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AABANY Announcements Dec. 23, 2013

In this edition

  1. AABANY in 2013: A Look Back
  2. Help AABANY Reach Goal of 1,000 Paid Members
  3. Tsui Yee Testifies Before City Council Committee on Immigration
  4. Nelson Mar Quoted in Wall Street Journal
  5. Joint Minority Bar Judicial internship Program: Applications Now Being Accepted
  6. AABANY's Upgraded Website
  7. Typhoon Haiyan Updates
  8. Support NAPABA Law Foundation While Shopping for the Holidays
  9. NAPABA-Prudential Fellowship Program: Applications Now Being Accepted
  10. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  11. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  12. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  13. On WE Blog @ AABANY: SDNY Notice, NYAPM New Year's Eve at Megu, MBBA Holiday Book and Toy Drive
  14. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  15. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  16. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY in 2013: A Look Back

AABANY wishes everyone a happy holiday season. As the year winds down, we look back at one of our most active years yet. Take a look at:


Thanks for making 2013 another great year for AABANY. We hope you enjoy your holidays with friends, family and loved ones and look forward to seeing you all in 2014, when AABANY turns 25!

Help AABANY Reach Goal of 1,000 Paid Members


AABANY is nearing 1,000 paid members. Current Count is 871. At the AABANY Holiday Party on December 6 we kicked off our drive to 1,000 campaign and handed out postcards to make it easier for new or renewing members to let us know that they wish to join or renew. Look for these bright red postcards at upcoming AABANY events between now and the end of February. Our goal is to surpass 1,000 paid members by the time of our 25th Anniversary Annual Dinner on February 26, 2014.

If you belong to an AABANY Committee, be sure to let us know that your Committee referred you, because that Committee can get additional funds in their budget for each member they sign up.

In addition, all memberships received between now and February 25 will be included in a raffle for some great prizes. Check our website for details and updates.

Tell your friends! Renew or join today!

Tsui Yee Testifies Before City Council Committee on Immigration


On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the New York City Council, Committee on Immigration, chaired by Hon. Daniel Dromm, held a hearing on three resolutions: Resolution No. 1515 calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign the Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2011; Resolution No. 2059 calling on the New York State Legislature to increase criminal penalties against unscrupulous immigration service providers who have violated state law; and Resolution No. 2057 calling upon the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Philippines and eligible Filipino nationals.

AABANY Immigration and Nationality Committee Co-Chair Tsui Yee testified on behalf of AABANY in support of all three resolution. You can read her testimony at http://bit.ly/aabanytstmny_tps_upl

Rio Guerrero, co-chair of the same committee, attended the hearing and testified in support of the TPS resolution on behalf of the New York Chapter of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association).

AABANY commends Tsui and Rio for testifying before the City Council on these important issues that affect our communities.

Nelson Mar Quoted in Wall Street Journal

Nelson Mar, AABANY Member, was quoted in a Dec. 15Wall Street Journal article entitled "Parents Protest Emergency Calls.” The article focuses on Nelson’s case against the New York City Department of Education. Congratulations, Nelson!

Nelson Mar, an attorney for Legal Services NYC who is representing the parents, said fire department protocols say that children can be transported by EMS against a parent’s wishes only when the child’s life is at stake, or if it is clear that even a small delay will jeopardize the child’s health.

"In some ways the schools are treating the hospital emergency rooms as timeout rooms," he said.

Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program: Applications Now Being Accepted

The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP) is now accepting applications until January 18, 2014.

The Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage ("AJHH”), the Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY”), the Asian American Law Fund of New York ("AALFNY”), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association ("MBBA”), the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the Puerto Rican Bar Association ("PRBA”), and the South Asian Bar Association of New York ("SABANY”) have partnered again for the JMB JIP to offer law students the opportunity to continue their legal education as summer judicial interns in New York and New Jersey metropolitan area courthouses. Judicial internships are exceptional learning opportunities that offer tremendous insight into the process of judicial decision-making. They offer an opportunity to strengthen analytic and legal writing skills.

The brochure/application is attached here and is also available at www.jmbjip.org

Please direct any questions to the program’s co-directors at jmbjip@gmail.com.

AABANY's Upgraded Website

AABANY migrated its website to a new platform on Dec. 2.

If you are an active member, you will need to reset your password upon first entrance into the upgraded website. You will immediately be taken to a "Manage Profile” page. Click on "Bio.” Your profile page will come up, where you can reset your password.

Active members will need to reset their password using the generic password given to members in our email blast of November 26. If you did not receive that email, contact margaret.langston@aabany.org to receive instructions. If you are renewing or joining AABANY for the first time, select "Join AABANY” in the top navigation menu to create a new profile and pay dues online.

Typhoon Haiyan Updates

On WE Blog @AABANY we have gathered various updates on Typhoon Haiyan and relief efforts.

Support NAPABA Law Foundation While Shopping for the Holidays

If you have not yet finished your Christmas shopping (or haven’t yet started!) here is an idea to get your shopping done while donating to the NAPABA Law Foundation at the same time. Shop through AmazonSmile and a portion of the proceeds will go to the NAPABA Law Foundation to support scholarships, internships and fellowships for APA law students. To read more at our blog, go to http://bit.ly/napabalf_amzsmle.

NAPABA-Prudential Fellowship Program: Applications Now Being Accepted

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) and Gibbons, P.C. (Gibbons) to provide a fellowship opportunity to a highly-motivated, third-year law school student. Through this partnership, NAPABA will select a third-year law school student to be the 2014 NAPABA-Prudential Law Fellow.

To read more go to http://bit.ly/aabany_fllwshps. Learn about other Fellowship opportunities also listed on that page.

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2014 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: SDNY Notice, NYAPM New Year's Eve at Megu, MBBA Holiday Book and Toy Drive

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

  • Jan 15: Navigating a New Landscape: Hot Issues in Arbitration, 6:30PM-9PM, Saito Sorenson LLP. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan 8: Stop, Frisk and Judicial Independence: An Ethics CLE, 5:30PM to 8PM, U.S. Southern District of NY. For more information click here.
  • Jan 9: Common Disciplinary Problems and How to Prevent Them, 6PM to 8:15PM, New York County Lawyers' Association. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney (Housing/Public Benefits), Manhattan Legal Services
  • CLE Program Attorney, New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY
  • Staff Attorney-Bronx Foreclosure Prevention Project, Bronx Legal Services
  • Asset Management Compliance Manager, Prudential, Newark, NJ

For more information on these listings and other open positions go to the AABANY Career Center. Members must be signed in to have access to the Career Center. Either search by keyword or just hit "Search" at the bottom of the form to see a complete listing of jobs.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.