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AABANY Announcements January 4, 2016

In this edition

  1. Save the Date: AABANY 2016 Annual Dinner, Feb. 24
  2. Call for Nominations: Final Deadline, Jan. 6
  3. Don H. Liu Scholars Program Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 10
  4. AABANY Presents Bootcamp: Road to the Bench, Pt. 2 - The Written Application, Jan. 13
  5. Call for Nominations for the 2015 Law Firm Diversity Award 
  6. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  7. Outstanding Committee of the Year Award & Inaugural Outstanding Event of the Year Award, Apply by Jan. 15
  8. Congratulations to Brian Song
  9. EDNY Press Release on Magistrate Judge Kuo
  10. Austin So's "Ignoring Asian-Americans" Letter to the Editor Published in NYT
  11. SABANY Joint Bar Discount
  12. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  13. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  14. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  15. NAPABA News
  16. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  17. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  18. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  19. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  20. Fellowship Announcements
  21. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Save the date for AABANY's 2016 Annual Dinner: Speak Up, Rise Up, Lift Up, on February 24, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall Street)!

Get your tickets today! Early bird prices end on January 29. For more information, click here.

If you are interested in sponsorship, check out this year's Sponsorship Package

Join us for a delightful evening of festivities as we explore what it means to speak up, rise up, and lift up for our 27th Anniversary Year!

Call for Nominations: Final Deadline, Jan. 6

AABANY's Annual Meeting is taking place in February 2015. 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.

On January 6, 2016, we will hold an open meeting at which prospective candidates can make their submissions in person. If you have already sent in your materials by regular mail, e-mail or fax, you need not attend the open meeting. No submissions will be accepted after this date.

The time to submit nomination materials in person is 6pm to 6:30pm ONLY.

For more information, click here.

Don H. Liu Scholars Program Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 10

After a highly successful inaugural year, the Don H. Liu Scholars Program is proud to announce an expansion of the Program!  As previously announced, the Program will now grant not just two, but three scholarships of $15,000.  In addition, starting with the 2015 application cycle, the Program will extend its geographic scope to include law schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  

To accommodate the additional law schools, the application deadline for the 2016 Scholars has been extended to January 10, 2016.

 

Click here for the application.

 

AABANY Presents Bootcamp: Road to the Bench, Pt. 2 - The Written Application, Jan. 13

AABANY continues its Bootcamp: Road to the Bench series with Part 2 - The Written Application on Wednesday, January 13, 2015 at Seyfarth Shaw.

This workshop will provide hands-on advice on how to present yourself and your accomplishments most successfully. Examples of judicial application forms will be provided in advance and participants are encouraged to begin filling them out. During the workshop, you will learn about common mistakes candidates make, and how to avoid them. How do you choose your best cases, references, and attributes? How do you write the essay or cover letter? How do you handle shortcomings?

The program is currently in formation. Speakers and curriculum are available here. Participants are encouraged to ask specific questions about the documents.

Co-sponsored by HNBA (NY Region), KALAGNY, & SABANY. 

Register and reserve your spot by clicking here.

Call for Nominations for the 2015 AABANY Law Firm Diversity Award, Apply by Jan. 15

AABANY is seeking nominations for the 2015 AABANY Law Firm Diversity Award. AABANY has given out this award since 2014 to recognize a law firm's extraordinary efforts to improve diversity in our profession. For detailed information about the award and selection criteria, please refer to the application form. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016. The recipient will be presented at the Annual Dinner on February 24, 2016.

Click here for the Nomination Form.

Volunteer for AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic

On the second Wednesday of every month, AABANY holds a free legal clinic at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Please also consider volunteering at these clinics. The next clinic will be held on January 13, 2016. Email june.lee@aabany.org to join the effort. 

To read the press release announcing the beginning of these legal clinics, click hereCheck out the highlight from the first of many clinics.

Community members seeking legal advice can call (212) 226-6280 to make appointments.

Outstanding Committee of the Year Award and Inaugural Outstanding Event of the Year Award, Apply by Jan. 15

Outstanding Committee of the Year Award

This award is presented to an AABANY Committee that has made exceptional contributions to AABANY and its membership during the 2015-2016 fiscal year through active engagement with members and non-members, through robust programming that achieves the mission of AABANY and such Committee and through demonstrated leadership of its Committee Chairs.

Any AABANY director, officer or active member may nominate an AABANY Committee for the Outstanding Committee of the Year Award by submitting this Nomination Form. Self-nominations are encouraged. All completed Nomination Forms must be submitted no later than Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST in order to be considered. All nominations will be acknowledged promptly after receipt.

Inaugural Outstanding Event of the Year Award

This award is presented to the organizer(s) of an AABANY event or event series held during the 2015-2016 fiscal year that has had an exceptionally positive impact to AABANY and its membership by addressing one or more pressing needs of our members, promoting the mission of AABANY and raising the profile of the organization. Organizer(s) being nominated can be an AABANY Committee or one or more individual(s) who are AABANY members.

Any AABANY director, officer or active member may nominate an AABANY Committee or individual AABANY member(s) for the Outstanding Event of the Year Award by submitting this Nomination Form. Self-nominations are encouraged. All completed Nomination Forms must be submitted no later than Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST in order to be considered. All nominations will be acknowledged promptly after receipt.

Both the Outstanding Committee of the Year Award and the Outstanding Event of the Year Award will be presented to the winners at the AABANY Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The winners of the Awards will be notified one week in advance of the Annual Meeting. Any inquiries should be directed to Vice President of Programs and Operations Marianne Chow at marianne.chow@aabany.org

Congratulations to Brian Song

Congratulations to Brian Song! Our Military & Veteran Affairs Committee Chair Brian Song is the first Korean American to be elected to the BakerHostetler Partnership. 

According to the BakerHostetler announcement on January 4:

"As a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, Brian has broad experience representing clients in state and federal court. Brian has successfully litigated matters in a wide range of areas and industries, including securities litigation cases, criminal and civil fraud cases, criminal tax cases, telecommunications cases, antitrust cases, government contract disputes, and complex commercial disputes. As a co-chair of the New York office Diversity Committee, Brian has been a leading force behind the Firm’s diversity efforts. He is the first Asian American man and the first Korean American to be elected to the Partnership in the New York office."

Please join us in congratulating Brian.

EDNY Press Release on Magistrate Judge Kuo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2015

Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon is pleased to announce the investiture of Peggy Kuo as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Kuo will be sworn in at the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

Judge Kuo is the first Taiwanese-American federal judge in New York. Before her appointment, Judge Kuo was the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the largest municipal tribunal in the country. Previously, she was Chief Hearing Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, where she was in charge of disciplinary matters involving violations of federal securities laws. She was also litigation counsel at WilmerHale, LLP.

Read the full press release here.

Austin So's "Ignoring Asian-Americans" Letter to the Editor Published in NYT

On December 23, the New York Times Opinion Pages published our In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair Austin So's "Ignoring Asian-Americans" Letter, in which he responds to "Diversity Makes You Brighter," by Sheen Levine (Op-Ed, Dec. 9). In it, Austin speaks about how Asian-Americans are often missing from the diversity dialogue:

Perhaps it’s because we are considered the “model minority” that seemingly is not disadvantaged, or perhaps it’s because we are still viewed as perpetual foreigners.

Click here to read the full piece. Thanks, as always, to Austin for speaking up and being such an advocate for diversity in the legal profession. 

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 New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:
  • Sixth Annual Fall Conference a Success
  • Letter from President Will Wang
  • AABANY Co-Sponsors Screening of SHSAT Documentary
  • Review of 'Racial Diversity in Casting: Changing the Game'
  • AABANY Third Quarter 2015 Review
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

The Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau in New York City is offering a one (1) year law graduate fellowship focusing on the enforcement of civil rights law. Candidates with a background in civil rights are strongly encouraged to apply.  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

  • Jan 6: Call for Nominations for AABANY's Board - Final Deadline. For more information, click here.
  • Jan 13: Bootcamp: Road to the Bench, Pt. 2 - The Written Application, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 13: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 14: AABANY Committee Chairs Meeting, 6pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 14: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 15: Deadline to Apply for AABANY Committee and Event of the Year Awards. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 15: Deadline to Apply for 2016 NAPABA Law Foundation Summer Public Interest Internship Grant. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan. 4: Deadline to Apply for the Bristol-Myers 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Law Department Summer Internship Program. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 12: PALS Winter 2016 Supplemental Bar Tutorial Session, 3pm-6pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Volunteer Assistant Attorney General, Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York
  • Director of Legal Advocacy, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, New York
  • Senior Associate - Labor & Employment, FordHarrison LLP, Atlanta or Washington, DC
  • Project Coordinator, New York State Department of Labor, Albany

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.