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AABANY Announcements April 11, 2016

In this edition

  1. Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, Apr. 12
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors Diversity in ADR: Optimizing Results in Dispute Resolution, Apr. 12
  3. Do NOT Follow the Leader, Apr. 14
  4. Judiciary Committee Meeting, Apr. 14
  5. Smooth Moves 2016: Decade of Celebrating Diversity in the Profession, Apr. 19
  6. Career Panel on Bankruptcy & Restructuring Law, Apr. 27
  7. Volunteer at AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Clinic
  8. Congratulations to Manisha Sheth, New Executive Deputy Attorney General
  9. Congratulations to Sandra Leung, Lee Cheng, and Simone Wu - America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel
  10. Pathways to the Bench - Judge Lorna G. Schofield & Judge Denny Chin
  11. Highlights: Week of Apr. 4
  12. New York City Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty
  13. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  14. NAPABA News
  15. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  16. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  17. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  18. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  19. Fellowship Announcements
  20. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

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.

Judiciary Committee Meeting, Apr. 14

When: Thursday, April 14, 7pm-9 pm
Where: Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP

Please join the AABANY Judiciary Committee for the first meeting of Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Get the latest news and learn how you can be a part of the upcoming developments. 

The Judiciary Committee won last year's Committee of the Year for their hard work and advocacy for Asian Americans on the bench. They're as active and productive as ever, and they're looking forward to a great year. Be a part of it by attending this Committee Meeting.

Register 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 Manisha Sheth, New Executive Deputy Attorney General

Congratulations to our new Board Member Manisha Sheth, New Executive Deputy Attorney General for the State of New York. Read about the great news in A.G. Schneiderman's press release:

“I’m extremely pleased that Manisha is joining our team and will bring her talents and experience to some of our most important cases. She is an experienced litigator whose practice has focused on securities litigation, most notably representing the federal government in its mortgage-backed securities cases against the nation’s largest financial institutions,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I know that Manisha will be a fantastic leader for the outstanding bureaus in our Economic Justice division.”

Read more here.

Congratulations to Sandra Leung, Lee Cheng, and Simone Wu - America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel

Congratulations to the America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel named by National Law Journal! Click here to check out these outstanding legal leaders. Of special note to AABANY for their diversity and inclusion efforts are:

Sandra Leung, General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Sandra Leung arrived at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney after eight years as a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s office. She’s climbed the pharmaceutical company’s ranks ever since, and in 2007 became general counsel. At that time, the company’s top leaders had just been pushed out amid a federal investigation over its blooder-thinner Plavix. She re-engineered the company’s legal department by cutting costs, and today her portfolio includes shaping the company’s legal strategy and its environmental, health and safety, corporate security and philanthropy policies.

Lee Cheng, Chief Legal Officer of Newegg, Inc.

As Newegg Inc.’s “chief troll hunter,” Lee Cheng has earned a reputation in recent years as a fierce foe of so-called patent trolls. Cheng, the online retailer’s chief legal officer, has aggressively defended against patent infringement claims by companies that he’s labeled “legal terrorists” and gone after legal fees when successful. He’s made headlines for his aversion to settling. Earlier this year, after Minero Digital LLC dropped a patent case against Newegg subsidiary Rosewill Inc., Newegg struck back with a lawsuit of its own, seeking a court order that would ensure that Minero couldn’t refile the claims in the future.

Simone Wu, General Counsel of Choice Hotels International

Simone Wu, Choice Hotels Interna­tional Inc.’s general counsel, is a leader in diversity in the legal field. A 2013 recipient of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Justice in Action Award, Wu oversees the Rockville, Maryland-based corporation’s litigation matters, transactions and regulatory affairs. She also serves as counsel to the company’s senior management and board of directors. Recently, the company expanded its Cambria hotel line with a grand opening in Times Square and has partnered with CapStar Hotel Co. to develop sites in Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Please join us in congratulating these friends of AABANY.

Pathways to the Bench - Judge Lorna G. Schofield and Judge Denny Chin

Check out the Pathways to the Bench Video Series, produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. In the video series Pathways to the Bench, individual judges talk about the personal, character-building challenges in their lives that prepared them to serve on the bench. Each judge has a motivational message for others, especially young people, who face obstacles on the path to reaching their goals.

Check out what Judge Lorna G. Schofield, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, has to say here. Check out what Judge Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has to say here.

These videos are strikingly honest and insightful, and not to be missed. 

Highlights: Week of Apr. 4


New York City Bar Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty

The New York City Bar seeks recommendations for potential speakers and faculty members for our annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.) We encourage you to share this form with your colleagues who may be interested in speaking at future events.

The form can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/1arrXuz (or for those who have trouble accessing the online form, you can submit the attached PDF to Monica Parks at mparks@nycbar.org).

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio todiversity@nycbar.org with the subject “Call for Speakers.” Questions can be directed to Monica Parks at mparks@nycbar.org.

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. 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.
  • Apr. 14: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 12: Law & Reorder: Gender, Emotion, & Power in the Workplace, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 12: Why Asian Americans Need Diversity Too? The Critical Importance of Affirmative Action for All People of Color, 4pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 14: Community Law Day Life Planning CLE, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apt. 15: KALAGNY Law Student Applications Due. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 15: Columbia Lawyers Association's 51st Annual Rapallo/Scalia Award Luncheon, 12:30-2:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Associate Counsel, New York State Office of Information Technology Services, Albany
  • Inmate Disciplinary Hearing Officer, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Westchester
  • Senior Policy Advisor, Council of State Governments Justice Center, Seattle
  • Unit Director - Public Benefits Unit, Legal Services NYC, Bronx

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.