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AABANY Announcements April 7, 2015

In this edition

  1. Thank You for Joining Us for the Special Group Tour
  2. SHSAT Forum, Apr. 17
  3. Congratulations to Kathy Hirata Chin
  4. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  5. Judiciary Committee Leadership Opportunities
  6. Highlights: Mar. 26 - Apr. 2
  7. Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  8. NAPABA News
  9. Judicial Vacancies
  10. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  11. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  12. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  13. Read The 2014 Year-End Report
  14. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  15. Fellowship Announcements
  16. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Thank You for Joining Us for the Special Group Tour

On two consecutive Saturdays, March 28 and April 4, AABANY, together with the Asian and Asian American alumni associations of Harvard Business School, Yale, Binghamton and Cornell, organized special group tours of Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion at the New-York Historical Society.

The exhibit first opened last fall, at the end of September, and will be at the Historical Society for less than two more weeks, closing on April 19. Working in conjunction with the Asian and Asian American alumni associations of the various universities, AABANY was able to bring more than 160 people over the two Saturdays to see this wonderful and worthwhile exhibit.

Read more.

SHSAT Forum, Apr. 17

The Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) and AABANY invite you to attend the Specialized High School Admissions Test: Panel Discussion on Proposed Reforms!

When: Friday, Apr. 17, 6pm-8pm, Networking Reception to Follow
Where: CUNY Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) 25 W 43rd St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036

Should the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) be reformed? Should it remain the sole criterion for admissions to NYC's Specialized High Schools? Come hear an introduction to the SHSAT debate by Chris M. Kwok, AABANY Employment and Labor Committee Co-Chair, and discuss with our moderator and panelists your view on this issue.

Moderator:

Clara Hemphill, Founder, Senior Editor, InsideSchools.org, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School

Panelists:

Jonathan Halabi, UFT Chapter Leader, High School of American Studies , Co-chair UFT Specialized High School Task Force
Rachel M. Kleinman, Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Ed Seto, Former School Superintendent in NYC, Former High School Principal
Mike M. Mascetti, Executive Director, The Science Schools Initiative

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/issue4315

Congratulations to Kathy Hirata Chin

Congratulations to Kathy Hirata Chin, Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and driving force behind AABANY’s historical trial reenactments, for being named one of the Diversity Initiative Honorees 2015 in The New York Law Journal’s Special Report on March 30, 2015.

This issue recognizes the determination of attorneys who make it possible for other attorneys to succeed. The honorees assess the effectiveness of the diversity programs within their firms and to keep what worked, toss the rest, learn from mistakes and, if necessary, start over. To read about Kathy’s great work and the notable accomplishments of other leaders, click here. (Subscription may be required.)

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.

Highlights: Mar. 26 - Apr. 2


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.

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

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

  • 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.
  • Apr. 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 1pm-5:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 17: AABANY & KALCA Present: SHSAT Forum, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 15: NYSBA Presents: An Examination of Judicial Diversity in New York State, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 16-18: 2015 NAPABA Western Regional. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 17: NYCLA Law Day Luncheon, 11:30am-1:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 20: NYCBA Diversity Fellowship Program Annual Luncheon, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 28: The Evolving City Council, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Experienced Attorney, Office of General Counsel, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Experienced Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, Yakima, WA
  • Assistant Attorney General, Harlem Regional Office, New York State Office of the Attorney General, New York, NY
  • Staff Attorney, Veterans Justice Project, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn, 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.