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AABANY Announcements December 22, 2014

In this edition

  1. Save the Date: AABANY Annual Dinner, Feb. 25 
  2. 2015 Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program Application Available, Due Jan. 12
  3. Press Release: AABANY Applauds Nomination of Kathy Hirata Chin for New York Court of Appeals Vacancy 
  4. Congratulations to Nelson Mar and LSNYC for the Landmark Win for NYC Students and Families
  5. Congratulations to Stacy Wu and Karen Lim, Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  6. Highlights from Dec. 12 and Dec. 15
  7. Request: Pro Bono Guardian for Incapacitated Member of Chinatown Community
  8. New York City Bar: Discounted Memberships for AABANY Members
  9. New York City Bar: Committee Applications Being Accepted
  10. Press Release: NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Amit P. Mehta
  11. Opportunities from NAPABA
  12. 2015 Summer NLF Public Interest Internship Awarded to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  13. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  14. AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now
  15. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  16. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  17. Fellowship Announcements
  18. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Save the Date: AABANY Annual Dinner, Feb. 25

On February 25, 2015, AABANY will be charting new frontiers with our 26th Annual Dinner. Kicking off our new year with the theme, "Charting New Frontiers," President-Elect Will Wang will take the lead as President Clara Ohr's reign comes to an end. Black tie preferred.

Please join us for our largest event of the year! 

When: February 25, 2015
Where: Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall St.)

Individual tickets will become available online at a later date. 

Honorees:

Jenny R. Yang
Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
AABANY Women's Leadership Award

An-Ping Hsieh
Vice President, General Counsel, Hubbell Incorporated
AABANY Corporate Counsel Leadership Award

To Be Announced
Public Service Leadership Award

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For sponsorship inquiries, please contact President-Elect Will Wang at will.wang@aabany.org

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form. To view highlights from last year's Annual Dinner, please click here.

2015 Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program Application Available, Due Jan. 12

The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program is proud to announce that the Summer 2015 application is now available at www.jmbjip.org. Deadline is January 12, 2015.

The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program was founded by in 2010 to offer law students with a strong commitment to diversity an opportunity to enhance and complement their legal education as summer judicial interns in New York metropolitan area courthouses. Judicial internships are exceptional learning opportunities that offer tremendous insight into the process of judicial decision-making, as well as an opportunity to strengthen analytic and legal writing skills. Each year, JMB JIP partners with various bar associations to offer the program, which has historically included a stipend for a judicial internships – a traditionally unpaid position.

AABANY is proud to be a part of the great work that JMB JIP does providing law students of color with important opportunities.

Press Release: AABANY Applauds Nomination of Kathy Hirata Chin for New York Court of Appeals Vacancy

NEW YORK – December 18, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that the Commission on Judicial Nominations has named Kathy Hirata Chin (Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP) as one of seven well-qualified nominees for the judgeship vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Robert Smith. The Commission on Judicial Nomination, charged with evaluating and recommending the Governor candidates to fill vacancies on the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, received 53 applications and interviewed 22 candidates for the Smith opening. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Nelson Mar and LSNYC for the Landmark Win for NYC Students and Families

Please click here to see a message from Raun Rasmussen, Executive Director of Legal Services NYC, on the wonderful work in T.H. et al. v. Farina, et al by Nelson Mar, a senior education law attorney at Bronx Legal Services and a member of AABANY’s own Government Service and Public Interest Committee, and his colleagues at Legal Services for New York City, which is AABANY’s collaborator in providing pro bono opportunities to our members and offering pro bono legal services to survivors of domestic violence. Congratulations to everyone involved in this important case!

According to LSNYC Executive Director Raun Rasmussen, "The decision puts an end to the unnecessary and harmful practice of sending students who experience emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric events to the emergency room. Under a settlement approved by the U.S. District Court on Monday, the NYC Department of Education will now implement new protocols to avoid unnecessary 911 calls and better train NYC public school staff to de-escalate, rather than aggravate, encounters with children who are struggling."

Links to coverage of the case:

WNYC: City Agrees to Stop Schools from Using 911 for Discipline
Wall Street JournalStudents Suit Settled in New York City
NY1: Schools Adopt New Policy for Sending Students to the ER

Congratulations to Stacy Wu and Karen Lim, Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Congratulations to Fross Zelnick attorneys Stacy Wu and Karen Lim, who have been named Rising Stars in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers. Stacy is currently Co-Chair of AABANY’s Intellectual Property Committee. Karen is the former Co-Chair of the IP Committee and a current Board Director.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

Please join us in congratulating Stacy and Karen.

Highlights from Dec. 12 and Dec. 15


Request: Pro Bono Guardian for Incapacitated Member of Chinatown Community

The New York Legal Assistance Group has passed along a request from the Chambers of Justice Visitacion-Lewis, New York State Supreme Court. The Court is currently seeking a person who would be willing to become a pro bono guardian for an incapacitated person who has close ties to the Chinatown community. The Incapacitated person speaks English and some Mandarin. Knowledge of the Chinatown community would be key.

If you are interested in helping this person, please contact Tina Janssen-Spinosa at NYLAG directly at tjanssen-spinosa@nylag.org.

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!

Press Release: NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Amit P. Mehta

WASHINGTON – Late last night the U.S. Senate confirmed Amit Priyavadan Mehta by a voice vote to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a federal district court judge in the District of Columbia. Click here to read the press release.

Opportunities from NAPABA

2015 Summer NLF Public Interest Internship Awarded to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) is pleased to announce the 2015 Summer NLF Public Interest Internship grant has been awarded to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA). The NLF Public Interest Intern will work to identify emerging issues in healthcare and workers’ rights in the San Gabriel Valley’s APA community. This project will be a subset of NLSLA’s currently ongoing Legal Needs Study to determine specific legal needs in its service areas. The NLF Public Interest Internship will provide $6,000 in total to NLSLA to fund the NLF Public Interest Internship. Click here to read more.

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2015 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 tohttp://bit.ly/aabany_flwshps.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan 21: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here. 
  • Jan 26: AABANY Co-Sponsors: New York State Bar Association 12th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 25: AABANY Annual Dinner, 6pm-10pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan 8: Knicks Game with FALANY. For more information, click here.
  • Jan 15: Law & Reorder Conference with Clare Shipman, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Experienced Attorney - EOUSA Office of Legal & Victims Programs, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Staff Attorney - Housing Law Unit, South Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn
  • Immigration Staff Attorney, Manhattan Legal Services, New York
  • Assistant Solicitor General, Division of Appeals and Opinions, Office of the Attorney General, Albany

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.