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AABANY Announcements March 17, 2014

In this edition

  1. AABANY Presents: Mobile Apps to Improve Your Practice
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Achieving Diversity in ADR
  3. Congratulations to Karen Lim, Partner at Fross Zelnick
  4. AABANY Co-Sponsors Community Discussion on Specialized High School Tests
  5. AABANY at 25: More than 1000 Strong!
  6. AALFNY Community Service Scholarship: Apply Now!
  7. Highlights from Week of Mar. 10
  8. AABANY Co-Sponsors ABA International Section Spring Meeting April 1-5
  9. Apply for McGuireWoods/NAPABA Law Foundation Internship: Mar. 21 Deadline
  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: In-House Counsel Opportunities, Title VII at 50, Are We Prejudiced?, Spring Fling at Barn Joo
  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 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.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Achieving Diversity in ADR

The AABANY Litigation Committee encourages anyone interested in pursuing a career as a neutral (arbitrator, mediator, etc.), and, in particular, learning about the specific advantages and challenges as a person of color, to attend the New York State Bar Association's program entitled, "Achieving Diversity in the ADR Field: Overcoming Old Challenges and Seeking New Opportunities." The program will be held on Tuesday, March 25th from 5:30-9:00 p.m. and, because AABANY is a participating and sponsoring bar association, the program will offer 2.5 FREE NY CLE credits in Skills to all AABANY members. A panel of renowned ADR providers, scholars, and administrators will discuss their practices for recruiting and selecting neutrals, the efforts they have undertaken to diversify their rosters of neutrals, and their efforts to further expose the users of their ADR services to racially and ethnically diverse panels of arbitrators and mediators. Another panel, moderated by AABANY member Theo Cheng, and comprising distinguished ADR neutrals, will provide perspectives on how to navigate a successful career as a neutral; recommending specific networking, marketing, and promotional activities; discussing how best to leverage diversity issues; and providing practical tips for increasing the opportunities for being selected as a neutral. Finally, there will be a discussion about strategies for addressing cross cultural issues in dispute resolution, followed by a networking reception. For more information go to http://bit.ly/nysbareg. Questions? Email us at main@aabany.org.

Congratulations to Karen Lim, Partner at Fross Zelnick

Karen Lim, AABANY Director and founding co-chair of the Intellectual Property Committee, was recently named a Partner at Fross Zelnick. Please join us in congratulating her on this great achievement. The full text of the firm’s press release announcing Karen’s elevation can be found at http://bit.ly/frosszelnicknwsltr.

 

AABANY Co-Sponsors Community Discussion on Specialized High School Tests

AABANY is co-sponsoring with CACF to present: The NYC Dept. of Education’s Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT) : Perspectives from the Asian American Community

Sunday, March 30, 2014
2:00pm ­to 4:00pm
Flushing Library, 41­-17 Main Street

Join us for a community discussion about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s (LDF) Federal Civil Rights complaint challenging the admissions process at Specialized High Schools.

Listen to a discussion about how it impacts the Asian American community ­ Hear from multiple sides of the issues.
 
Click here for more details.

AABANY at 25: More than 1000 Strong!

AABANY is over 1,000 strong. Membership Secretary Irene Tan reports that we met our goal of reaching 1,000 paid members by the Annual Dinner on February 26. Our current count is close to 1,100 members.

Thanks go to Board members, committee chairs and everyone who helped spread the word, hosted membership drive events and responded to AABANY’s call to join or renew by the Annual Dinner. We also received an anonymous donation to cover law student memberships which alone accounted for 60 memberships.


The Membership Committee is planning an event in April to celebrate this milestone and to do the raffle drawing to award prizes to some lucky members who joined or renewed between December 6 and the Annual Dinner. Stay tuned for the details.

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 organizati on 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.

 

Highlights from Week of Mar. 10

Here are of two events of note from last week:

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 here. Read more here.

Apply for McGuireWoods/NAPABA Law Foundation Internship: Mar. 21 Deadline

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: In-House Counsel Opportunities, Title VII at 50, Are We Prejudiced?, Spring Fling at Barn Joo

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. 18: AABANY Board Meeting, Boise Schiller & Flexner, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. 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.
  • Mar. 26: IP Committee Meeting, Karen Lim's apartment on West 84th Street, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 30: AABANY Co-Sponsors: The NYC Dept. of Education's SHSAT: Perspectives from the Asian American Community, Flushing Library, 2:00pm - 4:00pm. 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. 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.
  • Mar. 19: The QCBA Co-Presents "Personal Bankruptcy: Assisting Low Income Applicants Filing Under Ch. 7" CLE, Queens County Bar Association, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 25: AALDEF 40th Anniversary Celebration, Pier Sixty, 6:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 25: The Metropolitan Black Bar Association Co-Presents Exploring the Role of the Diversity Professional, New York Law School, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 26: NYSBA Presents: How to Succeed as a Summer Associate/Summer Intern, New York Law School, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Mar. 27: NYC Bar Presents: Annual Best Practices Program: Strategies for Increasing the Minority Law Student Bar Exam Pass Rate, New York City Bar, 5:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Associate - Civil Litigation, Tilem and Campbell, White Plains, NY
  • Staff Attorney - ACLUF National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, NYC
  • Counsel, Democracy Program (Redistricting/Voting Rights & Elections), Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, NYC
  • Civil Advocacy Clinic and Women in the Law Clinic Practitioner in Residence, American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

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.

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