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AABANY Announcements August 8, 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. Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, Aug. 16
  4. Pitch at the AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  5. AABANY 2016 Mentorship Program Now Open
  6. Volunteer for Voter Registration and Outreach
  7. In the News: AABANY Pro Bono Legal Clinic
  8. In the News: AABANY 8th Annual Prosecutors Committee
  9. Video: Vietnamese Fishermen v. Ku Klux Klan Trial Reenactment, May 11
  10. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  11. Highlight: AABANY SoulCycles, Aug. 3
  12. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  13. AABANY & MuBANY Summer Special: Now Extended to the Fall Conference
  14. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  15. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  16. NAPABA News
  17. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. 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. 

Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, Aug. 16

When: Tuesday, August 16th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: District Social, 252 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
Contact: Amy Ngai, amy.ngai@aabany.org

Join us for a fantastic happy hour and light appetizers at District Social on Tuesday, August 16th at 6:00 PM. Meet and get to know members of AABANY's Litigation Committee and Women's Committee. Members and non-members welcome. 

Hosted by the AABANY Litigation Committee, Membership Committee and the Women's Committee.

Click here to RSVP.

Pitch at the 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!

During the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference, conference registrants, in-house counsel and Elite and Gold level sponsors will have an opportunity to participate in Pitch Sessions. The Pitch Sessions provide a platform for law firm attorneys/solo practitioners and legal service providers to make meaningful connections with in-house counsels and other participants interested in legal services. 

So far, 20 companies have signed up, including:

  • NBCUniversal
  • Prudential
  • Rockefeller Group
  • Samsung
  • StoneMor

Please contact fall.conference@aabany.org with any inquiries about the 2016 AABANY Pitch Sessions, including how to sign up as in-house counsel (to hear pitches) or law firm attorney/solo practitioner (to give pitches).

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 opened August 1, 2016 and are 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.

Volunteer for Voter Registration and Outreach

Chinese Progressive Association: Volunteer for Voter Registration and Outreach

Voters will be go to the polls 2 more times this year (in September and November). This summer, join us to make sure that our voices from Chinatown and the Lower East Side are heard in September and November.

  • Register new voters
  • Visit or make phone calls
  • Chinese language skills welcome but not necessary.
  • Training provided. Learn about voting and community empowerment, how to have a conversation to help more people participate and vote!
  • Community service credits provided
  • Activities are non-partisan

Upcoming volunteer days:

  • Saturday, August 6
  • Tuesday, August 9
  • Wednesday, August 10
  • Thursday, August 11

Sign up here to get involved or contact us at cpanyc@cpanyc.org or 212-274-1891.

In the News: AABANY Pro Bono Legal Clinic

AABANY’s Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic at Asian Americans for Equality, a walk-in free legal service service given the second Wednesday of each month, was recently featured in the Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao on July 17, 2016. Their coverage includes a photo with Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Co-Chair June Lee and quotes from our Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Co-Chair Samuel Lui. Click here for the gracious summary translation of the article by Sam himself.

We actively encourage our members to volunteer for these Chinatown free advice clinics as attorneys or translators. Please contact June Lee at june.lee@aabany.org to sign up for the next clinic. Be a part of our efforts to give back to the community.

 

In the News: AABANY 8th Annual Prosecutors Committee Reception

Click here for a video from NTDTV which reported on AABANY’s Prosecutors Committee 8th Annual Reception on June 9th, 2016. The segment featured Alexander Jeong (Justice of the New York State Court of Claims, Deputy Administrative Judge, New York City Criminal Court) and Diane Gujarati (Deputy Chief, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York).

Executive Director Yang Chen, along with Kin Ng and James Lin from the Prosecutors’ Committee, appear on camera to offer a few thoughts about the event.

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.

Video: Vietnamese Fishermen v. Ku Klux Klan Trial Reenactment, May 11

Thank you to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP for sharing the video of AABANY’s APA Heritage Month event, a trial reenactment on May 11, 2016 of Vietnamese Fishermen v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan! Click here to view.

Special thanks to Kathy Hirata Chin of Cadwalader who led the trial reenactment with her husband Judge Denny Chin and provided this video of the event.

The Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) presented a historical reenactment of the Vietnamese Fisherman v. the Ku Klux Klan. Members of AABANY, Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit told the story of the Vietnamese Fisherman fighting to stop the Klan’s campaign of violence & intimidation, through reenactment of court proceedings, narration and historic photographs.

Highlight: AABANY SoulCycles, Aug. 3

On August 3, the AABANY Women’s Committee found their soul(cycle) on the Upper West Side. An incredibly active group of members participated in one of the most grueling and rewarding exercise trends in New York City. Two of the most enthusiastic riders were our Membership Director Tristan Loanzon and Vice President Marianne Chow, who sat in the front row and led the charge.

Thank goodness we survived. Also, thank you to SoulCycle and Lori, who made the experience as positive as can be.

Thank you especially to our Women’s Committee Co-Chair Vicki Ger, who even though she could not make it, organized the entire endeavor and made our efforts to better ourselves possible.


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

The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU’s national office in New York City invites applications for the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship, which will begin in September 2017 and last for one year. Apply by October 1, 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

  • 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.
  • Aug. 14: AABANY co-sponsors: Assembly District 65 Candidates Forum, 2pm-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 16: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, 6pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 19: NAPABA Northeast Regional. 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

  • Legislative Counsel, Finance Division, New York City Council, New York
  • Federal Public Defender, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Charlotte
  • Experienced Wage and Hour Attorney, Troy Law, Flushing
  • Commercial Litigation Associate, Nixon Peabody, 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.