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AABANY Announcements March 10, 2014

In this edition

  1. AABANY Board Call for Nominations
  2. Women's Committee Co-Chair Sapna Palla Joins Wiggins and Dana as Partner
  3. AABANY Presents: Mobile Apps to Improve Your Practice
  4. AALFNY Community Service Scholarship: Apply Now!
  5. March Highlights
  6. AABANY Co-Sponsors ABA International Section Spring Meeting April 1-5
  7. NAPABA President Op-Ed on "Guise of Religion to Promote Discrimination"
  8. NAPABA Celebrates Vince Chhabria to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California 
  9. Apply for McGuireWoods/NAPABA Law Foundation Internship
  10. Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel Accepting Applications 
  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: Power of Listening, Pinoy Relief Concert, Essay Contest on Free Speech, Shared Stories Youth Program 
  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

AABANY Board Call for Nominations

The amendment to AABANY’s By-Laws approved at our 2014 Annual Meeting increased the number of Directors by two thereby creating two new Director vacancies that the Board intends to fill at its March 18, 2014 Board Meeting. The Nominations Committee welcomes and will accept applications to fill these vacancies immediately, and will select a slate of candidates to be recommended for the Board’s consideration at its March 18, 2014 meeting.

If you wish to run for any of the above vacancies, read the blog post for the requirements at http://bit.ly/aabanynoms.

Deadline for submissions is March 13, 2014.

Women's Committee Co-Chair Sapna Palla Joins Wiggins and Dana as Partner

Congratulations to Women’s Committee Co-Chair Sapna Palla on her joining Wiggins and Dana as Partner in the Intellectual Practice Group in the firm’s New York Office. Read more at http://bit.ly/spapaipptnr

 

AABANY Presents: Mobile Apps to Improve Your Practice

AABANY's Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee and the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee present a CLE on "Your Virtual Law Firm: Mobile Apps to Improve Your Practice." Learn about apps and tools that will help you run your practice from your smartphone or tablet, conduct research, manage your cases and even develop business. For more details and to register go to http://bit.ly/vrtullawfrm_mmbr. Free for members! Non-members register for a fee at http://bit.ly/vrtullawfrm_nonmbr.

AALFNY Community Service Scholarship: Apply Now!

Each year, the Asian American Law Fund of New York (the "Fund”) awards up to three scholarships of up to $5000 to law students that are committed to helping the Asian American community in New York. The Fund recognizes that at a time when money is tight, committing one’s time to our community service organizations can be a financial strain, especially when considering law school tuition and living expenses.

If you are a law student and are planning to work with a community service organization in the New York area during the summer 2014, you are eligible to apply. To see all the details and download a copy of the Scholarship Application go to http://bit.ly/aalfny_commsch14frm.The completed Scholarship Application and all required materials must be postmarked by March 28, 2014. The application is also available at the Resources area at www.aabany.org or from the Fund at schin@whitecase.com.

 

March Highlights

 
AABANY has had busy Saturdays thus far in March, with two events of note:

  • March 1, citizenship and immigration clinic in Manhattan Chinatown, with MinKwon Center and Open Hands Legal Services. See http://bit.ly/immgclnc.
  • March 8, Mike Huang, Clara Ohr and Karen Lim speak on a panel at the Columbia APALSA Conference on strategies for professional development for APA attorneys, with Vivia Chen, blogger, and Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track. See http://bit.ly/clmbaconf.

AABANY Co-Sponsors ABA International Section Spring Meeting April 1-5

AABANY and the ABA Section of International Law invite you to attend the 2014 Spring Meeting from April 1-5, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. ABA International’s Spring Meeting is one of the world’s most important gatherings of international lawyers and we anticipate this year’s conference to break all attendance records with over 1,500 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers expected to attend. This conference will offer cutting edge programming on international legal and ethics issues, as well as amazing networking opportunities with colleagues, decision makers, and potential clients from around the world. In addition, the meeting will feature a complimentary day of programming for Corporate Counsel onApril 2nd and evening receptions at some of the most exclusive venues in New York City. AABANY members are entitled to register at discounted ABA member prices by submitting a hard copy form, downloadable hereRead more here.

NAPABA President Op-Ed on "Guise of Religion to Promote Discrimination"

From NAPABA:

Bill Simonitsch’s Op-Ed, "Guise of Religion to Promote Discrimination,” is featured in The Hill. Bill does a great job in using his personal story and his role at NAPABA to address the recent discriminatory Arizona legislation.

Read more at http://bit.ly/napabaoded.

NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Vince Chhabria to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California 

WASHINGTON — On March 5, 2014, the Senate confirmed Vince Chhabria by a 58-41 vote to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is the first person of South Asian descent to serve as an Article III judge in California’s history, and only the third South Asian American federal district court judge nationwide.

"NAPABA congratulates Vince Chhabria on his historic confirmation and is proud to have supported him in the nomination and confirmation process," said William J. Simonitsch, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "We applaud President Obama, Senator Boxer, and Senator Feinstein for their continued commitment to diversity on the federal judiciary, and their support of this nomination." Read more at http://bit.ly/napabacfmvcechhdtrtct

Apply for McGuireWoods/NAPABA Law Foundation Internship 

 The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) is accepting applications for the McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program. The Program will support students interested in the legal profession and will help students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the APA community. The Program seeks to achieve these goals by providing undergraduate and law school students with meaningful internship experiences at the Washington DC offices of NAPABA and NLF. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 21, 2014. Read more at http://bit.ly/mcgwdsnapabaintrn.

Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel Accepting Applications

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a press release calling for applicants for its pro bono panel:

The Criminal Justice Act/Pro Bono Committee is accepting applications for the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel. The deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014.

Pro Bono Panel members will, at the Court’s invitation or on an appellant’s motion for appointment of counsel, represent pro se litigants in civil appeals that present issues of first impression,complex issues of law or fact, or raise potentially meritorious claims warranting further briefing and oral argument. Pro bono representation will be provided to litigants who would otherwise be unable to pay for counsel and are ineligible for the appointment of counsel pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act.

To read the full text of the press release go to http://bit.ly/scdcrctprobonoapps.

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:

    • Margaret Fung: Activist to Executive Director
    • Outgoing President’s Letter
    • Incoming President’s Letter
    • Enhance Your Practice by "Word-of-Mouse” Referral
    • Long, Winding Road to Immigration Reform in 2013
    • Labor and Employment Law Committee Planning Active Inaugural Year
    • Real Estate Committee: Fall & Winter Update



On WE Blog @ AABANY: Power of Listening, Pinoy Relief Concert, Essay Contest on Free Speech, Shared Stories Youth Program

Fellowship Announcements

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

  • Mar. 13: AABANY Cosponsors: QCWBA Speed Mentoring Program, St. John's University School of Law, 5:30pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 14: AABANY Cosponsors: Above the Law ATTORNEY@BLOG Conference, Yale Club, 8:00am - 5:00pm. For more information click here
  • Mar. 25: AABANY Cosponsors: Achieving Diversity in the ADR Field CLE, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here
  • Mar. 26: Your Virtual Law Firm - Mobile Apps to Improve Your Practice, Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here
  • Apr. 1-5: ABA Spring Meeting, Waldorf Astoria New York. Members of AABANY are entitled to register at discounted ABA member prices by submitting a hard copy form, downloadable here. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Mar. 11: Law & Reorder: What General Counsel Want, 12:15pm - 2:00pm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 12: Blowing the Whistle: Perspectives from Both Sides, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, NYCLA. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 12: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer's Women's History Month Program, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Emigrant Bank Building. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 13: Justice is a Black Woman - Film Screening and Discussion, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, New York Law School. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 13: Cardozo Law Presents: Monetizing IP Assets, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Cardozo School of Law. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 18: Getting Appointed to a CJA Panel for the Second Circuit and EDNY and SDNY, New York City Bar, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here
  • Mar. 19: New York Law School Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presents "The Path from Paralegal to Attorney," 6:30pm - 8:30pm, New York Law School. For more information click here

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • West Africa Research, Human Rights Watch, United States, Europe, Africa
  • Assistant General Counsel - Property Services, SEIU, Washington, D.C.
  • Korean-Fluent Attorney, B3 Legal, NYC
  • Tax Attorney, Hisock & Barclay, LLP, Syracuse, NY 

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.