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AABANY Announcements July 13, 2015

In this edition

  1. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference, Sept. 19
  2. AABANY 2015-2016 Mentorship Program Applications Now Open
  3. Join the National Dialogue for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers, July 14
  4. Litigation Committee Meeting, July 15
  5. AABANY Running Club, July 16
  6. Yoga for Lawyers, July 17
  7. DEADLINE EXTENDED: AALFNY/AABANY Summer Reception, July 20
  8. CANCELLED: Trends in Real Estate Development: Understanding IDA Benefits & Available Property Tax Reductions, July 21
  9. Volunteer with AABANY: Revitalize Astoria Park, July 25
  10. Commercial Leases: Issues Surrounding Distressed Retail Companies, July 28
  11. Highlight: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, July 10
  12. Launch of AABANY Speakers Bureau 
  13. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  14. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  15. NAPABA News
  16. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center, July 25
  17. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. 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 Pathway to the Judiciary Panel and the invite-only 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. Application forms for the Mentorship Program can be found here.

The Student Outreach Committee is now using Volunteer Spot to organize volunteers for AABANY events. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. The link will prompt you to enter your email address twice before you can sign up to volunteer. 

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Vice President of Finance and Development Will Ng at william.ng@aabany.orgTo view the 2015 Fall Conference Sponsorship Materials, click here. If you are interested in sponsoring a Committee Dinner, click here

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

AABANY 2015-2016 Mentorship Program Applications Now Open

AABANY’s Mentorship Program provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. Mentors and mentees may come from any level of experience and practice area.

Our Mentorship Program is different from other programs by focusing on not only practice areas but also personal interests and hobbies when matching mentors and mentees. By doing so, we hope to facilitate long-lasting relationships that are compatible personally as well as professionally. In order to participate in AABANY's Mentorship Program, you must be an AABANY member. 

If you are a past participant, please feel free to sign up for a new mentee or mentor. However, we encourage you to maintain your current relationship with your mentee or mentor. The deadline for both mentor and mentee applications is Friday, August 21, 2015.

Click here to join the Program!

Join the National Dialogue for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers, July 14

AABANY is proud to co-sponsor "You Re-imagined: Big Firm to Small Firm - It's All About You," together with the New York State Bar Association. This program is presented by the ABA's Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. It offers 2.5 CLE credits with two CLE programs aimed at attorneys who are transitioning from large firm to small firm or solo practice. To register for that, go to http://bit.ly/abasmall714.

Also, as part of the program, there will be a National Dialogue for solo and small firm lawyers. As the program's organizers state: "The National Dialogue is a unique forum where solo and small firm lawyers, along with state and local bar leadership, discuss the common needs, challenges and concerns of this largest segment of practicing attorneys." This part of the program is FREE (but no CLEs are offered). To register only for the National Dialogue, go to http://bit.ly/abadialogue714.

We hope to see you there. For more information, click here.

Litigation Committee Kick-Off Meeting, July 15

The Litigation Committee will be having its Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday, July 15, at 7pm. They will be discussing this year’s planned events, brainstorming ideas for additional events (including CLEs), and the upcoming Fall Conference. All are welcome and ideas are especially welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

When: July 15, 2015 at 7pm
Where: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, One Bryant Park, New York NY

When you arrive, please tell security you’re here for the AABANY Litigation Committee meeting and mention Carolyn Mattus. They will direct you to the 44th floor.

Click here to register. 

AABANY Running Club - Second Run, July 16

When: Thurs, July 16 at 7 PM

Meet-up Location: Hudson Eats Cafeteria at Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 

Run Location: Along Battery Park (along the scenic Hudson River) and/or West Side Highway

Distance: 1-3 miles (for slower / beginner runners) going South along Battery Park and 5-7 miles (for faster / experienced runners) going North along the West Side Highway. Time limit is 45 min.

Please join the AABANY Young Lawyers Committee Running Club for our second run on Thursday, July 16th at 7 PM. We will meet at Hudson Eats, where you can leave your belongings. Feel free to hang out afterwards for drinks (non-alcoholic drinks subsidized by AABANY), food and good company. Any questions, contact Amy Ngai at amy.ngai@aabany.org.

Click here to register.

Yoga for Lawyers, July 17

When: Friday, July 17 at 7:00pm (arrive 10-15 minutes early to set up)
Where: YoGanesh (208 W. 29th street, Ste 201)

Come de-stress with the the Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Student Outreach Committee, and Women's Committee in a Slow Flow and Restorative yoga class taught by a lawyer for lawyers. Class ends at 8:30pm with light snacks until 9:00pm.

Class Description: Slow Flow and Restorative: We will begin with a slow flow of poses to warm the body up and release tension, then move into restorative postures to bring on deep relaxation, and finally you will be guided through a short guided meditation for even deeper release. For those unfamiliar with restorative yoga, it uses various props (blocks and bolsters) to support and encourage the body to open and release muscular and emotional tightness. Restorative poses are explored for longer periods of time than traditional postures and have been proven to be therapeutic, encouraging peace of mind while managing stress.  This is an all levels class, whether you have no experience or years of practice behind you.  

AttendanceSpace is limited so registration is required. Attendance is free for AABANY members and $20 for non-members, payable upon registration. Bring your own yoga mat or rent one from the studio for $2 cash.


For more information and to register, click here. *** After registration closes, a waiting list will be opened. To added to the waitlist, contact amanda.bernardo@aabany.org

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: AALFNY/AABANY Summer Reception, July 20

Please join AABANY and the Asian American Law Fund of New York for our Annual Summer Reception on July 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 4 Times Square.

We’ll be presenting our Community Service Scholarship award and honoring the Joint Minority Bar judicial interns (and their judges) and our other scholarship and fellowship recipients. Network with colleagues and friends and celebrate the summer!

This event is free of charge. Please click here to register by July 13, 2015.

EDIT (July 14, 9:13am): The deadline to register for the AABANY/AALFNY Summer Reception has been extended to July 16. Please use the above link to register. 

CANCELLED: Trends in Real Estate Development: Understanding IDA Benefits & Available Property Tax Reductions, July 21

When: Tuesday, July 21, 6pm-9pm -- 6pm - Networking Reception,  6:45pm - CLE Begins
Where: First Nationwide Title Agency LLC, 50 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 600, Uniondale, NY  -- CANCELLED

AABANY's Real Estate Committee and Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee present Trends in Real Estate Development: Understanding IDA Benefits & Available Property Tax Reductions, featuring:

  • John V. Terrana, Esq., Partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP
  • Daniel P. Deegan, Esq., Partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP
  • Erika K. DelDuca, Esq., Vice President & Senior Counsel at First Nationwide Title Agency LLC

This program offers 1.5 CLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice. This program is sponsored by AABANY, AREAA-New York East Chapter, First Nationwide Title Agency LLC, and Forchellio, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP. 

Members, click here to register. Non-members, click here.

EDIT (July 14, 2015 at 3:12pm): This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date at a different venue. Please stay tuned for more information. 

Volunteer with AABANY: Revitalize Astoria Park, July 25

When: Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Astoria Park Field House
21 Hoyt Avenue
(Astoria Park South and 21st Street)
Astoria, NY 11102

Join the AABANY Young Lawyers Committee as we help New York Cares revitalize Astoria Park. We will be watering, gardening, removing debris and assisting with other park maintenance activities.

Click here to register.

Commercial Leases: Issues Surrounding Distressed Retail Companies, July 28

AABANY's Real Estate Committee and Commercial Bankruptcy & Restructuring Committee are jointly presenting an educational CLE program at the offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (1540 Broadway) on July 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm. 

 

The panel will discuss the intersection between real estate and bankruptcy law in the context of distressed retail companies.  It will cover:

  • An overview of distressed retail and trends
  • The current landscape and opportunities for investors
  • Due diligence issues regarding transactions involving retail leases

Speakers:

Doug Greenspan, GA Keen Realty Advisors
Augustus Moy, AM Companies
Amol Pachnanda, Ingram Yuzek
Vincent Roldan, Ballon Stoll

Members, click here to register. Non-members, click here to register.

Highlight: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, July 10

On July 10, the AABANY Membership Committee, the Young Lawyer’s Committee, the Student Outreach Committee, the Pro Bono Committee, the Real Estate Committee, and the AABANY Mentorship Program welcomed lawyers, law students, prospective lawyers, and AABANY members and non-members to a summer “Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour” at the Rubin Museum of Art’s K2 Lounge. 

Click here to read more. Photos available on our Facebook page


Launch of AABANY Speakers Bureau

AABANY is proud to launch the Speakers Bureau and is seeking to develop a robust roster of AABANY members who are interested in sharing their legal knowledge and expertise and connect them with relevant speaker requests from AABANY Committees, bar associations and other organizations.

This is an excellent opportunity to not only hone your presentation skills but also to raise your profile as an expert in your practice area.

If you are interested in participating in the Speakers Bureau, please complete this form http://bit.ly/aabanyspeakers and/or send your CV to main@aabany.org.

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact main@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.

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.

 

NAPABA News

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

The next volunteer opportunity is July 18, 2015. For more information, click here.

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 Latest Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • AABANY Annual Dinner
  • Letter from the President - 800 Years of Magna Carta: Fundamental Liberties Must be Protected
  • Diverse Group of Judges Sworn in by Mayor
  • AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team Performs at the New-York Historical Society
  • First Quarter 2015 Review
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Summit Financial Printing

 


This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

The NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship Program applications are due Sept. 18, 2015. More information on our Fellowships page. 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

  • July 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors You Reimagined: Big Firm to Small Firm -- It's All About You!, 8:30am-12:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 15: Litigation Committee Kick-Off Meeting, 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 16: AABANY Running Club - Run #2, 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 16: AABANY Co-Sponsors Social Media Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Practice, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here
  • July 17: AABANY Co-Sponsors ABA Section of International Law NYC Summer Mixer, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 17: Yoga for Lawyers, 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 20: AALFNY/AABANY Summer Reception, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 21: Understanding IDA Benefits & Available Property Tax Reductions, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 25: Volunteer with AABANY: Revitalize Astoria Park, 10am-12pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 28: Commercial Leases: Issues Surrounding Distressed Retail Companies, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • July 22: PALS Annual Mock Interview & Resume Workshop for Law Students of Color, 4:15pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 23: Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York Presents Pathway to the Judiciary, 5:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Outline and Hotline Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Attorney General/Enforcement Section Chief, Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York
  • Agency Attorney, Commission on Human Rights, 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.