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AABANY Announcements August 1, 2016

In this edition

  1. NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference Hosted by KALAGNY, Aug. 19-21
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors Assembly District 65 Candidates Forum, Aug. 14
  3. Registration Now Open: AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  4. AABANY 2016 Mentorship Program Now Open
  5. Congratulations to Grace Meng
  6. Welcome Our New LGBT Committee Co-Chair John Vang 
  7. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  8. Highlight: Foreign Investments in US Real Estate, June 27
  9. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  10. AABANY & MuBANY Summer Special: Now Extended to the Fall Conference
  11. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  12. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  15. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  16. Read the Latest 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

 

NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference Hosted by KALAGNY, Aug. 19-21

Exciting programming and networking events being planned.  Meet lawyers from all over the Northeast.  See the invitation and sponsorship packet here.  

Click here to register or sponsor the conference.

Click here to see the conference page and the latest updates regarding the conference, including program details.

Click here to see programs.

AABANY Co-Sponsors Assembly District 65 Candidates Forum, Aug. 14

AABANY is proud to co-sponsor an Assembly District 65 Candidates Forum at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association on August 14, 2016. Before the September 13th primary, hear the candidates' positions on critical issues affecting Chinatown and the Lower East Side. You'll hear from:

  • Assemblywoman Alice Cancel
  • Don Lee
  • Gigi Li
  • Paul Newell
  • Yuh-Line Niou
  • Jenifer Rajkumar

The conversation will be moderated by Joyce Moy, Asian American/Asian Research Institute at CUNY, and Susan Lerner, Common Cause. Location is not wheel-chair accessible. Event will be recorded. Translation provided in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. 

Registration Now Open: AABANY Fall Conference, September 24

Join us for the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up on September 24 at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. We hope to see you there for a productive and fun day!

All information about the following programs at the Fall Conference will be updated on our Fall Conference website on an ongoing basis.

Register now for early bird rates, which will run until September 9!

Register | Sponsor | Volunteer

AABANY 2016 Mentorship Program Now Open

Sign up to be a Mentor or Mentee for the 2016-2017 Mentorship Program!

AABANY’s Mentorship Program provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource. 

We hope to facilitate long-lasting relationships that are compatible personally as well as professionally. In order to participate in AABANY's Mentorship Program, you must be an AABANY member. Mentors and mentees will be AABANY members and may come from any level of experience and practice area.

Applications will open today, August 1, 2016 and will be open to all AABANY members. The deadline to apply for mentors and mentees will be Thursday, September 1, 2016. The official launch of the program will be in early to mid October 2016, with the date and location to be determined in the coming weeks.

Sign up today.

Congratulations to Grace Meng

After a historic Democratic National Convention in which Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for President by a major political party, more history was made when Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“I will bring to this role the same commitment to elevating diverse voices that has driven so much of my public service,” said Congresswoman Meng. “I will work tirelessly to elect leaders who will take on vital issues like immigration reform and gun safety. I will bring our energy and passion to work within the DNC to ensure it represents Democrats from all walks of life and all corners of our party.”

Before she was elected to public office, she was an attorney and a member of AABANY. Please join us in congratulating Congresswoman Meng on her election to the leadership of the Democratic National Committee.

Welcome Our New LGBT Committee Co-Chair John Vang

Meet our new LGBT Committee Co-Chair John Vang, who works for the Center for Appellate Litigation! He's joined us on numerous occasions, including the Columbia APALSA Conference. Now he'll be working even more closely with our long-time LGBT Chair Glenn Magpantay. If you have ideas on how to make AABANY a more inclusive space for LGBT Asian attorneys, you can reach him at John.vang@aabany.org.

Welcome to the family, John.

Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed

AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give basic housing trainings to the Flushing community at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) located at 35-24 Union Street.

Trainings to the volunteers will be provided by Legal Services NYC at 40 Worth Street. Starting in August, volunteers can shadow experienced public interest lawyers on a monthly basis at night. Eventually, once the volunteer becomes comfortable, they can give the training themselves under the supervision of an experienced housing lawyer. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work at the Pro Bono Committee’s Monthly General Advice Clinic in Manhattan Chinatown!

We are looking for committed volunteers who have demonstrated interest in social justice and want to help the community. As a volunteer, you will be asked to commit to being trained, observing at least one training, and giving one or more trainings to the community. Chinese language skills are a plus although may not be necessary.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu at anita.wu@aabany.org.

Highlight: Foreign Investments in US Real Estate, July 27

The AABANY Real Estate, Asia Practice, Tax and Solo/Small Firm Committees presented Part II of Foreign Investments in U.S. Real Estate: Inbound and Outbound with FIRPTA Updates, a CLE and Networking Event hosted by Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP on July 27, 2016. Attorneys and Certified Public Accountants on the panel discussed the tax implications of real estate investments by foreign investors.

Read more here.


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 margaret.langston@aabany.org to receive the instructions and code for registration or renewal of your NAPABA 2016 Affiliate membership.

AABANY & MuBANY Summer Special: Now Extended to the Fall Conference

AABANY and MuBANY are excited to announce the 2016 Joint Bar Program, which offers eligible members reduced membership rates in AABANY for a limited time.

Members of one bar association will be eligible for a special reduction (approximately 50%) in their first year dues of the other bar association if they elect to join. Eligibility to receive this special reduction is limited to active, dues-paying members of either AABANY or MuBANY who are either new members or have not been a member of the other bar association in the last two years. To join, eligible members of AABANY or MuBANY should provide their names and email addresses via this online form in the appropriate section.

The deadline has been extended until our Fall Conference on September 24, 2016. Sign up today.

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.

New Career Placement Committee Form Now Available

Interested in moving your legal career forward? Launched at the 2013 Fall Conference, the Career Placement Committee seeks to match qualified AABANY members with available legal positions.

The new Career Placement Committee Intake Form is now available. Click here to help us help you. Feel free to also email your resumes and 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

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys/law grads with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some civil Supreme Court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity, as well as an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.
Willing to fill out paperwork for paid fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and references by email to:
Rebecca Wohl, riwohl@nycourts.gov

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 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

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

  • Aug. 2: Joint Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 3: SoulCycle with AABANY, 7:15pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 9: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 10: AABANY Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Aug. 10: NYCBA Presents Careers in Financial Compliance, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 19: MBBA Harlem Bar Crawl, 7pm-11pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Criminal Defense Associate, Varghese & Associates, New York
  • Labor Relations Representative, MTA Metro-North Railroad, New York
  • Staff Attorney - Housing Unit, Manhattan Legal Services, New York
  • Director of Training, Legal Services NYC, 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.