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Recent Events (Archives) 2nd Quarter 2013

Quarterly Report for May 2013 through July 2013 

AABANY's second quarter, covering the months from May through July, started with a highly active APA Heritage Month and continued on with an eventful summer of programming. We also congratulate and recognize the following:

  • Mike Huang's article entilted, "Asian Americans Find a Voice Within the Law," was published in the Law Day edition of the New York Law Journal on May 1.
  • Glenn Lau-Kee spoke, as a distinguished speaker,  at the Diversity Speaker Series. This series was presented by Kramer Levin in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
  • AABANY Immediate Past President Jean Lee, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association ("MCCA").
  • Hon. Pamela K. Chen, was inducted as the United States Disctrict Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
  • The New York Law Journal covered the AABANY re-enactment of the Heart Mountain trials presented on July 11 at Cadwalader Wickerhsam & Taft LLP.

Below are just some of the highlights from our busy second quarter. To read AABANY's full quarterly report in PDF go to http://bit.ly/2013_2ndqrpt.


May

Rio Guerrero speaks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform panel
AABANY celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Asia Society
AABANY and AALDEF co-sponsors "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority"
Reception for LGBT and South Asian Lawyers
IVA: The Myth of Tokyo Rose
AABANY participates in the 34th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival
Immigration Reform Debate at MOCA
AABANY Joins Mayoral Candidate Forum on APAs
Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour at the Rubin Museum

June

Women's Committee's "Tee Off Your Business Network" event
An Evening with the New York City Mayoral Candidates
In-House IP Careers Panel
10th Annual Caren Aronowitz Unity in Diversity Celebration
AABANY Committees co-sponsor CLE program on Real Estate Issues
AALFNY's Summer Reception at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
AABANY's 6th Annual Wine Reception at St. Barts
Prosecutors' Committee's 5th Anniversary Reception
AABANY co-sponsors "Recurring Issues of a Foreign Purchaser in New York City" CLE program

July

Summer Reception at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
"Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy" CLE program
Successful re-enactment of Heart Mountain Trials at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Depositions Bootcamp with the Litigation Committee
Habitiat for Humanity Outing with the Young Lawyers Committee
AABANY coaches current Law Students in Mock Interview Workshops
 

May

Rio Guerrero speaks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform panel

On May 1st, the New York Chapter of the American Constitution Society, The Hispanic National Bar Association, and AABANY co-sponsored an immigration reform panel entitled, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: What is the Plan? What Works and What Doesn’t? Will the Bill Pass?” Panelists included AABANY Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Rio Guerrero, founding Partner of Guerrero Yee LLP.

 

AABANY celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Asia Society

On May 3rd, AABANY joined and promoted Asia Society’s "Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month,” for an evening of free museum tours, live jazz, specialty cocktails, Korean street food, and discounted shopping.

AABANY and AALDEF co-sponsors "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority"

On May 8th, AABANY and AALDEF co-sponsored a screening of "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority," the award-winning documentary about the first woman of color and of APA descent to be elected to Congress, where Ms. Mink went on to co-author Title IX, which required gender equity in education and athletics. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session and warm reception at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Reception for LGBT and South Asian Lawyers

On May 15th, AABANY co-sponsored a reception for LGBT and South Asian Lawyers at Shearman & Sterling LLP. AALDEF gave a special presentation on Asian American Support for Same-Sex Marriage. Attendees also had the opportunity to donate to a scholarship fund for students who wished to attend the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance conference.

Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose

On May 16,  AABANY and the Asian American Art Alliance (a4) presented,"Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose, Allegiance on Trial," at the Asia Society. "Tokyo Rose" was a fully staged theatrical production inspired by the life and trial of Iva Toguri, a Japanese American citizen accussed of treason for allegedly brocasting anti-American propoganda during WWII as the infamous "Tokyo Rose." The world premiere on May 16 played to a full house. The May 17 matinee peformance also played to a full house, with many students from New York City's schools in attendance.

 

AABANY participates in the 34th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival

On May 18,  the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans hosted its 34th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival, the longest running pan-Asian festival on the East Coast. Concerts, dance performances, presentations, martial arts, taiko drums demos, and outdoor activities. AABANY volunteers, including board members and officers, committee chairs, and members, ran a booth at the day-long event held at Confucius Plaza in Manhattan Chinatown, chatting with members of the community and distributing issues of AABANY’s quarterly newsletter and 2012 year-end report.

 

Immigration Reform Debate at MOCA

On May 19th,  Tsui Yee, Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, emceed "Community Briefing: The Immigration Reform Debate" at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in Chinatown. The briefing informed the Asian American Community about the proposed changes to overhaul the immigration system and discussed ways that the community can impact comprehesive immmigration reform before it becomes final. Elizabeth R. OuYang, NY Chapter President of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, May Chen, Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and Mae Lee, Executive Director of Chinese Progrressive Associaion spoke at the event.

 

 AABANY joins Mayoral Candidate Forum on APAs

On May 20th, AABANY joined the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and supporters at "Growing Numbers, Growing Impact: Mayoral Candidates Forum on Asian Pacific Americans.” Over 500 community members gathered at this event to listen to the Mayoral Candidates address key issues affecting the APA communities, such as civic engagement, economic development, education, health, housing, immigration, and social services. Richard Lui, NBC and MSNBC News Anchor, moderated the forum.

Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour at the Rubin Museum

On May 31st, the Membership Committee presented the second of its Get to Know AABANY Happy Hours, this time featuring the Corporate Law, Young Lawyers and Student Outreach Committees. AABANY members and friends, guests got to enjoy the Himalayan and Buddhist art collection at the museum, music provided by a live DJ, delicious finger foods and 2-for-1 drink specials. The night was a great success. AABANY plans to host the third session in the Third Quarter. 

  

 

June

Women's Committee's "Tee Off Your Business Network" event

On June 5th, the In-House Counsel and Women’s Committee held a unique networking event at Drive495 entitled "Tee Off Your Business Network,” designed for women attorneys interested in the professional and social benefits of golf. "Tee Off” drew attorneys from law firms, solo practices, and companies, including AIG Inc., the Chinese-American Planning Council Inc., Empire State Development, Fortress Investment Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, MetLife, New York Liquidation Bureau, the Rockefeller Group, Time Inc., and Verizon Wireless

 

An Evening with the New York City Mayoral Candidates
On June 6th, AABANY and several other bar associations co-sponsored "An Evening with the New York City Mayoral Candidates" at the New York City Bar. The event's first hour was devoted to Republican and Independent canddiates: Adolfo Carrion Jr. was the Independent and Republican candidates in attendance were Joseph Lhota, John Catsimatidis and George McDonald. The next hour was dedicated to the Democratic candidates: Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu and Bill Thompson. Errol Louis of NY1 moderated.

 

 

In-House IP Careers Panel 

Intellectual Property Committee kicked off its summer with a panel on "In-House IP Careers” on June 6.  Panelists included Vernon Chu, General Counsel at BBC Worldwide Americas, Amin Kassam, Counsel at Bloomberg LLP, Caren Khoo, Assistant General Counsel at Verizon, and Anwesa Paul, Privacy Counsel at American Express. Panelists discussed how to identify in-house IP opportunities, when to make the move, and the skills necessary to land the job and succeed as an in-house lawyer.

 

10th Annual Caren Aronowitz Unity in Diversity Celebration

On June 7th, AABANY took part in the 10th Anniversary Caren Aronowitz Unity in Diversity Celebration at the New York State Supreme Court Rotunda. Many different bar groups and community interests groups brought samples of foods from their ethinic background to share with workers and visitors of the courthouse. AABANY filled its table with samples of Chinese Dim Sum, from one of the oldest tea parlors in Chinatown (Nom Wah), which were among the favorites of courthouse workers and members of the surrounding community.

AABANY Committees co-sponsor CLE program on Condo Offering Plans

On June 12th, AABANY's  Real Estate, Solo and Small Firm Practice, Immigration and Nationality Law, and Government Service and Public Interest Committees co-sponsored a CLE program entitled "New York State Attorney General on Condos & Offering Plans: the Requirements.” Panelists included Marissa Piesman, Chief of the Real Estate Finance Bureau at the Office of New York State Attorney General, Lewis A. Polishook, Chief Counsel for Real Estate Finance at the Office of the New York State Attorney General, and Katherine J. Hwang, Assistant Attorney General in the Enforcement Section of the Real Estate Finance Bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

AALFNY's Summer Reception at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

On June 13th, The Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY), formerly the AABANY Foundation and AABANY's 501(c)(3) affiliate, had its annual Summer Reception fundraiser this year at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Glenn Lau-Kee, past AABANY President and current NYSBA President-elect, was the special honoree. In June 2014, Glenn will take his place as the first Asian American President of NYSBA.
Also honored that evening were the recipients of AALFNY’s Community Service Scholarship Awards, who this year were: Lucy Zhang, a student at Duke University School of Law (Class of 2015) and intern with New York Legal Assistance Group’s Total Life Choices department, and Mieon Han, a student at Fordham Law School (Class of 2014) and intern with MinKwon Center for Community Action. Nabila Taj, intern at Queens Legal Services, received this year’s AALFNY SABANY Public Interest Fellowship. Also in attendance were many interns from this year’s class of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP), co-sponsored by AALFNY, AABANY, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, Puerto Rican Bar Association and SABANY.
 

 AABANY's 6th Annual Wine Tasting & Networking Reception at St. Barts

On June 18th, the Corporate Law Committee and the In-house Counsel Committee co-sponsored AABANY’s 6th Annual Wine Tasting & Networking Reception, at Inside Park at St. Bart’s. This year’s event was highly successful, with over 125 people in attendance, including in-house attorneys from 46 organizations, such as AIG, BBC, Hess, JP Morgan Chase, Prudential and Xerox.

 

Prosecutors' Committee 5th Anniversary Reception

On June 19th, the AABANY Prosecutors’ Committee celebrated its fifth year anniversary at NYCLA with over 130 people in attendance. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (SDNY), District Attorneys Robert Johnson (Bronx), Daniel Donovan (Richmond), Kathleen Rice (Nassau), Cyrus Vance, Jr. (New York), and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan (New York) were on hand to join in the festivities at which trailblazing judges the Hon. Lorna Schofield (SDNY) and the Hon. Pamela Chen (EDNY) were also honored. The Committee is comprised of current and former state and federal prosecutors. This highly successful event was co-sponsored with the Federal Courts Committee of NYCLA.

 

AABANY co-sponsors "Recurring Issues of a Foreign Purchaser in New York City " CLE program

On June 24th, AABANY co-sponsored a CLE program entitled "Recurring Issues of a Foreign Purchaser in New York City.” Panelist included Jerry Glassman, Partner of Real Estate Services at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Todd Hedgepeth, Director of Baker Tilly’s International Tax Group, Wendy Cai-Lee, Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Eastern Region at East West Bank, Margaret T. Ling, Senior Counsel at Summit Associates, and Pauline Yeung-Ha, Partner at Grimaldi & Yeung LLP.

 

July

 Summer Reception at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

On July 9th, AABANY held its annual Summer Reception at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. Our gracious host was John Flock, a Partner at the firm and AABANY President in 1999. Attendees networked while enjoying the magnificent views of lower Manhattan and New York Bay from the firm’s outdoor terrace. Immediately following the reception, AABANY held its July Board Meeting at the firm.

 

"Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy" CLE program

On July 11th, the Commercial Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Intellectual Property Committees co-sponsored a CLE program entitled "Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy.” Panelists discussed how bankruptcy and intellectual property law can frequently intersect as shown in recent large bankruptcy cases. The evening began with an overview of Bankruptcy Code section 365, followed by a discussion of emerging and unresolved issues in bankruptcy treatment of intellectual property. Speakers included Alan Halperin, Founding partner at Halperin Battaglia Raicht LLP, Michael Lynch, Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, and Daniel Lowenthal, Partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Commercial Bankruptcy/Restructuring Committee Co-Chair Vincent Roldan, Of Counsel at Vandenberg & Feliu LLP, moderated.

Successful re-enactment of Heart Mountain Trials at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On July 16th,  AABANY members presented "Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty and the Constitution” at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. "Heart Mountain” is a reenactment of the historic World War II case of the 63 Japanese-American draft resisters who were interned at Heart Mountain in Wyoming and refused to report for U.S. military service. They were willing to fight for their country, but only after their rights as citizens were restored. The program was presented by a team of AABANY members, which included Cadwalader Partner Kathy Hirata Chin and Special Counsel Lauren U.Y. Lee. The group develops and performs re-enactments of important moments in Asian American legal history, which are first performed at the annual NAPABA convention in November. The Hon. Denny Chin, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto, Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, also participated in the evening’s program. This program offered attendees 1.5 CLE credits and was free of charge.

 

Depositions Bootcamp with the Litigation Committee

On July1the Litigation Committee organized a workshop entitled "Depositions Bootcamp II,” back by popular demand after its successful debut last year. Panelists included Vincent T. Chang, Partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, James P. Chou, Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Hauer Strauss & Feld LLP, Tristan C. Loanzon, Founding Partner at Loanzon Sheikh LLC, Yasuhiro Saito, Principal Attorney at Saito Law Group, William Wang, Partner at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP, and James S. Yu, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Participants engaged in mock depositions and received feedback and suggestions. The panelists and AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen served as witnesses and provided on-point critiques and advice. The CLE was well attended and a great success.

 

AABANY Mentor-Mentee Meetup

On July 25, AABANY held a mid-summer happy hour at the Ainsworth in the Chelsea neighborhood for its mentors and mentees in the Mentorship Program. Mentees had an opportunity to catch up with their mentors and network with fellow colleagues. Attendees included those who were interested in learning more about the Mentorship Program from Julie Kwon, Coordinator of the Mentorship Program, and from participants in this year’s program. The opening of registration for the 2013-14 Mentorship Program was announced on July 23.

 

 Habitat for Humanity outing with the Young Lawyers Committee

On July 20, members of the Young Laywers Committee participated in a restoration project for Habitat for Humanity. The team worked through the summer heat wave to remove damaged basement drywall and landscape a private community yard located in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

AABANY coaches current Law Students in Mock Interview Workshops

On July 31, AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee and KALAGNY’s Mentorship Program co-hosted the annual joint mock interview workshop. Approximately 40 people attended the event. Just in time for on-campus interview season, the interview workshop is designed to teach students effective interview skills specific to the legal profession while providing students with the opportunities to practice interviewing with, and receiving feedback from, practicing attorneys. The esteemed panel included Jonathan Kim, Partner, Dechert; Kyun Yi, Managing Partner, DeMartini & Yi; and James R. Cho, Asst. US Attorney, EDNY. The panelists discussed ways that law students can effectively interview for different sectors of the law. After the panel, seasoned attorneys from both private and public sectors engaged in mock interviews with students. Each student was interviewed by two attorneys. Students who attended included rising 2Ls from NYU, Fordham, and Brooklyn Law Schools. Special thanks to Dechert LLP for generously providing the space, food and refreshments for the workshop.

 

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