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AABANY Announcements August 22, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Annual Picnic, Aug. 28
  2. How to Get Your Foot in the Door: Careers in Government & Public Interest, Sept. 8
  3. Get a Judiciary Mentor at the AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  4. AABANY 2016 Mentorship Program Now Open
  5. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  6. AABANY @ the NAPABA Northeast Regional
  7. Highlight: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, Aug. 16
  8. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  9. AABANY & MuBANY Summer Special: Now Extended to the Fall Conference
  10. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  11. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  12. NAPABA News
  13. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  14. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  15. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  16. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  17. Fellowship Announcements
  18. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center


AABANY Annual Picnic, Aug. 28

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12:00-5:00
Where: Central Park, Heckscher Picnic Area. Closest entrance is 63rd Street and Central Park West. Closest subway is A,B,C,D,1 at 59 St - Columbus Circle.

The Young Lawyers Committee and the Litigation Committee are holding the AABANY Annual Picnic on August 28th. Bring your friends and family for food, drinks and games, as we celebrate the end of summer.

Click here to RSVP -- it helps us know exactly how much food to order!

How to Get Your Foot in the Door: Careers in Government & Public Interest, Sept. 8

Tired of the daily grind of working in big law? Looking to do something meaningful with your law degree?

The Government Service and Public Interest, Pro Bono & Community Service, and Student Outreach Committees and Cardozo APALSA are proud to host a panel of distinguished speakers who will share their experiences getting hired and working in government and in public interest.

This panel is intended for law students and experienced attorneys who are curious about pursuing a career in government or public interest.

Panelists include:

  • Haeya Yim with the New York Attorney General's office;
  • Joane Wong with the National Labor Relations Board; and
  • Ryan Budhu with the NYC Law Department.

A reception will follow the event. Click here to RSVP.

Get a Judiciary Mentor 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!

Bootcamp: Road to the Bench is the Judiciary Committee's 3-session workshop focused on providing valuable information for anyone seeking to one day become a judge.

The series aims to lift up future judicial candidates by providing them with a roadmap and the tools necessary to ensure success at seeking a position on the bench. Panelists for the series will include sitting judges and members of judicial screening panels who can provide invaluable insight on three interactive segments:

  • (1) Getting Started and the Written Application,
  • (2) the Interview and Endorsements, and
  • (3) a one-on-one Judicial Mentoring session.

Check out more information on panel sessions here.

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.

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

AABANY @ the NAPABA Northeast Regional

During the weekend of August 19 through 21. KALAGNY organized a terrific NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference in New York City.

Congratulations to KALAGNY President Bridgette Ahn and all the members of the planning committee, Eve Guillergan, Judy Kim, Karen Kim, James Lee, EJ Thorsen and Rose Yan, for putting together an enjoyable, engaging and informative Northeast Regional conference! We look forward to next year’s Northeast Regional in Philadelphia and the follow year’s in Connecticut.

Read more here.

Highlight: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, Aug. 16

On August 16, 2016, the Women’s Committee, Litigation Committee, and Membership Committee were proud to host a Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour at District Social.

For many people, this was their first AABANY event. We hope that the first-timers will come back and the old-timers will keep coming. 

Click here for more 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.

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 Intake 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

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

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,

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:

  • 2016 Fall Conference Preview
  • Letter from President Susan Shin
  • Prosecutors Committee Celebrates 8th Annual Reception
  • APA Heritage Month with AABANY
  • Diversity Career Fair & Expo: A Success Story


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

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Aug. 23: AABANY co-sponsors: State Senate District 16 Candidates Forum, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 28: AABANY Annual Picnic, 12pm-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 8: US Open Tennis Outing with FALA New York, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 8: Careers in Government or Public Interest: How to Get your Foot in the Door, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 9: Effective Techniques in Mediation, 12pm-1pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sept. 12: Global Pound Conference Series, 8:30am-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 14: EDNY Mediation Advocacy Training, 9am-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 15: Just the Beginning Foundation's 2016 National Conference. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney - Immigration Law Unit, Legal Aid Society, New York
  • Associate General Counsel, Ford Foundation, New York
  • Patent Prosecution Staff Attorney, Schiff Hardin LLP, New York
  • Staff Attorney - Housing Unit, 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.