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AABANY Announcements May 5, 2014

In this edition

  1. Community Press Conference for Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  2. Registration Now Open for "22 Lewd Chinese Women" Re-enactment at NY City Bar, May 21
  3. Pro Bono Opportunity: Help Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
  4. In the News: Hon. Randall Eng and Clara Ohr Published in New York Law Journal
  5. Movie NIght: "Documented" by Jose Antonio Vargas, May 6
  6. AABANY Featured in CUNY TV's "Asian American Life"
  7. Highlights: April 29
  8. New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members
  9. New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted
  10. NAPABA Press Releases: Theodore Chuang, Manisha Seth
  11. Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014
  12. NAPABA Annual Lobby Day and APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception
  13. Registration Now Open: 8th Annual National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys
  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, AALDEF Voting Rights Organizer
  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

Community Press Conference for Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Community groups in Chinatown gathered on May 3 at Hok Shan Association on Mott Street for a press conference to announce the appointment of Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan to the New York State Appellate Term. Judge Ling-Cohan is the first judge of APA descent in that court. Chinese press and media were out in full force. Please join us in congratulating Judge Ling-Cohan on this historic achievement.

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.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Help Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Immigrant victims of domestic violence face several obstacles to safety. In addition to cultural and language barriers, abusers may use immigration status or threat of deportation to assert power and control. Immigrant victims are also less likely to call the police out of fear of deportation. The Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee of AABANY are launching a pilot pro bono project with Legal Services NYC. This project offers both attorney and law student AABANY members CLE training in "Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Violence" and the opportunity to represent clients on a pro bono basis in U-Visa and VAWA cases. The cases are expected to come from all five boroughs. Are you interested in lending a hand? If so please take the survey at http://bit.ly/imgrtnrmdssurvey.

In the News: Hon. Randall Eng and Clara Ohr Published in New York Law Journal

 The New York Law Journal’s May 1st issue, titled "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,” featured AABANY members Clara Ohr (Assistant General Counsel-Trading at Hess Corporation) and Randall Eng (Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department).

AABANY President Clara Ohr’s article is entitled, "Helping Every Vote Get Cast,” on the importance of voter participation and how we as lawyers can safeguard the rights of all eligible voters. Randall Eng’s "Courts Play a Vital Role in Assuring Fairness” offers his perspective on the judiciary’s roles in New York. We thank Clara Ohr and Randall Eng for offering their well-informed opinions to shed light on different sides of voters’ rights issues.

To read all Law Day articles online, click here

Movie Night: "Documented" by Jose Antonio Vargas, May 6

 

 On May 1, AABANY was pleased and privileged to be part of a special screening of "Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American” at the Asia Society. The documentary was made by Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who revealed in a 2011 essay in the New York Times Magazine that he was undocumented. This moving, powerful, poignant and thought-provoking film follows him in his public and personal struggle with the aftermath of his coming out as an undocumented American.

If anyone is interested in joining us for a movie night on Tuesday, May 6, to catch this film during its regular run at the Village East Cinema, let us know via the Facebook event page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/518879634900584/

The film will play there through May 8. Spread the word!

AABANY Featured in CUNY TV's "Asian American Life"

For APA Heritage Month, CUNY TV is featuring AABANY member Helen Wan’s new book,The Partner Track, about Helen’s ascent as a woman of color in a major law firm. AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen, AABANY President Clara Ohr, and Ona Wang comment on the issues raised in Helen’s novel, such as the "bamboo ceiling” and what it means to succeed as an Asian American in the legal profession. We hope you’ll tune in!

The show will broadcast on the following dates: Friday, May 2, at 10am, 3pm, and 8:30pm; Sunday, May 4 at 12pm; Friday, May 16 at 10am, 3pm, and 8:30pm; and Sunday, May 18 at 12pm. Starting May 2, the program is available to stream at http://www.cuny.tv/show/asianamericanlife/PR2002950.

Highlights: April 29

 AABANY held two important events on Tuesday, April 29:

New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members

The New York City Bar Association, founded in 1870 in response to public concern over the New York City justice system, is a voluntary association of students and legal professionals that has grown to a membership of over 24,000. Benefits of membership include over 150 committees working to improve and reform the practice and administration of law, a members-only library that happens to be the largest member-funded in the country, and not to mention the unparalleled professional opportunities. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read more about membership benefits here.

The New York City Bar Association has prepared a special discount for AABANY members, waiving the one-time admission fee and giving members 20% off their semi-annual membership dues payment.

PROMO CODE: AABANY14

Go to https://www.nycbar.org/cgi-bin/special_offer_aaba.pl

New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted

It’s not too late to become a Committee member at the New York City Bar Association, which means that it’s not too late to become involved in over 150 areas of law within a membership body of over 24,000 students and legal professionals! NYCBA is still accepting applications for committee member positions, and though some deadlines have passed, others are ready and willing for someone to take strong hold of the leadership opportunities.

NYCBA has reached out and noted that AABANY members are strongly encouraged to apply. The sooner, the better. Let’s get the ball rolling.

If you are interested contact main@aabany.org. Thank you!

NAPABA Press Releases: Theodore Chuang, Manisha Seth

Last week, NAPABA issued important press releases regarding historic judicial confirmations of two APA candidates:

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.

Registration Now Open: 8th Annual National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys

NCVAA has been the largest law conference in the United States for Vietnamese 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.

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, AALDEF Voting Rights Organizer

Fellowship Announcements

Deadline for application for the University of Wisconsin's William H. Hastie Fellowship Program is May 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 http://bit.ly/aabany_flwshps.

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

  • May 6: "Documented" by Jose Antonio Vargas, Village East Cinema.  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 8: AABANY Board Meeting, 7:00pm-9:00pm. 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

  • May 10: Suffolk Academy of Law's Foreclosure Defense Boot Camp, 9:00am-3:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 12: Hon. Marilyn D. Go Speaks at Kramer Levin, 5:30-7:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 16: The Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Thirtieth Anniversary Awards Gala, 6:30pm-12:00am. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Compliance Manager, Prudential, Newark NJ
  • Corporate Counsel Retirement Law, Prudential, Hartford CT
  • Corporate Counsel Investment Law, Prudential, Newark, NJ
  • Voting Rights Organizer, AALDEF, 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.