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AABANY Announcements September 12, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Continues to Stand with Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  2. Join Us in Honoring Sylvia Fung Chin as the Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer at the AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  3. Important Information about the Diversity Career Fair at the 2016 Fall Conference
  4. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  5. Highlights: Week of Sept. 6 
  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

AABANY Continues to Stand with Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

This morning, we received the good news that the Manhattan Democratic Party reversed its judicial screening panel’s decision that would have led to trailblazer and celebrated jurist Justice Doris Ling-Cohan losing her chance to be re-elected to office.

In an extraordinary reversal of a decision made by its own screening panel, the Manhattan Democratic Party will nominate Ling-Cohan to be put on the ballot for re-election as a state Supreme Court justice this fall at the party’s Sept. 22 convention, sources said.

The screening panel had found Ling-Cohan not qualified for re-election — setting off a firestorm within the Democratic Party.

Click here to read the full article from New York Post.

While this news is good, the fight is not over yet. Justice Ling-Cohan still needs the votes of delegates at the nominating convention on September 22, 2016 to be placed on the ballot. While Justice Ling-Cohan and her supporters may be breathing a sigh of relief, her reputation has undoubtedly been harmed by the negative statements in the press. Also, work still needs to be done to get the necessary votes at the nominating convention next week.

Read selected news coverage from last week.

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

If you'd like to volunteer to support Justice Doris Ling-Cohan in her efforts to get reelected, please email yang.chen@aabany.org.

Join Us in Honoring Sylvia Fung Chin as Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer 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!

We are proud to announce that Sylvia Fung Chin is the recipient of the Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award this year at AABANY’s Seventh Annual Fall Conference on September 24, 2016, held at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Named for Norman Lau Kee, a revered legal and community pillar of New York City’s Chinatown for decades, this Trailblazer Award honors an accomplished leader in the legal profession who is of Asian Pacific American (APA) descent or has demonstrated dedication to APA issues in the community. This award honors an individual who has carved a path for others to follow, served the community as a mentor and role model, and has made a lasting impact on the APA community through his or her dedication and commitment.


Sylvia Fung Chin, a trailblazer, founding Board member and Past President of AABANY, represents the very best of our profession,” says Susan Shin, President of AABANY. “She has achieved tremendous professional and personal success, yet she has never faltered in her loyalty and service to our community. She is a shining example for generations of lawyers to follow and emulate. AABANY, its members and numerous attorneys have benefited greatly from her leadership, guidance and mentorship. We proudly recognize Sylvia Chin as our 2016 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award honoree.

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

Important Information about the Diversity Career Fair at the 2016 Fall Conference

For important information about the Diversity Career Fair at the 2016 Fall Conference, click here. Make sure that you are registered properly!

  • AABANY members and Fall Conference registrants can attend the Diversity Career Fair for free.
  • If you are an AABANY member attending the Diversity Career Fair for free but did not register for the Fall Conference, you must contact margaret.langston@aabany.org to be added to the security list.
  • The very last day to submit your resume for the resume book is today, September 12.
  • The deadline to apply for onsite interviews has been extended to September 14.
  • The very last day that you can register is September 16.

Click here for the full list of important points.

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.

Highlights: Week of Sept. 6


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. 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. 16: Registration Deadline for the 2016 Fall Conference. 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. 14: An Overview of New Model Rules for OATH's Hearings Divisions, 6pm-8p. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 15-18: Just the Beginning Foundation's 2016 National Conference. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 20: Rape on the Night Shift, 10am-1pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney - Housing Unit, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn
  • Assistant Attorney General - Litigation Bureau, Office of the Attorney General, New York
  • Legislative Counsel, New York City Council, New York
  • Director - Compliance Counsel, Regeneron, Tarrytown

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.