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AABANY Announcements February 22, 2016

In this edition

  1. Join Us for the AABANY 2016 Annual Dinner, Feb. 24
  2. Read the AABANY 2015 Year End Report
  3. AABANY Co-Sponsors Columbia APALSA's Not Your Model Minority: Where We're Really From and Where We're Going, Feb. 27
  4. ABA International Law Spring Meeting, Apr. 12-16 -- Early Bird Deadline Feb. 29
  5. Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, Mar. 1 
  6. Starting Your Own EB-5 Practice, Mar. 1
  7. Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, Mar. 2 
  8. Being Out and Asian Pacific Islander at Work, Mar. 17
  9. Congratulations to Kenneth Lee of Levine Lee
  10. Call for AABANY Committee Chair Nominations
  11. Highlights: Week of Feb. 16
  12. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  13. SABANY Joint Bar Discount
  14. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  15. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  16. NAPABA News
  17. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court 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

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.

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.

Starting Your Own EB-5 Practice, Mar. 1

AABANY, KALAGNY, and AAEB5 Present: EB-5 SERIES PART 2: STARTING AN EB-5 PRACTICE

The popularity of the EB-5 visa has grown immensely in the past few years. More and more immigration attorneys are fielding inquiries from potential clients interested in exploring EB-5 as an option for themselves or their children studying in the United States.

On January 21, 2016, Advantage America EB-5 Group’s Julia Yong-hee Park presented Part 1 of AABANY and KALAGNY’s joint EB-5 CLE Series titled “(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About EB-5 But Didn’t Have Anyone To Ask,” which had nearly 60 attendees.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Julia Yong-hee Park will present Part 2 of the EB-5 series titled “Starting an EB-5 Practice” for immigration attorneys. Attendees will have an opportunity to review a sample EB-5 offering package including an EB-5 Business Plan, Private Placement Memorandum, Subscription Agreement and Operating Agreement to learn how all the pieces fit together. 

While geared toward practicing immigration attorneys, all who are interested are welcome to join. Members, register here.

Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, Mar. 2

When: Mar. 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: District Social (252 West 37th Street)

Non-members and members, get to know AABANY for the first time or get to know AABANY better!  Join us for a fantastic happy hour at District Social on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM.  Get to know the AABANY Membership Committee, the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, the Government Service and Public Interest Committee, and the Young Lawyers Committee.

Hope to see you all there!

Hosted by the AABANY Membership Committee, the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, the Government Service and Public Interest Committee, and the Young Lawyers Committee.

Click here to register.

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 Kenneth Lee of Levine Lee

Congratulations to AABANY member and Advisory Committee Member, Kenneth Lee, on having his firm Levine Lee recognized by the National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List!

Levine Lee, founded in 2011, goes toe-to-toe with some of the largest firms in handling securities litigation, white-collar criminal matters and governmental investigations.

For the full article, click here.

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.

 

Highlights: Week of Feb. 16


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

The Office of the New York State Attorney General's Division of Appeals and Opinions is offering a two-year fellowship in government appellate litigation in its New York City Office. One fellowship is available. The Fellowship is a compensated, full-time position for a college graduate who is considering whether to pursue a career in law. A commitment through June 2018 is required. 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. 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.
  • Mar. 1: Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 1: Starting an EB-5 Practice, 6pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 2: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Feb. 23: Presentation by SDNY U.S. Marshal Michael Greco, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 24: Law & Reorder: Risk, Failure & Success, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 3: Federal Bar Council's 2016 Judges Reception, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 3: St. John's Annual Lunar New Year Dinner, 6pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Housing Unit, Tenants' Rights Coalition, Manhattan Legal Services, New York
  • Deputy Director, Housing Unit, Legal Services NYC - Bronx, Bronx
  • Section Chief, Litigation Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York
  • Chief, Criminal Section, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

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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