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AABANY Announcements November 23, 2015

In this edition

  1. AABANY 2016 Elections, Deadline: Dec. 11
  2. Financial & Estate Planning Workshop, Dec. 2 
  3. Group Mentoring: Creating a Strategic Approach to Advancing Your Career, Dec. 3
  4. Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, Dec. 7 
  5. Upcoming Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY 
  6. Introducing the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc. 
  7. Press Release: New York Asian American Law Students Excel at National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention in New Orleans
  8. Congratulations to Rio Guerrero 
  9. AABANY Speaks in December
  10. Highlights: Nov. 12 & Nov. 19 
  11. More AABANY @ NAPABA
  12. Ms JD Honors Awards: Call for Nominations, Nov. 25
  13. SABANY Joint Bar Discount
  14. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  15. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  16. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  17. NAPABA News
  18. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  19. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  20. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  21. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  22. Fellowship Announcements
  23. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY 2016 Elections, Deadline: Dec. 11

AABANY's Annual Meeting is taking place in February 2016. We hope to see you there! At our Annual Meeting, elections will be conducted to elect 7 Board Directors and 6 AABANY Officers for the coming year. The Officer positions include:

President-Elect,
Vice President of Programs and Operations,
Vice President of Finance and Development,
Treasurer,
Recording Secretary
, and
Membership Secretary.

The Nominations Committee welcomes applications to fill the vacancies immediately. The Nominations Committee will select a slate of candidates to be included on a ballot form that will be sent out to the membership a month before the Annual Meeting. The Nominations Committee may also interview candidates before making its determination. The deadline to submit nominations by mail, fax, or email to nominations@aabany.org is December 11, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Financial & Estate Planning Workshop, Dec. 2

Please join us on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 for a financial and estate planning workshop for young lawyers, presented by Niraj Chhabra of Ameriprise Financial Services and Reshma Shah, Esq., of Duane Morris. 

The workshop will focus on the following topics:
  • Student loan repayment strategies
  • Retirement planning
  • Family planning
  • Tax reduction strategies
  • Estate planning
  • Planning for aging parents
  • Budgeting
Food and beverages will be served and you can also earn 1.2 NJ CLE credits. Please make sure to register so we know how much food to get: http://bit.ly/ylcfnclwkshp120215
 
When: 12/2/2015
 6 pm to 8 pm (Networking 6 pm to 7 pm, seminar to begin promptly at 7 pm)
Where: Ameriprise Financial Services
 530 5th Ave (btwn 44th and 45th St)
 16th Floor
 New York, New York  

 

Group Mentoring: Creating a Strategic Approach to Advancing Your Career, Dec. 3

When: Dec. 3, 7pm-9pm
Where:  Paul Weiss

 

Come join us for a unique Group Mentoring Session led by Steve Chung (Senior Vice President of News for NBCUniversal and AABANY Director) that is focused on breaking down abstract concepts like "leadership presence," "branding," and "networking" and translating them into concrete, actionable strategies that can help advance your career.  To this end, the session is expected to be the first of a program series that will cover topics such as:

  • Establishing a presence in meetings
  • Becoming a better speaker
  • How to ask for things in a comfortable and commanding way
  • Avoiding common mistakes that Asians make in the workplace
  • How to deal with unconscious presumptions/bias
  • Using stereotypes to your advantage
  • Making a workable plan for success—how to strategize and execute
  • Networking in a more meaningful and natural way
  • The importance of style, detail and presentation
  • Making changes without appearing awkward, inauthentic or overly aggressive 

Attendees are expected to be engaged and actively participate in discussions as well as walk away with suggested action items. Attorneys of all levels are welcomed. Food and beverages will be served.

 

Registration is now at capacity. To be added to the waitlist, contact marianne.chow@aabany.org

 

 

Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, Dec. 7

NYC Bar, AABANY Member: No Fee.
AABANY Members: Click here to register.

Nonmember: $20.
Non-members: Click here to register.

In this reenactment of a landmark employment discrimination case, we 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 is a collaboration between the New York City Bar Association and the Asian American Bar Association of New York and will feature members from both associations in the cast to tell the story of the Wards Cove workers through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.

Click here to learn more. For more information on how to sponsor this event, please contact william.wang@aabany.org or yang.chen@aabany.org.

Upcoming Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY

AABANY Housing Part Petition & SCRIE/DRIE Clinic

When: Wednesday 12/16 from 6PM-8PM

Where: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (62 Mott St. 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10013)

Contact: Samuel.lui@aabany.org


AABANY Housing Part Petition Clinic –

Assist tenants suffering from lack of heat or other emergency conditions draft pro se petitions against landlords for housing repairs. Volunteers will receive a brief training before assisting tenants. Bar admission and language skills not required.

 

AABANY SCRIE/DRIE CLINIC –

Assist elderly and disabled tenants complete applications for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE). These programs offer a lifeline to vulnerable populations who risk losing housing. Volunteers will receive a link to online training materials prior to the clinic. Bar admission and language skills are not required. 

Note: the AABANY SCRIE/DRIE clinic was originally scheduled for 12/2/2015.  Due to scheduling conflicts, a change in date was necessary.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Queens Legal Services (QLS) Housing Part Petition Clinic

Assist tenants suffering from lack of heat or other emergency conditions draft pro se petitions against landlords for housing repairs.  Clinics will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every other month from 6:00PM – 8:30PM.  Bar admission not required.  Language skills not required, but the ability to speak Spanish or other languages may be useful.  To participate, contact Heejung Kook (hkook@lsny.org).

2015 Dates: October 28; December (TBD)
2016 Dates: February 24; April 27; June 29; August 24

Where: Central Astoria (2569 38th St., Ground Fl., Astoria, NY 11103)

 

Introducing the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc.

New York, New York – November 16, 2015 – Representatives from the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program (“SCS HSJIP”) and The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (“JMB JIP”) merged this Summer to form the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc.

The SCS HSJIP was founded in 2014 by Celina Cabán as part of her work with the Ms. JD Fellowship Program. The mission of the program is to encourage diverse high school students from underserved communities to pursue careers in the law. With the guidance of Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and support of the Justice Resource Center, the program hosted seventeen students its first year and more than doubled in size its second year.

Click here to read more.

Press Release: New York Asian American Law Students Excel at NAPABA Convention in New Orleans

NEW YORK – November 18, 2015 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to congratulate Christina Nguyen and Azizah Ahmad on their recent honors from the NAPABA Law Foundation (“NLF”), which were presented on November 7, 2015 at the NAPABA Rising Convention at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana. NAPABA is the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and it established the NLF in 1994. The NLF awards scholarships on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. We also congratulate Katherine Zhang, who was elected as Northeast Regional Director of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (“NAPALSA”) at the NAPABA Rising Convention. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Rio Guerrero

Our Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Rio Guerrero was recently honored by the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League, Inc. (PACCAL) for his leadership and service in the legal profession. He was honored with many other Filipino Americans who have shown success in their fields but have made it a point to give back to the community on October 10, 2015. To learn more about the award recipients, check out Asian Journal's article here. To view the media coverage on Rio by Adobo Nation, check out this video.

Congratulations, Rio!

AABANY Speaks in December

During the first week of December, three prominent members of the AABANY community are sharing their expertise with various organizations. Check out who will be speaking, when they will be speaking, and what they will be speaking on:

For more information, check out Other Events on the AABANY Calendar.

Highlights: Nov. 12 & Nov. 19


More AABANY @ NAPABA

We had a great time and made a strong showing in New Orleans at the NAPABA Rising Convention. Click here for the last batch of photos.

Check out Francis Chin's beautiful photos here.

To see the full list of AABANY Speakers at the NAPABA Rising Convention, click here.

To read David Lat's article about Connie Montoya's "The Bamboo Closet: To Stay in or Not?" panel, click here.

Click here to read more about Vietnamese Fishermen v. the Ku Klux Klan. Congratulations again to Karen Wu and Josh Hsu, who were named NAPABA Best Under 40. For our social media live-feed, click here

Ms. JD Honors Awards: Call for Nominations, Nov. 25

AABANY is proud to co-sponsor this year's Superwoman JDs Conference on February 19, 2016 at NYU School of Law! For more information on this great conference, click here.

Ms. JD will close its 8th Annual Conference this year with the the Ms. JD Honors Reception, honoring recipients of the Ms. JD Honors awards - women and men who have made a notable contribution to the legal field. Nominations for the Ms. JD Honors awards (listed below) are open until Wednesday, November 25, 2015. To learn more about how to nominate someone you know for awards including the Sharing Her Passion award and the Road Less Traveled Award, click here.

SABANY Joint Bar Discount

SABANY and AABANY are thrilled to announce their 2015 Joint Bar Program, which offers eligible members reduced membership rates for a limited time offer.

Members of each organization will be eligible for a special reduction in their first year dues in the sister bar organization if they elect to join. Eligibility to receive this special dues reduction is limited to active, dues-paying members who are either new members or have not been a member of the sister bar organization in the last two years. To join, eligible members should complete the appropriate form and members will be contacted by the respective organization to process payment. This limited offer will expire on February 29, 2016.

SABANY members interested in joining AABANY at a discount, please complete this form here: http://bit.ly/jointsabany

AABANY members interested in joining SABANY at a discount, please complete this form here: http://bit.ly/aabany4sabany

Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?

This past year, the Government Service Public Interest (GSPI) and Pro Bono and Community Services (PBCS) Committees have been committed to providing AABANY members a greater range of pro bono opportunities.

These committees are surveying everyone’s interest in the pro bono initiatives that they are developing, so that they can determine how to best allocate AABANY resources. Training will be provided to you prior to your participation and will likely offer CLE credits. Click here for the survey: http://bit.ly/gspi2015

You can read in the Summer 2015 issue of the AABANY Advocate about a success story from the U Visa Representation Project, representing domestic violence survivors. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/uvisaproj

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

Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge

Seeking hard-working volunteers to work on appellate matters. Great resume builder, as position entails researching and writing memos/draft opinions on civil and/or criminal matters. Part or Full-time. Willing to fill out forms for law school fellowship, if applicant is eligible.

Please send resume and short writing sample: 

c/o Rebecca I Wohl, 
Court Attorney to Justice Doris Ling-Cohan
Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, First Dept.

by email to:
Rebecca I Wohl
riwohl@nycourts.gov

Immediate openings, and availability is open ended. Applications accepted year-round. 

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:

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program. Interested candidates should visitwww.adr.org/diversity to download a copy of the Program Guidelines and Application or to apply online. Applications should be received no later than January 22, 2016. 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

  • Dec. 1: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 2: Young Lawyers Committee Financial & Estate Planning Workshop, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 3: Group Mentoring: Creating a Strategic Approach to Advancing Your Career, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 7: Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio - A Trial Reenactment, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Dec. 1: Finding Bliss in the Future of Legal Service & Practice, 5:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 1: A Mediation Career: Getting Started, 9am-12pm. For more information, click here. 
  • Dec. 2: 34th Annual Rivers, Toney, Watson Dinner Dance of the Judicial Friends Association, 6:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 3: Race Matters in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Transformative Practices, 8am-10am. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 4: Public Education: Moving to a Trauma Informed System, 9am-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 4: The MBBA and Avant-Garde Network's Holiday Party, 7pm-12am. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Attorney Advisor, Farm Credit Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Income Fund Reimbursement Unit, Office of the New York Attorney General, Centereach
  • Researcher on National Security Law, U.S. Program of Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.
  • Unit Director, Disability Advocacy Project, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn

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.

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