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What has AABANY been up to?

AABANY is proud to say that we are New York City's largest and most active minority bar association. Due to the tireless efforts of our many Committees, AABANY is able to engage the APA legal community through our diverse and engaging programming, which includes premiere flagship events, educational panels and CLE programs, community outreach, and social and networking opportunities. Feel free to browse our Recent Photos or blog for a more comprehensive snapshot of what we've been up to. Our Weekly Announcements also chronicle the ongoing activities of AABANY under "Highlights." 

Annual and Quarterly Reports can be found under Organizational DocumentsAs always, photos can also be found on our Facebook page.

Below are just a few highlights of what AABANY has been up to lately:

Annual Picnic

For those who were finally able to locate the AABANY Annual Picnic at Heckscher Picnic Area in Central Park on Sunday, August 28, a good time was had by all. Contributing to everyone’s good time:

  • Banh mi from JoJu in Elmhurst
  • Water balloon toss
  • Three-legged races
  • Group baby-sitting and Heckscher Playground for the several babies, toddlers, and children who graced us with their presence -- including two sets of twins!

Thank you to everyone who made it out. Check out the photos here.

Labor & Employment Law Committee Kick-Off Happy Hour

There is no greater joy than to meet other lawyers and not talk about the law. At the kick-off happy hour of the Labor and Employment Law (LEL) Committee held on Tuesday, July 19 in downtown Manhattan, at Manhattan Proper, lawyers in the field of LEL and those aspiring to enter connected personally as people. In this atmosphere of community, the co-chairs informed attendees about upcoming programs and the goals of the LEL Committee – to help each other become exceptional LEL lawyers and to give back to our communities.

In attendance were Co-Chairs Joane Wong, David Mou and Bryan An (pictured above, second photo from the bottom). Chris Kwok, immediate past co-chair, also showed up, rocking a very summery Hawaiian shirt. Membership Director Tristan Loanzon and Executive Director Yang Chen dropped in on the festivities, with Tristan staying well into the night. In fact the group photo was taken at around 10 pm, three hours after the event started.

Joane, David and Bryan look forward to a year of growth and community-building.

To learn more about the LEL Committee and to get in touch with the co-chairs, visit the webpage here.

Wards Cove Trial Reenactment at FAHNS Conference

On June 23rd, the Filipino American National Historical Society hosted their 16th Biennial Conference, A Pinoy State of Mind: Building Our Roots at John Jay College. We were proud to join the National Filipino American Lawyers Association, the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Oregon in presenting Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio. In the 1970s, led by Filipino activists, workers in Alaskan canneries organized and filed class actions against unfair and discriminatory working conditions that had prevailed for decades against Asian American cannery workers. Although the Filipino workers lost their case before the United States Supreme Court, their efforts led Congress to pass an amendment to the Civil Rights Act in 1991 to achieve equal treatment and justice for workers of color. The reenactment cast wonderfully brought this tragic history back to life.

At the end of the re-enactment, several former Alaskan cannery workers attending this event stood up and shared their personal experiences with audience. The audience gave them a round applause. The story telling compelled many audience members to reflect on how much that generation had suffered and how much history has progressed.

Thank you to Connie Montoya and FALA New York for organizing this important session during the FANHS Conference. Thank you once again to Hon. Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin for once again leading a successful reenactment. For those wanting to learn more about this historical reenactment, please visit this page.

Women's Committee Kick-Off Meeting

The Women’s Committee hosted its Kickoff Meeting on June 30 at Urbanspace Vanderbilt. About a dozen women gathered over breakfast to meet fellow members, share ideas, and learn about programs, events and volunteer opportunities for the coming year. If you were not able to attend and would like to get involved, please look out for our follow-up email or feel free to reach out to any of the Women’s Committee co-chairs. Thank you to all the early birds who attended our meeting.

We're excited for all the upcoming projects and events that the Women's Committee has in store.

Read more about the Women’s Committee here.

9th Annual Winetasting & Networking Reception 

On June 16, AABANY held its 9th Annual Winetasting & Networking Reception for Law Firm Partners and Senior In-House Counsel. There were approximately 140 people present at this invite-only event, held by the Corporate Law Committee and the In-House Counsel Committee. Congratulations to each of the prize winners of the raffles and the icebreaker. The grand prize was four tickets to a regular season game at Yankee Stadium in the Delta Suite.

We thank the sponsors of the evening:

  • Planet Data Solutions, Headline Sponsor
  • Prosperian Wealth Management, Headline Sponsor
  • Summit Financial Printing, Headline Sponsor
  • Navigant, Sponsor
  • Reed Smith, Sponsor

Among the attendees, 50 companies were represented and 35 law firms were represented. Companies represented included:

  • AIG
  • Credit Suisse Securities
  • Google
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NBC Universal
  • Time Warner Cable Inc.

Thanks to Jim Stewart, Director of Catering at New York Yankee Steak House. Thank you to the organizers of the evening for their hard work in putting together this wonderful event: Susan Shin, President; Dwight Yoo, President-Elect; Yang Chen, Executive Director; Marianne Chow, Vice President of Programs and Operations; Naf Kwun, Vice President of Programs and Operations; William Ng, Vice President of Finance and Development; In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chairs Blossom Kan, Austin So, and Duane Morikawa; Corporate Law Committee Co-Chairs Ting S. Chen, Edward J. Lee and Larry Wee, and their Managing Director of Programs George Hang. Thank you as well to the volunteers led by Christina Nguyen and Keli Huang. Finally, thank you to each and every person who attended. We’re already looking forward to next year!

Check out the rest of the photographs here.


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