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AABANY Announcements June 20, 2016

In this edition

  1. Upcoming AABANY Committee Meetings
  2. AABANY Fall Conference: Call for Program Submissions, Due TODAY -- June 20
  3. Nuts & Bolts Ethics CLE, June 22 
  4. Tax Committee Movie Outing: Seoul Searching, June 22
  5. Mediation in the Federal Courts, June 27 
  6. Government & Public Interest Law Student Reception, June 30
  7. Best Practices for Successful Interviews, July 13 
  8. Congratulations to Tsui Yee 
  9. Congratulations to Sylvia Chin & Vince Chang
  10. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  11. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  12. Highlights: Week of June 13
  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 Latest 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

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.

AABANY Fall Conference: Call for Program Submissions, Due TODAY -- 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. 

Nuts & Bolts Ethics CLE, June 22

Want to know what to do and not what to do when you have an IOLA account? Join us at First Republic Bank in Time Warner Center as Brooklyn Law School professor Michael S. Ross, Esq. discusses the dos and don’ts of IOLA accounts. Also on the panel are Margaret Ling, Esq., Chanwoo Lee, Esq. and Jeremy Panzella, Esq. to talk about their experiences in their area of practice. To enter First Republic Bank after business hours please go through the main entrance to Time Warner and enter the branch inside the mall. Hope to see you there.

For more information and to register, click here.

Tax Committee Movie Outing: Seoul Searching, June 22

Please join us for a group outing to watch the Korean indie film, Seoul Searching. The show will take place on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:10 pm at AMC Empire 25 (234 West 42nd Street, NY NY 10036). Please let us know ASAP if you wish to attend, as we are purchasing tickets on an ongoing basis. We will meet a few minutes before the movie to distribute tickets and so that we can go in together.

Please register online and email Sahang-Hee at if you can attend. Please note that the first 9 people to register will attend for free. We hope to see you there!

Click here to register.

Mediation in the Federal Courts, June 27

Monday, June 27, 2016 | 6-9 PM
Program Fee: $5 Student Members | $10 Members | $25 Non-Members

Sponsoring New York City Bar Association Committee:

Federal Courts Committee, Ira M. Feinberg, Chair
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Nancy Kramer, Chair 

This program will provide a detailed overview of the mediation process in the federal district and bankruptcy courts as well as present effective advocacy techniques for use in mediation.

Program Co-Chairs:
Theodore K. Cheng, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP (Chair of the ADR Subcommittee of AABANY's Litigation Committee)
Adam J. Halper, The Family Center

Part I: Informational and Interactive Discussion 
Part II: Effective Advocacy in Federal Court Mediation

Click here for more information and to register.

Government & Public Interest Law Student Reception, June 30

Our Government Service & Public Interest Committee, Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, and Student Outreach Committee are hosting a Government & Public Interest Law Student Reception on June 30!

Law students, if you'd like to learn more about how attorneys work in the public interest, come enjoy an evening of drinks in the company of peers and role models. Feel free to bring a friend. 

Attorneys, if you'd like to mentor young law students, share your advice. The reception will be held in the art gallery of Lee Anav Chung White & Kim. 

Click here to register.

Best Practices for Successful Interviews, July 13

AABANY’s Career Placement and Student Outreach Committees are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Panel Discussion and Mock Interview Workshop on July 13, 2016 at 6:30pm.

Whether you’re preparing for on-campus interviews or want to brush up on your interviewing skills, our distinguished panel will provide their insights into preparing for interviews, handling tough questions, and what employers look for when interviewing candidates. After the panel, attendees can participate spend one-on-one time with an experienced attorney who will provide valuable tips and feedback during 20 minute mock interview sessions. Participants will have an opportunity to fine tune answers to those tough questions that potential employers pose, receive comments on their resumes, and become better prepared for future interviews.

Space is limited to please register ASAP! Click here to RSVP.

Congratulations to Tsui Yee

Congratulations to Tsui Yee, long-time AABANY friend and member as well as former Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair, for her recent honor from the Asian American Business Development Center. She received her honor during AABDC’s Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award Gala Dinner, held June 16 at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards Gala Dinner, first established in 2001 by the Asian American Business Development Center, has remained the only forum to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans business professionals across the U.S. The award recipients represent a microcosm of the best of Asian American entrepreneurs, professionals and corporate executives who are engaged in a wide range of business interests, and all of whom have a role in driving the U.S. economy.

Congratulations to Sylvia Chin and Vince Chang

Please join us in congratulating Sylvia Chin and Vince Chang, two former AABANY Presidents that were recently honored by the NYCLA Asian Practice Committee for APA Heritage Month.

On June 14, 2016 the NYCLA Asian Practice Committee partnered with AABANY and held a successful networking reception in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Margaret Ling and Yao Fu Bailey who are the Co-Chairs of the NYCLA Asian Practice Committee moderated the event. Margaret, a former AABANY Board Director is also the current Co-Chair of the AABANY Real Estate Committee and the AABANY Asia Practice Committee. An important part of the event was the awarding of the NYCLA Certificate of Recognition to AABANY’s Sylvia Fung Chin and Vincent Chang. Margaret Ling praised these NYCLA and AABANY leaders for their dedication and commitment to both the legal profession and to the Asian Community. The event was attended by over 50 attorneys including Glenn Lau-Kee, the first Asian American president of the New York State Bar Association and former AABANY President.

Click here to check out the photos.

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.

Highlights: Week of June 13

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 Latest 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 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.
  • June 22: Tax Committee Goes Seoul Searching, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 23: Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, 10:40am-1pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 29: Tax Committee Peer Group Dinner - M&A, 7:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • 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

  • Deputy Director - Housing Rights Project, Queens Legal Services, New York
  • Director of Public Benefits & LGBT Advocacy, Bronx Legal Services, New York
  • Staff Attorney - Civil Rights Justice Initiative, Legal Services NYC, New York
  • Associate General Counsel, OnDeck, 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.