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AABANY Announcements September 19, 2016

In this edition

  1. Supporting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan 
  2. See You at the AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  3. Press Release: AABANY Applauds Nomination of Board Member Diane Gujarati to Serve as U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of New York
  4. Press Release: AABANY Honors Sylvia Fung Chin as 2016 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer
  5. Judge Denny Chin's Citizenship Op-Ed in The New York Times
  6. Thank You to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers 
  7. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  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

Supporting Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

AABANY is sharing the following information in response to the many inquiries we have received asking how to help Justice Doris Ling-Cohan during this difficult time.

The Manhattan Democratic Committee (for the first time ever) voted in August to withhold their support for an incumbent: Justice Doris Ling-Cohan...

There are two things you can do to help.

Make a Donation: Any amount is appreciated. Please fill out the contribution form and send your check to:

Re-Elect Justice Ling-Cohan
c/o Lisa Kaplan
52 East 1st Street #2A New York, NY 10003
(INCLUSION OF THE COMPLETED FORM IS VERY IMPORTANT)

Attend the Convention: The Manhattan Democratic Judicial Convention will take place on Thursday September 22 beginning at 5:30pm at Harlem Hospital’s Herbert G. Cave Auditorium at 506 Malcolm X Boulevard. The more of us who show up to show our support, the greater chance the delegates will be persuaded to put Judge Doris back on the ballot. Please click here to RSVP.

Click here for more complete information. 

See You 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!

Registration is now closed. No walk-ins or onsite registrations will be taken. To join the waitlist, email fall.conference@aabany.org.

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

Press Release: AABANY Applauds Nomination of Board Member Diane Gujarati to Serve as U.S. District Judge in Eastern District of New York

NEW YORK — September 14, 2016 — The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) welcomes and applauds President Barack Obama’s nomination, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s recommendation, of Diane Gujarati to serve as a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of New York. “We commend President Obama and Senator Gillibrand for this nomination,” said Susan Shin, President of AABANY. “We have come to know Diane well through her active involvement with AABANY on various committees and now as a member of our Board. The combination of her intelligence, work ethic, keen judgment and commitment to serving the community will make her an exceptional federal judge. AABANY’s Prosecutor’s Committee honored Diane this past June for her service and distinguished career at the U.S. Attorney’s office.”

Click here to read the full press release.

Press Release: AABANY Honors Sylvia Fung Chin as 2016 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer

NEW YORK – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) is 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.

Click here to read the full press release.

Judge Denny Chin's Citizenship Op-Ed in The New York Times

Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (and past AABANY President), published a moving and thoughtful Op-Ed entitled "Me, My Grandfather and Citizenship Day" on Sept. 16. Read it on the blog here.

One of the things I have missed since becoming an appellate judge is the naturalization ceremony. When I served as a Federal District Court judge, I performed the naturalization ceremony regularly. I would naturalize some 200 immigrants at a time, from dozens of countries around the world. And when I performed that ceremony, I would take my grandfather’s naturalization certificate into the courtroom, and I would show it to the new citizens and tell them the story of my grandfather.

Thank You to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers

AABANY’s monthly legal clinic is made possible only by our volunteers. The Pro Bono & Community Service Committee would like to thank Chrystina Chan for her efforts in our September Pro Bono Clinic!

Thanks to the hard work of our Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, AABANY started its first monthly pro bono clinic in 2015. This free legal clinic takes place the second Wednesday of every month at Asian Americans for Equality at 111 Division Street. Those interested in volunteering with our Pro Bono & Community Service Committee should contact june.lee@aabany.org.

Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed

Have you ever wanted to take initiative and lead a volunteer project? Sign up today to volunteer with AABANY's Know Your Rights Program: http://bit.ly/kyraabany

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 American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States. Apply by October 8, 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. 19: How Asian Banks Uniquely Serve the Asian Community, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 20: Cross-Border Data Privacy Issues, 5:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 24: AABANY 7th Annual Fall Conference: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up, 8am-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 4: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sept. 20: Rape on the Night Shift, 10am-1pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 22: KALAGNY presents Environmental Due Diligence, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 26: The Nassau County Women's Bar Association presents Annual Membership Cocktail Party, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 28: CAPABA's 16th Annual Dinner, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 29: PRBA Scholarship Fund Gala, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Legal Services NYC, New York
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Albany
  • Staff Attorney - Housing Unit, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, 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.