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AABANY Announcements January 13, 2014

In this edition

  1. Annual Meeting on January 28
  2. Help AABANY Reach Goal of 1,000 Paid Members
  3. Litigation Committee Presents CLE on Hot Issues in Arbitration, Jan. 15
  4. AABANY's Newest Committee Holds Kick-Off Event on Jan. 22
  5. AABANY Committees Present Cross-Cultural Lawyering CLE, Jan. 30
  6. AABANY to Perform "22 Lewd Chinese Women" at Cadwalader, Jan. 30
  7. Joint Minority Bar Judicial internship Program: Applications Now Being Accepted
  8. Applicants Sought for US Bankruptcy Judge Positions in Manhattan
  9. AABANY's Upgraded Website
  10. Prof. Kang to Lecture at NYU on Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat
  11. NAPABA-Prudential Fellowship Program: Applications Now Being Accepted
  12. More News from NAPABA
  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: NYCCC Lunar New Year Celebration, KALCA Winter Benefit
  17. Fellowship Announcements
  18. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  19. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Annual Meeting on January 28

The AABANY Annual Meeting will be held on the 28th day of January, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Dechert LLP, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036.

At this meeting, a vote will be taken to elect officers and directors for the upcoming year and to amend the by-laws. The Annual Meeting is open to members in good standing. Please register at bit.ly/annualmtg2014 if you plan to attend in person.

All active members should have received the Notice and Proxy via postal mail. Please complete and return the proxy even if you plan to attend in person so that we can attain quorum for the meeting. A PDF version of the notice and proxy along with other Annual Meeting material can be found on the website at bit.ly/annualmtg2014.

The deadline to submit proxies is January 24.  The deadline to register for the Annual Meeting is January 27.

Help AABANY Reach Goal of 1,000 Paid Members


AABANY is nearing 1,000 paid members. Current Count is 855. 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!

Litigation Committee Presents CLE on Hot Issues in Arbitration, Jan. 15

In light of recent developments in the field of arbitration – including the increasing appetite of the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari petitions relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements under the FAA and the NLRB’s decision prohibiting class action waivers as a condition of employment in mandatory pre-dispute arbitration procedures – we are increasingly encountering challenges to the way in which parties and neutrals conduct arbitrations as a mechanism for dispute resolution. A distinguished panel representing the in-house employment bar, the plaintiffs’ bar, the NLRB perspective, and arbitrators and arbitration practitioners will explore various "hot issues” in the field of arbitration, including class action waivers, discovery issues, vacatur motions on arbitral awards, and the need for more diverse neutrals.

This program is free but registration is required. For more information and to register go to bit.ly/new_arbpnl115.

AABANY's Newest Committee Holds Kick-Off Event on Jan. 22

AABANY has a new committee: the Labor & Employment Committee. If you are practicing in this area of law or wish to learn more about it, this committee is for you. Their kick-off event will be on January 22 at Seyfarth Shaw and it will feature a panel discussion on hot topics in labor and employment law. For more details, see the listing below under Upcoming Events. To learn more about the committee, contact co-chairs Will Ng at william.ng@aabany.org or Chris Kwok at chris.kwok@aabany.org.

AABANY Committees Present Cross-Cultural Lawyering CLE, Jan. 30

AABANY presents,"Cross Cultural Lawyering: How to Effectively Represent the Immigrant Population" a CLE panel event co-sponsored by AABANY's Government Service & Public Interest Committee, Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, and Brooklyn Law School's APALSA. This special event will take place on January 30, 2014 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., at Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn. Moderated by Karen Kithan Yau, co-Chair of AABANY's Government Service & Public Interest Committee. Expert panel includes: Dan Smulian, Associate Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School; Patricia Kakalec, Special Counsel at the Labor Bureau in the New York State Attorney General's Office; and Tsui Yee, Partner at Guerrero Yee, LLP. Program is worth 1.5 CLE credits. Refreshments from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Registration will close at midnight on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Members may register at bit.ly/crscltrlwrng_mmbr and nonmembers may register at bit.ly/crscltrlwrng_nonmbr.  Please join us for an enlightening evening!

AABANY to Perform "22 Lewd Chinese Women" at Cadwalader, Jan. 30

AABANY's Trial Re-enactment Team, led by Judge Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin, will be performing "22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v Freeman" at Cadwalader on January 30. This re-enactment was first performed this past November at the 2013 NAPABA National Convention in Kansas City, and if you have not seen it, we urge you to come see it at Cadwalader, and if you have already seen it, we invite you to come see it again. This production was covered by NPR (see bit.ly/22onnpr) back in November and raises many issues of relevance today, including immigration and human trafficking. The program is free to attend but RSVP is required. For more details see the listing under Upcoming Events.

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.

Applicants Sought for US Bankruptcy Judge Positions in Manhattan

The Second Circuit Judicial Council has announced vacancies for two (2) full-time U.S. Bankruptcy Judge positions in Manhattan.  The court's public notice, which contains additional information about the position and the application, is available on the court's website at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/.  AABANY encourages all qualified attorneys with an interest in serving in the federal judiciary to submit an application, which is due no later than February 14, 2014. 

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.

Prof. Kang to Lecture at NYU on Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat

Prof. Jerry Kang, Straus Fellow at NYU School of Law, will present a lecture entitled "The Grand Challenges of Implicit Social Cognition This and the Law” at NYU School of Law on February 11. Prof. Kang will share recent studies and findings about implicit bias and stereotype threat and how they have real world consequences in the law. For more details see bit.ly/biassterotyp.

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.  The the deadline to apply for this fellowship is January 31, 2014.

To read more go to Napabapruflwshp. Learn about other Fellowship opportunities also listed on that page.

More News from NAPABA

Here are additional items of interest from NAPABA:

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: NYCCC Lunar New Year Celebration, KALCA Winter Benefit

Fellowship Announcements


Applications for the White House Fellows Program are due on January 15, 2014. All Fellowship announcements can now be found on AABANY's website under Resources, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." To see current announcements for Fellowships go to bit.ly/aabany_fllwshps.

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.
  • Jan 15: AABANY Co-Presents "Inside the Partner Track", 6PM to 8:30PM at New York Law School. For more information click here.
  • Jan 15: AABANY Cosponsors: Understanding 1031 Exchanges. AABANY members may register free of charge here and non-members may register here.
  • Jan 18: Deadline to apply for the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program. For more information click here.
  • Jan 22: Labor & Employment Committee Kick-Off, 6:30PM to 9PM, Seyfarth Shaw LLP. For more information click here.
  • Jan 22: AABANY Cosponsors: Patents 101 - What Can Be Protected by Patent Rights, 6:30-7:30PM + networking after, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.   AABANY and NYCLA members may register at no charge at http://bit.ly/ptnt101_mmbr. Non-members seeking CLE credit may register for $20.00 at http://bit.ly/ptnt101_nonmbr.
  • Jan 28: AABANY Board Meeting, 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Dechert LLP.  For more information click here.
  • Jan 28: AABANY Annual Meeting, 7PM to 9PM, Dechert LLP.  For more information click here.
  • Jan 30: Cross Cultural Lawyering (AABANY Members) 6:30PM to 8PM, Brooklyn Law School (Moot Court Room).  AABANY members and BLS Student/Staff/Alumni may register at http://bit.ly/crscltlwyrmmbr and non-members may register at http://bit.ly/crscltlwyrnonmbr.
  • Jan 30: AABANY Trial Re-enactment of "22 Lewd Chinese Women", 6:00PM to 8:30PM, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan 14: Basic CLARO Training Program, 6PM to 9PM at Wagner College. For more information click here.
  • Jan 17: Deadline to apply for the Empire Justice Center Summer Diversity Clerkship Program. For more information click here.
  • Jan 22: NYSBA presents: How to Succeed as a Summer Associate/Summer Intern, 6PM to 8PM, Law Offices of Epstein Becker Green. For more information click here.
  • Jan 27: 2014 New York State Bar Association Career Development,1PM to 6PM, Hilton New York.  For more information click here.
  • Jan 28: China and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Challenges for the 21st Century  Export to Your Calendar, 5:15PM to 7:30PM, Fordham Law School McNally Amphitheater.  For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Senior Attorney, Center for Reproductive Rights, NYC
  • Bilingual Staff Attorney, Housing Unit, Manhattan Legal Services
  • Private Equity and Investment Funds Associate, Nixon Peabody, Albany NY
  • Assistant General Counsel, MTA Bridges and Tunnels

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.