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AABANY Announcements October 27, 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 and Oct. 29
  4. Government Service & Public Interest Committee Meeting, Oct. 30
  5. Maximizing Air Rights and Zoning: The Changing View of NYC Real Estate Development CLE, Oct. 30
  6. Volunteer Attorneys Needed: Job Skills Workshop, Nov. 4
  7. Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Asian Pacific Americans Facing Poverty in NYC CLE, Nov. 18
  8. Congratulations to Hon. Alexander B. Jeong, First Asian Pacific American to Serve as Deputy Administrative Judge in New York Criminal Courts
  9. Congratulations to Glenn Lau-Kee and Sandra Leung, NAAAP-NY's 2014 Most Influential APIA New Yorkers
  10. Highlights from Oct. 15 and Oct. 23
  11. Career Placement Committee Wants to Hear From You
  12. Don Liu Scholarship Fund - Donate Today!
  13. Election Day Interpreter Recruitment for November 4th General Election
  14. New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members
  15. New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted
  16. Convergence: NAPABA Convention 2014
  17. Judges Needed for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, NAPABA Convention 2014
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  20. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  21. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  22. Fellowship Announcements
  23. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  24. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  26. 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

Don H. Liu Scholarship applications are due this Friday!

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 and Oct. 29

    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 - 12pm – Baker Hostetler, 45 Rockefeller Plaza #10, New York, NY 
    10/28/14 - 6pm – Debevoise & Plimpton, 919 Third Ave, New York, NY 
    10/29/14 - 12:45pm - Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon St, Room 500, New York, NY

    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.

    Government Service & Public Interest Committee Meeting, Oct. 30

    Please save the date for the upcoming GSPI Committee Meeting. It has been an exciting 5 months for the GSPI Committee. Our committee continues to hold and spearhead some innovative and interesting projects. We would like you to join us.

    DATE: Thursday 10/30/2014

    TIME:
    Light Refreshments and Mingling from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Meeting from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    WHERE: Constantine Cannon at 335 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

    WHAT: To plan and discuss upcoming programs and review programs that took place since last committee meeting. Click here to see the tentative agenda.

    Click here to register. For more information, please contact GSPI Committee Co-Chair Karen Yau at karen.yau@aabany.org.

     

    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.

     

    Volunteer Attorneys Needed: Job Skills Workshop, Nov. 4

    The Student Outreach Committee is teaming up with the NYU APALSA to present a Job Skills Workshop on Tue Nov. 4 at NYU from 6:15-8:15pm. Dinner will be served.

    The event, open to both students and attorneys, will feature a panel of speakers who will discuss interviewing skills, professionalism, and how to carry/conduct yourself. After the panel there will be a resume review for a limited number of students. In addition to critiquing students' resumes, we would like the volunteer attorneys to use the opportunity to informally evaluate and provide feedback on the students’ demeanor/professionalism - topics the panel will have just discussed.

    Our expert panel will include:
    • Kathie Lee, Esq., Global Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, Le Pain Quotidien
    • Chris Chan, Esq., Prosperous Law, LLC, former President of AABANY
    • Catherine Wilson, C.M.A., Prosperous Law, LLC
    • Don Leo, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Bureau Chief, New York State Office of the Attorney General

    The SOC and NYU APALSA are seeking volunteer attorneys for the resume review portion of the event. If you would be interested in volunteering or simply attending the event, please register below.

    Attorney registration is available here.
    Student registration is available here

    Please note that resume review spots are limited and will be available to students in the order they register.

    Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Asian Pacific Americans Facing Poverty in NYC CLE, Nov. 18

    When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Reception, 6pm-7pm. CLE, 7pm-8:30pm.
    Where: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY, Room W401

    Although Asian Pacific Americans have been often portrayed as well-assimilated, "well-off,” successful, and considered part of the model minority, in reality many APAs experience significant socio-economic challenges. This CLE program and discussion forum highlights the changing demographic and needs of the burgeoning APA population in New York City, as well as policies affecting the APA community’s access to language assistance to governmental benefits and services, specifically for housing assistance and other benefits. We also hope to provide legal tools and resources, which law school students and members of the bar can use to offer pro bono or low-cost legal assistance to low or fixed-income members of this community.

    Moderator: Karen Kithan Yau, Esq., Co-chair of AABANY’s Government Service and Public Interest Committee (GSPIC)

    Panel Speakers:

    Jennifer Ching, Esq., Director, Queens Legal Services of NYC
    Wei Hu, Esq., Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Family Independence Administration (FIA), NYC Human Resources Administration / Department of Social Services (HRA)
    Hon. Lydia C. Lai, J.H.C., Bronx County Housing Court Judge
    Kavita Pawria-Sanchez, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs

    This CLE will offer credits (for transitional and non-transitional attorneys). Sponsored by The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School (NYLS).

    Click here to register.

     

    Congratulations to Hon. Alexander B. Jeong, First Asian Pacific American to Serve as Deputy Administrative Judge in New York Criminal Courts

    NEW YORK – October 23, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is pleased to announce that on October 20, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti announced the appointment of Hon. Alexander B. Jeong as Deputy Administrative Judge of the New York Criminal Courts, effective immediately. Judge Jeong is the first Asian Pacific American to serve the Unified Court System in this capacity. In his new role, Judge Jeong will oversee one of the nation’s busiest courts, which has trial jurisdiction over misdemeanors and petty offenses and preliminary jurisdiction over felonies in New York City’s five boroughs. Click here to read the full press release.

    Congratulations to Glenn Lau-Kee and Sandra Leung, NAAAP-NY's 2014 Most Influential APIA New Yorkers

    Please join us in congratulating Glenn Lau-Kee, AABANY Past President and current New York State Bar Association President, and Sandra Leung, AABANY Advisory Committee Member, for being named the 2014 Most Influential APIA New Yorkers by the National Association of Asian American Professionals - New York. 

    Glenn Lau Kee (Partner, Kee & Lau-Kee PLLC) has been named the Public Service Honoree. Sandra Leung (General Counsel, Bristol-Meyers Squibb) has been named the Corporate Legal Honoree.

    Glenn and Sandra will be honored at NAAAP-NY's Moon Festival Honoree Gala at the Harvard Club of NYC on November 7, 2014. For more details, click here.

    Highlights from Oct. 15 and Oct. 23

    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!

     

    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.

     

    Judges Needed for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, NAPABA Convention 2014

    The Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition needs members of the bench and bar to serve as oral argument judges for the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds of the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, on Friday November 7th during the NAPABA Convention.  The preliminary rounds are from 9:15 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and the quarterfinal round is from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at the convention hotel, Westin Kierland Resort.  You can judge one or both rounds.

    For more information, please click here.

    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 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. 29: AABANY Co-Sponsors AALDEF Poll Monitoring Training - Brooklyn Law School, 12:45pm-2:15pm. 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.
    • Oct. 31: Don H. Liu Scholarship applications are due.
    • Nov. 3: Careers at FINRA - Information Session, 6:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here
    • Nov. 4: Student Outreach Committee Presents: Job Skills Workshop, 6:15pm-8:15pm. For more information, click here

    Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

    • Oct. 27: AALDEF & Fordham Present: Career Panel - What Is It Really Like to Practice Law?, 5:30pm-7pm. For more information, click here. 
    • Oct. 28: NYCBA Presents: China's Repatriation of North Korean Refugees, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here
    • Oct. 29: NYCBA Presents: Children Migrating Alone & The Trafficking VictimsProtection Act, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here
    • Oct. 29: MBBA Presents: Hands-On Blogging Workshop, 6pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
    • Oct. 30: Special Joint Session of the EDNY Pretrial Alternative to Incarceration Programs, 12:45pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
    • Nov. 6-9: Convergence: 2014 NAPABA Convention. For more information, click here

    Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

    • Deputy General Counsel, SeedInvest LLC, New York
    • AIFU of Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau Attorney, Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York
    • Trial Attorney - Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
    • Staff Attorney - Housing Law Unit, Legal Services NYC - Bronx, 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.