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AABANY Announcements September 6, 2016

In this edition

  1. Press Release: AABANY Urges Judicial Screening Panel to Reconsider Decision on Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  2. How to Pitch, Sept. 7
  3. How to Get Your Foot in the Door: Careers in Government & Public Interest, Sept. 8
  4. Early Bird Prices Ending: AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  5. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  6. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  7. AABANY & MuBANY Summer Special: Now Extended to the Fall Conference
  8. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  9. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  10. NAPABA News
  11. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  12. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  13. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  14. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  15. Fellowship Announcements
  16. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Press Release: AABANY Urges Judicial Screening Panel to Reconsider Decision on Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

NEW YORK – September 2, 2016 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is disappointed by the New York County Democratic Committee Independent Judicial Screening Panel’s determination that Justice Doris Ling-Cohan does not merit continuation in office as a New York State Supreme Court Justice. The panel’s decision to reject the candidacy of an incumbent judge in New York County is unprecedented and is particularly unexpected, given Justice Ling-Cohan’s record as a jurist and her stature as a trailblazer in the legal community. Justice Ling-Cohan—a founding Board Member of AABANY—was the first Asian American woman to be elected to the New York State Supreme Court and appointed to its Appellate Term. She has contributed tirelessly to the bench and bar, championing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through her leadership and example. In a bold step that garnered national attention, Justice Ling-Cohan authored the trial-level opinion in Hernandez v. Robles—a prescient ruling holding New York State’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional more than six years before the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act.

Read AABANY's full press release in support of Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan here.

If you wish to volunteer to help Justice Ling-Cohan to reverse this action by the Manhattan Democratic Party, please email yang.chen@aabany.org.

How to Pitch, Sept. 7

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019)

This event will feature a dynamic panel of senior in-house attorneys who will discuss what companies are looking for in an outside counsel, how to get and prepare for a pitch, the "dos and don'ts" of pitching and other insights into the client development process. This panel will offer practical strategies for attorneys who want to become more savvy and effective in developing new business and marketing your firm.

The speakers are from companies signed up to participate in the Pitch Sessions at the Fall Conference, so this panel presents a great opportunity to hear directly their thoughts on what makes an effective pitch.

Moderator:
Larry G. Wee, Corporate Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Panelists: 
Steve Chung, Senior Vice President of Legal at NBCUniversal
Sachin Bansal, Director and Senior Litigation Counsel at RBC Capital Markets
Flora Lau, Managing Counsel at Publicis Groupe

Beverages and refreshments will be served. Click here to register.

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:

  • Ryan Budhu, Assistant Corporation Counsel for Government Policy, Executive Division, New York City Law Department;
  • Christine Clarke, Director, Civil Rights Justice Initiative, Legal Services NYC;
  • Ami Shah, Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow & Staff Attorney, Legal Services;
  • Joane Wong, Senior Trial Attorney, National Labor Relations Board; and
  • Haeya Yim, Assistant Attorney General, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Division of Social Justice.
  • Moderator: James Cho with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York 

A reception will follow the event. Please register by Sept. 7. Click here to RSVP.


Early Bird Prices Ending: 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!

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

In addition to the Early Bird rate, AABANY is also offering these registration packages:

  • Special Combo Package - for new and expired members: Non-members of AABANY can purchase both a Fall Conference registration and one-year AABANY membership at a discount.
  • Law Student Group Rate - for groups of four or more: Law students can each register for $35 each. 

To see all Fall Conference registration packages and policies, click here. Act now to ensure that you get the best deal possible!

NOTE: Capacity is limited. Registration will close on September 16.

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

Register | Sponsor | Volunteer

Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed

AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give trainings on how to get housing repairs 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 and by webcast. Starting on September 21, 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.

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 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 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 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 http://bit.ly/aabany_flwshps.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sept. 7: Deadline to Apply for First-Round Interviews at the Diversity Career Fair & Expo. For more information, click here. 
  • Sept. 7: How to Pitch, 7pm-8:30pm. 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: Early Bird Deadline for the AABANY Fall Conference. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 9: Deadline to Register for Group Mentoring Sessions at the AABANY Fall Conference. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 9: Effective Techniques in Mediation, 12pm-1pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 13: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 14: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 19: How Asian Banks Uniquely Serve the Asian Community, 6pm-8pm. 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. 15-18: Just the Beginning Foundation's 2016 National Conference. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Director - Compliance Counsel, Regeneron, Tarrytown
  • Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, White Plains
  • Product Liability Associate, Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Litigation Attorney, Kakalec & Schlanger LLP

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.

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