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AABANY Announcements March 23, 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. Join AABANY's Membership Steering Committee
  6. Judiciary Committee Leadership Opportunities
  7. AABANY Law Reviews Seeking Advisors, Editors, Board and Staff Members
  8. AALFNY Community Service Scholarships, Deadline Extended to Mar. 31
  9. Hong Yen Chang Granted Posthumous Admission to the California State Bar 
  10. Video Presentations from Annual Dinner 2015
  11. Have you ever wanted to be a museum docent? Now's your chance!
  12. Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Judicial Vacancies
  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.

This trip would make a great family outing: bring your kids or family members. Also, the New York Historical Society is next door to the American Museum of Natural History, near the Planetarium and across the street from Central Park, so you have many other options after checking out the exhibit.

Shake Shack is nearby, along with many good restaurants on the Upper West Side.

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,  6pm-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.

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.

AALFNY Community Service Scholarships, Deadline Extended to Mar. 31

Each year, the Asian American Law Fund of New York awards up to three scholarships of up to $5,000 to law students that are committed to helping the Asian American community in New York. The Fund recognizes that at a time when money is tight, committing one’s time to our community service organizations can be a financial strain, especially when considering law school tuition and living expenses.

If you are a law student and are planning to work with a community service organization in the New York area during the summer 2015, you are eligible to apply. The completed Scholarship Application and all required materials must be postmarked by March 31, 2015. The recipients will be announced April 20, 2015. Click here to download the application. 

Hong Yen Chang Granted Posthumous Admission to the California State Bar

Thanks to the efforts of the University of California Davis Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Hong Yen Chang, the first lawyer in America of Asian descent, was posthumously granted a law license in California! A victim of anti-Chinese racism in the 1890s, Hong Yen Chang was denied admission to California, although New York State passed legislation to admit him.

In their ruling on March 16, the California Supreme Court repudiated its 1890 decision denying Chang a license because “persons of the Mongolian race” were not entitled to citizenship. This acknowledges the often overlooked anti-Asian discrimination and injustice of the Chinese Exclusion Act. As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month last May, AABANY granted him a posthumous membership. We commend the UC Davis APALSA students for their efforts and the California Supreme Court on their unanimous decision.

If you’re interested in learning more about the rich history of the Chinese in America, consider joining AABANY for our special tours of the New York Historical Society’s Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibit on March 28 and April 4. We will be offering discounted tickets for AABANY members. Click here for more information.

To read an extensive article by the Los Angeles Times, click here.

Video Presentations from 2015 Annual Dinner

If you would like to once again re-live the magic of our 2015 Annual Dinner: Charting New Frontiers at Cipriani Wall Street, click here to check out the video presentations of each of our outstanding honorees. Thanks to all those who attended the Annual Dinner in person and celebrated the strides that the AABANY has made in getting a seat at the table, meeting amazing trailblazers such as the ones honored, and changing the game. Special thanks to all those featured, videographer Peter Chin, Lotas Productions, and the Annual Dinner Video Committee, chaired by Marianne Chow: Diane Gujarati, Naf Kwun, Amy Ngai, Ligee Gu, and Irene Tan.

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

To see the previous photo slideshow courtesy of Corky Lee, click here. 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.

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

Judicial Vacancies

Click here to view the notice advising of four (4) vacancies in the New York State Supreme Court and two (2) in the Civil Court in New York County to be filled via the November 2015 election. 

There are also five (5) vacancies in the Supreme Court of the Twelfth District, covering the Bronx, and two vacancies in the Civil Court in the Bronx. All vacancies are in the First Department, covering New York and Bronx Counties.

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. 24: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Companies & U.S. Class Actions, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 28: Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion, Special Tour, 12pm-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 31: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Diversity Matters, 5:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 1: The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home Book Reading, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 4: Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion, Special Tour, 12pm-4pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • 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.
  • Mar. 26: Edward Weinfeld SDNY Judge - 225th Anniversary Event, 5pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 26: Raising the Bar: Asian Women Partners in Major Firms, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 31: How to Obtain BIA Recognition for Your Agency and Become an Accredited Representative, 10am-12pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 31: Hofstra Summer Legal Interns Interview Night, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 1: Hofstra Summer Legal Interns Interview Night, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 1: Smooth Moves 2015: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color, 4:30pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 2: PALS Careers in Compliance, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 14: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 1pm-5:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Trial Attorney, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
  • Experienced Attorney, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Experienced Maritime Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, San Francisco
  • Experienced Prosecutor, United States Department of Justice, Las Cruces

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.