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Recent Events 3nd Quarter 2012

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Recent Events - Third Quarter 2012 

Quarterly Report for August 2012 through October 2012

The quarter covering the months of August through September proved highly active for AABANY.

On the judicial front, Assistant United States Attorney Pamela Chen was nominated in August for the United States District Judge opening in the Eastern District of New York. In October, Gov. Cuomo announced the appointment of the Hon. Randall T. Eng as the Presiding Justice for the Appellate Division, Second Department.

On AABANY’s Board, two new officer positions were created, filled by James Yu, Vice President of Programs and Operations, and John Rogers, Vice President of Finance and Development. In October, the Board appointed Bobby Liu to fill the vacancy created by James Yu’s elevation to Vice President. Also, Membership Secretary Judy Kim became NAPABA Northeast Regional Governor.

Don Liu was kept busy during the third quarter as keynote speaker at several events, including the Third Annual Lawyers Forum presented by the Council for Urban Professionals (CUP) on October 25. At that same event, past president Vincent Chang was recognized as one of CUP’s inaugural list of Catalysts: Change Agents in Law. On that same night, President Jean Lee was being honored across the Hudson River by Rutgers-Newark APALA at their annual Mela.

AABANY’s committees continued putting on many excellent and worthwhile CLE programs, most notably for AABANY’s Third Annual Fall Conference, held at Gibson Dunn on September 15. Other great CLEs included programs on understanding the foreign purchaser in New York, organized by the Real Estate and Solo and Small Firm Committees in October, and exploring sex trafficking cases, also in October, presented by five AABANY committees. The Student Outreach Committee held a law school survival workshop at Brooklyn Law School in September and then headed up to Syracuse Law School at the end of October for the fourth annual Upstate Roadshow. The Women’s Committee put on part two of its soft skills workshop, on creating a mindset for success, in September.

The third quarter was not without its share of social events. August saw a ping pong and pool event at the beginning of the month and the End of Summer Happy Hour at the end of the month. The Fall Conference closed with a cocktail reception followed by an after-party for those who still had the energy to partake. In October, the Women’s Committee held its second “Women in Law Connect” mixer.

Also in October, Immediate Past President Linda Lin organized an AABANY team for a lung cancer run/walk in Battery Park City in support of an AABANY member battling lung cancer.

October ended with an unwelcome visit from Sandy, the worst storm to ever hit New York City. With the city shut down, AABANY played its part in getting the word out about court closings, event cancellations and calls for help in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

August

AABANY Co-hosts Movie Night to See “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry.”
White House Nominates Pamela K. Chen for U.S. District Judge Opening in EDNY
Congratulations to New Officers
Ping Pong and Pool at Slate
AABANY Testifies at City Council Districting Commission
Get to Know AABANY Summer Social at Stitch Lounge
AABANY Co-Sponsors Deferred Action Clinic
End of Summer Happy Hour
Don Liu's Speaking Engagements

September

Fall Conference 2012 a Great Success
AABANY Law Review Special Edition
AABANY Advocate Fall Issue
AABANY Co-sponsors Acquiring High End Real Estate in NY
AABANY Co-sponsors Social Media Marketing Made Simple for Attorneys
AABANY Law School Survival Workshop
AABANY Women's Committee Soft Skills Workshop
Litigation Committee Hosts Hon. George Yanthis

October

Congratulations to Hon. Randall Eng, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Dept.
Congratulations to Judy Kim, New NE Regional Governor
AABANY Co-sponsors Understanding the Foreign Purchaser in New York City
AABANY is Community Partner for KAFSC March Against Domestic Violence
Exploring Sex Trafficking Cases
Immediate Past President Linda Lin Speaks at Press Briefing on Lung Cancer
Bobby Liu Appointed to the Board
AABANY Co-sponsors Presidential Debate Viewing Party
New York Times Quotes from Amici Brief Written by Board Member Vinoo Varghese
Pres. Jean Lee Honored at Rutgers-Newark APALSA Mela
AABANY Co-Sponsors Women in Law Connect II
Don Liu and Vincent Chang at the Council of Urban Professionals Annual Lawyers Forum
4th Annual Upstate Roadshow at Syracuse Law School
Sandy Hits New York City

 

August

AABANY Co-hosts Movie Night to See “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry.”

On August 1, several Asian American organizations, including AABANY, hosted a special Movie Night at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan to see Alison Klayman’s critically-acclaimed new documentary film, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” about the Chinese dissident artist and activist. Read more on AABANY’s blog at http://bit.ly/Aiweiwei_blog.

White House Nominates Pamela K. Chen for U.S. District Judge Opening in EDNY

On August 3, AABANY welcomed the news that President Barack Obama nominated Pamela K. Chen to serve as a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of New York. The full press release is available at http://bit.ly/pam_chen_nom_pr.

Congratulations to New Officers

At AABANY's Board meeting held on August 7, the Board created two new officer positions: Vice President of Finance and Development and Vice President of Programs and Operations. The resolution creating the positions, including a description of the duties of these new officers, can be found at bit.ly/AABANY_NewOfcrPos_2012. John Rogers was appointed by the Board to be the Vice President of Finance and Development. James Yu was appointed by the Board to be the Vice President of Programs and Operations. We congratulate John and James as we welcome them to these important new roles.

Ping Pong and Pool at Slate

On August 9, AABANY hosted an evening of ping pong and pool at Slate, co-sponsored by Merrill Lynch/BofA. Karen Wu, co-chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, co-organized the event with Kai Cheng of Merrill Lynch/BofA. Attendees included Bobby Liu, General Counsel at MD Sass, past president James Chou, current President Jean Lee, and the Hon. Robert Reed. Karen ran a mini speed tournament in which contestants took turns exchanging volleys. Participants received goodies donated by JOOLA, official sponsor of USA Table Tennis. The ping pong took place in a private section of Slate that was reserved for AABANY. Those who were more inclined to billiards went downstairs and shot some 8 ball and 9 ball at the pool tables. A wonderful time was had by all. Photos can be found at http://bit.ly/pingpong_pool_slate.

AABANY Testifies at City Council Districting Commission

On August 16, AABANY, through its Executive Director Yang Chen, gave testimony at a public hearing convened by the City Council Districting Commission. AABANY testified as a member of ACCORD, the Asian American Community Coalition on Redistricting and Democracy, and urged the Commission to draw lines that kept communities of interest together in Manhattan. Citing the Voting Rights Act and applicable Supreme Court precedent, AABANY indicated that the current district lines in Chinatown and the Lower East Side may not comport with legal requirements. As part of its testimony, AABANY submitted a copy of its March 2003 letter to the Department of Justice, which dealt with the same issue. To read the testimony and the letter, go to bit.ly/blog_Testimny_CityCnclDstrctngComm.

Get to Know AABANY Summer Social at Stitch Lounge

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, AABANY members enjoyed lively company and great food at Stitch Bar and Lounge on West 37th Street near 8th Avenue in Manhattan. The “Get to Know AABANY Summer Social,” co-sponsored by AABANY’s Women’s Committee, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, and Student Outreach Committee, drew over 40 members to the spacious midtown lounge. Special thanks to Women’s Committee member Rebecca Ulich for her assistance in organizing the event. Photos from the event can be found at http://bit.ly/summer_social_stitch.

AABANY Co-Sponsors Deferred Action Clinic

AABANY, together with MinKwon Center for Community Action, KALAGNY and the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, co-sponsored an Open Clinic on August 25: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for DREAMers. This event offered an opportunity for attorneys to volunteer and give back to the Asian American community members by providing basic legal consultation and assistance in filing deferred action and employment authorization for DREAMers. Volunteer attorneys provided one-time consultation. Participants took part in a CLE course on August 20 at 7 pm to be trained for the clinic.

 

End of Summer Happy Hour

More than 100 AABANY members and friends registered for the End of Summer Happy Hour on August 29 at Tavern 29 (on 29th and Park Avenue South) and from about 6 pm to 9 pm, it seemed like everyone who signed up showed up to join AABANY to bid a fond farewell to summer 2012. Attorneys, law students, in-house counsel, members and non-members met, mingled and caught up with each other over drinks and munchies. We took over the second floor, and for those who wanted some fresh air, they could take their networking to the outdoor rooftop space. Read more at http://bit.ly/end_summer_hh12.

 

Don Liu's Speaking Engagements

Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox and a member of AABANY's Advisory Committee, is highly sought-after as a speaker. At the end of August, he spoke at the NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) National Convention held at the Hilton and on September 22, he was the keynote speaker at the Korean Community Center of Princeton's Chuseok Gala. We congratulate Don on being recognized as a speaker on issues of importance to the Asian American community. 

September

Fall Conference 2012 a Great Success

On Saturday, September 15, AABANY held its Third Annual Fall Conference at Gibson Dunn. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to hold a conference, and we had about 220 attendees, including speakers, Board members, Committee Chairs, volunteers, and numerous participants for eight CLE programs, the all-day Trial Advocacy Program, the pitch sessions, the In-House Counsel Forum and the Judicial Forum. Read more at http://bit.ly/blog_FallConf2012.

AABANY Law Review Special Edition

At the Fall Conference, AABANY’s Academic Committee released a special edition of the AABANY Law Review containing the trial re-enactment scripts produced by AABANY to date, under the leadership of the Hon. Denny Chin. The volume includes the Vincent Chin case, the Massie Trials, Tokyo Rose and others. Copies may be ordered on-line at http://bit.ly/lawrev_spec_ed.

 

AABANY Advocate Fall Issue

Also released at the Fall Conference was the fall issue of the AABANY newsletter, The AABANY Advocate. This issue includes a profile of Michael Kim, founding partner of the international litigation boutique, Kobre & Kim; a sponsor spotlight on Gibson Dunn; a book review by the Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, on a treatise on commercial litigation; and highlights of the summer’s events. The issue can be found online at http://bit.ly/advocat_fall2012

 

AABANY Co-sponsors Acquiring High End Real Estate in NY

Chase, AABANY and the Asian Real Estate Association of America Metro NY Chapter joined together to present "Acquiring High End Real Estate in New York. AABANY's Real Estate Committee Chair, Margaret Ling was among the speakers.

AABANY Co-sponsors Social Media Marketing Made Simple for Attorneys

On September 19, AABANY co-sponsored with Chase a CLE program on “Social Media Marketing Made Simple for Attorneys” at Chase’s branch at 253 Broadway, right by City Hall. The seminar was organized by Margaret Ling, Chair of the Real Estate Committee, and Pauline Yeung-Ha and Wendy Yu, Co-Chairs of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee. Pauline spoke on the panel with Vikram Rajan of Practice Marketing, Inc. They provided a wealth of information about how social media can be an effective tool to market one’s practice. The discussion included ethical issues relating to advertising and solicitation via the internet and social media platforms. One CLE credit in the Areas of Professional Practice category was awarded to all attendees, and AABANY members go their credits for free.

AABANY Law School Survival Workshop

On Saturday, September 22, at the Subotnick Center in Brooklyn Law School, more than 30 law students, including many from Brooklyn Law School and some from the law schools at Fordham, Cardozo and St John’s, spent a few hours in the afternoon meeting the leaders of AABANY and learning about different career paths for law students and the skills needed to survive and thrive in law school. Read more at http://bit.ly/blog_LawStdnt_SrvvlWkshp.

AABANY Women's Committee Soft Skills Workshop II

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, AABANY members gathered at King and Spalding for Part Two of the Women’s Committee Soft Skills Workshop series, entitled “Mindset for Success.” Paramjit Mahli, an executive coach from The Rainmakers Roundtable, gave insightful advice on taking risks, managing time, and developing new habits to achieve success. The attendees enjoyed an engaging discussion afterward and shared workplace experiences. Special thanks to King and Spalding for hosting the event.

Litigation Committee Hosts Hon. George Yanthis at its Sept 28 Meeting

The Litigation Committee met on September 28, 2012 and was privileged to have the Honorable George A. Yanthis speak at the meeting at Phillips Lytle’s office in midtown Manhattan. The meeting was well attended thanks to Judge Yanthis, who discussed preferred practices, notable cases and his path to the Judiciary. Judge Yanthis also shared the importance of diversity and public advocacy, as exemplified by his own experience. Attendees had the opportunity to ask practical questions on how to better advocate for their clients. Afterwards, attendees remained to continue networking with each other. AABANY thanks Anna Mercado, associate at Phillips Lytle and AABANY member, for hosting the Litigation Committee meeting at Phillips Lytle.

October

Congratulations to Hon. Randall Eng, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Dept.

AABANY welcomes and applauds the news that New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Randall T. Eng to serve as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department. Justice Eng will be the first Asian American to serve as a Presiding Justice in New York State’s history. “Justice Eng is a distinguished jurist and respected leader in both the legal and Asian Pacific American communities and AABANY applauds Governor Cuomo’s historic appointment. With this appointment, Justice Eng adds to his long list of notable ‘firsts,’ such as being the first Asian Pacific American Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s office, for which AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee honored him at their third anniversary reception last year,” said Jean Lee, President of AABANY. Read more at http://bit.ly/pres_justice_eng.

Congratulations to Judy Kim, New NE Regional Governor

AABANY congratulates long-time member and current Membership Secretary Judy Kim on being selected as NAPABA Northeast Regional Governor. As such Judy sits on the NAPABA Board of Governors for a two-year term. The Northeast Region encompasses 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It also includes Canada. Read more at http://bit.ly/jkim_ne_rg.

 

 

AABANY Co-sponsors Understanding the Foreign Purchaser in New York City

On October 3, 2012, Citi Commercial Bank and AABANY hosted a successful CLE dinner event, “Understanding the Foreign Purchaser in New York City.” It took place at the Holiday Inn in Soho and was attended by 65 attorneys and real estate professionals. Thanks to David Lau, Senior Vice President of Citi Commercial Bank for supporting the program. Distinguished panelists included AABANY Chairpersons Margaret Ling, Esq., Chair of the Real Estate Committee; Pauline Yeung-Ha,Esq., Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee; Tsui Yee, Esq., Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee; Michael Rudder, Principal of the Rudder Group and Grace Chan, Vice President of the Corcoran Group. Panel Moderator was Wendy Yu, Esq., Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee. The subject matter focused on many interesting facets of the foreign purchaser acquiring New York City property and included discussions of estate tax issues, EB-5 Visas, representing the foreign purchaser in a contract of sale, the state of the office condo market in New York City, and the relevance of feng shui. The event was so well received that Citi and AABANY will plan future events to further focus on the subject matter.

AABANY is Community Partner for KAFSC March Against Domestic Violence

AABANY was a community partner for the 15th Annual March Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault organized by the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC). The march began at the Flushing Library on Main Street and concluded at the 109th Police Precinct on Union Street in Flushing, Queens. Among the other community partners was the MinKwon Center for Community Action, which AABANY has been working with for many years.

Exploring Sex Trafficking Cases

On Wednesday, October 10, at Brooklyn Law School, the Asian American Bar Association of New York through five of its Committees — Women’s, Government and Public Sector, Immigration and Nationality Law, Pro Bono and Community Service and Prosecutors — together with Brooklyn Law School APALSA presented an excellent CLE program on Exploring Sex Trafficking Cases: Criminal Justice, Immigration and Social Perspectives. Photos can be found at http://bit.ly/explore_sextraf.

Immediate Past President Linda Lin Speaks at Press Briefing on Lung Cancer

Immediate Past President Linda Lin spoke at a press briefing on Friday, October 12, to spread awareness about the impact of lung cancer on the APA community: http://bit.ly/blog_BreatheDeepNYC. The Chinese press, Epoch, Singtao and World Journal, covered the story. Linda also organized the AABANY Team to participate in the run/walk on October 21 at Battery Park City to help raise funds for lung cancer research and in support of an anonymous AABANY member who is currently battling lung cancer.

Bobby Liu Appointed to the Board

Congratulations to Bobby Liu who was approved by the Board at the October 15 Board meeting to fill the vacancy created by James Yu being named Vice President of Programs and Operations. The Board looks forward to working with him to continue advancing AABANY’s mission.

AABANY Co-sponsors Presidential Debate Viewing Party

AABANY co-sponsored with MinKwon and other community groups a Presidential Debate Viewing Party at the SideBAR on Monday, October 22, at 8:30 pm. The bar located in downtown Manhattan was jam-packed with people watching the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

New York Times Quotes from Amici Brief Written by Board Member Vinoo Varghese

Board member Vinoo Varghese, principal at Varghese & Associates PC, submitted a brief for amici curiae National Legal Aid & Defenders Association (NLADA) and the Bronx Defenders in the case of United States v. Rajaratnam, pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The brief was quoted in the October 23 New York Times article, “Appeal in Insider Trading Case Centers on Wiretap.” Read more at http://bit.ly/varghese_amici_nyt.

Pres. Jean Lee Honored at Rutgers-Newark APALSA Mela

Rutgers-Newark APALSA held its 11th anniversary Mela at the law school on Thursday night, October 25. Mela is the Sanskrit word for “gathering,” and this annual event celebrates various Asian cultures and honors the achievements of Asian Americans in the legal community.

This year, Rutgers-Newark APALSA honored the Hon. David F. Bauman, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County. Judge Bauman is the first Asian American judge in Monmouth Vicinage.

Also honored was our very own Jean Lee, President of AABANY and VP and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Read more at http://bit.ly/rutgers_apalsa_mela12.

 

AABANY Co-Sponsors Women in Law Connect II

On Thursday, October 25, members of AABANY, SABANY, KALAGNY, and MBBA participated in an evening of networking at the highly anticipated second “Women in Law Connect” mixer at the chic Volstead in midtown Manhattan. Women attorneys from various practice areas and law students connected over drinks and hors d’oeuvres and eagerly shared their legal experiences with each other. Special thanks to Women’s Committee Co-Chairs Vinny Lee and Liza Sohn for organizing the event and to Rebecca Ulich for her assistance in planning it.

Don Liu and Vincent Chang at the Council of Urban Professionals Annual Lawyers Forum

AABANY partnered with the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) to promote its Third Annual Lawyers Forum which took place at the Eventi Hotel in Midtown Manhattan on October 25. Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox and AABANY Advisory Committee member, was the keynote speaker. Also recognized at the event was the inaugural list of fifteen CUP Catalysts: Change Agents in Law 2012, among whom was past president and current co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, Vincent Chang.

4th Annual Upstate Roadshow at Syracuse Law School

On Saturday, October 27, AABANY held its 4th annual Upstate Roadshow at Syracuse Law School. Organized by the Student Outreach Committee, co-chairs Irene Tan and Ben Chan brought the downstate contingent that included Amy Ngai, Amy Luo, Thomas Hou, Board member Francis Chin and Executive Director Yang Chen. They were met upstate by Louis Jim, associate at Bond, Schoeneck & King, Tiffany Lee, Assistant US Attorney in the Western District of New York, Mary Traynor, attorney at Legal Services of Central New York, and Shelly Tsai, attorney at Legal Services of Central New York.

Law students from the law schools at Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany spent the afternoon learning about AABANY, its mission and activities, engaged in an interactive networking workshop and participated in panel discussions about resume writing, interviewing and career paths in the law. Photos can be found at http://bit.ly/update_roadshow12.

Sandy Hits New York City

During the week of October 29, New York City was among the areas in the Northeast that felt the brunt of Sandy once it made landfall in Atlantic City. The entire city was shut down, with no public transportation available for several days, power outages across the five boroughs and widespread flooding and devastation that affected millions. AABANY, through its social media outlets, alerted the public about cancelled events, court closures and extensions of filing deadlines. AABANY also helped spread the call for volunteers to assist with disaster relief in Manhattan’s Chinatown which was hard hit by power outages and lack of communication.

READ THE SECOND QUARTER REPORT HERE.