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AABANY Announcements September 8, 2014

In this edition

  1. Registration Now Open: 2014 Fall Conference, Sept. 20
  2. "Get on Track" Series, Part I: Getting on the Partnership Track, September 11
  3. Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations Due Sept. 12
  4. NAPABA Elections Deadline on Sept. 12
  5. Congratulations to Ona Wang and Helen Wan
  6. Mentors Still Needed for Mentorship Program
  7. Kaplan Bar Review - $750 Discount
  8. Highlight: YLC Financial Planning Workshop
  9. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Online
  10. Thomas Tang Moot Court Registration Deadline: Sept. 12
  11. EDNY Magistrate Judge Vacancy: Applications Due Sept. 19
  12. "22 Lewd Chinese Women" Online CLE Now Available
  13. Don Liu Scholarship Fund - Donate Today!
  14. "Tested" Sneak Peek and Reception, September 16
  15. APALA-NJ 9th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner, September 16
  16. New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members
  17. New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted
  18. FACL/NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference and Gala 2014
  19. KALAGNY Co-Hosts IAKL 2014 Annual Conference in NYC
  20. Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014, Early Bird Deadline Extended to Sept. 12
  21. More from NAPABA
  22. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  23. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  24. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  25. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  26. Fellowship Announcements
  27. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  28. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  29. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  30. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Registration Now Open: 2014 Fall Conference, Sept. 20

AABANY proudly presents its 5th Annual Fall Conference, Empowering Progress & Unity, on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 hosted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 

In addition to a full day of CLE programs on cutting edge topics presented by AABANY committees, attendees are also invited to participate in AABANY’s Law Firm Pitch Sessions and Career Exchange. The conference also includes Career and Business Development seminars and will close with a cocktail reception and Committee Dinners for practitioners to mix, mingle and connect. The Mentorship Program will also hold its kickoff meeting for mentors and mentees. Our highly acclaimed Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) will be held at Alston & Bird LLP. We hope you will join us. To learn more about our Fall Conference, click here.

Those interested in volunteering for the 2014 Fall Conference should fill out this form.

Register at http://bit.ly/registerfc2014.

"Get on Track" Series, Part I: Getting on the Partnership Track, September 11

The Career Placement Committee, Young Lawyers Committee, and Membership Committee present "Get on Track" Series, Part I: Getting on the Partnership Track. 

Working hard, being responsive and getting things right are necessary to get on the partnership track, but are no longer sufficient to stay on the partnership track. The goals of this 90-minute roundtable discussion are to identify (1) the soft skills that APA associates or associates in general lack in order to be seriously considered for partnership, (2) the political landscape and stereotypes within law firms that work for and against APA associates in particular, and (3) ways to overcome these hurdles and challenges so that APA associates have a better chance to make partner in the post-financial crisis world. 

Date and Time: Thursday September 11, 2014, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Dechert LLP, 1095 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036-6797

Click here to register.

 

Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations Due Sept. 12

As AABANY continues to grow and develop a prominent role in the legal profession, it realizes that such growth and development would not have been possible without the support of many of the law firms who have donated countless hours to building a successful bar association that represents the interests of Asian Americans in New York State. Beginning with our 2014 Fall Conference, AABANY will annually recognize one law firm member for its extraordinary efforts to improve the diversity of our profession with AABANY’s Law Firm Diversity Award.

For more information, including the form to nominate your firm, go to http://bit.ly/fc14lfda

Nominations are due Friday, September 12, 2014.

 

NAPABA Elections Deadline on Sept. 12

Elections are now underway for NAPABA 2014-15 Officers, and AABANY’s Board is pleased to announce that it endorses the following candidates in contested positions:

 

Andrew T. Hahn for President-Elect

Steven Y. Reeves for VP, Finance and Development

 

AABANY encourages all eligible members to make their voices heard and to cast their votes. All AABANY members are members of NAPABA. If you are not sure of your membership status, please contact Membership Secretary Irene Tan at irene.tan@aabany.org. For more details go to http://bit.ly/napabaofcrs2014

Voting deadline is midnight PDT on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Congratulations to Ona Wang and Helen Wan

The New York Law Journal has named its 2014 Lawyers Who Lead by Example, honoring attorneys who have made an outstanding contribution by providing free legal services to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers and have devoted time to public service in the form of improvement to the courts, the laws or the profession. We congratulate all the individuals recognized by NYLJ, especially Baker Hostetler Partner and AABANY member Ona Wang for her pro bono work representing indigent New Yorkers. For more information, including the full list of recipients, click here.


Congratulations to Helen Wan on her ground-breaking first novel, The Partner Track, which hasbeen released in paperback and is officially on sale tomorrow. Despite her whirlwind schedule of talks and appearances, Helen has time and time again shared her wisdom on being a 'minority darling' with AABANY. She will be appearing as a speaker during our Fifth Annual Fall Conference's lunch session on September 20, 2014. We look forward to hearing from her again! 

From the press release: "Last fall, Helen Wan took the world by storm with her debut novel, The Partner Track, a new take on the office politics/law firm novel that follows a Golden Girl employee who has passed the apprentice stage and is now facing mature and relatable issues. THE PARTNER TRACK (St. Martin’s Griffin; On-Sale September 9, 2014), now available in trade paperback, tackles the many controversies that women face in corporate settings." Click here to read more.

AABANY is privileged to have such strong and inspiring role models among its membership. Please join us in congratulating both Ona Wang and Helen Wan for their successes.

 

Mentors Still Needed for Mentorship Program

Thank you to all those who signed up for our Mentorship Program 2014-2015! The program will be launched during the cocktail reception at the AABANY Fall Conference to be held on September 20, 2014 at Morgan Lewis, 101 Park Avenue, NY, NY. 

As much as possible, we would like to reach a one-to-one ratio of mentors-to-mentees. We are only 20 mentors away from our goal! We are in special need of Intellectual Property, International. Commercial Litigation, and Real Estate attorneys. If you would like to get involved as a mentor, please contact Mentorship Coordinator Julie Kwon directly.

The purpose of the program is to provide support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. For more information on the program, including responsibilities and expectations of mentors and mentees, please see our webpage: http://bit.ly/aabanymentor2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Kwon, Coordinator of the Mentorship Program, at julie.kwon@aabany.org.

Kaplan Bar Review - $750 Discount

AABANY is pleased to announce that Kaplan Bar Review is offering a $750 discount on its bar review courses to AABANY members. Kaplan offers a variety of courses including complete bar review, LLM, MBE Supplemental, Multistate Bar Extra Prep, and Tutoring. Features include customized MBE quizzes, unlimited essay grading, Ask-an-Expert support, Outlines with Roadmap Diagrams, and a customized Final Countdown Study Plan. For more information, please contact Simone Nguyen at simone.nguyen@aabany.org by September 30.

Get Involved in AABANY's Committees

The best way to become active in AABANY is to join one of its 30 committees. The following committees have meetings coming up:

  • Sept. 17: Tax Committee Peer Group Meeting (Sub-chapter K)
  • Sept. 17: Pro Bono Committee Meeting

For further information, please visit Upcoming Events on the AABANY calendar. To learn more about our committees, visit our website where you will find a listing of our committees and contact information for our committee chairs.

 

Highlight: YLC Financial Planning Workshop

On Thursday, September 4, the Young Lawyers Committee held a Financial Planning workshop hosted by Ameriprise Financial Services’s Niraj Chhabra. Meeting fear and uncertainty with a disciplined and integrated approach, financial planning tackles student loans, retirement, and family planning head-on in a stable and productive way. Read more.


Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Online

Interested in moving your legal career forward?

Help AABANY’s Career Placement Committee help you. Launched with the Career Exchange at last year’s Fall Conference, the Career Placement Committee seeks to match qualified AABANY members with available legal positions. AABANY members who are actively seeking or are considering seeking a new position are encouraged to complete the Career Placement Committee Intake Form at http://bit.ly/cpc_intake and email resumes/CVs to resume@aabany.org.

The Career Exchange, offering career advice and resources, will take place again at this year’s Fall Conference on September 20, 2014.

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Career Placement Committee at careers@aabany.org.

Thomas Tang Moot Court Registration Deadline: Sept. 12

The 2014 Thomas Tang Moot Court 2014 Problem has been announced. Get excited!Click here to see the 2014 Problem, Entry Form, and Calendar of Regional Rounds.

The deadline to register for the competition is Friday, September 12, 2014.

The Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition is an appellate advocacy competition sponsored annually by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation (NAPABA Law Foundation), an IRC § 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). The NAPABA Law Foundation works closely with the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA) and its local affiliates at law schools across the country. The purpose of this Competition is to develop advocacy skills without regard to the merit of the petitioner’s or respondent’s cases.

Click here for more information.

EDNY Magistrate Judge Vacancy: Applications Due Sept. 19

There is one (1) full-time United States Magistrate Judge position vacancy at the Long Island Courthouse of the Eastern District of New York located at 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722 effective August 5, 2014. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and will include: (1) conduct of preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and (5) assignment of additional duties not inconsistent with the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Click here for more information.

"22 Lewd Chinese Women" Online CLE Now Available

Did you miss out on our "22 Lewd Chinese Women” presentation for APA Heritage Month on May 21? Fear not! Courtesy of the New York City Bar, we bring you the trial re-enactment in the form of an online CLE. Please click here to access it.

This is free for all AABANY and NYCBA members and is available until September 30, 2014. To receive the discount code, please email Program Associate Simone Nguyen at simone.nguyen@aabany.org

Don Liu Scholarship Fund - Donate Today!

Founded this year, the Don H. Liu Scholarship Program seeks to identify and cultivate future Asian American leaders of the legal profession in order to address the single most important issue facing Asian American professionals today – the barrier to advancement. Asian Americans remain grossly underrepresented in positions of influence, leadership and power within the legal profession. 

The Don H. Liu Scholarship is a unique answer to the troubling questions of Asian American advancement in the legal profession. Recipients of the Don H. Liu Scholarship will receive a generous financial scholarship, access to numerous AABANY programs, and close mentoring and guidance through his or her legal career. Donate now!

"Tested" Sneak Peek and Reception, September 16

Please join Lee Anav Chung Kim & White on Tuesday, September 16, 7pm-9pm, for a special 15-minute sneak peek and a wine & cheese reception for an intriguing new documentary film "Tested" at 308 at 156 Project Artspace at 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308, between 20th and 21st Streets. Come meet the team behind the new documentary film, about a group of diverse 8th graders and their fight to get into one of New York City’s elite public high schools by taking a single test. Suggested donation is $10 and $50 to become an Honorary Host.

APALA-NJ 9th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner, September 16

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Inc, sponsored by Day Pitney LLP. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Royce Brook Golf Club West Course (201 Hamilton Road, Hillborough Township, NJ 08844).

Golf & Dinner will be $275 and Dinner Only will be $75.

Please go to APALA-NJ's website to register. For more information, contact APALA-NJ Golf Committee Co-Chairs Jimmy Kim at jkim@walltong.com or Jennifer Suh at suh.jenny@gmail.com.

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!

FACL/NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference and Gala 2014

The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is teaming up for the Northeast Regional Conference and Gala 2014. The theme of this year is "Breakthrough!: Shattering Barriers and Creating Opportunities."

The Northeast Regional this year will be held on September 27, 2014 at the Dominion Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The Keynote Speaker will be the Honorable Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

For more information and to register, click here.

KALAGNY Co-Hosts IAKL 2014 Annual Conference in NYC

IAKL and KALAGNY are co-hosting the 2014 International Association of Korean Lawyers’ 22nd Annual Conference at Fordham University Law School from October 2-5, 2014. The Conference will feature cutting-edge legal and educational programs, dinner events and exciting daytime activities in and around New York City. We expect to have in attendance attorneys, judges, general counsels, law professors and many other legal and business professionals from the greater NY area and from around the world.

Click here to learn more about the Conference. Click here to register for the various conference options and add-on items.

Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014, Early Bird Deadline Extended to Sept. 12

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 has been extended to September 12.

More from NAPABA

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:

  • Jimmy Yan: Working in the Public Interest
  • Sponsor Spotlight: BakerHostetler
  • Incoming President's Letter
  • "22 Lewd Chinese Women” and Other Courtroom Dramas
  • New Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
  • New Tax Committee
  • Successful March to 1,000 Membership Campaign
  • First Quarter Rundown and 25th Annual Dinner

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

There are currently several Fellowships in International Human Rights posted. The deadline for application is October 15, 2014All 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

  • Sept 11: "Get on Track" Series Part I: Getting on the Partnership Track, 6:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 12: Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations due. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 17: Pro Bono Committee Meeting, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 17: Tax Committee Peer Group Meeting, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 20: Fifth Annual Fall Conference, 8am-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sept 8: FALANY Happy Hour, 7:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 8: The Road to the Court of Appeals, 6pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 10: 2014 Judges Night, 7pm-10pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 15: NYCLA 24th Annual Public Service Awards, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept 16: APALA-NJ 9th Annual Golf Classic & Dinner, 10:30am-8pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Women's Rights Project Legal Internship, American Civil Liberties Union, New York
  • Civil Fraud Litigator, Office of the Attorney General, New York
  • ERISA/Employment Benefits Attorney, Nixon Peabody, Albany
  • Intake Officer, Queens Legal Services, New York

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.