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AABANY Announcements April 1, 2014

In this edition

  1. Congratulations to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  2. Congratulations to Hon. Danny Chun
  3. Congratulations to AABANY's New Officers and Directors for 2014-15
  4. Congratulations to Don Liu and Sandra Leung
  5. Highlight: Community Discussion on Specialized High School Tests
  6. Celebrate AABANY Surpassing 1,000 Members
  7. Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel Accepting Applications
  8. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  9. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  10. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  11. On WE Blog @ AABANY: AALDEF Justice in Action Awards, NYIC Immigrants' Day of Action, MinKwon Spring Reception
  12. Fellowship Announcements
  13. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  14. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  15. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  16. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Congratulations to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a member of AABANY’s first Board elected in 1991, has been appointed to the Appellate Term of the First Department. This court hears appeals from New York’s Civil and Criminal Courts.

Justice Ling-Cohan is the first APA woman to serve on an appellate panel in New York state. In 2002, she became the first APA woman elected to New York State Supreme Court. In 2005, she authored the groundbreaking decision in Hernandez v Robles, becoming the first New York state trial judge to rule in favor of same sex marriage.

Please join AABANY in congratulating Justice Doris Ling-Cohan on this major milestone in her judicial career.

Congratulations to Hon. Danny Chun

AABANY congratulates Hon. Danny Chun on his appointment by Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti to the position of Deputy Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in Kings County. The appointment was approved by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and was made in consultation with Presiding Justice Randall Eng of the Second Department.

Please join AABANY in congratulating Hon. Danny Chun on this major milestone in his judicial career. Read more at http://bit.ly/blog_cngrtsdchun.

Congratulations to AABANY's New Officers and Directors for 2014-15

Congratulations to AABANY's New Officers and Directors for 2014-15. AABANY's fiscal year now begins on April 1 and will run through March 31. This year's officers and new directors take office on April 1. Clara Ohr is now President, William Wang is now President-Elect and Mike Huang takes his place as Immediate Past President. For the full list of officers and directors, go to http://bit.ly/blog_cngrtsbd2014.

Please join us in congratulating all our officers and directors. We welcome them as new or returning officers and directors and look forward to another eventful and exciting year.

Congratulations to Don Liu and Sandra Leung

Congratulations to AABANY Advisory Committee members Don Liu of Xerox and Sandra Leung of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for being recognized as being among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel!

Both Don Liu and Sandra Leung have been recognized as AABANY’s Annual Dinner Honorees in 2009 and 2010, respectively.  AABANY also extends congratulations to other AABANY Annual Dinner Honorees in the 50 Outstanding General Counsel list: Ivan Fong (1998), Thomas Sager (2010), Susan Blount (2012), and Randal Milch (2014).

Highlight: Community Discussion on Specialized High School Tests

On Sunday, March 30, at the Flushing Library, members of the Asian American and Specialized High Schools community, including education activists, SHS alum, parents, and students, met to address the NAACP complaint leveled against the single test criteria for admission to the NYC high-performing Specialized High Schools, backed by AALDEF (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund).


With the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test as the only criteria for admission, the racial composition of the SHS consists of a high percentage of Asian Americans (72% at Stuyvesant) disproportionately low number of Latino and especially African American students (less than 1% black students at Stuyvesant), a major issue of concern in NYC. Panelists and community members shared opinions, arguments for and against opening the criteria for admission, and personal experiences as parents and students in the testing system.

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

Celebrate AABANY Surpassing 1,000 Members

In celebration of reaching our goal of 1,000 paying members by AABANY's Annual Dinner, the Membership Committee will be hosting a happy hour at People Kitchen & Lounge on Thursday, April 10th at 6:30pm. Any individual that joined or renewed their AABANY membership from December 6, 2013 to February 26, 2014 is eligible for the raffle. We will be giving out Yankee tickets, symphony tickets, Beats headphones, and much more. You must be present at the happy hour in order to participate in the raffle as we will be handing out the prizes in person. For more information and to register, see the listing under Upcoming Events.

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: AALDEF Justice in Action Awards, NYIC Immigrants' Day of Action, MinKwon Spring Reception

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

  • 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.
  • Apr. 4: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Bronx Surrogate Court Guardian Ad Litem CLE, Bronx Surrogate's Court, 10:30am - 3:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 8: AABANY Sponsors: Raising the Bar: Asian Women Corporate Counsels, White & Case, LLP, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 9: AABANY Board Meeting, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, 7:00-9:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 10: Celebrate AABANY Surpassing 1,000 Members, People Kitchen & Lounge, 6:30pm - 9:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 12: AABANY YLC Team for New York Cares Day, All Over NYC, 9:30pm - 3:00pm. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 1: NYU APALSA - Korematsu Lecture, NYU Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 3: PALS Presents: The Vast Opportunities as In-House Counsel, Credit Suisse, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 4: Title VII at 50 Symposium, St. John's School of Law, 10:00am - 5:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 4-5: 2014 NAPABA Central Regional Conference, Thompson Hine LLP, Key Center. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 10: The Federal Bar Council Presents "Second Circuit Appellate Advocacy Workshop" CLE, Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, 9:00am - 1:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 12: 2014 AREAA Global & Luxury Summit, Waldorf Astoria. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Disaster Recovery Paralegal, Staten Island Legal Services, Staten Island, NY
  • Temporary Staff Attorney - Consumer Rights Project, Manhattan Legal Services, NYC
  • Staff Attorney: Housing Unit, Legal Services NYC, Bronx, NY
  • Researcher on Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch, Kabul, Afghanistan

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.