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AABANY Announcements March 28, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY and East West Bank Co-Host: Global Real Estate Development, Mar. 29
  2. AALFNY Call for Applications to Board of Directors, Apply by Apr. 10
  3. Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, Apr. 12
  4. AABANY Co-Sponsors Diversity in ADR: Optimizing Results in Dispute Resolution, Apr. 12
  5. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  6. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  7. ABA International Law Section Spring Meeting, Apr. 12-16 - Registration Closing Soon
  8. Opinion: Missed Opportunity in Supreme Court Nomination - Law360 
  9. Highlights: Mar. 14-23
  10. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  11. NAPABA News
  12. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  13. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  14. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  15. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  16. Fellowship Announcements
  17. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY and East West Bank Co-Host: Global Real Estate Development, Mar. 29

Please join us for a seminar focused on “Global Real Estate Development” and hear financing, legal and development experts discuss recent market trends, regulatory updates and upcoming real estate projects on a global scale.

Dinner buffet will be served. Cost including tax and tip is $20.  Register here.

*1 CREDIT CLE.  For attorneys applying for the CLE credit, please register through AABANY. To register or for questions, please contact Margaret Ling at margaret.ling@aabany.org.

AALFNY Call for Applications to Board of Directors, Apply by Apr. 10

The Asian American Law Fund of New York (“AALFNY”) is soliciting applications for positions on its Board of Directors.

AALFNY is a non-profit organization established in 1993 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) to support non-profit, charitable and education purposes, such as scholarships and internship programs in the New York metropolitan area. AALFNY has an independent Board but remains affiliated with AABANY and continues to work in close coordination with AABANY on fundraising and pro bono programs. AALFNY’s mission statement and information about its scholarships and past projects can be found here.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest and a current resume, biography or CV listing your experience and accomplishments and any honors received to date. As part of the statement of interest, please indicate your experience with AALFNY, AABANY, NAPABA, or other relevant organization, whether you have been an active member of such organization, and describe any activities that you have participated in or helped to organize. If you have not been an active member in any such organization, explain what capabilities, resources, talents, skills, expertise, experience or any other contributions you would be able to make as a Board Director. Please also identify any activities indicating a dedication and commitment to issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

Please submit your application materials to Sylvia Chin, President, at schin@whitecase.com and Naf Kwun, Secretary, at naf.kwun@aabany.org. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on April 10, 2016.

Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, Apr. 12

Please RSVP at the link below if you can join us at our first committee meeting of the year on April 12 at 6:30pm. We will meet at the Legal Aid Society at 40 Worth Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013. Please note that this is a different floor from the last meeting!

 

http://bit.ly/gspi412

 

We will be discussing the merger of the committees, new projects for 2016 (and ideas for new projects), and budgets. Please come! Light dinner will be served!

 

AABANY Co-Sponsors Diversity in ADR: Optimizing Results in Dispute Resolution, Apr. 12

AABANY is co-sponsoring NYSBA's Diversity in ADR: Optimizing Results in Dispute Resolution

Date: TuesdayApril 12, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP | 450 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 | (Bet. 44th and 45th Streets)

The event will feature three panels:

  • Corporate Commitment to Diversity
  • Identifying Implicit Bias and Developing Strategies for Responding to Implicit Bias
  • Ethical Issues for Mediators and Attorneys

Click here to register.

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 April 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.

Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?

This past year, the Government Service and 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

ABA International Law Section Spring Meeting, Apr. 12-16 - Registration Closing Soon

The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend its 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 AABANY 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 gov./academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under).  For more details, click here.

Registration for the ABA International Law Section Spring Meeting closes April 1. Register today!

Opinion: Missed Opportunity in Supreme Court Nomination - Law360

Here is an interesting opinion piece from Law360, published on March 16, in which Lee Cheng, Chief Legal Officer of Newegg (and a speaker at AABANY’s 2015 Fall Conference in two separate programs) laments President Obama’s major missed opportunity in not seizing the historic chance to nominate an Asian Pacific American for the SCOTUS vacancy.

What may be even more noteworthy is Lee’s recommendation that President Obama should have considered two other APAs for nomination who just happen to have been the honorees at AABANY’s 2016 Annual Dinner, which took place on February 24.

Lee, we could not agree with you more. Both Ivan Fong and Michelle Lee would make great United States Supreme Court justices. And kudos to incoming President Susan Shin, who had the foresight to honor Ivan and Michelle at this year’s Annual Dinner, for having such a keen eye for spotting major judicial talent. (By the way, the actual nominee, Merrick Garland, was formerly a Partner at Susan’s firm, Arnold & Porter.)

To read the full article, click here. (Subscription required.)

Highlights: March 14-23


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 2016 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 Current Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:
  • Austin So: Champion of Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2016 Law Firm Diversity Award: Cleary Gottlieb Hamilton & Steen LLP
  • Letter from Outgoing President Will Wang
  • Letter from Incoming President Susan Shin
  • AABANY Launches Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic
  • AABANY's Asia Practice Committee Has Arrived
  • AABANY Fourth Quarter 2015 Review

 

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

  • Mar. 29: AABANY and East West Bank cohost: Global Real Estate Development, 6:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 7: Litigation Happy Hour Sponsored by Esquire Solutions, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Mar. 29: PRBA Presents the Flor De Maga Awards, 6pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 29: 2016 Korematsu Lecture featuring Hon. Pamela Chen, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 30: KALAGNY presents: Mock Oral Argument Workshop, 7:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 31: New York City Bar Presents: Human Rights Activism in China, 6:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Mar. 31: Suffragette, 5:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 1: CUNY PILA Annual Gala, 6:30pm-10:30am. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Hudson Valley, Yonkers
  • Conciliation Specialist, Department of Justice, Various States
  • Senior Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York
  • Associate Counsel/Production Attorney, IMG Worldwide, New York

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.