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AABANY Announcements February 16, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Annual Meeting -- Congratulations! 
  2. Join Us for the AABANY 2016 Annual Dinner, Feb. 24
  3. Read the AABANY 2015 Year End Report
  4. ABA CLE/Basic Will and Trust Drafting, Feb. 16
  5. The Latest Asian Real Estate Projects in Queens & Beyond CLE and Banquet, Feb. 18
  6. Volunteer with AABANY: Xavier Mission Soup Kitchen, Feb. 21
  7. Road to the Bench, Pt. 3 - The Interview, Feb. 22
  8. AABANY Co-Sponsors Columbia APALSA's Not Your Model Minority: Where We're Really From and Where We're Going, Feb. 27
  9. ABA International Law Spring Meeting, Apr. 12-16 -- Early Bird Deadline Feb. 29
  10. Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, Mar. 1 
  11. Being Out and Asian Pacific Islander at Work, Mar. 17
  12. Congratulations to Jean Lee 
  13. Call for AABANY Committee Chair Nominations
  14. Highlight: Bloomingdale's Lunar New Year Shopping Event, Feb. 11
  15. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  16. SABANY Joint Bar Discount
  17. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  18. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  19. NAPABA News
  20. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  21. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  22. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  23. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  24. Fellowship Announcements
  25. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  26. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  27. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY Annual Meeting -- Congratulations!

Last week, we held our Annual Meeting at Skadden Arps. Thank you to everyone who came. We were thankful to review the year and elect the new Board of Officers and Directors with so many wonderful members and friends present. Congratulations to the newly elected officers and directors, as well as the Judiciary Committee (Committee of the Year Award recipients), the Prosecutors' Committee and Career Placement Committee (joint award-winners for Event of the Year), and Marianne Chow (AABANY MVP).

We wish the new Board Officers a fruitful coming year:

  • Dwight Yoo, President-Elect
  • Marianne Chow, Vice President of Programs and Operations
  • William Ng, Vice President of Finance and Development
  • Amy Ngai, Treasurer
  • Ligee Gu, Secretary
  • Tristan Loanzon, Membership Director

Directors joining or returning to our Board:

  • Jung Choi
  • Suhana Han
  • Sapna Palla
  • Manisha Sheth
  • Irene Tan
  • Pauline Yeung-Ha
  • James Cho

We thank the outgoing Board Members for their service and hope that they will stay in touch: Clara Ohr, Jean Lee, Margaret Ling, Rob Leung, Emily Kim, Steve Chung, and Karen Lim. It's been a lovely year with every member of the AABANY family. Read more here.

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

Honorees:

Michelle K. Lee
Women's Leadership Award

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office

Ivan K. Fong
Corporate Counsel Leadership Award
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel for 3M Co.

We will also present our Don H. Liu Scholars awardees and the recipient of the Law Firm Diversity Award.

We look forward to seeing you at this joyous occasion. 

The event has reached capacity. If you are interested in joining the waitlist for tickets, email Margaret Langston at margaret.langston@aabany.org.

Share a delightful evening of festivities as we explore what it means to Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up for our 27th Anniversary Year!

Black tie preferred.

Read the 2015 Year End Report

Check out our Year End Report for fiscal year 2015! Presented at the Annual Meeting, this report captures highlights of important work we’ve done and the wonderful things our members have accomplished.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Message from President Will Wang,
  • Sponsors & Community Partners,
  • Our Year-in-Review,
  • Committee Reports,
  • And more.

If you’d like to get a sense of what AABANY has to offer, take a look inside. Thank you to everyone who made this year possible – our leadership, sponsors, community partners, members, and friends. We hope you continue to be a part of the AABANY family.

ABA CLE/Basic Will and Trust Drafting, Feb. 16

Speakers: Pauline Yeung and David Choi

This “how-to” video series offers an overview of estate planning basics, including drafting, executing, and implementing a basic estate plan. Whether you are new to estate planning or simply want a refresher course, this program contains practical information you need to know. Our very own Board Director Pauline is speaking, so this is sure to be informative and entertaining.

There is no fee to attend this program; however, pre-registration is required. Register at www.ambar.org/COPnewyork

We are proud to co-sponsor this CLE.

The Latest Asian Real Estate Projects in Queens & Beyond CLE and Banquet, Feb. 18

JPMorgan Chase, AABANY & AREAA-NY East Present The Latest Asian Real Estate Projects in Queens and Beyond on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6:00—9:00 p.m.,  at Mudan Banquet Hall (136-17 39th Avenue, 2nd Flr, Flushing, NY 11354)!

This upcoming event includes a Lunar Celebration with Buffet Dinner. Speakers include:

Jonathan Plotkin
Senior Managing Director, Colliers International

Robert B. Moy, Esq.
Partner, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP

Margaret Ling, Esq.
Senior Counsel & Vice President, First Nationwide Title Agency, LLC

Sponsored by: Chase - Equal Opportunity Housing, AABANY, AREAA - New York East Chapter, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP, and First Nationwide Title, LLC

This event is free and space is limited to the first 150 AABANY and AREAA-NY members. Beyond capacity and non-members are $35/ticket. Members of AABANY and AREAA-NY register here. 

Volunteer with AABANY: Xavier Mission Soup Kitchen, Feb. 21

When: February 21, 2016, 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

Details: Join the Young Lawyers Committee for our winter community service event as we serve hot meals to hungry New Yorkers at Xavier Mission.

Click here to register.

Road to the Bench, Pt. 3 - The Interview, Feb. 22

AABANY's Judiciary Committee presents Bootcamp: Road to the Bench, Pt. 3 - Preparing for the Panel Interview on Monday, February 22, 2016, 6pm-8pm at Duane Morris (1540 Broadway).

You’ve been selected for an interview. Now what? Learn how to prepare for the interview before a selection panel. Who will be interviewing you? What will they be looking for? What are some common questions? What should you not do? Participate in mock interview sessions in this highly interactive program. Speakers include:

Hon. William F. Kuntz
US District Judge 
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

 

Hon. Lizbeth Gonzalez
Acting Supreme Court Justice
New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County

 

Hon. Donald Leo
Criminal Court Judge
Criminal Court of the City of New York

 

Jennifer Ching
Project Director, Queens Legal Services
Member, EDNY Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel

 

Manisha M. Sheth (Moderator)
Partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

 

Click here to register.

AABANY Co-Sponsors Columbia APALSA's Not Your Model Minority: Where We're Really From and Where We're Going, Feb. 27

Columbia Law School’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is proud to present: Not Your Model Minority: Where We’re Really From And Where We’re Going

Register Now!

The past year bore witness to national conversations about diversity, accountability, inclusion, and celebration taking center stage. We have moved past aspiring to mere tolerance of minorities and are tasked, as a society, with building on our past victories to create, in its truest form, a more perfect union. Legal triumphs over discrimination must translate into sociocultural norms and administrative consistency. Grassroots movements seek legislative permanence. Business practices are called to meet higher standards of equality. At the same time, we have seen how far we have left to go, as we mourn the victims of ignorance and hate time and time again. Questions of race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views, economic ideals, and religious beliefs manifest — and, at times, challenge — our collective commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This year's conference features many AABANY members and friends, including:

  • Hon. Danny K. Chun, Kings County Supreme Court
  • Kyoko Lin, Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Sylvia Chin, Partner at White & Case LLP
  • James Cho, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York; Former President of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
  • Lawrence Wee, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP; AABANY Board Member
  • Steve Chung, Senior Vice President at NBCUniversal; AABANY Board Member
  • Ellen Ching, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
  • David Lat, Founder and Managing Editor of Above the Law 
  • Clement Lee, Staff Attorney at Detention Program at Immigration Equality
  • Eugene Chen, Equal Justice Works Fellow
  • John Vang, Senior Appellate Counsel at Center for Appellate Litigation
  • Connie Montoya, Co-Chair of the LGBT Network of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Helen Wan, Author of The Partner Track 

ABA International Law Spring Meeting, Apr. 12-16 -- Early Bird Deadline, Feb. 29

The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend our 2016 Spring Meeting in the beautiful and bustling city of New York from April 12-16, 2016. Join over 1,500 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for over three days of networking and programming on the latest international legal and ethics issues.

AABANY is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the Cooperating Entity rate. Registration rates are further discounted for full-time law students, full time government/academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under).

EARLY BIRD DEADLINESave on your registration by taking advantage of early bird rates before February 29th! 

Click here to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations, and the latest updates on the 2016 Spring Meeting. Click here for more information.

 

Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, Mar. 1

For all those public-minded folks out there, our Government Service & Public Interest (GSPI) Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service (PBCS) Committee will be holding a joint meeting. The committee meeting will be held on March 1, 2016 at 6:30pm at the LSNYC office located at 40 Worth Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10013. You will need to bring photo ID to get through security.

We will be sending out a more detailed agenda closer to the date. Food will be provided so please sign up for the meeting ahead of time!

To register, click here.

Being Out and Asian Pacific Islander at Work, Mar. 17

Join the AABANY LGBT Committee for a group discussion of LGBT Asian/South Asian attorneys on “Being Out and API at Work” in the legal community.  Attendees can share their experiences and challenges with others at law firms, in-house corporate counsel, public interest organizations, and government practices.

 

DATE/ TIME:

Thurs, March 17

7:00 to 9:00 PM 

 

LOCATION:

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 
800 Third Avenue, 13th Floor 
New York, New York 10022

 

Refreshments will be provided. Click here to register.

 

Congratulations to Jean Lee

Congratulations to Jean Lee on her historic appointment as President and CEO of Minority Corporate Counsel Association! We wish her the best of luck in her exciting new role.

From the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Announcement:

“Among her many assets, Jean brings to the role an extensive knowledge of MCCA having been an active board member as well as a demonstrated commitment to leadership in diversity within the profession. Her experience and relationships with corporations, law firms, and bar associations make her well equipped to continue the great work MCCA does, advocating for the expanded hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys across the profession,” said Michelle Banks, Global General Counsel of GAP Inc. and Chair of MCCA’s Board of Directors.

“I am deeply honored by this opportunity to build on the legacy of MCCA as an organization that not only impacts the lives of diverse legal professionals, but also has a direct impact within the decision-making offices of corporate America,” said Jean Lee. “As an MCCA board member for several years, I have always admired the dedication of its staff in helping diverse attorneys at all stages of their careers to excel within our profession. As CEO, I look forward to building on our success and furthering our mission to inspire all people to achieve a diverse and inclusive legal community.”

Call for AABANY Committee Chair Nominations

AABANY welcomes nominations to fill one or more Committee Chair position(s) for the following AABANY Committees for the 2016-2017 term:

 

Each Committee Chair or Co-Chair position will be for a one-year term starting April 1, 2016.   All interested candidates should submit a current resume, biography or CV by email to committee.support@aabany.org by no later than Tuesday, March 15, 2016
There may be a need for additional Committee Chairs for our other Committees for the 2016-2017 term, so please feel free to email committee.support@aabany.org if you are interested in being a Committee Chair of a Committee in case there are vacancies in the future.  For a description of each AABANY Committee and its current Co-Chairs, please go to:http://www.aabany.org/?page=CommitteesPage.

 

Highlight: Bloomingdale's Lunar New Year Celebration & Shopping Event, Feb. 11

On February 11, the Women’s Committee and the Membership Committee co-hosted a Lunar New Year Celebration and Shopping Event at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street. Members and guests were treated to passed hors d'oeuvres, sparkling water, and white wine. Makeup artists from Lancome were on hand for any ladies who wanted to freshen their makeup. A fashion show displaying the latest corporate looks and evening wear dazzled the attendees. 

See 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 March 9, 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

Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses, seeks to hire a law school graduate to serve as a Fellow for two years in either its Washington, D.C. headquarters or its Oakland, California office. Apply by March 31, 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

  • Feb. 16: Tax Committee Peer Group Meeting, 7:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 16: ABA CLE/Basic Will and Trust Drafting, 6pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 18: The Latest Real Estate Projects in Queens and Beyond, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 18: Intellectual Property Committee Lunar New Year Dinner, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 19: MsJD's Eighth Annual Conference on Women in Law, 8am-6:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 21: Volunteer with AABANY - Xavier Mission, 11:45am-3pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 22: Road to the Bench, Pt. 3 - The Interview, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 24: 2016 Annual Dinner: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up, 6:30pm-10pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 25: AABANY Co-Sponsors Archive Seance, 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 27: Columbia APALSA's Not Your Model Minority, 10am-6pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Feb. 16: PALS Winter 2016 Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 17: Litigation & Literature in the New York Courts: Shaw, Shakespeare, and Sherlock, 6pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 24: Law & Reorder: Risk, Failure & Success, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Contract Specialist, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA
  • Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, New York
  • Vietnamese Speaking Attorney, Advanced Placement Legal, Florida
  • Associate, Stephen A. Spinelli & Associates, 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.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.