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AABANY Announcements April 20, 2015

In this edition

  1. Thank You for Attending our SHSAT Forum
  2. Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, May 12
  3. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, May 14
  4. Congratulations to Glenn Lau-Kee, Spirit of Asian America Gala Honoree, May 14
  5. Daniel Kim & Vinoo Varghese Honored at Brooklyn Law School APALSA Dinner
  6. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  7. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center, Starting Apr. 24
  8. Advocacy Alert - Citizenship for Adoptees: The Plight of Adopted Koreans in America
  9. NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty
  10. Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  11. NAPABA News
  12. Judicial Vacancies
  13. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  14. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  15. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  16. Read The 2014 Year-End Report
  17. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  18. Fellowship Announcements
  19. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Thank You for Attending our SHSAT Forum

Thank you for attending Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) and AABANY's Specialized High School Admissions Test: Panel Discussion on Proposed Reforms on Friday, April 17!

For those not familiar with the issue, there is a special category of high schools in New York City, including Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and Bronx Science, that have a single criterion for admission – high performance on the SHSAT. Without regard to any other factor, admissions based on the test at these high schools – as opposed to other specialized screened high schools and other high schools in New York City – has led to an overwhelming majority of the students coming from Asian American families. Despite the SHSAT high schools having reported some of the most socioeconomically diverse students – a large number of students coming from poor Asian immigrant households – the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a complaint in September 2012 against the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Department of Education alleging that the SHSAT led to a disparate impact on black and latino applicants for specialized high school admissions, in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Click here to read more.

Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, May 12

In this reenactment of a landmark employment discrimination case, Cadwalader, Cadwalader Alumni Network, and their Center for Diversity & Inclusion examine the proceedings that led to the Supreme Court’s decision in Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio. Asian Pacific Americans have been a part of the salmon canning industry in Alaska since the late 1800s. Starting in the 1920s, Filipinos became a main work force in the Alaskan canneries, where they were relegated to fish house jobs, working long hours in poor conditions for low pay. In the 1970s, led by Filipino activists, the workers organized and filed three class actions, including Wards Cove. After a lengthy trial and multiple proceedings before the Ninth Circuit, the case reached the United States Supreme Court in 1989.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of the Wards Cove workers through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.

Click here for more information. RSVP by May 5.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, May 14

Are you considering opening your own firm? Are you a recent law school graduate just starting out? Are you considering leaving your place of employment and starting your own firm? The New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee is pleased to present a spring CLE program on Starting a Practice in New York.

The New York State Bar Association's full-day program will provide an overview of what it takes to own your own practice. From choosing a business entity to choosing office space and attracting new clients, this program will provide practical and useful tips for starting a practice in New York. Focusing on solo practice, this year's program topics include: setting up bank accounts; general accounting information; tax concerns; setting up IOLA accounts; client retainer agreements and intake forms; collecting payments; leaving your old firm; handling referral business; the ethical issues of using the Internet to market your practice; social media considerations; increasing your list of contacts; and much more. Register online by clicking here.

Click here for more information. 

AABANY MEMBERS, NOTE: You may sign up at the NYSBA member rate of $175 even if you are not an NYSBA member.

Congratulations to Glenn Lau-Kee, Spirit of Asian America Honoree, May 14

Congratulations to AABANY Past President and current New York State Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee, who will be honored at the Asian American Federation's Spirit of Asian America Gala 2015: Celebrating 25 Years of Advancing the Civic Voice and Quality of Life for All Asian Americans on May 14, 2015 at The Pierre!

Glenn has often been recognized for his record of public service. If you'd like to join the Asian American Federation in honoring him, you can find out more about the AAF Gala by clicking here. If anyone is interested in joining AABANY at the gala to celebrate Glenn Lau-Kee and the Spirit of Asian America, email main@aabany.org.

Daniel Kim & Vinoo Varghese Honored at Brooklyn Law School APALSA Dinner

On Friday, April 17, 2015, Brooklyn Law School's APALSA hosted its 26th annual Alumni Dinner at the Forchelli Center on their campus. Brooklyn Law School's APALSA honored Class of 2000 classmates Vinoo Varghese and Daniel Kim. Kim, an Associate General Counsel at UBS Financial Services, was presented the achievement of the year award and Varghese, Principal at Varghese & Associates, P.C., was presented the lifetime achievement award. AABANY director Sonia Low, Membership Secretary Irene Tan, and AABANY President William Wang (all BLS alums) were in attendance to support the event. Francis Chin performed the traditional ceremony of passing down an APALSA trinket to the newly installed president of BLS APALSA, Katherine Zhang, J.D. Candidate 2017. Varghese, a former director of AABANY, reminisced about his time at Brooklyn Law School with his good friend Dan Kim and nicknamed the two "the original Harold and Kumar."

Congratulations to Vinoo and Dan, both AABANY members, on their being honored by Brooklyn Law School APALSA!

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.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center, Starting Apr. 24

The MinKwon Center will be hosting several Naturalization Clinics, starting on April 24. These clinics are great opportunities to assist low-income community members with immigration law forms. Clinics will be held at the MinKwon Center’s office in Flushing and Fort Lee, NJ.

No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided on the day of each clinic. MinKwon keeps a log of all volunteer hours and MinKwon is glad to certify your pro bono hours for the NY bar admission requirement. If you’re interested in volunteering with MinKwon, please read the following clinic descriptions and sign up using the links below:

MinKwon will be helping eligible legal permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) complete their applications to become naturalized U.S. citizens. MinKwon could use the assistance of attorneys, students and interpreters. Korean and/or Chinese language ability is especially helpful. Please sign up here to volunteer with MinKwon. 

Click here for more dates.

Advocacy Alert - Citizenship for Adoptees: The Plight of Adopted Koreans in America

KALAGNY recently learned of Adam Crapser and his story. Adam is an adoptee from Korea, who is facing deportation, and his story is, unfortunately, not unique. KALAGNY is in contact with The Korean American Bar Association of Washington, which is diligently working with Adam’s attorney, Lori Walls, Esq., from the Washington Immigration Defense Group and a group of grassroots adoptee activists and allies to advocate on his behalf. As KALAGNY learns more about Adam and his situation, and of others similarly situated, they will continue to update you at KALAGNY’s newly formed Advocacy Alert Page.

To see a recent New York Times article regarding Adam, click here.

To sign the petition in support of Adam (#KeepAdamHome), click here.

To call your legislators to amend the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 to support all non-citizen adoptees like Adam to be granted U.S. Citizenship, click here.

In the meantime, we ask you to learn about Adam and others like him. If you wish to join KALAGNY’s effort, please email us at kalagny@gmail.com.

NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty

The New York City Bar seeks recommendations for potential speakers and faculty members for their annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.). The form can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/1arrXuz

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio to diversity@nycbar.org with the subject "Call for Speakers."

Questions can be directed to Clare Plunkett at cplunkett@nycbar.org.

As a reminder, all new members from AABANY are invited to join with a special membership discount by joining at the following link: https://www.nycbar.org/cgi-bin/special_offer_aaba.pl

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. Applications must be received by April 30, 2015.

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. 21: AABANY Co-Sponsors: SABANY's Attorneys Advising Non-Profits, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here. 
  • Apr. 28: What? No More HUD-1?, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: AABANY Co-Sponsors: AALDEF Pro Bono DACA/DAPA Training, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 21: NYS Division of Human Rights' 2015 Fair Housing Public Education Campaign & Panel Discussion, 9am-12pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 28: The Evolving City Council, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: Survey of Immigration Law, 9am-1pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: SDNY 225th Anniversary Event: Judge Learned Hand, 5pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 12: Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, 5:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Experienced Attorney, Vaccine Litigation Group, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Supervisory General Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
  • Senior Investigative Attorney, Office of the Inspector General, Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York
  • Education Advocacy Project Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services, Staten Island

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.