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Recent Events 2nd Quarter 2012

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Recent Events - Second Quarter 2012

AABANY Quarterly Report for June 2012 through July 2012

During the summer months of June and July, AABANY’s calendar has been filled with networking events and receptions, recognitions and honors for our members, CLE programs and events organized and presented by several AABANY committees and co-sponsorships with other bar associations and community groups. Among the highlights are AABANY’s Fifth Annual Wine-Tasting and Networking Reception and AABANY’s Fourth Anniversary Prosecutor’s Committee Reception. The quarter winds down with AABANY’s fifth annual picnic in Central Park. In July, AABANY issued a statement denouncing inappropriate criticisms of judges in the media regarding recent stop and frisk decisions.

June

AABANY at the APALA-NJ on NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference
Congratulations to Don Liu, City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Champion
CLE and Co-Sponsored Events
Networking Events
Battle of the Bars
Board and Committee Meetings
Prosecutors' Committee Fourth Year Anniversary Reception
Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan Honored by LeGaL
Michael Yim Appointed to ABA Standing Committee
Strategic Planning Meeting on June 23

July

"Revisiting Vincent": See the Video
Cleary Gottlieb Presents: Citywide Diversity Reception on July 10
CLE and Co-Sponsored Events
Networking Events
AABANY Central Park Picnic on July 28
Congratulations to the Hon. Lillian Wan
Don Liu Joins NY City Bar Task Force on Young Lawyers

 

June

AABANY at the APALA-NJ on NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference

NAPABA’s Eastern Super Regional Conference took place from May 31 to June 2 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The conference was organized and hosted by APALA-NJ. AABANY made a strong showing, both in attendance and as speakers or moderators on several panels, including Ben Hsing, Michael Yim, Don Liu, Michael Yap, Lynnette Sarno, Parkin Lee, Sapna Palla, Judy Kim, Theo Cheng and Tsui Yee. The AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team, led by the Hon. Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin, presented “Building Our Legacy: The Murder of Vincent Chin,” to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

Congratulations to Don Liu, City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Champion

AABANY congratulates Don Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Xerox Corporation, in being honored on June 5 as a 2012 New York City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient.  Don was honored along with Steven Banks, of the Legal Aid Society, Eric J. Friedman, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Lorraine S. McGowen, of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

As stated by the City Bar, this award “seeks to applaud individuals whose actions and activities within the legal profession, particularly in New York City, embody the [City Bar’s] Statement of Diversity Principles. Diversity champions are critical for creating lasting change in organizations and establishing an inclusive work environment.”

Don Liu is also an AABANY member and serves on AABANY’s Advisory Committee.  AABANY congratulates Don on this spectacular and well-deserved recognition.

CLE and Co-Sponsored Events

On June 6, the Solo and Small Firm Committee, the Real Estate Committee and the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee presented part two of their CLE marketing event, this time on ways to use search engines for marketing. The speakers were Tsui Yee of Guerrero Yee LLP, Pauline Yeung-Ha of Grimaldi & Yeung LLP, and Vikram Rajan of Practice Marketing, Inc. The program was free to AABANY members and awarded 1 credit in Ethics and 1 credit in Law Practice Management. AABANY also partnered with fellow bar associations and other professional organizations to present many informative programs, including Fighting Fakes: Private and Public Enforcement in the U.S. and China (with Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu on June 13), a Reception for Chinese Judges (with the New York City Bar on June 14), Distressed Homeowner Outreach at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel (with Asian Real Estate Association of America on June 16), Personal Finance Workshop for Women at Ameriprise Financial Services offices (with SABANY on June 26). AABANY also co-sponsored a free Money and Politics CLE seminar at John Jay College with The Puerto Rican Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Bronx Women's Bar Association, Dominican Bar Association, and Metropolitan Black Bar Association on June 20.

Networking Events

On June 20, AABANY's Student Outreach Committee held part two of their "Get to Know AABANY" networking event at the Artica Grill and Ice Bar. The event was co-hosted with the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, Government and Public Sector Committee and Issues Committee. AABANY members and attorneys practicing in government and public interest were present to meet with interested law students. It was a great way to "Get to Know AABANY" in a relaxed and informal setting.

On June 27, AABANY held its 5th Annual Wine-tasting and Networking Reception for in-house counsel and law firm attorneys at the Aicon Gallery in downtown Manhattan. There were 120 attendees including in-house attorneys from 46 companies or organizations. Gail Inaba, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department of J.P. Morgan, addressed the attendees at the event.  Gail is currently the Global Group Practice head for the securities financing and prime brokerage business in the Investment Bank. The following GCs were in attendance:

  • Vernon G. Chu, BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc.
  • Pearl Hou, Sen Yu International Holdings, Inc.
  • Charles Kwak, GE Capital Real Estate – Global Investment Management
  • Carol Lee, Taconic Capital Advisors LP
  • Parkin Lee, The Rockefeller Group
  • Bobby Liu, MD Sass Investors Services, Inc.
  • Don Liu, Xerox Corporation
  • Sonia Low, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.
  • Joseph Yi, Lam Group

AABANY is grateful to the event sponsors: Bingham, Haynes and Boone, Kelley Drye, Kobre & Kim, Leader & Berkon, Mayer Brown, Morgan Lewis, Navigant, Perkins Coie and Reed Smith.

Also on June 27, AABANY co-sponsored with the NYCLA Asian Practice Committee their monthly happy hour networking event at The Court Hotel. Past participants have included professionals with major investment banks, funds, law firms, accounting firms, public companies, and other international business entities.

Battle of the Bars

On June 7 at the Federal Courthouse, the Network of Bar Leaders held their first inter-bar association talent competition. AABANY was a co-sponsor of this event which featured many talented singers and musicians who were also practicing attorneys representing a wide array of bar associations, including the New York City Bar, NYCLA, the Nigerian Lawyers Association and KALAGNY.

Board and Committee Meetings

On June 6, AABANY held a board meeting from 7:00 to 9:00PM at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 620 Eighth Ave.

On June 25, AABANY held their second Committee Chairs in 2012.

Prosecutors' Committee Fourth Year Anniversary Reception

On June 28, 2012, the Prosecutors’ Committee held its 4th Anniversary Reception at the New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall. This year, the Prosecutors’ Committee, co-chaired by Cristina S. W. Park of the Bronx County D.A.’s Office and James S. Lin of the New York County D.A.’s Office, honored Sandra Leung, General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Thomas M. Chan, Assistant Chief of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Leung and Assistant Chief Chan were honored for their dedication to diversity and as trailblazers for the Asian American community in New York.

Nearly 120 guests attended the reception and congratulatory remarks were given by: Charles J. Hynes, the District Attorney of Kings County; Daniel R. Alonso, the Chief ADA for New York County; Daniel L. Master, the Chief ADA for Richmond County; Jesse J. Sligh, an Executive ADA for Queens County; and Steven M. Goldstein, the Chief ADA for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. Closing remarks were delivered by Jean Lee, the President of AABANY.

Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan Honored by LeGaL

LeGaL, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Greater New York, held its 2012 Pride Celebration on June 22 at the Andaz Hotel. The theme was “Honoring the Women of Marriage Equality,” to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of landmark marriage equality legislation in New York. Among the honorees was the Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County. Judge Ling-Cohan authored the decision in Hernandez v. Robles (2005), making national headlines when she sided with the plaintiffs in their argument that the State of New York violated their constitutional rights by denying them marriage equality. Although Judge Ling-Cohan was reversed on appeal, her position was ultimately vindicated when Governor Cuomo signed marriage equality into law in June 2011. AABANY congratulates Judge Ling-Cohan on this distinction and honor.

Michael Yim Appointed to ABA Standing Committee

Michael Yim, partner at Lee Anav Chung, has been appointed to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service. The Committee provides support and assistance to local public service lawyer referral programs that provide information on appropriate, quality legal services to the public. Michael was nominated by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association where he also serves as co-chair of the solo and small firm committee. AABANY congratulates Michael on undertaking this important role.

Strategic Planning Meeting on June 23

On Saturday, June 23, AABANY leaders, including Board members and Committee Chairs, met at Seyfarth Shaw to engage in a strategic planning session for AABANY, facilitated by Elizabeth Derrico of the ABA Bar Services Division.  The participants reviewed AABANY’s performance against the goals set by the last strategic planning session in 2009 and looked ahead to the next few years for AABANY.  All who took part contributed to lively discussions and went away feeling inspired and energized to move AABANY forward further in the years to come.

 

July

"Revisiting Vincent": See the Video

At the May 22 production of “Revisiting Vincent,” one of the Community Presenters that were present at the event was POV, the documentary program on PBS.  They kindly took the time to edit together the video footage taken at New York Law School.  See the video here, featuring the complete performance followed by an engaging talkback led by Hon. Denny Chin and Dean Frank Wu whose original re-enactment script formed the inspiration for the project.

 

Cleary Gottlieb Presents: Citywide Diversity Reception on July 10

Citywide Diversity

Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit presented the remarks at this year’s Citywide Diversity Reception held on July 10 at Cleary Gottlieb.  Speaking to a packed audience of SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) interns, summer associates, lawyers and other attendees, Judge Chin shared his experiences as a judge, regaling those present with accounts of many interesting cases he presided over, including the Bernie Madoff case.  Judge Chin mentioned that after the renovations are done in the Federal courthouse for the Second Circuit, he will be sitting in the chambers once occupied by the legendary Thurgood Marshall.

Judge Chin concluded the presentation sharing his own experiences as an immigrant from Hong Kong who came over to the United States with his family five decades ago.  Judge Chin emphasized the importance of remaining close to the community in performing one’s professional duties. 

CLE and Co-Sponsored Events

On July 10, AABANY co-sponsored with The Council of Urban Professional (CUP) to present its 3rd Annual AAPI Leadership Forum at the Greenwich Room. Among the topics to be discussed will be creating a leadership pipeline for the next generation of AAPI leaders. Panelists included Partha Bose of Oliver Wyman Group, Atul Dubey of Citigroup, Sanjay Macwan of AT&T, and Ripa Rashid of Time Warner Inc.

On July 11, 2012, the Litigation Committee presented a “Depositions Bootcamp + Ethics Minefield” CLE with the following panel of senior litigators:  Vincent T. Chang (Partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch), James P. Chou (Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Hauer Strauss & Feld LLP), Tristan C. Loanzon (Principal at Loanzon Sheikh LLC), Concepcion A. Montoya (Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP), James S. Yu (Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP) and Yang Chen (Executive Director of AABANY).  The panel was moderated by AABANY Litigation Committee co-chair William Wang (Partner at Lee Anav Chung LLP).  Winston & Strawn LLP did an exceptional job hosting the event.

The CLE was well attended and a great success, thanks to the wonderful panelists who explained the basics of depositions, how to prep a witness for deposition, and the nuances of ethics while also doing a demonstration of what not to do in a deposition.  Attendees received 3 CLE credits, including one hour in Ethics credit.

On July 17, AABANY co-sponsored with Kaye Scholer LLP for the LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Reception. This networking reception was focused on recognizing the diversity within the LGBT and APA/API communities and providing support to LGBT attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice. Justice Sabrina McKenna of the Hawaii Supreme Court was the keynote speaker.

On July 18, the Student Outreach Committee of AABANY co-sponsored a Resume Review Workshop for Law Students with Shearman & Sterling.  The workshop began with a short panel discussion moderated by AABANY Executive Director, Yang Chen, featuring the Hon. Marilyn D. Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and members of Shearman & Sterling’s Campus Recruiting office. After the panel discussion, the law students were matched up one-on-one with practicing attorneys, many from Shearman & Sterling’s APA affinity group, AVALANCHE (Association of Various Asia-interested Lawyers Aligned for Non-discrimination, Community, Honor and Excellence), who volunteered their time to review the law students’ resumes.

Also, on July 18, AABANY co-sponsored a workshop entitled "Intellectual Property for Journalists 101" with the Asian American Journalist Association of New York. Panelists discussed the basics of copyright, right of publicity, and trademark law, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to journalists. Panelists also discussed how these issues arise in both traditional and new media, including social media.

On Thursday, July 19, approximately thirty attorneys and law students participated in the Skills Series Workshop, “In Your Own Style - Building Relational Selling Skills,” co-sponsored by AABANY Women’s Committee and the law firm of King & Spalding LLP. The event began with a brief networking session, followed by a seminar featuring Guest Speaker Audrey Lee of Hyun & Associates, who engaged participants in a lively and interactive discussion that explored the impact of cultural values on networking and building relationships, as well as ingredients for developing successful relational selling skills. The workshop was an effort initiated and led by AABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chair Vinny Lee, along with AABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chair Liza Sohn and King & Spalding’s Asian Affinity Group Co-Chair and AABANY Member, Jenny Lee. AABANY thanks King & Spalding for its enthusiastic support and hosting of this event.

Networking Events

On July 12, AABANY held its annual Summer Reception at Kenyon & Kenyon. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and a fantastic view of New York Harbor while meeting and mingling with AABANY Board members and friends. The reception ran from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Admission was free, and AABANY’s July Board Meeting was held afterwards. John Flock, partner at Kenyon and former AABANY president, was the host. Among the attendees this year were: Justice Peter Tom, First Department, Appellate Division; Alex Lee, NAPABA VP of Communications; Andy Hahn, past NAPABA and AABANY president; and many others. AABANY thanks Kenyon for the great food and wonderful hospitality and providing us with such a terrific space to celebrate a beautiful summer evening.

AABANY Central Park Picnic on July 28

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, over 60 attorneys, law students, family and friends joined AABANY for its 5th Annual Picnic in Central Park. This year, the picnic was held at the Great Hill, one of the highest points in the Central Park, located near 105th Street and Central Park West. The Great Hill was a wonderful location for the picnic as AABANY members, family and friends were able to mingle and comfortably enjoy delicious sandwiches, snacks and drinks in a peaceful setting.

AABANY’s Annual Picnic has become a fan-favorite event and provides an opportunity for members to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Experienced attorneys could be heard trading recent “war stories” while law student graduates were heard sharing their post-bar exam stories following this past week’s exams. As expected, rain cut the picnic short but AABANY quickly moved its event indoors to the nearby Village Pourhouse. Thanks to AABANY’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, many attendees immediately learned that AABANY was moving to its alternative location. At the Village Pourhouse, members enjoyed hot appetizers and cold drinks in a private section of the bar and continued socializing until the early evening.

Some recognizable AABANY members who attended the picnic and happy hour were former Presidents Andy Hahn and Linda Lin, current President Jean Lee, Executive Director Yang Chen as well as several AABANY directors and committee chairs. The annual picnic was co-sponsored by the Litigation, Student Outreach, and Young Lawyers Committees, and the committee co-chairs would like to thank the members of their planning committee (Thomas Hou, Amy Luo, Amy Ngai, Anthony Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, and Rebecca Ulich) for their help in organizing a wonderful summer event.

 

Congratulations to the Hon. Lillian Wan

On July 11, Lillian Wan was sworn in as a New York City Civil Court Judge, assigned to Family Court. Lillian is an AABANY member and co-chair of its Government and Public Sector Committee. AABANY congratulates Lillian Wan on this great achievement and wishes her well as she undertakes this important role, serving the interests and needs of the justice system. The press release can be found at http://bit.ly/CngrtsHonLillianWan.

Don Liu Joins NY City Bar Task Force on Young Lawyers

Don Liu

The New York City Bar’s 44th Street Blog reported on July 16 that it has formed a new Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession to address what City Bar president Carey Dunn has described as “the plight of young lawyers.” Created in response to recent ABA statistics showing that only 55% of recent law grads found full-time legal employment, the task force has convened leaders from across the legal spectrum, from academia to private practice, as well as the corporate, government and public interest sectors.

Among the Chief In-House Counsel tapped to participate in this important task force is Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox. Don was recently recognized as one of the New York City Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Champions for 2012. He is also an active and valued member of AABANY and its Advisory Committee.

AABANY congratulates Don on undertaking this new role and commends the City Bar for convening this task force to study critical issues facing the new generation of lawyers.

AABANY Statement Regarding Recent Stop and Frisk Decisions

On July 19, AABANY issued a statement joining the New York County Lawyer’s Association in their support of New York’s judiciary, judicial independence, and against the improper personal attacks levied by the New York Post and the Daily News against judges for their decisions in recent stop and frisk cases. The full release can be found at http://bit.ly/frisk_pr.