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AABANY Announcements March 30, 2015

In this edition

  1. Special Group Tours of NYHS Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion Exhibit, Apr. 4
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors Diversity Matters, Mar. 31
  3. The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home Book Reading, Apr. 1
  4. Spring into Spring Networking Event, Apr. 8
  5. Congratulations to Hon. Kathryn Paek
  6. Congratulations to Jean Lee
  7. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  8. Judiciary Committee Leadership Opportunities
  9. Highlight: Raising the Bar, Mar. 26
  10. AALFNY Community Service Scholarships, Deadline Extended to Mar. 31
  11. Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  12. NAPABA News
  13. Judicial Vacancies
  14. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  15. EDNY Judicial Clerkship Available, Applications due Apr. 3
  16. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  17. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  18. Read The 2014 Year-End Report
  19. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  20. Fellowship Announcements
  21. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Special Group Tours of NYHS Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion Exhibit, 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, 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 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.

Spring into Spring Networking Event, Apr. 8

Please join AABANY, Rudder Property Group, and Citibank for a Spring into Spring Networking Event on April 8, 2015, 6pm-8pm, at 866 United Nations Plaza, between 48th and 49th Streets. 

If you are interested in attending this event, click here to register. Since there is limited capacity, each person who registers via the website will receive an email letting him or her know that his or her RSVP has been accepted. Please register by April 3.

For more information, contact margaret.ling@aabany.org

Get ready to spring into spring!

Congratulations to Hon. Kathryn Paek

AABANY joins the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York in congratulating the Honorable Kathryn Paek on her historic appointment.

Here’s the announcement from KALAGNY:

The Honorable Kathryn Paek was appointed as a Judge of the New York City Criminal Court. She is the first Korean American woman judge in the New York State courts.

Judge Paek is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and appointed to the bench this year by the New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. Prior to her appointment, she was the Chief of Staff for the Office of Policy and Planning for the New York State Court System. She was also a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society in the Criminal Defense Division and the Immigration Unit.

Congratulations, Judge Paek!

Congratulations to Jean Lee

Congratulations to AABANY Past President and Board Director Jean Lee, recipient of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York's Trailblazer Award! Jean Lee will be honored alongside Korea Ambassador Oh Joon at KALAGNY's 29th Anniversary Gala: Making Waves on June 10, 2015 at Capitale. 

Jean has been making waves for quite some time now. She was also recently honored as a Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst for Change. Since her AABANY presidency in 2012, she has served on AABANY's Board of Directors. We're lucky to have her passion and guidance. 

To purchase tickets to the KALAGNY Gala, click here. If you have any questions, contact kalagny@gmail.com.

Pictured here: Jean Lee introducing the Don H. Liu Scholarship at AABANY's 2015 Annual Dinner (Karen Zhou)

AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program

Membership Secretary Irene Tan is seeking interested law students to serve as Membership Committee Delegates for AABANY. As a Membership Committee Delegate, law students will participate on the Membership Steering Committee and have the opportunity to work with senior leadership to develop and execute key strategic membership initiatives for the organization.

Membership Committee Delegates are required to attend a minimum of four AABANY-sponsored events in a semester where the Membership Committee Delegate will assist with checking in attendees at events, distributing marketing materials, and promoting the organization. Membership Committee Delegates will be invited to participate on other Membership projects on an ad hoc basis.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting more involved in the organization. Membership Committee Delegates will attend AABANY events for free, quickly develop an expansive network within the organization, and contribute to and collaborate on membership initiatives for one of the largest minority bar associations in New York.

Those interested should contact Membership Secretary Irene Tan at 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.

Highlight: Raising the Bar, Mar. 26

On March 26, 2015, Asian Women in Business hosted their Fifth Raising the Bar Forum: Asian Women Partners in Major Firms, featuring two of our 2014-2015 Board Directors, Teena-Ann Sankoorikal of Cravath and Susan Shin of Arnold & Porter. Hosted at Nixon Peabody, the event delved into the real experiences of Asian women who have successfully navigated the waters of big law. Click here to read more.


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. 

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.

Click here to see the Public Notice of the United States Magistrate Judge position vacancy at the Brooklyn Courthouse of the EDNY.

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 Current 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. 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.
  • Apr. 8: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Spring Into Spring Networking Event (Invitation-Only), 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 9: Committee Chair Kickoff, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 14: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • 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.
  • Mar. 31: Korematsu Lecture ft. Hon. Schofield: "A New Judge and an Old Problem," 6pm-8pm. Fore 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

  • Assistant Counsel, Executive Division, Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York, NY
  • In-House Counsel, Marchon, Melville, NY
  • Experienced Attorney - Justice Management Division Equal Opportunity Employment, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Mandarin-Fluent Corporate Attorney, B3 Legal, New York, NY

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.