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AABANY Announcements May 26, 2015

In this edition

  1. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference, Sept. 19
  2. Trademarks: Responding to US Office Actions, May 27
  3. New York Lien Law: Protecting the Priority of Lender's Lien, May 29
  4. AABANY Running Club - First Run, June 4
  5. Highlights: May 1 - May 19
  6. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  7. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  8. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center
  9. AALDEF 2015 Annual Summer Cocktail Party, June 10
  10. MTA Outside Counsel Pre-Proposal Orientation of Opportunities for Law Firms, June 15
  11. NAPABA News
  12. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  13. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  14. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  15. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  16. Fellowship Announcements
  17. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference, Sept. 19

AABANY’s 6th Annual Fall ConferenceCharting New Frontiers, will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, this year's host sponsor.

AABANY proudly presents a full day of CLEs and panels, covering a wide range of substantive law issues. Among the day's events are the invite-only Judicial Forums and In-House Counsel Forum. We invite attendees to participate in the popular Law Firm Pitch Sessions. All attendees are also invited to our Cocktail Reception at the conclusion of the day, where we will also be kicking off our 2015-2016 Mentorship Program. 

AABANY is now accepting program proposals for the CLE programs portion of the Fall Conference. Program proposals are due by Monday, June 15th. For more information or if you would like a program submissions packet, please contact Ligee Gu at ligee.gu@aabany.org. You can also contact your committee’s co-chairs to coordinate and collaborate on submitting program proposals.

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer@aabany.org

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Vice President of Finance and Development Will Ng at william.ng@aabany.org

We look forward to mixing, mingling, and connecting with you as we chart new frontiers!

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 26. 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 John A. Fratres, Esq., General Counsel at Stewart Title Insurance Company, 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.

AABANY Running Club - First Run, June 4

Date/TimeThurs, June 4 at 7 PM

Meet-up Location: TBD, will update.

Run Location: Battery Park (along the scenic Hudson River, up until the West Side Highway)

Distance: 3 miles 

Please join the AABANY Young Lawyers Committee Running Club for our first run on Thursday, June 4 at 7 PM.  We will meet at a designated location, where you can leave your belongings.  We will run for 3 miles at a comfortable pace. Feel free to stay for post-run food after!

Click here to register. Please put your running pace in the RSVP comments box. Feel free to direct any questions to Amy Ngai at amy.ngai@aabany.org.

Highlights: May 1 - May 19

 

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.

MTA Outside Counsel Pre-Proposal Orientation of Opportunities for Law Firms, June 15

Please join the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday, June 15, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at MTA headquarters located at 2 Broadway, 20th Floor, William J. Ronan Board Room, to attend a pre-proposal presentation on new contract opportunities for law firms with expertise in the following practice areas:

  • Administrative /Regulatory Law
  • Construction Contracting
  • Corporate
  • Employment and Labor
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Litigation
  • Pension and Benefits
  • Real Estate

RSVP by June 11. For more information, click here.

NAPABA News

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 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.
  • June 1: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Meet the Justices of the First Department, 3pm-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 4: AABANY Running Club - First Run, 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 28: PALS Summer 2015 Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 3: The Destiny of Democracy: We Shall Overcome, 4pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 3: Covering the Court: How Journalists Report on Judicial Proceedings, 5pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 5: PALS Summer 2015 Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3pm-6pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Elder Law Unit, Brooklyn Legal Services, New York
  • Director of Immigration & Foreign Affairs, Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York
  • Tax Credit Finance & Syndication Associate, Nixon Peabody, Boston
  • Experienced Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Burlington

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.