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AABANY Announcements, November 4, 2013

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS November 4, 2013

In this edition

  1. NAPABA National Convention in Kansas City, MO
  2. Nominations Now Being Accepted for AABANY Election
  3. AABANY Supports Proposition 6 to Raise Retirement Age of New York State Judges
  4. Vinoo Varghese in the New York Law Journal
  5. Congratulations to Rio Guerrero, TOFANY Award Recipient
  6. Congratulations to Don Liu and Dwight Yoo
  7. An Evening at Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, Dec. 3
  8. AABANY Launches Career Placement Committee
  9. AABANY Community Workshop: "Know Your Rights: Landlord/Tenant Forum"
  10. Bankruptcy Judge Opening in NJ: Apply by Nov. 22
  11. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  12. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  13. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  14. On WE Blog @ AABANY: Inuman at Pulutan, Diwali at MMA, AAARI: Microaggressions and the LGBT community, AAARI 12th Annual Gala
  15. Fellowship Announcements
  16. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  17. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

NAPABA National Convention in Kansas City, MO

AABANY is excited to be part of NAPABA's 25th annual National Convention, "Momentum," taking place starting Nov. 7 in Kansas City, MO. For more details, visit the convention website at bit.ly/napaba13conv Many great programs are on the schedule, including:

Also, if you are available to volunteer as a judge for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition on Friday, Nov. 8, please go to bit.ly/napabatt_mtcrt for more information and details.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for AABANY Election

AABANY's Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place in January 2014. At that meeting,elections will be conducted to elect 6 directors and 6 officers (President-elect, Vice President of Programs and Operations, Vice President of Finance and Development,Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary) for the coming year. The Nominations Committee welcomes and will accept applications to fill the vacancies immediately, and will select a slate of candidates to be included in a ballot form that will be sent out to the membership a month before the Annual Meeting. The Nominations Committee may also interview candidates before making its determination.

If you wish to run for any of the above vacancies, you must be a current, paid member of AABANY. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact Judy Kim, Membership Secretary, at judy.kim@aabany.org. Please also submit (i) a statement of interest declaring your intent to run; and (ii) a current resume, biography or CV listing your experience and accomplishments and any honors received to date. As part of item (i) please indicate your experience with AABANY if you have been an active member, describing any activities that you have participated in or helped to organize. If you have not been an active member in AABANY, explain what capabilities, resources, talents, skills, expertise, experience or any other contributions you would be able to make as a Board member or officer. Please also identify any activities indicating a dedication and commitment to issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

For a description of the qualifications, duties and obligations of Board Directors and Officers, please see Articles IV and V of AABANY's By-laws which can be found at: http://bit.ly/2013

First deadline for submissions is November 15. For more details go to bit.ly/app4elctn15

AABANY Supports Proposition 6 to Raise Retirement Age of New York State Judges

AABANY joins NYCLA in its support of Proposition 6 and encourages all AABANY members and the greater Asian Pacific American community to vote "Yes” in favor of Proposition 6, the proposed amendment to Article VI, Sections 2 and 25 of the New York State Constitution. The Amendment would allow judges of the New York State Court of Appeals to serve until age 80 and would allow judges of the New York state Supreme Court to be certificated from age 76 to 80. Currently, Court of Appeals Judges must retire at age 70 and Supreme Court justices can only be certificated until age 76. Notably, all term extensions would be subject to medical certification of continued fitness, as is the case with current term extensions.

To read more go to http://bit.ly/pr_prop6

Vinoo Varghese in the New York Law Journal

Vinoo Varghese is featured in a lead story in the November 4 edition of the New York Law Journal, entitled "D.A. Calls Defense Lawyer to Testify Before Grand Jury." You can read the story online at http://bit.ly/nylj_vvarghese (Login required.)

Congratulations to Rio Guerrero, TOFANY Award Recipient

On Saturday evening, October 26, 2013, Guerrero Yee partner Rio Guerrero received The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFANY) award in the category of Public Service, at TOFANY’s annual awards event held in Carnegie Hall, Manhattan, New York. TOFANY recognized Rio for his over 15 years of pro bono legal service helping individuals and organizations in the Asian Pacific American community.

Read more on the blog at http://bit.ly/tofanyawrd_rg.


Congratulations to Don Liu and Dwight Yoo


AABANY congratulates Don Liu and Dwight Yoo who were honored on October 29 at the 4th annual CUP (Council of Urban Professionals) Lawyers Forum, held at the Eventi Hotel in midtown Manhattan. They were among 15 lawyers recognized as CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2013 | Law, presented to "leaders across the legal services sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community." On the same night, in New Haven, Connecticut, Don was honored by CAPABA with the Impact Award at CAPABA's 13th Annual Dinner.

Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox, and Dwight Yoo, partner at Skadden, are both active with AABANY. Don has been serving on AABANY's Advisory Committee. AABANY congratulates both Don and Dwight and are honored to count them among AABANY's membership.

An Evening at Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, Dec. 3

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has cordially invited AABANY and its members to attend an Evening at the Thurgood Marshall United States Court House at Foley Square. The event takes place on December 3. RSVPs are required by November 27. Go to http://bit.ly/eve_tmarshcrt to register your attendance. We hope to see you there.

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.

AABANY Community Workshop: "Know Your Rights: Landlord/Tenant Forum"


On Friday, November 1st, AABANY’s Government Service & Public Interest (GSPI) Committee presented a community event, "Know Your Rights: Landlord/Tenant Forum” to a packed house at the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn’s Senior Center. The featured speaker was Charlie Liu, Associate Court Attorney at NYC Housing Court, who presented an engaging seminar, with Cantonese translation adeptly provided by AABANY intern, Stephanie Yu, on a wide variety of topics important to the aging community including housing rights in different types of buildings, how to apply for government-subsidized senior housing, how to navigate housing court and utilize resources available for elderly tenants, and how to get repairs through housing court. Charlie took questions and answers after the presentation, which was followed by a lunch for the seniors in attendance, underwritten by the GSPI Committee.

Thanks to Karen Yau, YuJin Hong and Katrina Goyco for organizing this community event. To learn more about the Committee and its work, contact co-chairs Karen Yau and YuJin Hong at publicsector-chairs@aabany.org.

Bankruptcy Judge Opening in NJ: Apply by Nov. 22

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has announced an application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of New Jersey, seated in Camden. Applications must be submitted electronically by noon on Friday, November 22, 2013. To apply, go to www.ca3.uscourts.gov for more information or call the Circuit Executives Office at 215-597-0718.

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: Inuman at Pulutan, Diwali at MMA, AAARI: Microaggressions and the LGBT Community, AAARI 12th Annual Gala

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

  • Nov 7-10: 25th Annual NAPABA National Convention, Kansas City, Missouri. For more information click here.
  • Nov 7: AABANY co-sponsors: "Rights, Camera, Action!" Obtaining Underlying Rights for Scripted Film and Television, 6:30PM to 9:15PM, Cardozo Law School. For more information click here.
  • Nov 14: AABANY co-sponsors: Starting Your Own Practice in NY, 8:30AM to 5PM, The New Yorker Hotel. For more information click here.
  • Nov 15: Call for Nominations: FIRST Deadline. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Nov6: MBBA's Employment/Labor Law Update 2013 CLE, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Mayer Brown. For more information click here.
  • Nov 7: Strategic Networking: A Guide for Women Rainmakers, 8:15AM to 10AM, Weil Gotshal Manges. For more information click here.
  • Nov 12: NYWBA presents: The Importance of Bar Membership for New & Lawyers in Transition, 6:30PM to 7:30PM, New York Law School. For more information click here.
  • Nov 14: PALS presents: Judicial Clerkship & Internship Panel for Law Students & Junior Attorneys of Color, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Alston & Bird LLP. For more information click here.
  • Nov 15: Briarcliffe College and the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association presents the 2013 Immigration Law Forum, 10AM to 3:30PM, Briarcliffe College. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • VP, Corporate Counsel, Prudential, Atlanta, GA
  • Manager, Compliance Testing Unit (CTU), Prudential, Newark, NJ
  • Staff Attorney, The Office of the Appellate Defender
  • Affordable Housing Associate, Nixon Peabody LLP

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

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.