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AABANY Announcements January 18, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Annual Meeting, Feb. 9
  2. Save the Date: AABANY 2016 Annual Dinner, Feb. 24
  3. Getting-on-Track: Networking for Lawyers, Jan. 20 
  4. (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About EB-5 But Didn't Have Anyone to Ask, Jan. 21 
  5. AABANY Co-Sponsors NYSBA's 13th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, Jan. 25
  6. New Year Networking Event at Citi, Jan. 26
  7. Press Release: AABANY Commends Appointment of Donald Leo as New York City Criminal Court Judge
  8. Highlight: Bootcamp to the Bench, Jan. 13
  9. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  10. SABANY Joint Bar Discount
  11. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  12. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  15. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  16. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  17. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  18. Fellowship Announcements
  19. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY Annual Meeting, Feb. 9

Please join us for one of our most important events of the year -- AABANY's Annual Meeting. All active members in good standing are invited to attend and vote in the AABANY Officer and Director Elections for fiscal year 2016 (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017).

The AABANY Annual Meeting will be held on the 9th day of February 2016 at 7:00 pm at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. At this meeting, a vote will be taken to elect officers and directors for the upcoming year and to amend the by-laws.  Please register on this page if you plan to attend in person.

If you are an active member who would like to vote in these elections but are unable to attend in person, please complete the Annual Meeting Proxy Ballot by February 4, 2016. 

The AABANY Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates:

Dwight Yoo - Bio/Resume - Statement
President-Elect

Marianne Chow - Bio/Resume - Statement
Vice President, Programs and Operations

William Ng - Bio/Resume - Statement
Vice President, Finance and Development

Amy Ngai - Bio/Resume - Statement
Treasurer

Ligee Gu - Bio/Resume - Statement
Recording Secretary

Tristan Loanzon - Bio/Resume - Statement
Membership Secretary

The following persons have been nominated to fulfill a Director position:

Jung Choi - Bio/Resume - Statement
Suhana Han - Bio/Resume - Statement
Sapna Palla - Bio/Resume - Statement
Manisha Sheth - Bio/Resume - Statement
Irene Tan - Bio/Resume - Statement
Pauline Yeung-Ha Bio/Resume - Statement
James Cho - James Bio/Resume - Statement


For more information, click here.

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!

Getting-on-Track: Networking for Lawyers, Jan. 20

Do you ever find yourself at a networking event, wanting to approach someone or a group of people, but don’t know how to do it? Ever wanted to politely excuse yourself from a conversation, but feel uncomfortable doing so?  Have you ever emailed someone you met at a networking event, and never heard back from them?  If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider attending this event.  This program will discuss how to get the most of your networking efforts, including practical tips from a diverse panel of law firm, in-house, and non-practicing attorneys.  Some of the topics our panel will cover include:

  • How to prepare for networking events
  • The “Do’s and Don’ts” at networking events
  • How to follow-up after networking events

Our distinguished speakers include: 

  • Pauline Yeung-Ha, Partner, Grimaldi & Yeung LLP
  • Austin So, Division General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated
  • Robert Leung, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
  • Yang Chen, Executive Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Jeff Ikejiri, Director, RGP Legal

The panel discussion will start at 6:30pm, with a networking reception to follow, so attendees can practice what they’ve learned.  

Less than 10 spots left! Space is limited, so register soon. Click here to register.

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About EB-5 But Didn't Have Anyone to Ask, Jan. 21

AABANY, KALAGNY, and AAEB5 Present: (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About EB-5 But Didn't Have Anyone to Ask 

When: Jan. 21, 6:30pm-9pm
Where: Dorsey & Whitney, 51 West 52nd Street
Speaker: Julia Yong-Hee Park 

In 2015, no fewer than five bills seeking to reform the EB-5 program have been introduced in both the House and the Senate, all proposing different measures for reform and improvement. When the EB-5 regional center program was due to expire on Sept. 30, 2015, it was extended through a temporary government funding bill, a “continuing resolution,” until Dec. 11, 2015 and then extended again until December 16, 2015. During the final weeks, a bipartisan, bi-cameral working group continued to churn out working drafts of the new rules that included an increase in the minimum investment amount from $500,000 to $800,000 for TEAs (no change on the non-TEA $1 million number), expanding the current two definition of TEAs to four, and introducing a Sarbanes-Oxley style certification requirement on EB-5 Regional Centers, among many others. Then, on the eve of December 16, the working group abruptly announced that no new rules would be implemented and the current program would be temporarily extended until September 30, 2016. As such, 2016 will be a critical year for EB-5 as potential investors seek to utilize the program before changes are implemented.

Click here to register and for more information. 

AABANY Co-Sponsors NYSBA's 13th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, Jan. 25

On January 25, the New York State Bar Association will hold their 2016 Celebrating Diversity Reception and Trailblazer Award Ceremony at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas) honoring Christopher S. Auguste. We are proud to co-sponsor this special event to explore opportunities for professional development and enrichment through the New York State Bar. 

Please RSVP by January 20, 2016. For more information, click here.

New Year Networking Event at Citi, Jan. 26

On January 26, 6pm-8pm, at Citi, N.A., Commercial Banking Group (One Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101), our Real Estate Committee is hosting a New Year Networking Event, thanks to our Real Estate Committee Margaret Ling!

The other sponsors for the evening are Citi Commercial Bank, AREAA - NY East, and First Nationwide Title Agency LLC.

To register, click here.

Press Release: AABANY Commends Appointment of Donald Leo as New York City Criminal Court Judge

NEW YORK – January 14, 2016 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) commends New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointment of Donald Leo as New York City Criminal Court Judge. Judge Leo joined the bench after thirteen years of service as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County and seven years as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Offender Management Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office. His appointment was effective December 29, 2015.

A lifelong New Yorker and first generation son of Chinese immigrants, Judge Leo is fluent in Cantonese and witnessed firsthand the Chinatown community’s aversion to cooperating with law enforcement and their distrust of the legal system. He has spent many of his years as a public servant fostering public trust and bridging the two worlds of New York’s Chinatown and New York’s criminal justice system by bringing justice to those who often feel that there is none. Judge Leo is a graduate of New York University and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. He is also a founding member of AABANY’s Prosecutors Committee, started in 2008.

Click here to read the full press release.

Highlight: Bootcamp to the Bench, Jan. 13

On Jan. 13, our Judiciary Committee hosted Bootcamp: Road to the Bench, Part 2 - The Written Application at Seyfarth Shaw. This workshop provided hands-on advice on how to present yourself and your accomplishments most successfully. Examples of judicial application forms were provided in advance for participants to ask the in-depth questions about the common mistakes and how to avoid them.

The resounding take-away from the panel: The judicial process starts well before the written application. 

Read more here.

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 February 10, 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.

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

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. 19: Getting Ahead of the Inbound Curve: Business, Real Estate, and Tax Considerations CLE, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 19: So Ordered: Judge Schofield's Do's and Don'ts for Your Legal Career, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 20: Getting-on-Track: Networking for Lawyers, 6:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 21: (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About EB-5 But Didn't Have Anyone to Ask, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 25: 13th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 26: New Year Networking Event at Citi, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan. 19: PALS Winter 2016 Supplemental Bar Tutorial Session, 3pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 21: SDNY Chapter Federal Bar Association Rule of Law Award: Bryan Stevenson, 5:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 23-25: Empire Mock Trial Downtown Invitational. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 2: PALS Winter 2016 Supplemental Bar Tutorial Session, 3pm-6pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Project, Queens Legal Services, Queens
  • Disability Advocacy Project Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Saratoga
  • Supervisory Attorney Advisor, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Compliance Manager, Prudential, Newark

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.