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AABANY Announcements May 20, 2014

 

In this edition

  1. Last Chance to Register for "22 Lewd Chinese Women" Reenactment at NY City Bar, May 21
  2. Pro Bono Opportunity: Help Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
  3. Featured Event: AABANY Co-Sponsors Kings County District Attorney Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 20
  4. Congratulations to Glenn Lau Kee, First Asian American NYSBA President
  5. Congratulations to Vincent Chang
  6. Congratulations to Alice Hsu
  7. AABANY Posthumously Awards Honorary Membership to First Chinese Lawyer in New York
  8. Highlight from Week of May 13: Trivia Bowl
  9. Featured Webinar: Leveraging Deposition Technology To Win
  10. New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members
  11. New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted
  12. Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2011
  13. Early Bird Deadline Extended to May 31: 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: MFJC core trainings, Jo-Yu Chen, IAKL Statement on Glendale, PALS Mentors Needed, SDNY Report
  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

Last Chance to Register 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. Click on the photo to see highlights from the rehearsal on our blog.

Registration now open. Admission is free for AABANY and NYC Bar Association members.

For more details go tonhttp://bit.ly/22lcw0521.

Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible: AIG; Baker Hostetler; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Planet Depos, LLC; and Proskauer Rose LLP. Thank you also to our Community Partners for spreading the word: Above the Law, AALDEF, Asian American Federation, Coalition for Asian Children and Families, Chinese Progressive Association, and Binghamton University Asian and Asian American Alumni Council.

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.

Featured Event: AABANY Co-Sponsors Kings County District Attorney Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, May 20

AABANY is co-sponsoring the Kings County District Attorney Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at 5:30pm on May 20, 2014 at Robert N. Kaye Training Center (350 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). The Kings County District Attorney is honoring Judge Pamela K. Chen, United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, please email ADA Maria Park at parkm@brooklynda.org. Non-KCDA staff must be on the guest list.

Congratulations to Glenn Lau Kee, First Asian American NYSBA President

Congratulations to Glenn Lau-Kee who will become the first Asian American President to lead the New York State Bar Association. He has been interviewed for a profile in the current issue of New York State Bar News. To read a high-resolution PDF, click here. Glenn was AABANY President in 1997 and 1998.

Congratulations to Vincent Chang

AABANY member and Past President (2007) Vincent Chang, Partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsche LLC, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.The presentation of the award will take place at the Gala Award Dinner on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, New York City.

We commend the Asian American Business Development Center on their selection. Please join AABANY in congratulating Vincent on this well-deserved honor.

Congratulations to Alice Hsu

AABANY member Alice Hsu, Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has been named one of the New York Law Journal's 2014 Rising Stars. This year, the 42 Rising Stars were selected from over 230 nominees by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. To read more, click here.

Please join AABANY in congratulating Alice.

 

AABANY Posthumously Awards Honorary Membership to First Chinese Lawyer in NY

On May 8, AABANY awarded posthumous membership to Hong Yen Chang (张康仁; also known as Hong Yeng Chang, Henry Chang, and Zhang Kangren). UC Davis law students are campaigning to posthumously admit Chang to the California Bar. He had applied in 1890, but was rejected because his U.S. citizenship was not recognized. He had previously resided in Brooklyn, and after studying at Columbia, Chang applied for admission to the New York Bar. While having "passed a very credible examination”, he was first denied admission because of his lack of U.S. citizenship due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. A special act of the New York Legislature (N.Y. L.1887 c. 249) allowed his admission despite this bar, and Chang was finally admitted in 1888.

This Saturday, May 17, marked the 126th anniversary of his admission. As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor the first Asian Pacific American member of the bar in New York, and reportedly anywhere in the United States. We hope that the historical injustice Chang received in California will be corrected. Read more here.

 

Highlights from Week of May 13: Trivia Bowl

Whether you read it as a victory or soul-crushing defeat, AABANY team "TrivBowlers" 2014 came in second place at the Third Annual Asian American Journalists Association's Trivia Bowl. AABANY faced off against 13 teams to see who would reign supreme as trivia(l) champions. All in all, AABANY was delighted to be part of the excitement and Francis Chin made off with a case of Tiger Beer. Read more on our blog.

 

Featured Webinar: Leveraging Deposition Technology to Win

Planet Depos, sponsor for AABANY's trial reenactment with the New York City Bar "22 Lewd Chinese Women," is hosting a series of free webinars on May 20, May 29, and June 2: "Leveraging Deposition Technology to Win." Tune in! To RSVP, please contact Lori Langston at lori.langston@planetdepos.com or (732) 233-0404. 

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!

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.

Early Bird Deadline Extended to May 31: 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 renowned Judges and Law Professors, as well as top attorneys and legal leaders, from all across the country. Read More.

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: MFJC core trainings, Jo-Yu Chen, IAKL Statement on Glendale, PALS Mentors Needed, SDNY Report

Fellowship Announcements

Deadline for application for the NYU School of Law Public Interest Law Center (PILC) Fellowship will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but applicants were strongly encouraged to apply by 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 20: Kings County District Attorney Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, 350 Jay Street, 5:30pm-7:30pm. 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.
  • May 22: Government Service and Public Interest Committee Meeting, 7:00pm-8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 28: AABANY Tax Committee Meeting, 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information click here.
  • May 28: In-House Counsel Committee Kick-Off Meeting, The Chrysler Building, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information click here.
  • May 28: Intellectual Property Skills Workshop: Copyright Registration, 7:00pm-8:30pm. AABANY members and Bingham McCutcheon firm employees may register here and nonmembers may register here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 20: Writing for Lawyers: Essentials of Effective Legal Writing for Summer Associates and Legal Interns, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 21: Who Are We to Judge? LGBT Diversity in the New York Judiciary, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 22: AREAA Event: Financing Commercial & Residential Property & Related Legal Issues, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. For more information click here.
  • May 28: PALS Summer Reception and Panel Discussion, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 28: Careers in Insurance Litigation, 6:00pm-8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 28: Dechert LLP: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 29: PALS Supplemental BAR Tutorial Session , 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information click here.
  • May 29: PALS Supplemental BAR Tutorial Reception, 6:30pm-7:30pm. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Assistant US Attorney, DOJ, District of CT
  • Paralegals needed at Manhattan Legal Services
  • Human Rights Associate, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Washington DC
  • Land Use Attorney, NYC Council

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.