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AABANY Announcements April 28, 2014

In this edition

  1. Prosecutors' Committee Presents Hate Crimes CLE, Apr. 29
  2. Registration Now Open for "22 Lewd Chinese Women" Re-enactment at NY City Bar, May 21
  3. Meet AAJANY: Asian American Judges Association of New York
  4. Press Release: Asian American Bar Association of New York Support of Joint Statement on Comfort Women Issue & City of Glendale, CA
  5. Congratulations to Yang Chen, Distinguished Service Medal Recipient
  6. More Photos from the 2014 Annual Dinner
  7. "Documented" Special Screening at Asia Society on May 1
  8. Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014
  9. NAPABA Annual Lobby Day and APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception
  10. New York Law Journal: Call for Minority & Women-Owned Law Firms
  11. 8th Annual National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys
  12. AABANY Cosponsors: 24th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  13. Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel Accepting Applications
  14. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  15. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  16. Read the Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  17. On WE Blog @ AABANY: SDNY CJA Mentoring Program, SDNY 225th Anniversary, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  18. Fellowship Announcements
  19. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  20. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Prosecutors' Committee Presents Hate Crimes CLE, Apr. 29 


AABANY's Prosecutors' Committee will be presenting a CLE on the New York State Hate Crimes statute and its application since 2000. It will be held at the Kings County DA's office, and the deadline to register is April 24. For more details see the listing under Upcoming Events.


Registration Now Open for "22 Lewd Chinese Women" Re-enactment at NY City Bar, May 21

In celebration of APA Heritage Month, AABANY is collaborating with the New York City Bar Association to present a re-enactment of "22 Lewd Chinese Women." Featured in The Atlantic on-line and on NPR, this performance re-enacts the 1874 case that led to the United States Supreme Court decision in Chy Lung v. Freeman. Raising issues of immigration, federalism, human trafficking and civil and human rights, this production is the latest in a series of AABANY re-enactments created under the leadership and guidance of the Hon. Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin. Save the date, and make plans to join us there. Registration now open. Admission is free for AABANY and  NYC Bar Association members. For more details go to http://bit.ly/22lcw0521.

Meet AAJANY: Asian American Judges Association of New York

On April 23, 2014, the newly formed Asian American Judges Association of New York (AAJANY) met with their Asian American colleagues on the federal bench and were hosted by the Honorable Denny Chin, Second Circuit Judge, for a tour of the courthouse. They later convened for dinner at Forlini’s to discuss common issues.

AAJANY was formed to address issues affecting Asian American judges, staff, and litigants in the state courts, to promote more diversity amongst the bar and the judiciary, and to advance the inclusion of judges of Asian descent at all levels of the state court system.

Three of those attending are also officers of the NAPABA Judicial Council (a national organization of state and federal judges of Asian descent): Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan (President), Hon. Denny Chin (Treasurer), and Hon. Marilyn Go (Secretary).

AAJANY is sponsoring the event, "How to Become a State Court Judge - from an APA perspective,” onApril 29, 2014, 6pm, at the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), 14 Vesey Street. Registration has closed but feel free to attend as a walk-in. Click here for more info.


Press Release: Asian American Bar Association of New York Support of Joint Statement on Comfort Women Issue & City of Glendale, CA

NEW YORK – April 25, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY”) announces its support of the Joint Statement on Comfort Women Issue regarding the City of Glendale, California’s approval of a public memorial commemorating the more than 200,000 Asian and Dutch women coerced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan between 1932 and 1945.

"AABANY fully supports the Joint Statement on Comfort Women Issue issued on April 21, 2014 by organizations including (but not limited to) the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), the Korean American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (KABA-DC), the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY), and the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY),” said AABANY President Clara Ohr. "The public memorial approved by the City of Glendale, California is an important tribute to the thousands of women who suffered immeasurable humiliation, pain, and suffering during Japan’s colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands. By educating current and future generations of the gross injustices these women suffered, the City of Glendale Comfort Women Memorial may even have a role in helping to prevent a repeat of such tragic history.” Read More here.

Congratulations to Yang Chen, Distinguished Service Medal Recipient 

NEW YORK, NY – Thursday, April 24, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY”) is pleased to announce its Executive Director, Yang Chen, will be receiving one of the Binghamton University Alumni Association’s Medals of Distinguished Service. A graduate of the Class of 1987, Yang Chen will be honored among many other esteemed alumni at the 2014 Special Recognition Award Ceremony on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Binghamton University presents these awards to recognize volunteerism at the University and excellence in professional endeavors.

Yang serves as a mentor and role model to countless young attorneys and Binghamton alumni by assisting in establishing network connections between Binghamton alumni and professionals in various fields, Yang has taken on the role of strengthening the bonds between our communities. Read More here.

More Photos from the 2014 Annual Dinner 


We have posted two more albums of photos taken at the 25th Anniversary Annual Dinner, held on February 26 at Cipriani Wall Street. Thanks to Karen Zhou for the photos in this album: http://bit.ly/karenzhouphts and thanks to Richard Kranzler for the photos in this album: http://bit.ly/richardkranzlerphts. Enjoy the photos, and thanks again to all our guests, volunteers and sponsors!

"Documented" Special Screening at Asia Society on May 1


Please join AABANY for a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ "Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American,” showing this Thursday, May 1st, at the Asia Society and Museum (725 Park Avenue at 70th Street). Jose Antonio Vargas was the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who openly wrote about his experience as an undocumented American in the New York Times Magazine in 2011. "Documented” will have its regular run at Village East Cinema from May 2-8. For more details, please see the listing under Upcoming Events on the AABANY calendar. 

Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014

Don’t miss out on the 2014 Annual NAPABA Convention! There are many ways to get involved starting now. You can:

For more information on the Convention, including how to make your room reservation at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, click here.

NAPABA Annual Lobby Day and APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception

NAPABA invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Lobby Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception on May 19-20, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Lobby Day is less than a month away! This is your opportunity to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community and to meet other NAPABA leaders from around the country. To find out more, click here.

New York Law Journal: Call for Minority & Women-Owned Law Firms

The New York Law Journal is once again pulling together a chart of minority-owned law firms in New York, with 50% or more minority ownership. Last year’s chart can be viewed here for reference. There is no fee involved. If you would like to be included, please send the following information to Angela Turturro (aturturro@alm.com):

  • firm name
  • address/telephone #
  • the name of managing partner(s)
  • the number of permanent, full-time attorneys as of Dec. 31, 2013

Please note: NYLJ also has a women-owned law firms chart (50% or more female ownership), so if your firm also qualifies for that, please reach out.

Please respond by May 1, 2014 for inclusion.

8th Annual National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys

NCVAA has been the largest law conference in the United States forVietnamese American attorneys and law students since 2006. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to network with nationally renown Judges andLaw Professors, as well as top attorneys and legal leaders, from all across the country. Read More.

Register now open. Early bird prices expire on May 1, 2014.

AABANY Cosponsors: 4th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association

The IPBA’s Annual Conference on May 8, 2014 - May 11, 2014 is the year’s pre-eminent gathering of lawyers with an Asia-Pacific focus and the 2014 Conference will feature:

  • Opportunities to network with leading lawyers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere around the world.

  • Over 25 distinguished guest speakers, including leaders from the world of business, policy development, environmental awareness and the law, debating aspects of the Conference theme: Sustainability in a Finite World.

  • More than 40 breakout sessions presented by the IPBA’s 22 Practice Area Committees on current topics of interest to lawyers with an Asia-Pacific focus which are eligible for CLE/CPD credit in many jurisdictions.

Superb social functions and other events providing opportunities to meet counterparts from over 65 countries.

Vancouver is one of the world’s most spectacular cities, sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and nestled in and around the slopes of the towering Coastal Mountain Range. We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver for this amazing event!

*Special Code: IPBAVAN- When registering, enter the code IPBAVAN to receive special pricing. Clickhereto register for this outstanding event today.

For more information about the Inter-Pacific Bar Association's 24th Annual Meeting & Conference, go to: http://www.ipba2014.com/



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: SDNY CJA Mentoring Program, SDNY 225th Anniversary, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

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. 29: How to Become a State Court Judge - from an APA Perspective, New York County Lawyer's Association, 6:00pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 29: Hate Crimes CLE Event, Kings County District Attorney's Office, 6:15pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • May 8 - May 11: AABANY Cosponsors: 24th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Vancouver Convention Centre. For more information click here
  • May 16: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Practice in New York CLE, Affinia Manhattan, 9:00am - 5:00pm. For more information click here
  • May 21: "22 Lewd Chinese Women": A Trial Reenactment, NYC Bar, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 28: The Metropolitan Black Bar Association Co-Presents "The Path to Leadership: Blazing Your Own Trail", Ropes & Gray, LLP, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 29: New York City Bar Presents: Three Years Later: Yes, There Is A Will, But Is There A Way?, 42 West 44th Street, NY, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Apr. 30: NYC Bar Presents: General Counsels Diversity and Inclusion Forum, 42 West 44th Street, NY, NY, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • May 1: MBBA Co-Presents "How to Speak to the Media" Program/CLE, U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y., 5:00pm - 8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 1: "Documented: a Film by an Undocumented American" Screening & Panel Discussion, Asia Society & Museum, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. For more information click here
  • May 2: The Color of Citizenship: Legacies of Japanese American Internment from WWII to Stop & Frisk, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 9:00am - 6:00pm. For more information click here
  • May 2: New York Chinese Cultural Center's 40th Anniversary Gala, Bennett Media Studio, 6:30pm - 9:00pm. For more information click here

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Legal Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, U.S.
  • Part-time Fluent Mandarin Chinese/English Law Student Intern, Leason Ellis LLP, White Plains, NY
  • Associate General Counsel, AIG, NYC
  • Associate General Counsel, Vice President, AIG, NYC

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.