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AABANY Announcements April 4, 2016

In this edition

  1. Litigation Committee Happy Hour Sponsored by Esquire Solutions, Apr. 7
  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. Do NOT Follow the Leader, Apr. 14
  6. Smooth Moves 2016: Decade of Celebrating Diversity in the Profession, Apr. 19
  7. Career Panel on Bankruptcy & Restructuring Law, Apr. 27
  8. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  9. Congratulations to Austin So, MCCA 2016 Rising Star
  10. Highlights: Week of Mar. 28
  11. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  12. NAPABA News
  13. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  14. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  15. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  16. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  17. Fellowship Announcements
  18. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Litigation Committee Happy Hour Sponsored by Esquire Solutions, Apr. 7

Please join Esquire and the Litigation Committee for a free happy hour on April 7th at 6pm at McGettigan's (36th between 5th and 6th)! Capacity is limited so RSVP early. 

Come have some food and drink, catch up with old friends, and meet new contacts.

Click here to register. 

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 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.

Do NOT Follow the Leader, Apr. 14

When: Apr. 14, 6:30pm
Where: Mayer Brown (1221 Avenue of the Americas)

KALAGNY, AABANY, and QCWBA Present [Re]Claiming Your Executive Leadership in Work & Life: Do NOT Follow the Leader, an Executive Leadership Coaching Session with Veronica S. Jung.  

VERONICA S. JUNG is the founder and CEO of Veronica S. Jung, PLLC, an employment litigation boutique serving NYC’s entrepreneurial community. A Harvard College and Boston University School of Law graduate, Ms. Jung has served as a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also worked at large and boutique law firms, where she represented Fortune 500 corporations in complex litigation. Ms. Jung is actively involved in the American Bar Association, National Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the NY Chapter of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs and several nonprofit boards. Ms. Jung, a mother of two, is a seasoned leadership trainer and coach to minority and female executives in private and public sectors.

For more information, click here.

Smooth Moves 2016: Decade of Celebrating Diversity in the Profession, Apr. 19

When: Tuesday, April 19, 4pm-7pm
Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kaplan Penthouse, The Rose Building (165 W. 65th Street, 10th Floor)

4:00 p.m. - A Conversation With A Diversity Champion – Featuring a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Hon. Zachary W. Carter, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, Moderated by Hon. Barry Cozier.

5:30 p.m. – Networking reception and Award Presentations

  • Presentation of the Section's Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award to the Honorable Zachary W. Carter
  • Presentation of the Section's Minority Law Student Summer Fellowship

This event is complimentary to all who attend, but capacity is limited so registration is required. RSVP here.

Career Panel on Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law, Apr. 27

WhenWednesday, April 27, 2016, 6:30pm-9pm

Where: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

 

Are you interested in practicing commercial bankruptcy and restructuring, either at a law firm or on the client side?  Or perhaps one day being appointed a federal judge?  If so, please join us for a career panel session featuring diverse leaders of the bankruptcy and restructuring world who will talk about what they do and how they climbed their respective ladders.  Attorneys of all levels, particularly young attorneys and law students, are encouraged to attend. 

Panelists

  • Joseph Smolinsky, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Adi Habbu, Vice President, in Distressed Credit Trading, Barclays Capital
  • Hon. Melanie Cyganowski (ret.), Member, Otterbourg P.C. and former United States Chief Bankruptcy Judge (EDNY)  

Refreshments will be served. Attendees will have an opportunity to select a panelist with whom to meet.  Please contact either Ligee Gu, Jessica Liou, or Vince Roldan with preferences and questions.

 

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.

Congratulations to Austin So, MCCA 2016 Rising Star

Congratulations to Austin So and the rest of the Minority Corporate Counsel 2016 Rising Stars! Not only is Austin our In House Counsel Committee Co-Chair and NAPABA Northeast Regional Governor, he is an exceptional attorney and champion of diversity.

According to So, “In-house lawyers should take the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. We do harm when we slow down the business, or when we say ‘no.’ A good in-house lawyer finds a way to say ‘yes’ while minimizing risk.”

To read a little more about the wild ride that Austin has had at Heraeus and advice that he would give to aspiring attorneys, open the article or grab a hard copy of MCCA’s Diversity & the Bar - March/April Issue: 2016 Rising Stars.

Highlights: Week of Mar. 28


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

  • Apr. 7: Litigation Happy Hour Sponsored by Esquire Solutions, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 10: Deadline to Apply for AALFNY Board Positions. For more information, click here
  • Apr. 11: Career Q&A from Assistant United States Attorneys from the SDNY, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12: Diversity in ADR: Optimizing Results in Dispute Resolution, 5:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12: Yellow Peril to Islamophobia: How Asian Stereotypes Impact Us Today, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12: Joint Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12-16: ABA International Law 2016 Spring Meeting. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 13: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 14: Do NOT Follow the Leader, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 5: Current Efforts and Best Practices for Moving Your Organization Toward Equal Pay for Equal Work, 9am-11:30am. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 5: An Introduction to the Basics of Islamic Practices and Relevant Emerging Legal Trends, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 5: Finding Success as In-House Counsel, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 7: Getting to the Top of the House, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12: Law & Reorder: Gender, Emotion, & Power in the Workplace, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Experienced Employment Law Trial Attorney, Troy Law, Flushing
  • Staff Attorney - Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the New York State Attorney General, White Plains
  • Trial Attorney, 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.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.