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AABANY Announcements May 4, 2015

In this edition

  1. Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, May 12
  2. Mobile Device eDiscovery: If Only There Was an App for That, May 13
  3. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, May 14
  4. Spirit of Asian America Gala, May 14
  5. The Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: A Trial Reenactment at the New-York Historical Society, May 16
  6. Implicit Bias in Arbitration, May 18
  7. New York Lien Law: Protecting the Priority of Lender's Lien, May 29
  8. Law Day, ft. President Will Wang, Glenn Lau-Kee, and Hon. Randall Eng 
  9. Congratulations to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan 
  10. Congratulations to Hon. Raja Rajeswari & Hon. Kathryn Paek 
  11. Congratulations to Kathy Hirata Chin
  12. Congratulations to Margaret Ling
  13. Congratulations to Austin So
  14. Highlights: Week of Apr. 27
  15. AABANY Running Club 
  16. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  17. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center, Starting May 9
  18. An Evening with the Women Magistrate Judges of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, May 11
  19. AALDEF 2015 Annual Summer Cocktail Party, June 10
  20. NAPABA News
  21. Judicial Vacancies
  22. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  23. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  24. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  25. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  26. Fellowship Announcements
  27. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  28. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  29. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

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.

Mobile Device eDiscovery: If Only There Was an App for That, May 13

On May 13, Planet Data and AABANY will present Mobile Device eDiscovery: If Only There Was an App for That

When: 6:30pm-9pm
Where: Seyfarth Shaw, 620 Eighth Avenue

Current statistics show that there are approximately 300,000,000 mobile devices in the United States -- roughly one for every man, woman, and child. Bring-Your-Own-Device has become the standard for companies that now run around the clock.

This one hour Ethics CLE seminar will cover mobile device management (employer-supplied as well as employee-owned), privacy and security, ethical obligations, legal concerns, and more. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/planetdata513

Moderator: 

Joey Tsai, Founder, Tsai PLLC

Panelists: 

Michael Yim – Partner, FordHarrison LLP
James Yu – Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Howard J. Reissner, Esq. – Chief Executive Officer, Planet Data
Brad Berkshire – Vice President, Consulting and Digital Forensics, Planet Data

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/planetdata513

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.

Spirit of Asian America Gala, 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.

The Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: A Trial Reenactment at the New-York Historical Society, May 16

When: May 16, 2015, 9am-11am
Where: Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY, 10024

AABANY is proud to once again join Judge Denny Chin to bring you another trial reenactment at the New-York Historical Society! 

The internment of Japanese-American citizens during the Second World War will forever remain a painful chapter our nation’s history. When the U.S. government began drafting interned citizens for military service in 1944, a group of men confined at Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Relocation Center protested their loss of freedom through a mass draft evasion. Experts lead a trial reenactment of the legal proceedings that followed and share the draft resisters’ story through narration, discussion, and historic photographs. 

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

*** AABANY members may attend this event at the New-York Historical Society at the NYHS member-rate ($32) instead of general admission ($44). Use this code at check-out: AABANY15

Implicit Bias in Arbitration, May 18

When: May 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The existence of implicit bias in decision-makers like judges and arbitrators is of increasing concern in our multi-cultural, pluralistic society. Unlike overt or explicit bias, implicit bias is bias in judgment and/or behavior that stems from subtle cognitive processes that operate below conscious awareness and without intentional control. In a program co-sponsored by the AABANY Litigation Committee and the American Arbitration Association, attendees will participate in a workshop conducted by a law professor at Seton Hall on the fundamental concepts behind implicit bias, followed by an engaging panel discussion comprising the professor and a moderator and two panelists, each of whom are AAA arbitrators.

The program offers 2.0 FREE NY CLE credits and will be followed by a networking reception. Please register at http://bit.ly/arbitration518.

New York Lien Law: Protecting the Priority of Lender's Lien, May 29

When: May 29, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Morrison & Foerster, LLP (200 West 55th)

Do you have lunch plans on May 29? Our Real Estate Committee is presenting an informative lunchtime CLE on New York Lien Law, featuring Real Estate Committee Co-Chair and Board Director Margaret Ling, Esq., Senior Underwriting Counsel at First Nationwide Title Agency, LLC, and Tushna Gamadia, Esq., of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster. This CLE will offer 1 credit hour towards Areas of Professional Practice.

To register, click here

Law Day, ft. President Will Wang, Glenn Lau-Kee, and Hon. Randall Eng

In this year’s Law Day edition of the New York Law Journal, AABANY President Will Wang, AABANY Past President and current NYSBA President Glenn Lau-Kee, and AABANY Member Hon. Randall Eng were all published among other important voices discussing 800 Years of Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.

President Will Wang in his article, “Fundamental Liberties Must be Protected,” related the legacy of the Magna Carta to the sordid history of discrimination, but left on the hopeful note of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s words: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

To check out this article, along with Glenn Lau-Kee’s “Sustaining a Beacon for the Course of our Nation,” Hon. Randall Eng’s “We Owe Gratitude to Due Process Precursor,” and more, click here to see a PDF of the Special Report.

Congratulations to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Congratulations to longtime AABANY member and friend Judge Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice, New York County, Supreme Court, who has been named one of the 75 most accomplished female attorneys today by the National Law Journal!

According the National Law Journal , factors considered when selecting the women were:

  • Development of successful practices, especially new areas of law or practices typically dominated by men.
  • Attainment of professional leadership roles.
  • Performance in significant cases, including those that resulted in key, often
  • precedent-setting rulings, victories at trial, and significant settlements.
  • Influence and stature in the public sector, including high-level government work.
  • Representation of the underserved or indigent.
  • Demonstrated efforts to improve diversity in the profession.

Check out Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan’s feature in the National Law Journal by clicking here. (Subscription may be required.)

 

Congratulations to Hon. Raja Rajeswari & Hon. Kathryn Paek

Congratulations to trailblazers Hon. Raja Rajeswari and Hon. Kathryn Paek!

On April 27, Mayor De Blasio swore in or re-appointed 28 new city judges, 20 of whom were women. Among the new judges were Hon. Raja Rajeswari, Staten Island Criminal Court, and Hon. Kathryn Paek, Manhattan Criminal Court. Judge Rajeswari is noted as the first female South Asian Judge in New York and Judge Paek is noted as the first female Korean American judge in New York.

To read AM New York’s coverage on how the faces behind the bench are about to get more diverse, click here. Both judges were born abroad and are sure to bring inspiration to the communities that they represent. Please join AABANY in congratulating them.

Congratulations to Kathy Hirata Chin

Congratulations to AABANY Member and accomplished attorney Kathy Hirata Chin, who has been named one of the New York City Bar Association’s 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Winners! The award recognizes the critical role individual attorneys have played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and the overall New York legal community. The award recipients embody the New York City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status.

To read more about Kathy and other award recipients, click here. The New York City Bar Association will present its 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards at the Diversity and Inclusion Celebration Dinner on June 11, 2015.

Congratulations to Margaret Ling

Congratulations to AABANY Board Director and Real Estate Committee Co-Chair Margaret Ling, who has been elected to the Board of Directors of the New York Law School Alumnae Association. Margaret is a graduate of the Class of 1983 and has been active in mentoring the NYLS APALSA students. She was the past recipient of the New York Law School APALSA Award for Diversity.

During the April 24, 2015 Annual Meeting of the NYLS Alumnae Association by the Board of Directors at the NYLS Annual Reunion, Margaret was elected to a one-year term. We look forward to all of Margaret’s great work!

Congratulations to Austin So

Congratulations to AABANY In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair, Austin So, for being recognized as one of 2015′s Diverse Attorneys of the Year by Pennsylvania’s The Legal Intelligencer!

Every two years, The Legal Intelligencer solicits nominations for game changers and outstanding minority attorneys. To see the full list of attorneys, click here.

Highlights: Week of Apr. 27


AABANY Running Club

Now that Spring is here, the Young Lawyers Committee is gauging interest in starting up the Running Club this year. It's a great opportunity to meet AABANY folks who are interested in running, in a fun, casual setting.

Past runs have looked like this: 

Date/Time: Tues, Wed or Thurs, ~6:30 PM
Frequency: Depending on the level of interest, we hope once a month during the warmer months of May to Sept/Oct (***you do not have to commit to running every month)
No. of people per run: 6-8
Location: Battery Park or Central Park
Distance: ~3-5 miles at a comfortable pace 

We meet at a designated location where somebody will watch over your belongings. After the run, you may stay for drinks and/or dinner. The drinks/dinner may or may not be subsidized by AABANY.

If you are interested, please fill out THIS SURVEY. Once the Young Lawyers Committee has enough interest, Co-Chair Amy Ngai will send another survey around to figure out a date/time for the first run!

Any questions or comments can be directed to amy.ngai@aabany.org.

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 May 9

The MinKwon Center will be hosting several Naturalization Clinics. 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. 

The next clinic takes place May 9. Click here for additional dates and details.

An Evening with the Women Magistrate Judges of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, May 11 

Join the New York Women's Bar Association - Federal Practice Committee for an informal discussion of each participating judge's path to the bench and best practices in her courtroom on May 11, 6pm-8pm at Lowenstein Sandler LLPAn Evening with the Women Magistrate Judges of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

The panelists include:

Hon. Debra Freeman, U. S. Magistrate Judge, S.D.N.Y.
Hon. Marilyn D. Go, U. S. Magistrate Judge, E.D.N.Y.
Hon. Roanne L. Mann, U. S. Magistrate Judge, E.D.N.Y.
Hon. Sarah Netburn, U. S. Magistrate Judge, S.D.N.Y. 
Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, U. S. Magistrate Judge, E.D.N.Y.
Hon. Vera M. Scanlon, U. S. Magistrate Judge, E.D.N.Y. 
Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, U. S. Magistrate Judge, S.D.N.Y. 

Hon. Marilyn D. Go is a founder of AABANY and the inaugural recipient of AABANY's Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award, presented at last year's Fall Conference.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

AALDEF 2015 Annual Summer Cocktail Party, June 10

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund will hold its annual Summer Cocktail Party on:

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Motivo, 915 Broadway, NYC @ 21st Street

Please save the date!

LIVE PERFORMANCE - RAFFLE - HORS D'OEUVRES - CASH BAR
$60 (advance) $50 (nonprofit/student) $65 (at door)

For more information:
212.966.5932 x212 or jweng@aaldef.org.

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. Materials must be submitted by May 20, 2015.

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. Materials must be submitted by May 15, 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

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

  • May 13: Planet Data/AABANY Present Mobile Device eDiscovery: If Only There Was an App for That, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here. 
  • May 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 16: Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: A Trial Reenactment at the New-York Historical Society, 9am-11am. For more information, click here.
  • May 18: Implicit Bias in Arbitration, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 19: FINRA Career Panel, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 20: IP Committee 2015-2016 Kickoff Meeting, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 6: Law Day - Kings County, 1pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 6: New York City Bar Association's Brief Writing 101, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 8: Collaborative Matrimonial Law Training, 9am-4:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 11: Meet the Women Magistrate Judges of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 12: Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, 5:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 12: Veterans Court Practice with Judge Sara Sheldon, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 13: PRBA Annual Scholarship Dinner, 6:30pm-10pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 13: Reaching Around the World with NYSBA, 9am-11:30am. For more information, click here.
  • May 13: Screening of 'Comfort Women Wanted,' 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Assistant Attorney General, Auto Insurance Fraud Unit, Office of the New York State Attorney General's Office, New York, NY
  • Assistant Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the New York State Attorney General's Office, Syracuse, NY
  • Experienced Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Newark, NJ
  • AVP & Counsel, ERISA Attorney, Mass Mutual, Springfield, MA

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.