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AABANY Announcements June 13, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Stands with Victims of Orlando Shooting
  2. AABANY President Susan Shin Featured in New York Law Journal
  3. Upcoming AABANY Committee Meetings
  4. KALCA Government & Law Career Panel, June 15
  5. AABANY Fall Conference: Call for Program Submissions, Due June 20
  6. Judge Chin Cited in Article in The Atlantic
  7. Congratulations to Christina Nguyen and Justice Randall Eng 
  8. Congratulations to Donna Chiu 
  9. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  10. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  11. Highlights: Week of June 6
  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 New 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

AABANY Stands with Victims of Orlando Shooting

The Asian American Bar Association of New York extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of the mass shooting that occurred on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We are grieved and mourn with the victims, their families, the LGBT community, and the city of Orlando. We stand in solidarity with them in this difficult time to take real steps toward making this country a place where all Americans feel secure, safe, and able to be fully authentic to who they are no matter their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

NAPABA Stands in Solidarity with the LGBT Community After the Tragic Attack in Orlando

AABANY President Susan Shin Featured in New York Law Journal

AABANY's own Susan Shin was highlighted in the New York Law Journal article, "Meet the Affinity Bar Group Presidents."

During her term, Shin plans to work with other officers, the board of the association and committee chairs to invigorate and actively engage the association’s roughly 1,100 members to take part in the association’s theme for 2016: “Speak up, Rise up, and Lift up,” which calls on members to work together, help each other advance and succeed, be vocal in affecting positive change at firms, companies and organizations at which we work and devote time to mentor and train young Asian American lawyers.

Read more here.

Upcoming AABANY Committee Meetings

Due to the tireless efforts of our many Committees, AABANY is able to engage the APA legal community through our diverse and engaging programming, which includes premiere flagship events, educational panels and CLE programs, community outreach, and social and networking opportunities. Joining an AABANY Committee is one of the best ways to get involved. 

The following Committee Meetings are coming up. Click on the links below to register.

Check out our Calendar for more events.

KALCA Government & Law Career Panel, June 15

KALCA will be hosting its Government & Law Career Panel on Wednesday, June 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Kobre & Kim LLP (800 Third Avenue). Light refreshments will be served.

The panel will be moderated by AABANY Board Director James Cho, Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division of Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn.


  • Judge Gilbert Hong , Judge, NYC Criminal Court of Kings County
  • AABANY Member Jimmy Yan, Special Counsel to the Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management & Chief Investment Officer, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • AABANY Issues Committee Co-Chair Christopher Kwok, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator, U.S. Equal Employment Commission
  • Yi Foo, Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Attorney General's Office

Please RSVP to by Monday 6/13 if you wish to attend!

Judge Chin Cited in Article in The Atlantic

Last week, The Atlantic published an article criticizing Donald Trump's attacks against Judge Gonzalo Curiel because of his race. In that article, Judge Chin was favorably mentioned in connection with an earlier case, when he was United States District Judge, in which his impartiality was questioned due to his race. The same article also cited the Vietnamese Fishermen case, the latest AABANY Trial Reenactment, which was led by Judge Chin.

To read about how the issue of racial attacks against judges continues to vex us today, click here

AABANY Fall Conference: Call for Program Submissions, Due June 20

The Programming Committee for the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference is now accepting programming proposals. Ideas for programming will be accepted until Monday, June 20, 2016. Thereafter, the Programming Committee will make the final selections of the programs.

Please note that submission of a programming proposal does not guarantee acceptance by the Programming Committee. Furthermore, upon receiving your submission, the Programming Committee may ask that you combine your proposed program with other similar proposed programs or collaborate with other members or affiliates to enable us to diversify panels and maximize speaking opportunities.

Please send your program submissions via e-mail to Amy Ngai with the Subject Line: FC 2016 - Program Submission, and any questions to

Click here for the 2016 Program Submission Guidelines. Click here for the Submission Form. 

Congratulations to Christina Nguyen and Justice Randall Eng

Former AABANY legal intern, Christina Nguyen, is featured on the St. John’s School of Law’s website. Congratulations to Christina Nguyen on graduating this year – we wish you success in your future career!

When Christina Nguyen ‘12CPS, ‘16L strode across the commencement stage at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday and became a St. John’s Law graduate, it was a milestone first for her and her family.

The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and a Queens Native, Nguyen was a Legal Studies major and Business minor at St. John’s University when she decided that she wanted to be a lawyer. After earning her B.S. magna cum laude, she chose to attend St. John’s Law because of its strong alumni network, close ties to the New York legal community, and family-like environment.

“It’s a family that I’m proud to be a part of,” Nguyen says. She shared that pride over her three years at the Law School as an editor of the Commercial Division Online Report, as director of external competitions for the Dispute Resolution Society, on dispute resolution and appellate advocacy competition teams, and as an active member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, among other activities.

The story also prominently features Justice Randall Eng, St. John’s alum and first-ever Asian American Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, for New York State. Congratulations to Justice Eng on receiving his honorary Doctor of Laws from St. John’s.

Reflecting on this milestone event, Christina Nguyen says: “Justice Eng’s story was very relatable, especially since, like him, I’m first generation Asian American and the first in my family to become a lawyer. I appreciate his reminder to not let barriers stop me. He sets a wonderful example for me to follow as I transition from law student to practitioner.”  

Congratulations to Donna Chiu

Congratulations to Donna Chiu, AABANY Member and attorney at Asian Americans for Equality, on her recent honor from the New York City Bar Association. One of five recipients, Donna was honored at the City Bar’s 27th Annual Legal Services Awards recognizing those who provide full-time outstanding civil legal assistance to New York’s poor.

Click here to see New York Law Journal’s article.

NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members

In recent days, you may have received an email from NAPABA stating that your membership in NAPABA has expired and that you should contact your affiliate president for renewal instructions

Your AABANY membership includes membership with NAPABA, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, of which we are the New York affiliate. However, you must register or renew separately to receive the NAPABA Affiliate membership.

Please email Margaret Langston at to receive the instructions and code for registration or renewal of your NAPABA 2016 Affiliate membership.

Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated "Asian” voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked. In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns and document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. AALDEF has monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

We need your help. In the 2012 elections, 850 volunteers polled 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. There will be a one-hour training session for all volunteers in October (90 minutes for CLE credits). All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help.

Click here for more information.

Highlight: Week of June 6

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 and email resumes/CVs to

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Career Placement Committee at



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

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

Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at

Read the New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Speak Up, Rise Up, Lift Up
  • Letter from President Susan Shin
  • Meet Manisha Sheth, New Executive Deputy Attorney General
  • Book Review: Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts
  • AABANY First Quarter 2016 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

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • June 13: Litigation Committee Kick-Off Meeting, 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 14: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors NYCLA Asian Practice Committee Networking Event, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 15: Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Kick-Off Meeting, 7:30pm-9pm.  For more information click here.
  • June 16: In-House Counsel & Corporate Law Committees Wine Tasting & Networking Reception, 6:30pm-8:30pm .
  • June 17: Movie Night - Seoul Searching Theatrical Premiere (registration has closed)
  • June 21: Military & Veteran Affairs Committee Kick-Off, 7pm-8pm.  For more information, click here.
  • June 22: AABANY Presents Nuts & Bolts Part 1: The Ethics of IOLA Accounts plus E&O.  Members, please click here to register.
  • June 22: Joint Bar Happy Hour: NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers, MBBA, AABANY & NYSBA, 6:30pm-8:30pm.  For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • June 13: PALS Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3:30pm-6:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 14: AFCC-NY Presents a Free CLE Program: Will the "Real" Parent Please Stand Up?, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 14: MBBA presents: An Overview with The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), 1pm-2:10pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 14: NYSTLA 49th Annual Installation of Officers & Directors: Ceremony & Reception, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 15: PALS Summer Reception & Panel Discussion: Thriving as a Summer Associate or Intern of Color, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 15: KALCA Government & Law Center Panel, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 20: MBBA Presents: Third Annual Honorable Theodore T. Jones Invitational, 8:30am.  For more information, click here.
  • June 20: Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • June 20:  The Preliminary Battle: Provisional and Pre-Judgement Remedies & Strategies, 2:00pm-7:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • June 20: PALS Summer 2016 Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3:30pm-6:30pm.  for more information, click here.
  • June 20: AALDEF Summer Cocktail Party, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 21: Queens County Women's Bar Association's Installation Dinner, 5:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • June 21: NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section: New York County Bench Bar, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  For more information click here.
  • June 22: NYCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Annual Celebration Dinner, 6:00pm.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Assistant Chief Investigator, Office of Governor Cuomo, Rochester
  • Director of Operational Management, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Vice President of Labor Relations, MTA New York City Transit, New York
  • Workers' Rights Staff Attorney, Community Development Project of Urban Justice Center, 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.