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AABANY Announcements March 16, 2015

In this edition

  1. Special Group Tours of NYHS Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion Exhibit, Mar. 28 and Apr. 4
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors Chinese Companies and U.S. Class Actions: Securities Litigation and Product Liability, Mar. 24
  3. AABANY Co-Sponsors Diversity Matters, Mar. 31
  4. The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home Book Reading, Apr. 1
  5. Vincent Chang Quoted in New York Law Journal
  6. Join AABANY's Membership Steering Committee
  7. Judiciary Committee Leadership Opportunities
  8. AABANY Law Reviews Seeking Advisors, Editors, Board and Staff Members
  9. Highlight: Columbia University's APALSA Conference
  10. Even More Photos from Annual Dinner 2015
  11. Above the Law's Converge Conference, March 18 - 15% Discount for AABANY Members
  12. Have you ever wanted to be a museum docent? Now's your chance!
  13. Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  14. NAPABA News
  15. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  16. EDNY Judicial Clerkship Available, Applications due Apr. 3
  17. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  18. Read The New Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  19. Read The 2014 Year-End Report
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Special Group Tours of NYHS Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion Exhibit, Mar. 28 and Apr. 4

This is a wonderful opportunity to catch this great exhibit at the New York Historical Society before it closes in April. We will also have available knowledgeable guides to help you gain a deeper understanding of the exhibit.

AABANY members receive a $5.00 discount off the Adult General Admission group rate of $14 PLUS one additional discount for a friend or family member. 

You may purchase tickets from one of four group sessions between 12:00 and 3:00 PM. Please be sure to select which Group you will join when you register; you will need to repeat this process for each additional ticket.

To purchase tickets for a tour on Saturday, March 28, 2015 click here.
To purchase tickets for a tour on Saturday, April 4, 2015 click here. 

Please contact Margaret Langston at margaret.langston@aabany.org if you encounter any issues with your ticket purchase.

For more information, click here.

AABANY Co-Sponsors Chinese Companies and U.S. Class Actions: Securities Litigation and Product Liability, Mar. 24

The Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Cardozo Business Law Society, and the Cardozo Asian Pacific American Law Students Association present Chinese Companies and U.S. Class Actions: Securities Litigation and Product Liability!

When: Tuesday, March 24, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (55 Fifth Avenue)

After years of heavy restriction, U.S. markets are reopening to Chinese companies like Alibaba. Will lessons learned in recent securities litigation lead to different outcomes? Please join us and engage leaders from the field in a panel discussion.

Click here to register. 2 CLE Credits Available: Professional Practice, Transitional & Non-Transitional (Free for Professionals & Students)

AABANY Co-Sponsors Diversity Matters, Mar. 31

We are proud to co-sponsor the New York State Bar Association's Diversity Committee Dispute Resolution Section's Diversity Matters on March 31 at Dechert LLP!

This program qualifies for 2.0 MCLE credits (1 in Professional Practice and 1 in Skills), and is free for AABANY members and members of other sponsoring bar associations. Diversity Matters features two panels: Developing Cross-Cultural Competency in ADR, moderated by our Litigation Committee's ADR Subcommittee Chair Theo Cheng, and Searching for Answers to Why Diversity in ADR Matters. For more information, click here.

To register, click here.

The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home Book Reading, Apr. 1

Our Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and Women’s Committee present: The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home Book Reading and Signing Event with author Melissa Schneider!

When: Wed, Apr. 1,  5:45pm-8pm
Where: Kinokuniya Bookstore (1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018)

Come join us for an engaging discourse and book reading by Melissa Schneider, author of The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home. Ms. Schneider will guide us in a journey through the unfolding developments of romantic revolutions in Communist China, which will be interspersed with a reading of quotes and short excerpts from personal memories of those who endured the Cultural Revolution and the generations that followed. The collection of intimate and remarkable stories in her new book gives readers a rare view of Chinese history, social customs, and Communism from the perspective of today’s ordinary citizens. 

Check out the Business Insider interview of the author about the book here

Click here to register.

Vincent Chang Quoted in New York Law Journal

Congratulations to Past AABANY President Vincent Chang, quoted in New York Law Journal’s article “Head of National Bar Exam Group Defends UBE” published on March 6, 2015. Click here to read the article (subscription required).

An excerpt from the article:

NYCLA released a report on Tuesday recommending a one-year delay for implementing the test (NYLJ, Mar. 4), but Vincent Chang, a member of the NYCLA board, testified Wednesday that the organization feels that a 2016 implementation may be on the “early side” and that delaying it until 2017 would give law schools more time to adjust curricula and law school students to “adjust their expectations.”

"We do believe there should be some period for transition," Chang said.

Join AABANY's Membership Steering Committee

The Membership Secretary is seeking 5-8 interested individuals to join the Membership Steering Committee, which will focus on the development and execution of key strategic initiatives for the organization. This is a great opportunity for individuals to get involved in the organization in a significant way, network with senior leadership, and help shape the direction of the organization. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact irene.tan@aabany.org.

Judiciary Committee Leadership Opportunities

As AABANY's Judiciary Committee gears up for the 2015 fiscal year, the Committee has brought on additional leaders to help it effectively achieve its goals. The Judiciary Committee has added two vice chair positions, Special Events Co-chair and Pipeline development Co-chairs. Let the Committee know if you'd like to be considered for these positions and/or get more involved in any of the following:

  1. Evaluating judicial candidates to determine whether AABANY should formally endorse them. The policies and procedures for AABANY’s endorsement process are posted on the AABANY website. (Click here to view.)
  2. Recruiting and preparing potential candidates for the judiciary, including currently sitting members of the bench who seek higher judicial office.
  3. Advocating on behalf of and otherwise supporting candidates for the judiciary whom AABANY has endorsed.
  4. Formulating AABANY’s positions and thereafter engaging in advocacy (e.g., speeches, legislative testimony, public fora, amicus briefs, and editorials) on issues related to the judiciary, e.g. judicial independence and judicial selection procedures.

If you have any questions about the Judiciary Committee, please email Linda Lin at linda.lin@aabany.org.

AABANY Law Review Seeking Advisors, Editors, Board and Staff Members

Run by AABANY's Academic Committee, The AABANY Law Review is a journal which provides comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation that impact the Asian Pacific American community, and serves as an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and law students. Being an executive board or staff member will be much like being on a law journal in law school because you will work on editing and fact-checking the items to be published. This issue will be our second special edition, featuring four annotated trial reenactments. Staff teams will review the legal and historic resources AABANY has on hand at its partnering law offices to fact check and annotate the reenactments. Getting involved in AABANY is a great way to network with not only fellow students, but also practicing attorneys. To apply, please send your resume and a brief statement of interest to Michelle Chan (michelle.grace.chan@gmail.com). For advisor positions, email Linda Lin at linda.lin@aabany.org.

Highlight: Columbia University APALSA's Conference

We were proud to be the sponsor and CLE provider for Columbia University APALSA’s Conference “Ramen Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Asian Pacific Americans in Law and Government” on February 28. Check out the social media highlights by clicking here.


Even More Photos from 2015 Annual Dinner

Check out the latest photos from photographer Corky Lee of our 2015 Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on February 25, 2015. Click here to see the photos from one of our best dressed galas yet. (Feel free to tag yourself and others.)

Once again, it was a pleasure charting new frontiers with you!

To see the previous photo slideshow courtesy of Karen Zhou, click here.

To see the previous photo slideshow courtesy of Yang Chen, click here.

To read David Lat's recap of our night to remember, click here.

Above the Law's Converge Conference, March 18 - 15% Discount for AABANY Members

On March 18, 2015 in New York City, Above the Law will host CONVERGE — a conference designed for attorneys as well as law firm communications, marketing, business development, public relations, and technology professionals.

CONVERGE will feature a series of panel discussions on a full range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry, including:

  • privacy
  • reputation
  • communications strategies
  • emerging technical trends

Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, will deliver the opening remarks for the conference. Panels will be CLE-accredited by Marino Legal and CONVERGE’s continental breakfast and luncheon will offer a great opportunity to network with other attendees.

We are proud to co-sponsor this event, and happy to share a 15% discount code for all AABANY members. To register, please click here.

For 15% off registration, please use Promo Code: AABANY15 on EventBrite.

We look forward to converging on the intersection of technology, digital technology, and the practice of law!

Have you ever wanted to be a museum docent? Now's your chance!

  • Do you have a passion for the rich history and culture of Chinese Americans and the community?
  • Are you well versed in the immigrant history of Chinese in America, perhaps your own family or that of a friend with experiences you can share?
  • Have you taught Asian American studies or Immigration history?

We are looking for enthusiastic, imaginative, and knowledgeable members and friends of AABANY to volunteer for 2 hour shifts on March 28 or April 4 as unofficial exhibit docents at the New York Historical Society.

If you are interested, please complete a brief questionnaire at the following link: http://bit.ly/aabanydocent

Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel

The Criminal Justice Act/Pro Bono Committee is accepting applications for the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel. The deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015. The Plan for the Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel and the application form are available via this link: http://bit.ly/2ndcprobonopnl. We encourage all members and friends of AABANY to apply for this important pro bono opportunity.

NAPABA News

Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant, or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some trial court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity for volunteer, and an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of our former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.

Willing to fill out paperwork for fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume and references by email to Lynn Cho at LCho@NYCourts.gov.

EDNY Judicial Clerkship Available, Applications due Apr. 3

The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, is currently accepting applications for one (1) Clerkship, starting in June 2015.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years of practice as an attorney and/or federal clerkship experience prior to the start date of the clerkship
  • Excellent grades
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, although participation in Law Review or a Journal is not a prerequisite
  • Military and/or other life/career experience is a plus

For more details, click here: http://bit.ly/edny4315

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.

Read The New Issue of The Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Profile: Glenn Magpantay: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
  • Switching Tracks: Alternative Careers for Lawyers
  • Profile: Lawyer and Filmmaker Steven De Castro Tells the Story of Fred Ho’s Last Year
  • Fourth Quarter 2014 Review

Read The 2014 Year-End Report

Thank you for making our 25th year truly great! 

We are grateful for your effort, support, and participation, helping AABANY to Empower Unity and Progress in 2014. We hope to engage you in even better and more productive ways in 2015 and beyond. We thank you for your membership.

Click here to read the 2014 Year-End Report.

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

In order to help public interest lawyers attend the ACS National Convention, ACS will again be making available a limited number of fellowships for attorneys working in the government and public interest sectors. The 2015 ACS National Convention will take place at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC from June 11-13. Recipients will receive a combination of registration for the Convention, lodging at the Capital Hilton and/or a stipend for travel.

Details on this and other fellowship announcements can 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.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Mar. 17: AABANY Bankruptcy & Restructuring Committee Dinner, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here. 
  • Mar. 18: AABANY Board Training, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 18: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Above the Law's Converge Conference, 8am-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 24: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Companies & U.S. Class Actions, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Mar. 16: How to Succeed In-House: What You Need to Know, 6:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 16: FALANY General Membership Meeting, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 18: FINRA 2015 Diversity Summit, 9:30am-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 19: St. John's Diversity Bar Association Panel, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 19: An Immigrant/Migrant Workers Forum for Advocacy Organizations, 9:30am-11am. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 24: FALANY Dinner with AUSAs, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 24: Women in Law Empowerment Forum Presents: Culture is Key!, 8am-10:30am. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Experienced Attorney, U.S. Parole Commission, United States Attorney Officer, Washington, D.C.
  • Experienced Attorney - Vermont, U.S. Department of Justice, Burlington
  • Experienced Attorney, FBI Science & Technology Law Office, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Syria Researcher, Human Rights Watch, Beirut

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.