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AABANY Announcements October 3, 2016

In this edition

  1. Highlights from the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference
  2. In Search of More Mentors
  3. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  4. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  5. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  6. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  7. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights: Trainings Available Oct. 18, 24, and 27
  8. Happy Filipino American History Month
  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

Highlights from the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference

Thank you to all those who came to the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up on Sept. 24, hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP! 

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page. More photos will be available soon.

In order to receive your CLE certificate, you must fill out a CLE evaluation. Click here to access it. Your CLE certificate will then be emailed to you. Email cle@aabany.org if you have any questions.

We would love your feedback to keep improving our annual Fall Conference. If you have a minute, please click here and take the time to fill out this feedback form. Your answers will be kept completely anonymous.

In Search of More Mentors

We are extending the 2016-2017 AABANY Mentor application deadline to October 7, 2016. Sign up to positively influence a bright young APA attorney! Click here to fill out the form today.

We are excited to be preparing to launch the 2016-2017 AABANY Mentorship Program and have received strong interest from attorneys and law students signing up to be mentees.

We would love to increase participation by attorneys willing to serve as mentors to provide as meaningful an experience as possible to all participants and optimize the mentee/mentor ratio.

If you could kindly consider signing up to be a mentor (many thanks if you have already done so) or reach out to your committee members to encourage them to sign up, we would greatly appreciate it.

AABANY Speakers Bureau

Interested in future speaking opportunities? Join the confidential AABANY Speakers Bureau if you're open to raising your profile and sharing your expertise. Click here to access the form.

AABANY regularly receives requests from AABANY Committee Chairs and other bar associations for speakers to speak on various legal topics. This form is designed to collect information from our membership and engage those who are most interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with various legal audiences.

We respect your privacy. All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Email main@aabany.org if you have any questions.

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.

Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association

The New York City Bar Association is offering discounted membership to AABANY members. They will waive your one-time admission fee and give you 20% off your first membership dues payment. Membership dues are dependent on your earliest year of admission in any state or country.

Click here to take advantage of this great deal.

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.

Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights: Trainings Available Oct. 18, 24, and 27

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. AABANY & AALDEF are offering trainings on October 18, October 24, and October 27.

Happy Filipino American History Month

Did you know that October is Filipino American History Month?

The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) announced “1946: A Turning Point” as the theme for this year’s 2016 Filipino American History Month. The theme was chosen to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of several notable events and pieces of legislation that transformed the lives of Filipinos in the Philippines and in the United States in 1946 such as the following:

  • The Rescission Act of 1946 barred veterans in the Philippines from receiving GI Bill benefits
  • The Luce-Celler Bill on July 2, 1946 granted access to naturalization for all Filipinos who had come to the United States before March 1934 and for all Indian immigrants in the United States, [although] Filipino and Indian immigration was limited to 100 per year.
  • Philippine independence from the United States was granted on July 4, 1946.

Check out the FANHS website and learn more.

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 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Sylvia Chin
  • Letter from President Susan Shin                   
  • AABANY at NAPABA 2016 Northeast Regional Conference                   
  • Summer and Fall 2016 Highlights                   
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

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

  • Oct. 4: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 4: An Evening with Zachary W. Carter, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 4: Racial profiling of Asian American scientists ft. Joyce Xi, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 5: Joint Bar Diversity Reception, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 11: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 12: Women's Committee Meeting, 8am-9am. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 12: AABANY Pro Bono Monthly Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Oct. 5: PALS Fall Kick-Off Reception, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 8: Haitian American Lawyers' Association of New York's First Annual Gala, 8pm-11pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 13: Alternative Careers for Lawyers: Spotlight on 'JD Advantage' Roles, 6pm-7pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Associate Human Rights Specialist, City of New York Commission on Human Rights, New York
  • Assistant Attorney General in Charge, Office of the New York Attorney General, Utica
  • Labor & Employment Attorney, Nixon Peabody, Rochester
  • Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, 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.

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