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AABANY Announcements, November 18, 2013

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS November 18, 2013

In this edition

  1. Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: How You Can Support Disaster Relief
  2. Open Meeting for Candidates Seeking to Run in AABANY 2014 Election, Nov. 19
  3. Bankruptcy Committee Happy Hour at the Public House, Nov. 20
  4. Breakfast with Senator Hirono
  5. NACDL Strike Force Represents Vinoo Varghese
  6. Praise for Helen Wan and The Partner Track
  7. AABANY CLE on Real Estate Closings, Nov. 20
  8. Congratulations to Rutgers APALSA and St. John's Moot Court Team
  9. An Evening at Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, Dec. 3
  10. Bankruptcy Judge Opening in NJ: Apply by Nov. 22
  11. AALDEF: Asian American Voters Not Tied to Political Party in Key States
  12. NAPABA at 25: Press Releases
  13. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  14. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  15. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  16. On WE Blog @ AABANY: CUP Holiday Party, CUP Fellows Program, Garfinkel Essay Contest, NYCitizenship in Schools, Talking Transition
  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

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: How You Can Support Disaster Relief

The news reports about the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda continue to be staggering in its sheer magnitude. Numerous groups and organizations in the New York City area have sprung into action. If you would like to know how you can help, check out the following posts from our blog:

Open Meeting for Candidates Seeking to Run in AABANY 2014 Election, Nov. 19

On November 19, we will hold an open meeting at which prospective candidates can make their submissions in person. If you have already sent in your materials by November 15, by regular mail, e-mail or fax, you need not attend the open meeting. At this open meeting, the Chair of the Nominations Committee will be in attendance, and members of the Nominations Committee and the Board may also be present, to give prospective candidates an opportunity to meet Nominations Committee members and Board members. Attendance would only be mandatory for those prospective candidates who did not make their submissions by the November 15 deadline. November 19 is the FINAL deadline for submission of candidates' materials. No submissions will be accepted after this date.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact Mike Huang, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at mike.huang@aabany.org.

Final deadline for submissions is November 19. For more details go to bit.ly/14board_elct.

If you missed the Nov. 15 deadline to register for the Open Meeting and would still like to attend, contact mike.huang@aabany.org.

Bankruptcy Committee Happy Hour at the Public House, Nov. 20

The Commercial Bankruptcy & Restructuring Committee welcomes you (including non-AABANY members) to join us for happy hour at Public House, near Grand Central. 2013 has been a great year for the committee and they hope to make 2014 even better. Before the holiday season arrives, it’s a good time to catch up, see old friends and meet new ones! Limited open bar.

For more information go to bit.ly/bnkcmte_hh.

Breakfast with Senator Hirono


Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) was in town for the Women’s Senate Network 2013 Policy Conference and while she was here, she took a moment out of her busy schedule on Monday morning, November 18, to meet with some of AABANY’s leaders. Women’s Committee Co-Chairs Naf Kwun and Sapna Palla, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Tsui Yee and Executive Director Yang Chen sat down for breakfast with the Senator.

In a free flowing and wide-ranging conversation, Senator Hirono shared with AABANY’s leaders her thoughts about increasing civic engagement and participation by APAs in politics and the political process, immigration reform and increasing diversity on the bench. Senator Hirono introduced the AABANY group to EMILY’s List as a resource to help train future political candidates to run for office.

Senator Hirono urges AABANY members to step up and get involved in politics as a way to make an impact in our communities.

We look forward to remaining in contact with Senator Hirono and finding ways to work together with her to advance and serve our APA communities.

NACDL Strike Force Represents Vinoo Varghese

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) now represents Vinoo Varghese pro bono in supporting his opposition to the Manhattan DA’s attempt to subpoena him to testify against his client’s interests.

The NACDL has a "Lawyers Assistance Strike Force [which] has a clear mission of representing and counseling criminal defense lawyers who are members of NACDL when they are imperiled with the risks of contempt, disqualification or subpoena for privileged information.”

Read more at bit.ly/nacdl_vv

Praise for Helen Wan and The Partner Track

Helen Wan’s book, The Partner Track, has garnered praise and positive attention. Read this article in Inside Counsel magazine about the book’s success. Also, here is a review by David Lat which appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Congratulations to Helen Wan!

AABANY CLE on Real Estate Closings, Nov. 20

AABANY's Real Estate and Solo and Small Firm Committees present "Real Estate101: From Contract to Closing" on November 20. Real Estate Committee Chair Margaret Ling will be among the speakers. For more details, see the listing under Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.

Congratulations to Rutgers APALSA and St. John's Moot Court Team

AABANY congratulates Rutgers APALSA on a successful Mela and the St.John's Law School Moot Court team for representing the school at the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Kansas City.

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.

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.

AALDEF: Asian American Voters Not Tied to Political Party in Key States

November 14, 2013 – According to the results of an exit poll in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, Asian American voters are open to candidates of both political parties in key states. The nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 2,290 Asian American voters was conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) after the mayoral election in New York and the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.

Read more at bit.ly/aa_votetrnd

NAPABA at 25: Press Releases

NAPABA celebrated its 25th anniversary at its highly successful national convention held in Kansas City, MO, from Nov, 7-10. Read more about it in the NAPABA press releases posted on our blog:

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 Holiday Party, CUP Fellows Program, Garfinkel Essay Contest, NYCitizenship in Schools, Talking Transition

Fellowship Announcements

PALS has announced the Summer 2014 Civil Rights Fellowship Program. 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 19: Call for Nominations: FINAL Deadline. For more information click here.
  • Nov 19: AABANY Board Meeting, 7PM to 9PM, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. For more information click here.
  • Nov 20: Real Estate 101: From Contract to Closing, 6:30 to 9PM, JPMorgan Chase Bank. AABANY Members click here, Non-members seeking CLE credit click here.
  • Nov 20: Bankruptcy Committee Happy Hour Event, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Public House. For more information click here.
  • Nov 21: IP Committee Meeting, 7PM to 8:30PM, Boies Schiller & Flexner. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Nov 19: The New York State Diversity Coalition's Annual Networking Event for Lawyers of Color in Legal Services, Legal Aid and Firms with a Public Interest/Pro Bono Practice, 6PM to 8:30PM, Dwyer Cultural Center. For more information click here.
  • Nov 19: SABANY presents "Identity," 6:30PM to 8:30PM, New York Law School. For more information click here.
  • Nov 20: Roundtable Discussion: How to Succeed as a Summer Associate/Summer Intern, 6PM to 8PM, Law Offices of Epstein Becker Green. For more information click here.
  • Nov 20: MBBA presents: "Nonprofit Boards for Lawyers," 5:30PM to 7:30PM, Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. For more information click here.
  • Nov 20: NYCLA's Holiday Season Kickoff 2013, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill. For more information click here.
  • Nov 21: Foundation for the Judicial Friends, Inc: 32nd Annual Rivers, Toney and Watson Awards Dinner, 6PM to 10PM, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Senior Counsel for Private Banking and Lending, Kimberly Shea
  • Temporary Staff Attorney (Sandy/Homeowner Rights), Queens Legal Services
  • Family/Domestic Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services

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

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.