NY Inaugural Trivia Bowl
James Chou Speaks at NYSBA Spring Meeting
Ethics CLE Credits Provided by AABANY
AABANY Celebrates APA Heritage Month
AABANY Volunteers at CUNY Citizenship Now!
Huhnsik Chung named Partner-in-Charge of Edwards Wildman NY Office

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, and Recording Secretary Jane Chuang. Elected to serve two-year terms as Directors were Robert Leung, Karen Lim, William Ng, Dev Sen, Vinoo Varghese and James Yu.

Parkin Lee Honored at AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala

On February 8, at the AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala, Parkin Lee received the Justice in Action Award along with Prof. Jean Koh Peters and Fareed Zakaria. For a full account of the dinner, including video clips and photos, read the press release from AALDEF posted to our blog: http://bit.ly/aaldef_gala_12.

CLE and Co-Sponsored Events

On February 7, the Intellectual Property Committee presented part III of its skills workshop series, this time on protecting trade secrets. The speakers were Ha Kung Wong and Bobby Pierson of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. The program was free to AABANY members and awarded 1 credit in Areas of Professional Practice.

AABANY also 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 on February 16), a Job Hunting Seminar at NYU Law School (with NYCLA’s Asia Practice Committee on February 27), 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 on February 28). AABANY also co-sponsored a Real Estate Bankruptcy CLE program through the ABA Real Property and Trust and Estates Law Section which was free to AABANY members and included an 8-session course yielding 19 credits. 

Meeting with Korean Law Students

On February 17, Executive Director Yang Chen met with a delegation of Korean law students from Kangwon National Law School. The meeting was arranged by Mark Shulman, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and International Affairs at Pace Law School. The group of more than 20 students met with Executive Director Chen at the American Museum of Natural History and learned about AABANY’s mission and activities.

In the News: Helen Wan

In February, Time Warner in-house counsel and AABANY member Helen Wan made the news when the announcement about the publication of her first novel, The Firm Outing, was released. The novel is a fictional account of a young Asian American woman attorney trying to break through the bamboo ceiling at a large New York law firm. The story appears on our website at bit.ly/In_the_News.

Committee Chairs Meeting

On February 21, President Jean Lee met with the Committee Chairs to go over the goals for the year and to ask them to prepare their budgets which would be approved at the first Board meeting of the year in March. This meeting also presented the opportunity for returning and new Committee Chairs to meet or re-connect with each other, ask questions and share ideas.

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 620 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.

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 Blount presented the keynote speech.

MVP Award recipient Ben “the Asian Sensation” Chan and MC Obaid Kadwani kept the atmosphere lively. Shots from the dinner taken by Corky Lee and Steven Wu are available for view on the website at http://www.aabany.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=227.

 

March

Winter Issue of the AABANY Advocate Released

At the beginning of March, AABANY released the Winter 2012 Issue  of AABANY's newsletter, The Advocate. Among the articles was a profile of Hugh Mo, a trailblazer for Asian American prosecutors and role model for the community. Hard copies were made available on February 29 at the AABANY Annual Dinner.

Meetings

The first Board meeting of the year took place on March 14 to set and approve budget for the year.  On March 28, the Women’s Committee was the first committee to meet to set their agenda for the year based on the approved budget.

AABANY Co-Sponsors Pathways to the Bench, Dodd-Frank, Networking

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 and the attendees got to speak with panel members one-on-one.

Also, on March 27, AABANY co-sponsored a CLE program entitled “Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act: the Future of Financial Reform” with the Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Nigerian Lawyers Association.  On March 29, AABANY co-sponsored with the NYCLA Asia Practice Committee another networking happy hour in midtown Manhattan.

Property Outlaws: Lecture and Book Signing

AABANY's Intellectual Property and Student Outreach Committees co-sponsored with the Fordham Media and Entertainment Law Society 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, a non-profit community-based organization that has been helping the Asian American community since 1974.

AABANY Leaders at Other Bar Events

Jane Chuang, Recording Secretary and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee, co-chaired a New York City Bar CLE program on March 5 on the “how to” of successful motion practice.

Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Tsui Yee was a panelist on LeGaL's (LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York) Immigration Law Overview CLE, a two-part program which took place on March 21 and April 18.

Aric Wu in Crain’s Best 40 Under 40

In March, Aric Wu, a litigation partner at Gibson Dunn's New York office and AABANY member, was recognized by Crain's as one of its Best 40 Under 40.  Aric is co-chair of the firm's subprime working group and helped Gibson Dunn's litigation department to be recognized by The American Lawyer as its 2011 Litigation Department of the Year.

 

April

AREAA Global Summit

From April 1 to April 3, the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) presented a Global Real Estate Summit: Reinvesting in America, focusing on innovative opportunities to reinvest in America’s commercial and residential properties.  Three AABANY Committee Chairs spoke on panels at the event: Rio Guerrero (Immigration and Nationality Law Committee), John Rogers (Corporate Law Committee) and Margaret Ling (Real Estate Committee).  Margaret is also an AABANY Board member.

JMB JIP Kick-Off Reception

AABANY once again is a proud co-sponsor, along with the Asian American Law Fund of New York, the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, the Dominican Bar Association, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of New York, of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP).  JMB JIP matches law students of color with Federal and State court judges for valuable clerkship opportunities in the Greater New York area.  This year, this highly competitive program placed thirty law students in summer clerkships.  The official launch for the 2012 program took place on April 5 at Pranna Lounge, where some of the JMB JIP clerks got to meet their judges.  Thompson Hine sponsored the event, and the Hon. John Gleeson, United States District Judge of the Eastern District of New York, presented the keynote speech.

Free Legal Clinic with MinKwon Center

On April 7, AABANY members volunteered at a free legal clinic hosted by MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, Queens.  Staff attorneys and AABANY volunteers helped members of the Asian American community with legal issues in immigration, housing, labor, foreclosure and other issues, such as family and business law.  This event took place as part of an ongoing partnership between AABANY and MinKwon to collaborate on community legal outreach programs.

AABANY in the News: Nelson Mar, Don Liu, Yang Chen

Legal Services NYC-Bronx attorney and AABANY member Nelson Mar was mentioned in a New York Times article on April 8 about public school students with mental health issues being sent unnecessarily to hospital emergency rooms.  On April 9, Xerox General Counsel, AABANY member and AABANY Advisory Committee member Don Liu was quoted in the Wall Street Journal Blog about alternative billing arrangements.  The stories appear in the AABANY In the News section on our website at bit.ly/In_the_News. 

On April 21, in a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Asians Lead City in Growth Rate,” Executive Director Yang Chen was quoted in a comment on the potential for increased civic engagement among Asian Americans in New York based on the growth statistics.

Dare to DREAM

On April 10, AABANY co-sponsored a program on the New York DREAM Act, legislation aimed at expanding the access of undocumented students to funding and scholarships for higher education.  The event was organized by KAPA (Korean Americans for Political Action) and the other co-sponsors included Asian American/Asian Research Institute at CUNY (AAARI), Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Korean American Community Foundation (KACF), MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York State Immigrant Action Fund (NYSIAF), New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Organization of Chinese Americans-NY Chapter (OCA-NY), United We Dream (UWD), and YWCA-Queens. 

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.

Raising the Bar

On April 11, three APA women judges, the Hon. Marilyn D. Go (Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York), the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan (Supreme Court, New York County), and the Hon. Toko Serita (Criminal Court, New York City) spoke on a panel organized by Asian Women in Business and sponsored by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison entitled “Raising the Bar: Perspectives on Taking the Bench.” All three panelists have been active members of AABANY.

AABANY Teams Up with the NYCLA Asia Practice Committee

AABANY co-sponsored two events presented by the Asia Practice Committee of NYCLA, the US-Asia Lawyer Cooperation Forum on April 16 and US-China Capital Market Forum on April 17.  The US-Asia Lawyer Cooperation Forum welcomed a group of 50 Chinese attorneys visiting from the Beijing Bar Association.  Among the speakers were NYCLA President Stewart Aaron, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Executive Director Yang Chen and SABANY President Neha Dewan.  This event was covered in the Chinese-language newspaper, World Journal.  The following day, at NYU School of Law, many attendees gathered for the US-China Capital Markets Forum to hear panelists speak on the latest developments and trends in U.S.-China cross-border listing and investment.

MinKwon-AABANY Citizenship Day

On April 21, AABANY once again joined forces with MinKwon Center for Community Action 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 and helped them fill out applications.

Preventing Immigration Service Fraud

On April 22, AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee worked with the New York County District Attorney's Office Immigrant Affairs Program to present a community workshop on Immigration Service Fraud Prevention 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.

Meetings and Committee Events

The Board held its monthly meeting on April 3.  The following Committees also met in April: Young Lawyers (April 5), Intellectual Property (April 10), Membership (April 23), and In-House Counsel (April 24).

The IP Committee had a busy month.  In addition to its Committee Meeting, it held part IV of its skills workshop series, on patent protection (April 12).  It also presented a Patent Law Primer on April 19 and co-sponsored with the Women’s Committee on April 26 a CLE program on Counseling the Fashion Client.

On April 19, the Government and Public Sector Committee held a networking mixer at Lani Kai, a restaurant/bar in New York’s Soho neighborhood to bring together APA attorneys in public service.

APALSA Dinners

AABANY members and leaders attended the following dinners hosted by local Asian Pacific American law student associations: Brooklyn Law School (April 5), New York Law School (April 6) and Fordham Law School (April 11).  Many of AABANY’s members and leaders are alumni of these fine schools and remain supportive, helping to further AABANY’s strong commitment to student outreach.

Sandra Leung and Don Liu on Smooth Moves

On April 24, the New York State Bar Association presented “Smooth Moves 2012: Views from the Corner Office,” a CLE and networking event.  Among the panelists speaking about how they got to where they are now and what outside counsel need to know to get their business were Sandra Leung and Don Liu.  A heated and spirited discussion took place between Sandra and Don about hiring outside counsel based on diversity.  Read AABANY’s blog for more details: http://blog.aabany.org/post/21934280574/fireworks-at-smooth-moves-2012.

Lorna G. Schofield Nominated to Serve as United States District Judge

April ended with the wonderful news that President Barack Obama nominated Lorna G. Schofield to serve as United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  AABANY’s April 27 press release congratulating her and thanking President Obama and Senator Schumer for making the nomination appears at http://www.aabany.org/associations/6701/files/AABANY%20Press%20Release%204.27.12%20-%20Lorna%20Schofield%20(FINAL).pdf.

 

May

Spring Issue of the Advocate

The spring issue of the AABANY Advocate was released in May to herald the arrival of APA Heritage Month. Among the articles was a profile on Aric Wu and a Sponsor Spotlight on Paul, Weiss.

Linda Lin Appointed to City Council Districting Commission

In May, New York’s City Council announced that it appointed Immediate Past President Linda Lin to the Districting Commission.  Linda will be taking on the important work of helping the City Council review district lines in light of new census data.  In the last decade, APAs in New York have become the fastest growing minority population, and the drawing of district lines will have a great impact on whether those large numbers translate to increased voting power and political voice.  AABANY’s May 4 press release appears at http://www.aabany.org/associations/6701/files/Press%20Release%20-%20AABANY%20City%20Council%20Redistricting%20Commissioners.pdf.

Don Liu Selected as City Bar Diversity Champion Award Recipient

Early in May, the New York City Bar announced its 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Award recipients, and AABANY was pleased and excited to hear that Don Liu was among the recipients.  Don has had a long history and track record of supporting diversity and fostering it as a value throughout his career, for APAs and other under-represented groups.  AABANY’s May 9 press release on this terrific news appears at http://www.aabany.org/associations/6701/files/Press%20Release%20-%20AABANY%20Don%20Liu%20City%20Bar%20Diversity%20Champ%20FINAL.pdf.

 

Pamela Chen, Prosecutor of the Year

On May 11, at the Society of Asian Federal Officers 21st Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet at Jing Fong Restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown,  AABANY member Pamela Chen, Chief, Civil Rights Section, Criminal Division, US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, received the Prosecutor of the Year Award.  Members of AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee, along with Immediate Past President Linda Lin and Executive Director Yang Chen were present to celebrate this recognition with Pam.

Networking Events

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.  More information about AABANY’s Mentorship Program is available from our Coordinator, Julie Kwon at julie.kwon@aabany.org.

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, over fifty women participated in the “Women in Law Connect” networking event, co-sponsored by the Women’s Committees of AABANY, SABANY, MBBA, and KALAGNY. Women exchanged business cards over shrimp cocktails and drinks at the chic AVA Lounge in mid-Manhattan.  Attendees included general counsels, associates at private law firms, solo practitioners, consultants, and public interest and government attorneys.  Attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunity to network and share their knowledge and experience.

The event, an initiative of AABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chair Liza Sohn, linked together women’s committees of four co-sponsoring bar associations.  The effort was led by Liza Sohn and Vinny Lee, AABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chairs, Lisa Khandhar, SABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chair, Shannon Chang Hanson, KALAGNY Women’s Committee Co-Chair, Nadine Fontaine, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) president-elect, and Verena Powell, board member of the MBBA.  Special thanks to Lian Kuang for her assistance and to all the participating bar associations.

On May 24, the Litigation Committee, Young Lawyers Committee and Student Outreach Committee co-hosted AABANY’s Pre-Memorial Day Happy Hour at the Hill in midtown Manhattan.  Many AABANY members and leaders (including Jean Lee, Linda Lin, Parkin Lee and Don Liu) and prospective members, gathered at the Hill to meet and catch up over drinks and bar fare, not to be deterred by the pouring rain.  This event was also the kick-off event for the Student Outreach Committee’s “Get to Know AABANY” initiative, designed to introduce law students to various AABANY Committees at social events.

On May 30, AABANY joined the Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY) in hosting the Annual Summer Reception, at Edwards Wildman Palmer.  At this event, the recipients of AALFNY’s Community Service Scholarship were introduced.  Participants in this year’s Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program were also in attendance, along with partners, attorneys, judges, in-house counsel and summer associates.

AAJA-NY Inaugural Trivia Bowl

On May 18, AABANY was a co-sponsor and participant of the inaugural Trivia Bowl presented by the New York Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-NY).  The judging panel consisted to sitting APA judges, Hon. Marilyn Go, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Hon. Jeffrey Oing, Hon. John Lansden, Hon. Lydia Lai and Hon. Laurie Lau.  AABANY’s nine-person team managed to stay at the top of the leaderboard until the final round, when it finished in second place to the team from the New York Times.  The event was a fundraiser to raise money for scholarships and fellowships to benefit journalism students and professionals.  More than $23,000 was raised.  The MCs for the evening were JuJu Chang and Ti-Hua Chang.  AABANY was delighted to be part of this fun and exciting evening.

James Chou Speaks at NYSBA Spring Meeting

From May 18 through 20, NYSBA’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section held its Spring Meeting, in association with the Young Lawyers Section, at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.  Past President and current Judiciary Committee Co-Chair James Chou spoke  on Sunday morning, May 20, on the panel entitled, “Your Path Through the Court and to the Bench: What You Need to Know to Get Through a Day in Court.”

Ethics CLE Credits Provided by AABANY

During May, AABANY’s committees presented several CLE programs offering CLE credits, and if an attorney attended two or more of them, they could have satisfied their ethics CLE requirements for the year, and if they were AABANY members, it would have been for free.  The programs were Intellectual Property Ethics for In-House Counsel, on May 17 (organized by the Intellectual Property Committee), Everyday Ethics for the Government and Public Sector Committee, on May 23 (organized by the Government and Public Sector Committee), and Ethical Legal Marketing and Sustaining Your Practice, on May 23 (co-organized by the Solo and Small Firm, Real Estate and Immigration Committees).

AABANY Celebrates APA Heritage Month

AABANY celebrated APA Heritage Month with a slew of events:

  • On May 12, AABANY and KALAGNY shared a table at the 33rd Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival at DUMBO, in Brooklyn.  From mid-morning to late afternoon, AABANY and KALAGNY spoke with and met numerous attendees who came by to learn more about the work of both organizations, especially with regard to community outreach.  Many groups that AABANY has worked with, including the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian American Arts Alliance, and the Asian American Journalists Association were also there.
     
  • On May 14, AABANY co-sponsored and attended the APA Heritage Month Celebration at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, at which community leaders were recognized and honored.
     
  • On   May 14, the Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing, Justice of the Supreme Court, State of New York (and long-time AABANY member), spoke at Kramer Levin’s APA Heritage Month Celebration, at Kramer Levin’s midtown Manhattan office.  Several AABANY members, including President Jean Lee and Executive Director Yang Chen, were present.
     
  • On May 16, AABANY Board members Margaret Ling and Will Wang attended the Museum of Chinese in America Community of Heroes Celebration at Golden Unicorn.
     
  • Finally, on May 22, Asian American Arts Alliance (a4), Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and AABANY co-presented “Revisiting Vincent: The Legacy of the Vincent Chin Case 30 Years Later,” a performance to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin.  Inspired by the trial re-enactment originally prepared for AABANY by Judge Denny Chin and Dean Frank Wu, this production featured a cast of professional actors directed by a4 and performed to a packed auditorium at New York Law School. Following the performance, Judge Chin and Dean Wu led a talkback with the audience to discuss the historical context of the case and explore its legacy.  A reception immediately followed, which included photos taken by Corky Lee from the December 1983 community protest in Detroit against the lenient sentence given to the defendants.

AABANY Volunteers at CUNY Citizenship Now!

Numerous volunteers from AABANY took part in the CUNY Citizenship Now! event at John Jay College on Saturday, May 19.  They were among the 180+ volunteers who helped 400+ immigrants apply for citizenship that day.  This was the biggest Citizenship Now! day ever, and AABANY was proud to be a co-sponsor along with American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Legal Aid Society, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Goya Foods, Catholic Migration Services, the New Americans Collaboration, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. AABANY’s participation was spearheaded by Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chairs Rio Guerrero and Tsui Yee.

Huhnsik Chung named Partner-in-Charge of Edwards Wildman NY Office

May closed with the exciting news that Edwards Wildman named Huhnsik Chung, a longtime supporter and member of AABANY, as the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York office. The firm’s press release announcing this appointment appears on AABANY’s blog at bit.ly/Huhnsik_Chung.