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Recent Events (Archives) 1st Quarter 2013

Quarterly Report for February 2013 through April 2013

The quarter covering the months of February through April has proved highly active for AABANY. In addition to the slew of events described below, the quarter was filled with achievements, honors and recognitions for our members and friends. We congratulate:

  • Tsui Yee, a founding Partner of Guerrero Yee LLP and Co-Chair of AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, honored with the 2013 Dena Coye Outstanding Woman Entrepreneurship Award.
  • Blossom Kan, co-chair of the In-house Counsel Committee, and Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal, who serves on AABANY's Board of Directors, were named "Rising Stars" by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
  • Hon. Pamela K. Chen, confirmed as a Federal District Judge, Eastern District of New York, first Chinese-American female Article III judge outside of California and the second-ever Chinese-American female federal judge in United States history.
  • Robert Leung, AABANY Past President and current Director, honored at the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni's 5th Annual Lunar New Year Fundraiser.
  • Kin Ng, AABANY member and co-founder of the Prosecutors' Committee, honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award and Community Service Award from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the New York Chinese School.
  • Karen Yau, Co-Chair of AABANY's Government Service and Public Interest Committee, named as the new Executive Director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.
  • Hon. Denny Chin, recipient of the "Unity Through Diversity Award" at New York Law School's Spring Banquet.


February

24th Annual Dinner
Press Conference for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March

AABANY hosts delegation from Cambodia
Adihkaar's International Women's Day
Women's Committee Kickoff at Congee Village
Town Hall Meeting at LaGuardia Community College
Women in law Connect at PS 450

April

"Talk Tuesday" with NAAP-NY
"Raising the Bar and Tearing Down Barriers: Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice" with AWIB
Commercial Bankruptcy/Restructuring Committee hosts its first kickoff meeting
Government Service and Public Interest Committee hosts Spring Fling Mixer at Triona's


February

24th Annual Dinner

On February 27th, AABANY held its 24th Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. This year’s dinner was AABANY’s largest to date, attracting more than 750 guests and sponsorships from more than 60 law firms and corporations. Attendees included Federal and State judges; representatives of elected officials and dignitaries; attorneys from large and small firms, corporate law departments, prosecutors’ offices, and government agencies; and law students. AABANY was pleased to also be joined by bar association leaders from NYSBA, KALAGNY, MBBA, SABANY, MuBANY, and the PRBA. Richard Lui of MSNBC emceed.

 

Press Conference for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On Feburary 28th, Rio Guerrero, Co-Chair of the Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, represented AABANY at a press conference held by Asian American community groups to urge Asian Americans in New York to join a national movement for comprehensive immigration reform.

March

AABANY hosts delegation from Cambodia

On March 12, AABANY hosted a delegation from Cambodia’s Royal Academy for Judicial Professions, which trains Cambodia's judges, prosecutors, and bailiffs. The delegation was visiting New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., to learn more about the American Legal System. AABANY connected the delegation with APABA-DC and NAPABA when they visited the nation’s capital.

 

Adihikaar's International Women's Day

AABANY Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Tsui Yee, Founding Partner at Guerrero Yee LLP, spoke at Adhikaar’s International Women’s Day (Nari Diwas) 2013: Women’s Leadership for Immigration Reform at PS 12 in Woodside, Queens. The event was a platform to discuss the current immigration reform agenda and how women can take a leadership role in shaping the future of the face of immigration in America. The event’s morning session included a panel of local community members and activists who spoke on the most recent developments regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Tsui offered a legal perspective on what is currently being proposed in the Senate’s bipartisan proposal, while Valeria Treves, Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), discussed ways in which the immigrant community can ensure that their voice is heard in the shaping of pending legislation.

 

Women's Committee Kickoff at Congee Village

The Women's Committee gathered at Congee Village on Bowery for their Kick-Off Meeting and Welcome Dinner. Co-Chairs Vinny Lee and Naf Kwun introduced the committee's new Public Relations Co-Chairs, Connie Kong and Bindu Nair, who will assist in marketing and outreach efforts, and outlined the year’s planned programs.

 

Town Hall Meeting at LaGuardia Community College

AABANY joined many APA community groups at a Town Hall meeting on March 28 to call for real immigration reform. The event was held at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. Tsui Yee, Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, and Yang Chen, Executive Director, represented AABANY. At the Town Hall Meeting, many speakers from various APA community groups addressed the need for comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and takes into account the needs of APA communities.

Women In Law Connect at PS 450

The Women's Committee held the third installation of the popular networking mixer, "Women In Law Connect," at midtown lounge bar PS 450. The event drew more than 70 attendees from diverse backgrounds and practice areas, and was co-sponsored by the Women’s Committees of a record number of six bar associations: AABANY, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, KALAGNY, MBBA, MuBANY, and SABANY.

 

April

"Talk Tuesday" with NAAP-NY

On April 9, AABANY was invited to participate in NAAP-NY's monthly "Talk Tuesday," which brings together members of different industries, community partners, and corporate affinity groups for a night of mingling, cocktails, and discussion.

 

"Raising the Bar and Tearing Down Barriers: Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice" with AWIB

The Asian Women in Business held a panel entitled "Raising the Bar and Tearing Down Barriers: Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice." Speakers included current Prosecutors' Committee Co-Chair Rosemary Yu (Co-Director, Immigrant Affairs Program, Manhattan DA's Office), past Co-Chair Cristina Park (Supervisor, Economic Crimes Unit, Bronx DA's Office), and AABANY member Sabrina Thanse (Bureau Chief, Public Assistance Crime Unit, Kings County DA's Office). The panel, moderated by Sandra Leung, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Bristol-Myers Squibb and AABANY Advisory Committee member, was covered by the World Journal.

Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Committee hosts its first kickoff meeting

The newly formed Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Committee welcomed AABANY members and non-members to its Kick-Off Reception at Public House near Grand Central Station on April 24. Co-Chairs Ligee Gu and Vincent Roldan welcomed attendees and introduced them to the new committee while everyone met and mingled over drinks and an array of delicious appetizers.

Government Service and Public Interest Committee hosts Spring Fling Mixer at Triona's

On April 30, the Government Service and Public Interest Committee, the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, and the Membership Committee co-sponsored a Get to Know AABANY "Spring Fling" mixer at Triona's on Third Avenue and 19th Street. Attendees networked and learned about the work of the different committees while enjoying happy hour drink specials and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

 

 

READ THE FULL FIRST QUARTER REPORT HERE.