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AABANY Announcements May 18, 2015

In this edition

  1. IP Committee Kickoff Meeting, May 20
  2. Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting, May 26
  3. Trademarks: Responding to US Office Actions, May 27
  4. New York Lien Law: Protecting the Priority of Lender's Lien, May 29
  5. Highlights: Week of May 11
  6. Congratulations to The ONE Group
  7. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  8. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  9. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center
  10. AALDEF 2015 Annual Summer Cocktail Party, June 10
  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. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  17. Fellowship Announcements
  18. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

IP Committee Kickoff Meeting, May 20

Please join us for the AABANY IP Committee’s kickoff meeting for the calendar year of 2015-2016. We will be discussing events and projects for the upcoming year, and we want to hear your ideas!

When: Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP -- Please proceed to Conference Room

We will also have brief presentations on two recent controversial trademark decisions: In re Tam where the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)’s refusal to register THE SLANTS on disparagement grounds and on B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. where the Supreme Court ruled that issue preclusion should apply to certain TTAB cases.

Click here to register.

Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting, May 26

The Asian Affinity Group and the New York Women's Network at White & Case LLP, the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. invite you to join us for a screening of Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting on May 26.

Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting is a follow-up program to a video produced by White & Case that was first presented by AABANY at the 1995 NAPABA Convention. In the 1995 video, APA women lawyers discussed the hurdles they faced, the successes they achieved, and what success meant to them. In Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting, we revisit these important questions with an updated video and a panel discussion, featuring women from the 1995 video and a new group of women. Together, we examine whether APA women attorneys have finally broken the glass ceiling, identify what challenges remain, and explore real-world solutions for such challenges.

Register by May 19. Click here for more information.

Trademarks: Responding to a US Office Action, May 27

Our Intellectual Property Committee presents IP Skills Workshop (Part 2): Trademarks: Responding to a US Office Action!

When: Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

"Ack! What do I do now? My Trademark Application Has Just Been Rejected!” This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the structure of an U.S. trademark application; common bases for a USPTO examiner to refuse registration of a trademark application; and strategies and hands-on skills for responding to some of these common grounds of rejection.

1.0 CLE credit in Skills is offered. Please register by May 25. Click here to register.

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.

Highlights: Week of May 11

 

Last week was a very busy one for AABANY,
including two trial re-enactments and Trivia Bowl. Follow the links below for more details:

 

Congratulations to The ONE Group

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announced that its common stock has started trading on NASDAQ Capital Market (NASDAQ) under the symbol "STKS” beginning on May 8, 2015. This move signifies an important next step in The ONE Group’s growth strategy as well as an accomplishment for the evolution of the company within the marketplace. On May 11, 2015, CEO Jonathan Segal rang the Closing Bell at NASDAQ in Times Square to commemorate the move.

The ONE Group is a global leader in the lifestyle hospitality industry and creators of the innovative steakhouse brand STK, as well as offering ONE Hospitality, a turn-key food and beverage service. This year, AABANY’s 8th Annual Invite-Only Winetasting & Networking Reception for In-House Counsel and Law Firm Partners will be held at The ONE Group’s venue STK Downtown. For more information regarding The ONE Group, please visit www.togrp.com.

Congratulations to AABANY Board Director Sonia Low, General Counsel of The ONE Group, on this important step in the growth of her company!

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.

Career Placement Intake Form Now Online

Interested in moving your legal career forward?

Help AABANY’s Career Placement Committee help you. Launched at the 2013 Fall Conference, the Career Placement Committee seeks to match qualified AABANY members with available legal positions. AABANY members who are actively seeking or are considering seeking a new position are encouraged to complete the Career Placement Committee Intake Form at http://bit.ly/cpc_intake2015 and email resumes/CVs to resume@aabany.org.

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Career Placement Committee at careers@aabany.org.

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center

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 30. Click here for additional dates and details.

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.

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 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.
  • May 26: Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 27: IP Skills Workshop - Trademarks: Responding to a US Office Action, 6:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 29: New York Lien Law: Protecting the Lender's Lien, 12:30pm-1:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 20: Law & Reorder - Rainmakers: Born or Bred?, 12:15pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 20: Veterans Court Practice with Judge Sara Sheldon, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 20: Brooklyn APA Heritage Month Celebration, 5:30pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 20: Developments in Arbitration Law Webinar, 2pm-3:15pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 28: PALS Summer 2015 Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Under Armour, Baltimore
  • Disaster Recovery Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services, New York
  • In-House Counsel, Harmonia Petroleum, Houston
  • Intake Paralegal - Disability Advocacy Project, Queens Legal Services, New York

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.