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AABANY Announcements October 20, 2014

In this edition

  1. AABANY 2015 Elections: First Call for Nominations
  2. Apply Now for the Don H. Liu Scholarship, Deadline October 31
  3. AALDEF Poll Monitoring Training, Oct. 28
  4. Maximizing Air Rights and Zoning: The Changing View of NYC Real Estate Development CLE, Oct. 30
  5. Congratulations to Katrina Goyco, Top 30 Pro Bono Lawyer of 2014
  6. Congratulations to Susan Shin on Working Mother Magazine Honor
  7. Congratulations to Austin So, Finalist for the DELVACCA CCEA 2014 Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year
  8. Highlights from Sept. 27-Oct. 18
  9. Career Placement Committee Wants to Hear From You
  10. Don Liu Scholarship Fund - Donate Today!
  11. U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy, District of New Jersey
  12. Election Day Interpreter Recruitment for November 4th General Election
  13. New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members
  14. New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted
  15. Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014
  16. NAPABA Press Release: Michelle K. Lee First Woman Nominated to Head United States Patent and Trademark Office
  17. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  18. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  19. Read The New Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  23. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY 2015 Elections: First Call for Nominations

By mail, email, or fax: November 10
In person: November 12

AABANY's Annual Meeting is taking place in February 2015. We hope to see you there! At our Annual Meeting, elections will be conducted to elect 6 Board Directors and 6 AABANY Officers for the coming year. The Officer positions include:

President-Elect,
Vice President of Programs and Operations,
Vice President of Finance and Development,
Treasurer,
Recording Secretary, and
Membership Secretary.

The Nominations Committee welcomes applications to fill the vacancies immediately. The Nominations Committee will select a slate of candidates to be included on a ballot form that will be sent out to the membership a month before the Annual Meeting. The Nominations Committee may also interview candidates before making its determination.

Click here to read more.

 

Apply Now for the Don H. Liu Scholarship, Deadline October 31

Applications are now open for the Don H. Liu Scholarship. The deadline is fast approaching, so apply today!

Asian Americans remain grossly underrepresented in positions of influence, leadership and power within the legal profession. The number of Asian American partners in law firms and general counsels in our largest corporations do not reflect the diversity that can be found in today’s law school classes or the ranks of junior associates at law firms.

Each Don H. Liu Scholar will receive:

  • A financial scholarship of $15,000;
  • Access to numerous AABANY programs;
  • Opportunities for summer employment and internships; and
  • Mentoring, guidance and support by the Scholarship Committee and others throughout his/her law school and legal careers.
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    For more information, click here. To download the application form, click here

    The deadline to submit the Scholarship Application is October 31, 2014.

    AALDEF Poll Monitoring Training, Oct. 28

    AABANY is a legal co-sponsor of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s longstanding Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring initiative. The next two trainings in New York will be on 10/28, at Baker Hostetler at noon and at Debevoise at 6 pm. Lunch or light dinner will be served.

    10/28/14 - 12 noon – Baker Hostetler, 45 Rockefeller Plaza #10, New York, NY 10111
    10/28/14 - 6 p.m. – Debevoise & Plimpton, 919 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022


    AALDEF seeks volunteers to monitor the November 4th elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act and to document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated listing Democratic candidates as Republicans, and vice versa. When the news media reported on election results and the vote by specific groups, Asian Americans were often overlooked.

    We need your help to protect Asian American voting rights for the November 4 General Election. Click here for more information.

     

    Maximizing Air Rights and Zoning: The Changing View of NYC Real Estate Development CLE, Oct. 30

    On Thursday, October 30, 5:30pm-8pm, AABANY's Real Estate Committee and Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee are holding a CLE at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, Maximizing Air Rights and Zoning: The Changing View of Real Estate Development

    Speakers include: Mitchell A. Korbey (Partner, Herrick, Feinstein LLP), Michael Meyer (President, F&T Group), and Howard Hsu (VP of Design and Architecture, F&T Group). Our very own Real Estate Committee Co-Chair Margaret Ling, Esq. (Senior Underwriting Counsel, Skyline TRG Title Agency) will be moderating the discussion.

    Pre-registration is required for 1 CLE Credit in Professional Practice. Click here to register.

    AABANY Members & Non-Members not Seeking CLE Credit: FREE

    Non-Members Seeking CLE: $20

    Please register by Monday, October 27. 

    Thank you to co-sponsors Herrick Feinstein LLP and F&T Group.

     

    Congratulations to Katrina Goyco, Top 30 Pro Bono Lawyer of 2014

    NEW YORK – October 20, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Katrina Goyco has been named one of Legal Services NYC’s Top 30 Pro Bono Lawyers of 2014 for her tireless efforts on an AABANY U-Visa initiative for immigrant victims of domestic violence. Katrina will be honored at Legal Services NYC’s Volunteer Reception on Thursday, October 23, 2014, hosted by WilmerHale. Click here to read the full press release.

     

    Congratulations to Susan Shin on Working Mother Magazine ​Honor

    Please join us in congratulating Board Director and Arnold & Porter Partner Susan Shin, who has been recognized by Working Mother Magazine as Arnold & Porter's 2014 Working Mother of the Year. Susan Shin and her firm were recognized at the Working Mother “100 Best Companies” Gala Awards dinner held October 15, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. To read the touching article about Susan’s dedication to her family and advocacy for underprivileged children in New York, click here.

    Congratulations, Susan!

    (Photo by Susan Shin. Used with permission.)

    Congratulations to Austin So, Finalist for the DELVACCA CCEA 2014 Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year

    Please join us in congratulating In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair and recently appointed NAPABA Regional Governor Austin So. Nominated by President and General Counsel of Heraeus Incorporated Yuri Rosenfeld, Austin has been selected as a finalist for the DELVACCA 2014 Corporate Counsel Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year. He is one of three finalists that may be announced the winner of the Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year during the 2014 DELVACCA Corporate Counsel Excellence Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    AABANY wishes Austin the best of luck!

    Highlights from Sept. 27- Oct. 18


    Career Placement Committee Wants to Hear From You

    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.

    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.

    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!

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy, District of New Jersey

    Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the District of New Jersey, seated in Newark. Applications must be submitted electronically by October 22, 2014. To apply, go to www.ca3.uscourts.gov for more information or call the Circuit Executive's Office at 215-597-0718. 

     

    Election Day Interpreter Recruitment for November 4th General Election

    The Board of Elections in the City of New York is requesting for assistance with the recruitment of Korean Election Day Interpreters in Queens, and Chinese Interpreters in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Applicants can apply at www.electiondayworker.com or email interpreter2014@boe.nyc.ny.us for more information.

    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.

    NAPABA Press Release: Michelle K. Lee First Woman Nominated to Head United States Patent and Trademark Office

    WASHINGTON — Today, President Barak Obama announced his intent to nominate Michelle K. Lee as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If confirmed, Lee would be the first woman and person of color to lead the USPTO. Click here to read the full press release.

    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 New Issue of The Advocate

    In this Issue:

    • AABANY Hosts Its Fifth Annual Fall Conference
    • President's Letter
    • Profile: Norman Lau Kee
    • New AABANY LGBT Committee
    • 2Q14 Highlights
    • Review of Haig's Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts
    • Sponsor Spotlight: Morgan Lewis


    This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

    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 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

    • Oct. 28: AABANY Co-Sponsors AALDEF Poll Monitoring Training - Baker Hostetler, 12pm-1:30pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct. 28: AABANY Co-Sponsors AALDEF Poll Monitoring Training - Debevoise & Plimpton, 6pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct. 30: The Basics of Zoning and Air Rights Development, 5:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct. 30: Government Service & Public Interest Committee Meeting, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

    Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

    • Oct 22: Common Disciplinary Problems and How to Prevent Them CLE, 1pm-2:45pm. For more information, click here
    • Oct 23: The Art and Nuances of Trying a Personal Injury Case to Verdict CLE, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct 23: SABA-NJ's Inaugural Annual Dinner, 6:30pm-10pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct 24: PALS Retreat for New Associates of Color, 8:30am-6pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct 24: Women in Law Institute: Your Pipeline to Success, 11:30am-7:30pm. For more information, click here

    Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

    • Staff Attorney - Housing Law Unit, Legal Services NYC - Bronx
    • Staff Attorney - Sandy Recovery Advocacy, South Brooklyn Legal Services
    • Staff Attorney - Family and Immigration Unit, Legal Services NYC - Bronx
    • Staff Attorney, New York Asian Women's Center

    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.