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Recent Events 3rd Quarter 2013

Quarterly Report for August 2013 through October 2013

AABANY's third quarter, covering the months from August through October, included many festive events and a successful Fall Conference. We also congratulate and recognize the following:

  • AABANY's upcoming re-enactment of "22 Lewd Chinese Women" (Chy Lung v. Freeman) was featured online in The Atlantic.
  • AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee co-chair Tsui Yee was quoted in a WNYC news article on the closing of immigration courts during the federal government shutdown.
  • AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee co-chair Rio Guerrero was featured in the television program "Adobo Nation."
  • AABANY member, Alice Young was honored as the 2013 Corporate (Law) Honoree at the First Annual Moon Festival Honoree Gala.
  • AABANY Executive Director, Yang Chen was honored at the First Annual Moon Festival Honoree Gala as the 2013 Community Excellence Award Recipient.

Below are just some of the highlights from our busy third quarter. To read AABANY's full quarterly report in PDF go to http://bit.ly/2013_3rdqrpt.

August

AABANY's 6th Annual Picnic in Central Park
Get to Know AABANY III
Women's Committee Mid-Year Committee Meeting and Midsummer Dinner
Formation of the Career Placement Committee
End of Summer Happy Hour
AABANY Night at the Theatre
NYCLA's Asia Practice Committee's Happy Hour Networking Party

September

How to Effectively Pitch to In-House Counsel
"Get Out the Vote" Happy Hour
Young Lawyers Committee's Financial Planning Workshop
Queens Asian Bar Association Inaugural Gala
Fall Style Series I: How to Put on Makeup
In-House Counsel/Partner's Cocktail Reception
NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference/AABANY Fall Conference
Pursuing a Career as an District Attorney
SABANY's 7th Annual Leadership Awards Gala
MinKwon Center for Community Action's 29th Anniversary Gala
Workshops on State/City Tax Laws and Regulation for Small Business Owners

October

Fall Style Series, Part II: Women's Suiting 101
Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
Information Sessions on Federal Judicial Clerkship Programs
Fall Styles Series, Part III: Men's Suiting 101
Information Sessions on State Judicial Clerkship Programs
 

August

AABANY's 6th Annual Picnic in Central Park

On August 3rd, AABANY planned its 6th Annual Picnic in Central Park on this date. Unfortunately, it started raining on the morning of our picnic. Organizers acted quickly to relocate the picnic to a nearby bar, the Village Pourhouse, and notified members about the new plans via text, email blasts and social media. Attendees enjoyed each other’s company while devouring the 6 foot sub ordered for the picnic.

 Get to Know AABANY III

On August 8th, AABANY hosted its third happy hour in the Get to Know AABANY series of Happy Hours. This time, members and non-members gathered at Onieals Grand Street Bar and Restaurant to network and learn more about AABANY’s Young Lawyers, Membership, and Judiciary Committees.

 

 

Women's Committee's Mid-Year Committee Meeting and Midsummer Dinner

On August 20th, the Women’s Committee held their Mid-Year Committee Meeting and Midsummer Dinner. This year the dinner was held at Zabb Elee. Attendees enjoyed delicious Thai food while networking and meeting current members of the Women’s Committee. Co-Chairs Naf Kwun and Sapna Palla asked committee members to provide feedback on past programs and informed members about upcoming programs.

Formation of the Career Placement Committee

On August 15th, AABANY announced the formation of the Career Placement Committee, designed to match qualified AABANY members with available legal career opportunities. Robert Leung, Michael Park, and Gurinder Singh serve as Co-Chairs on the Committee. The newly formed Committee will proactively seek to match qualified AABANY candidates with open legal positions The Committee held an AABANY Career Exchange during the Northeast Regional/Fall Conference on September 21 at which interested persons could meet for one-on-one interviews with members of the new Committee and talk about their career interests and drop off their resumes.

AABANY Night at the Theatre

On August 22nd, AABANY held a Night at the Theatre event. Members signed up to attend "Around the World in 80 days” for free at the New Theater at 45th Street. The play was based on the original Jules Verne’s novel. The night was filled with laughter from young and old alike in the audience. The incredibly talented 5-member cast was able to play 39 different roles and characters from the original novel. AABANY members had a great time with their family and friends at the show. AABANY was able to obtain more than forty tickets for the attendees, all thanks to Cedric Yau, producer of "Around the World in 80 Days.”

 End of Summer Happy Hour

On August 24th, AABANY hosted its End of Summer Happy Hour at the ever-popular K2 Lounge in the Rubin Art Museum. Attendees had a chance to meet, mix, and mingle with members and friends at the hip and popular venue. AABANY members enjoyed 2-for-1 drink specials and tasty hors d’oeuvres, and had the opportunity to explore the museum’s Friday night programming and view the museum’s collection of Tibetan and Himalayan art. AABANY also took the chance to inform attendees about the upcoming Northeast Regional/Fall Conference.

NYCLA's Asia Practice Committee's Happy Hour Networking Party

On August 28th, AABANY attended NYCLA’s Asia Practice Committee’s Happy Hour Networking Party held at the Tuscany Bar in midtown Manhattan. Many legal, business, and financial professionals in Asian/International practice attended this event. Attendees received a chance to mix and mingle with business partners, forge professional relationships, and develop business opportunities. AABANY was a promotional co-sponsor of the event. The co-organizer was ICMA (International Capital Markets Alliance). KALAGNY and the US-China CEO Association were among the co-sponsors.

September

How to Effectively Pitch to In-House Counsel

On September 9th, AABANY's Corporate Law Committee held a panel entitled "How to Effectively Pitch to In-House Counsel” at Dechert LLP. At the panel, attendees had an opportunity to learn what makes an effective pitch. Panelists Steve Chung, NBC Universal, Yun Lee, AIG, Bobby Liu, M.D. Sass, and Michael Yap, Prudential, provided insight into what common mistakes law firms make when pitching in-house counsel. At the end of the session, attendees had a chance to register for AABANY Law Firm Pitch Sessions at the Northeast Regional/Fall Conference.

"Get Out the Vote" Happy Hour

On September 12th, AABANY organized a "Get Out The Vote” Happy Hour in connection with the NAPABA Election. At the happy hour, attendees were encouraged to cast their votes and enjoyed special cocktails named after the AABANY endorsed candidates Mike Yim and Han Choi.

Young Lawyers Committee's Finanical Planning Workshop

On September 12th, The AABANY Young Lawyers Committee held a Financial Planning Workshop at Ameriprise Financial Services Office. Participants received advice on retirement planning, family planning, and estate planning while earning CLE credit. The workshop helped young attorneys understand how to deal with their heavy student loans. Workshop leaders, Niraj Chhabra and Leah Del Percio, introduced several repayment strategies for these loans.

Queens Asian Bar Association Inaugural Gala

On September 12th, AABANY attended the Inaugural Gala of the Queens Asian Bar Association (QABA) held at the Dae Dong Manor in Queens. Hon. Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, presented the keynote speech.

Fall Style Series I: How to Put on Makeup

On September 19, 2013, AABANY’s Student Outreach, Women’s, Career Placement and Young Lawyers Committees kicked off its Fall Style Series featuring makeup artist Jennifer Tong. Ms. Tong spent the evening teaching attendees the essentials of skincare and how to apply makeup. The event featured two member models, Vicki Ger and Stephanie Spangler, to demonstrate "natural” and "night” looks. Attendees received sample bags and were able to follow up with Q+A.

In-House Counsel/Partner's Cocktail Reception

On September 20th, AABANY hosted an In-House Counsel/Partner’s Cocktail Reception to raise funds to support the Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY) which provides scholarships to minority law students. Many senior in-house lawyers, general counsels, and partners were in attendance. AABANY raised approximately $14,000 for AALFNY. The fundraiser was a big success.

NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference/AABANY Fall Conference

On September 21st, The NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference was held at the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Over 350 people attended this year’s conference, making it the largest AABANY Fall Conference to date. Participants included in-house counsel, judges, high-level government attorneys, law firm partners, non-profit leaders, law firm associates, solo or small firm practitioners, and law students. Attorneys from all 7 NAPABA Northeast Regional Affiliates were represented. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive.
The event featured 13 individual CLE panel sessions, a plenary lunch session for all addressing the U.S. Supreme Court Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case, law firm pitch sessions, and an intensive full-day trial skills program. The conference also included the launch of AABANY’s Career Exchange and a new year of the AABANY Mentorship Program. The evening concluded with a Cocktail Reception, followed by 4 separate committee dinners, and an after party.

Pursuing a Career as a District Attorney

On September 24th, 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.

SABANY's 7th Annual Leadership Awards Gala

On September 25th, AABANY attended the 7th annual Leadership Awards Gala of the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) held at the Tribeca Rooftops. The keynote speech was given by Neal Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General.

 

MinKwon Center for Community Action's 29th Anniversary Gala

On September 26th, The MinKwon Center for Community Action held their 29th Anniversary Gala in Queens. AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen and Real Estate Committee Chair Margaret Ling attended the wonderful gala held at Dae Dong Manor. The New York Community Trust and Freedom University were recipients of the Standing Up for Justice Award. AABANY is a continuous supporter of the MinKwon Pro Bono Clinics, frequently held to aid those in need of legal advice.

Workshops on State/City Tax Laws and Regulations for Small Business Owners

In the months of September and October, AABANY, the New York County DA’s office, the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) and various community organizations co-sponsored a series of workshops geared towards small business owners and educating them about how to comply with state and city tax laws, and regulations. All workshops were free and open to the public and were held on Tuesday evenings in September and October, starting with September 17, at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Manhattan’s Chinatown, except for the last workshop on October 22, which was held at NYCLA. The topics covered were: maintaining business books and records (Sept. 17), proper filing of State and City business taxes (Sept. 24), complying with labor and workers’ compensation laws (Oct. 1), obtaining and reviewing necessary licenses and permits from certain municipal agencies (Oct. 15), and immigration issues affecting small business owners (Oct. 22). AABANY contributed speakers, a translator and refreshments to the event.

October

Fall Style Series, Part II: Women's Suiting 101

On October 2nd, AABANY members and friends attended Fall Style Series, Part II: Women’s Suiting 101, co-sponsored by the AABANY Women’s, Young Lawyers’, Student Outreach, Membership, and Career Placement Committees. It was held at the Madison Avenue showroom of Gurjot New York, the first collection ever designed for businesswomen, by a businesswoman.
Founder and CEO Gurjot Sidhu, a former management consultant turned FIT-trained fashion designer, led an engaging and informative talk on how a woman’s choices in clothing and accessories send important messages about who she is. She also provided tips on how to properly gauge the quality, fit and construction of women’s suits and separates.
The talk was followed by an exciting fashion show featuring AABANY members as models, who helped demonstrate the points above and introduce Gurjot New York’s Ready-to-Wear collection. The evening concluded with cocktails, shopping and networking. Attendees found the event to be educational and enjoyable, and expressed interest in future programs on personal style and branding.

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition

On Oct 5th, Members of AABANY volunteered time out of their busy schedules to serve as judges at the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, Northeast Regional, held at Brooklyn Law School. Finalists faced a tough final round judged by a panel that included the Hon. Marilyn D. Go, United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York. Lawson Huynh and Jonathan Yi of St. John’s University School of Law took first place. The pair will go on to compete at the NAPABA National Convention in Kansas City in November.

Information Session on Federal Judicial Clerkship Programs

On Oct 9th, the AABANY Judiciary Committee presented an information session on Federal Judicial Clerkship Programs. Speakers at this information session included the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield, Honorable Marilyn D. Go, Manisha Sheth, and Christopher Lapinig. Speakers informed current law students about the value of judicial clerkships, how to apply, and why they should consider clerking as a part of one’s legal career. Participants listened to different perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of federal law clerks.

Fall Style Series, Part III: Men's Suiting 101

On October 10th, AABANY’s Young Lawyers, Women’s, Student Outreach, Membership, and Career Placement Committees concluded their Fall Style Series with Men’s Suiting 101. A team from Black Lapel, including co-founder and CEO Warren Liao, met with a small group of AABANY members who attended to learn about men’s personal style, expressing yourself through what you wear, the difference between off-the-rack, made-to-measure and bespoke suits and other sartorial topics. Because the group was small, the attendees were able to engage in a free-flowing discussion with lots of questions and answers going back and forth.
Members of the Black Lapel team were on hand to take measurements of attendees who wished to create a profile on the Black Lapel site. AABANY members received a special discount code if they wished to place an order.
AABANY thanks Gibson Dunn for hosting the event in their midtown New York City office

Information Session on State Judicial Clerkship Programs

On October 16th, the AABANY Judiciary Committee held at NYU Law School the second part of their two-part series of information sessions on judicial clerkships. This part focused on state judicial clerkships. Panelist included the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, the Honorable Jeffrey K. Oing, Katherine Kenney, and Julie Kwon. Panelists provided insights about the clerkship experience and application process along with suggested judicial clerkship research tools. Attendees listened to different perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of New York state law clerks, how to apply, and what are the benefits of doing a clerkships. Overall, participants found the information given in this session useful and pertinent.

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