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AABANY Announcements, October 21, 2013

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS October 21, 2013

In this edition

  1. Pro Bono Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Project
  2. Alice Young and Yang Chen to be Honored at Moon Festival Gala on Oct. 25
  3. Law Student Survival Workshop at NYU School of Law on Oct. 26
  4. Growth of Asian Real Estate Segment and Purchasing Power in NYC, Oct. 30
  5. AABANY Launches Career Placement Committee
  6. Joint Minority Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel Reports Qualification Ratings
  7. Highlights from the Week of Oct. 14
  8. Join Team AABANY for Breathe Deep NYC's Run/Walk on Nov. 2
  9. Thomas Tang Moot Court Judges Needed for NAPABA Convention
  10. From NAPABA: Momentum Kansas City 2013
  11. More from NAPABA
  12. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  13. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  14. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  15. On WE Blog @ AABANY: CUP Lawyers' Forum, CUP Leadership Institute, Judicial Candidate Voters Guide
  16. Fellowship Announcements
  17. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  18. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Pro Bono Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Project

Sign up by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, at www.aaldef.net/volunteer_monitor_form.aspx

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking volunteer attorneys, law and undergraduate students, and community volunteers to assist in monitoring poll sites during the elections in NYC, NJ, and Virginia on November 5 to assess compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act. Attorneys and law students can receive pro bono credits or free CLE (including ethics) credits.

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated.

Volunteers are needed to inspect poll sites for required language assistance, interview voters, and document instances of anti-Asian American voter discrimination. Bilingual ability in an Asian language is helpful but not required.

Training will be provided at various New York City locations, starting on October 22. For more details see bit.ly/pb_aaelctn.

Alice Young and Yang Chen to be Honored at Moon Festival Gala on Oct. 25

NAAAP New York will recognize Ms. Young and Mr. Chen along with other honorees and leaders in the Asian America community during its first annual Moon Festival Honoree Gala to be held at Gotham Hall in New York City on Friday, October 25, 2013. The Moon Festival Honoree Gala will honor New York's most influential Asian & Pacific Islander Americans ("APIA") in various professions, including media, public service, entrepreneurship, culinary arts and corporate (law). Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the South District of New York, was also named NAAAP-NY's 2013 Public Service Honoree. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NAAAP-NY Scholarship Fund, a program instituted over a decade ago to benefit APIA scholars in the greater New York metropolitan area. The Honoree Reception will be hosted by Richard Lui, MSNBC Anchor.

Alice Young is a member of AABANY and Yang Chen is the Executive Director of AABANY. Click here to read more.

Law Student Survival Workshop at NYU School of Law on Oct. 26


AABANY's Student Outreach Committee is pleased to announce the second annual Law Student Survival Workshop. This year it will be held at NYU School of Law on Oct. 26 and in addition to the speakers from AABANY's committees and career panels, it will feature a keynote speech by Prof. Jerry Kang, Straus Fellow and David M. Friedman Fellow at NYU Law. Prof. Kang will speak about his work on implicit bias and its impact on APAs in the legal profession. For more details and to register go to bit.ly/ls_survival.

Growth of Asian Real Estate Segment and Purchasing Power in NYC, Oct. 30

AABANY's Real Estate and Solo and Small Firm Practice Committees will be hosting a CLE Dinner on October 30, 2013, starting at 6 pm, entitled "The Growth of the Asian Real Estate Segment and Their Purchasing Power in NYC,” to be held Mudan Restaurant, Queens Crossing, Flushing, New York. The last Census shows that the Asian segment comprises at least 14% of the population in New York City. This segment is still growing. Much of this growth has been attributed to the influx of Asians both locally and from Asia. This CLE will discuss how to understand and address the specific demographics and needs of the Asian purchaser of real estate in New York City. The program will be presented from the perspective of a CPA, an attorney, and a commercial and residential realtor.

For more information and to register for the event go to bit.ly/asianremmbr (for AABANY members) or bit.ly/asianrenonmmbr (for non-members).

AABANY Launches Career Placement Committee

AABANY is pleased to announce the formation of its new Career Placement Committee. The primary purpose of the Career Placement Committee is to match qualified AABANY members with available legal job positions. To accomplish this, the Career Placement Committee is launching the AABANY Career Exchange which will serve as a clearinghouse for all legal positions brought to its attention and will proactively seek to match qualified AABANY candidates with such open positions. To this end, the Career Placement Committee is actively seeking information regarding open legal positions. If you are aware of any such positions please email the Career Placement Committee co-chairs (Robert Leung, Michael Park and Gurinder Singh) at careers@aabany.org.

In addition, the Career Placement Committee is also interested in getting to know AABANY members who are currently seeking or considering seeking a new position. It is important for the Career Placement Committee to understand the skill sets, special expertise and interests of AABANY members currently conducting or thinking about a job search in order to be able to best match qualified candidates with particular open positions. To facilitate the process, the Career Placement Committee kicked-off the AABANY Career Exchange by holding 15-minute informational one-on-one meetings with interested AABANY members at the Northeast Regional/ Fall Conference on September 21, 2013.

Finally, if you are interested in getting involved in the Career Placement Committee, please let us know. We are currently actively seeking 5-10 committee members to assist with our current and future projects. Please email us at careers@aabany.org.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact the Career Placement Committee co-chairs: Robert Leung, Michael Park or Gurinder Singh at careers@aabany.org.

Joint Minority Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel Reports Qualification Ratings

The Joint Minority Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel recently interviewed and rated judicial candidates for the Civil Court of the City of New York and the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Interviews were conducted by representatives of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Dominican Bar Association, LGBT Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of New York.

Read more at bit.ly/jscrn_pnlrpt.

Highlights from Week of Oct. 14

Last Week:

  • On Oct 16, the Young Lawyers Committee's Running Club met up for a 3 mile run
  • The Judiciary Committee organized and presented an information session on state clerkships on Oct. 16

For more details and photos visitWe Blog @ AABANY.


Join Team AABANY for Breathe Deep NYC's Run/Walk on Nov. 2


BREATHE DEEP NYC's Run/Walk

Hudson River Park, Pier 46
Charles Street and West Street

On November 2, 2013, AABANY's members and friends will be walking in BREATHE DEEP NYC's Run/Walk in Hudson River Park in honor of an AABANY member (non-smoker) that was recently diagnosed with Lung Cancer.

Proceeds from this event will benefit LUNGevity Foundation, the leading private provider of research funding for lung cancer. The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful and immediate impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer. LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network, as well as the largest online support community for those affected by lung cancer.

For more details go to http://bit.ly/112breathe_deep

Thomas Tang Moot Court Judges Needed for NAPABA Convention

We need your help to serve as judges for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition on Friday, November 8, 2013, during the NAPABA Convention in Kansas City, MO. The rounds will take place from 9:15 to 10:15 and 10:30 to 11:30 at the Convention Hotel, Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Please go to bit.ly/napabatt_mtcrt for more information and details.

From NAPABA: Momentum Kansas City 2013

This year’s theme – "Momentum” – bespeaks our goal of highlighting and celebrating the monumental achievements of APA attorneys over the past 25 years at the highest levels of our profession while simultaneously inspiring and encouraging attendees to collaborate for future successes.

Join us for a series of remarkable events at the 25th Annual NAPABA Convention in Kansas City, MO, from November 7-10, 2013! NOTE: Early Bird Rates expired Sept. 23.

We look forward to seeing you in November! For registration and more information, please visit: 2013convention.napaba.org.


More from NAPABA

Here are more updates from NAPABA that may be of interest:

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2013 Legal Internship Program. Open to college students, law students and law grads, AABANY is looking for a few talented, energetic and motivated interns to help plan and organize AABANY programs and events, provide research and administrative assistance and perform other tasks and assignments to advance and promote AABANY’s mission. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. For full details and information on how to apply go to bit.ly/Lgl_Intrn_Details.

Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at yang.chen@aabany.org.

AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now

The AABANY Law Review’s Special Edition issue, released at the AABANY Fall Conference, is available for purchase ($20) on the AABANY website at http://bit.ly/aabanylr_curr. The issue features annotated reenactment scripts of five historic Asian American trials written by Honorable Denny Chin, Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu, Kathy Hirata Chin, and Vincent T. Chang. These plays have been presented by Asian American bar associations and law schools all over the nation. The issue includes an introduction and foreword from the authors. Go online and buy your own copy today, or get it as a gift for anyone interested in learning more about Asian American legal history and social justice issues.

Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate

In this Issue:

  • NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY 4th Annual Fall Conference
  • Special Feature: AABANY in NY Law Journal
  • President's Letter from Mike Huang
  • AABANY Profile: Peter Kim
  • Committee Profile: Real Estate Committee
  • AABANY Feature: 2Q 2013 Review
  • AABANY Feature: APA History Month

On WE Blog @ AABANY: CUP Lawyers' Forum, CUP Leadership Institute, Judicial Candidate Voters Guide

Fellowship Announcements

The ACLU has announced the Fall 2013 Sponsored Disability Rights Fellowship. This and other fellowship announcements can now be found at AABANY's website under Resources, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships," or go tobit.ly/Fellowsh ip_Announcmnts.

Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program

Do you have some time to volunteer to assist self-represented litigants in New York's courts? Many opportunities exist through several Volunteer Attorney Programs to get trained to provide legal advice and assistance to pro se clients in housing, family law, consumer debt and foreclosure cases. Please visit the Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program’s website to learn how you can help.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Oct 22: Pro Bono Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Project, 12PM to 1:30PM, Shearman & Sterling. For more information click here.
  • Oct 22: Small Business Education Program: Learn How to Comply with State and City Tax Laws & Regulations, 6PM to 8PM. New York County Lawyers' Association. For more information click here.
  • Oct 24: YLC Committee Meeting, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Skadden Arps. For more information click here.
  • Oct 26: AABANY cosponsors: Open Clinic at MinKwon Center, MinKwon Center for Community Action. For more information click here.
  • Oct 26: Meet AABANY & Law School Survival Workshop, 11AM to 2:30PM, New York University Law School. For more information click here.
  • Oct 29: Pro Bono Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Project, 12PM to 1:30PM, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. For more information click here.
  • Oct 30: Pro Bono Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Project, 6PM to 7:30PM, Weil Gotshal & Manges. For more information click here.
  • Oct 30: The Growth of the Asian Real Estate Segment and Their Purchasing Power in NYC, 6PM to 9PM, Mudan Banquet Hall. For more information click here (MEMBERS) or click here (Non-Members).
  • Nov 1: AABANY's Government Service and Public Interest Committee Presents: Know Your Rights Landlord/Tenant Forum? 10AM to 12PM, UCA Senior Center. For more information click here.
  • Nov 2: Breathe Deep NYC Run/Walk to fight lung cancer, 8:30AM to 12PM, Hudson River Park. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Oct 23: MBBA's Community Service Committee Presents "A Symposium on Domestic and Sexual Violence," 6PM to 8:30PM, City College of New York. For more information click here.
  • Oct 25: Moon Festival Hnoreee Gala, 7:30PM to 10:30PM, Gotham Hall. For more information click here. AABANY Member, Alice Young and ED, Yang Chen, will be honored at this event.
  • Oct 26: MBBA presents: Exam Writing, Legal Analysis & The Exam Templates, 9AM to 1PM, New York Law School. For more information click here.
  • Oct 28: Law & Reorder: Best Law Firms for Women: Findings, Trends and Best Practices, 12:15PM to 2PM, Hogan Lovells US LLP. For more information click here.
  • Oct 29: The Council of Urband Professionals' 4th Annual Lawyers Forum, Eventi Hotel. For more information click here.
  • Oct 29: Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association 13th Annual Dinner, 6PM to 9PM, Omni Hotel. For more information click here.
  • Oct 30: FALANY October Happy Hour for Law Students or Recent Graduates, 5:30PM to 7:30PM, Rosa Mexicano Union Square. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • VP, Corporate Counsel, Prudential, Newark, NJ
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel-Tax & Bankruptcy LIT Div, NYC Law Department
  • VP, Compliance, Prudential, Newark, NJ
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel (Affirm Lit), New York Law Department

For more information on these listings and other open positions go to the AABANY Career Center.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.