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AABANY Announcements May 2, 2016

In this edition

  1. NYLJ Law Day: Read Susan Shin's "Ensuring Rights of Non- and Limited-English Speakers" 
  2. Racial Profiling Against Asian Americans, May 5
  3. Intro to Islamophobia to Xenophobia, May 5 
  4. Vietnamese Fishermen v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Trial Reenactment, May 11
  5. Bootcamp to the Bench: Endorsements, May 16 
  6. Corporate Law Committee Kick-Off Meeting, May 16
  7. Young Lawyers Committee Kick-Off Meeting, May 17
  8. Group Mentoring - Part II, May 18
  9. Austin So's Letter to the Editor in the New York Times
  10. Congratulations to Sonia Low and Blaise Chow
  11. Highlights: Apr. 12-27
  12. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  15. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  16. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  17. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  18. Fellowship Announcements
  19. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

NYLJ Law Day: Read Susan Shin's "Ensuring Rights of Non- and Limited-English Speakers"

Check out President Susan Shin’s New York Law Journal article, “Ensuring Rights of Non- and Limited-English Speakers,” published in the Law Day issue. In this Special Report, bench and bar leaders share their thoughts on the Miranda rights. Susan shares her thoughts about the challenges in protecting these rights for non- and limited-English speakers in particular:

Even I, a native English speaker, found the terms difficult to understand before becoming a lawyer. How much more difficult is it for a non-native English speaker who does not understand legal concepts and implications of, for example, the “right to remain silent,” “waiver,” and “consent”? Still, many respond in the affirmative when asked if they understand and consent to questioning and waive their rights, even if they failed to comprehend the words being communicated to them.

Click here to access Susan’s article. Click here for a PDF of the article. To view all the Law Day articles, including articles from Acting Presiding Justice Peter Tom and Presiding Justice Randall T. Eng, click here.

Racial Profiling Against Asian Americans, May 5

Join the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) on Thursday, May 5, for a special presentation by attorney Brian Sun about Chinese American scientists facing FBI investigations and federal prosecutions for economic espionage. Is the Justice Department engaged in the racial profiling of Asian American citizens? How should the Asian American community respond?

The failed criminal prosecution of Chinese American Professor Xiaoxing Xi at Temple University and the firing of National Weather Service employee Sherry Chen raise serious questions about the civil liberties of all Americans. An article in April 26's New York Times reports that the Justice Department will assert greater oversight over national security cases. But will a growing number of Chinese American scientists, government employees, and tech professionals still be targeted for investigations?

Brian Sun, a partner at Jones Day, AALDEF 2001 Justice in Action Award recipient, and member of Committee of 100, will speak about the historical context of recent cases and the current political climate that has unfairly placed Chinese American scientists under a cloud of suspicion. Mr. Sun was on the legal team representing Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, who was falsely accused of being a Chinese spy and received a federal judge's apology based on the government's misconduct.

Please RSVP to events@aaldef.org or 212.966.5932 by Wednesday, May 4. 

Intro to Islamophobia and Xenophobia, May 5

If you’ve been following the Presidential election, you’ve heard Donald Trump call for a database tracking all Muslim Americans and Ted Cruz suggest banning Muslim refugees purely on their religion. While this nativism is not new, dating back to 9/11 and before, these examples show how crucial right-wing xenophobia remains for American nationalism. Come hear attorney/activist Deepa Iyer read from her crucial new book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (New Press 2016). She’ll discuss the targeting of South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Americans with Arab American Association of New York Youth Lead Organizer Aber Kawas and ACLU National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi. Headlining the event will be queer performance artist YaliniDream, a Tamil Sri Lankan activist and one of the most prominent performance poets in the South Asian American community.

This event is being held by the Asian American Writer's Workshop and being co-sponsored by AABANY, SABANY, and NAPAWF*NYC.

For more information, click here. Join the Facebook event here.

Vietnamese Fisherman v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Trial Reenactment, May 11

In the 1970s, after the fall of Saigon, thousands of Vietnamese fled their country. Many emigrated to the United States, where they found opportunity shrimping and fishing in the waters of the Gulf Coast. There, they thrived, despite long odds and difficult conditions. Some American shrimpers took offense. They called in the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan sponsored a rally with a cross-burning to protest the Vietnamese presence, and patrolled the waters in a boat carrying hooded and armed Klansmen. Several Vietnamese shrimp boats were set on fire. In 1981, a group of Vietnamese fishermen sued the Klan in federal court in Houston, seeking an injunction to stop the Klan’s campaign of violence and intimidation.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of the Vietnamese Fishermen and the Ku Klux Klan, through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs. For this presentation, we will be joined by the lead trial attorney for the Fishermen, Morris Dees, Esq., of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

CLE credit will be offered. Click here to RSVP by Monday, May 9.

Bootcamp to the Bench: Endorsements, May 16

AABANY Presents Bootcamp: Road to the Bench (Pt. 4) - Endorsements on Monday, May 16, 2016, 6pm-8pm at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP (156 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY).

Why you need endorsements, how do you get them, and how can they be effective?

Speakers include:

  • Vincent Eng, Partner & CEO, VENG Group
  • Vincent Chang, Partner, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
  • Linda Lin, VP Assistant General Counsel, QBE North America (Moderator)

More to be announced.

Co-sponsored by: Hispanic National Bar Association (NY Region), Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, South Asian Bar Association of New York, and
Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York. 

Click here to RSVP

Corporate Law Committee Kick-Off Meeting, May 16

All who are interested in participating in the Corporate Law Committee are invited to a kick-off meeting to plan for the coming year and share opportunities to help out and ideas about programs and events that you'd like to see in the future.  The kick-off meeting will be at the offices of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 51 West 52nd Street (at the corner of 6th Ave), beginning at 6:30pm.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided. 

Click here to RSVP.

Young Lawyers Committee Kick-Off Meeting, May 17

When: May 17, 7pm-9 pm
Where: Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP, 156 5th Ave #303, New York, NY 10010


The Young Lawyers Committee will have its first meeting of the 2016-2017 year on May 17, 2016 at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP. Meet your new co-chairs, discuss potential events for the year, and network with other young lawyers. Food will be provided.
 

 

Group Mentoring - Part II, May 18

You constantly hear that it’s not enough to work hard to be successful in your legal career. It’s also common for senior attorneys to emphasize the importance of networking, developing relationships and branding. But how do you even begin, especially if these things don’t come naturally to you? And what do you do if you’re naturally an introvert?

Please join us for the second installment of a unique group mentoring series led by Steve Chung (Senior Vice President of News for NBCUniversal and former AABANY Director) that aims to break down abstract concepts like “networking” and “branding” and translate them into concrete, actionable strategies that can help advance your career.

In this second installment, Steve and a panel of law firm partners and senior in-house counsel will discuss specific strategies, behaviors, and attitudes that you can implement and adopt in order to increase your social awareness and improve the way you present yourself.

More details here. RSVP to naf.kwun@aabany.org.

Austin So's Letter to the Editor in the New York Times

Austin So has written another Letter to the Editor about the lack of diversity and inclusion for Asian Americans. This time, he speaks about whitewashing and Hollywood in response to Keith Chow’s “Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Asian Actors.” As stated by Austin,

Once again, Asian-Americans are excluded from the diversity dialogue. And that has real impact, as we see with the casting of white actors to play the main characters, who are Asian, in “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell.”

Check out what he has to say by clicking here.

Congratulations to Sonia Low and Blaise Chow

On April 23, Board Director Sonia Low was honored by the Brooklyn Law School APALSA. Sonia (’98) and Blaise Chow (’00) were honored at Brooklyn Law School APALSA’s 2016 Alumni Luncheon.

Sonia spoke about her love for food and the importance of staying in touch with one's peers and clients, both of which paved the way for her to become General Counsel of the One Group. Blaise gave an uplifting speech about his “scrappy” beginnings as a law student who made his way up the ladder with 3 young kids in tow.

AABANY is proud to have members such as Sonia and Blaise among our ranks. Please join us in congratulating them. Thanks to Amy Ngai and Irene Tan for the details. Click here for photos from Brooklyn Law School APALSA.

Highlights: Apr. 12-27


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 Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2017 (applications due fall 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

  • May 5: Intro to Islamophobia and Xenophobia: Deepa Iyer, Yalini Dream, Hina Shamsi, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 10: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 11: AABANY Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here
  • May 11: NYC Premiere of Vietnamese Fishermen v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Trial Reenactment, 5:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 2: Impact of Expanded Civil Legal Services for Low-Income New Yorkers, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 3: Bloomberg BNA 2016 Big Law Business Event Series - Diversity & Inclusion Conference, 2:30pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 3: Bail Reform in New York State: Moving Forward, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 4: Development of Effective Synergy Between In-House and Outside Counsel, 3pm-4pm. For more information, click here
  • May 5: Racial Profiling Against Asian Americans, 5pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 5: Free CLE Training for Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct Volunteer Event, 6pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here
  • May 6: Maritime Law Lunch Discussion with the SDNY Bench, Clerk's Office, and USMS, 11:30am-1pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 10: Basic CLARO Training, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here
  • May 11: Raising the Bar: The Door Between Public and Private Sectors, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Housing Rights Project Attorney, Queens Legal Services, New York
  • Racial Equity & Community Engagement Director, WK Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek
  • Staff Attorney, The Innocence Project, New York
  • Criminal Justice Policy Analyst, NYC Office of the Mayor, 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.