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AABANY Announcements October 11, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Extends Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of Ken Thompson
  2. Even More Highlights from the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference
  3. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  4. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  5. AABANY Discount - Plate by Plate, Oct. 21
  6. AABANY Tax Club Dinner, Oct. 25
  7. Private Burberry Shopping Event to Benefit SCS JIP, Oct. 27
  8. Volunteers Needed for AABANY Student Outreach: NYU Resume Review Workshop, Nov. 10
  9. Congratulations to Linda Lin and Brian Song
  10. Congratulations to Anna Chen and Chris Arcitio
  11. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  12. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  13. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights: Trainings Available Oct. 18, 24, and 27
  14. Happy Filipino American History Month
  15. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  16. NAPABA News
  17. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY Extends Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of Ken Thompson

AABANY extends our deepest condolences to Ken Thompson’s family and friends. We are saddened by the loss of Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson. He was a great man who touched many lives and he will be missed.

Statement from Brooklyn Chief Assistant District Attorney Eric Gonzalez:

It is with deep regret and tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of DA Ken Thompson. He was a giant among those seeking to reform the criminal justice system and we are all privileged to have worked under his transformative leadership these past three years.

In that short period, he transformed the Office into a model urban prosecutor’s office, with a mandate to do justice and treat everyone and every case fairly and with utmost integrity. Among his many initiatives, he created a model for correcting wrongful convictions, instituted a marijuana policy that would later be replicated citywide and started a summons forgiveness program that would also be instituted in several other jurisdictions. Our sincere prayers are with his wife, children and loved ones. May he rest in peace, knowing that he has made Brooklyn and New York City a better place.

The executive team and I are committed to leading the Office and carrying out DA Thompson’s vision and initiatives.

Even More 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 the new photos on our Facebook page.

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.

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.

AABANY Discount - Plate by Plate, Oct. 21

Give back to the community while tasting dishes from the city’s hottest restaurants at Plate by Plate 2016! On October 21st at the Metropolitan Pavilion (123 W18th St) from 7-10 p.m., chefs from the kitchens of All’onda, Annisa, Thalassa, and more will offer samples of their trademark dishes. Proceeds will be donated to the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Tickets can be purchased here.

Use code aabany2016 for a $25 discount. We are happy to co-sponsor this event and give our members access to this wonderful cause. Plate by Plate is supporting NQAPIA this year, and our own Glenn Magpantay, who co-chairs the AABANY LGBT Committee, leads NQAPIA as its Executive Director. We encourage you to attend and bring your friends.

AABANY Tax Club Dinner, Oct. 25

Please join us for an interactive discussion relating to proposed regulations under sections 707 and 752 of the Code. Dinner will be provided. We encourage early RSVPs through the AABANY website because the event will be limited to 15 participants. Please see the details below:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • Place: Tang Pavilion
  • Address: 65 West 55th Street
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Click here to register. Please contact your Tax Committee Co-Chairs if you have any questions.

Private Burberry Shopping Event to Benefit SCS JIP, Oct. 27

Dear Friends of AABANY:

AABANY has been a strong supporter and partner of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial internship Program (SCS JIP). Its law school division is formerly known as the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP). A number of AABANY's interns and young leaders are also beneficiaries of the SCS JIP/JMB JIP. Come support! Bring your generosity and wallets!

Thanks,
Linda

Find out more about the private shopping event here: 10% off all purchases, 10% of proceeds will go to benefit the SCS JIP.

Volunteers Needed for AABANY Student Outreach: NYU APALSA Resume Review Workshop, Nov. 10

Volunteer to help our local New York University law students advance their career opportunities! So often, talented law students don't have the necessary expertise to be able to market themselves effectively in their resume. Students will bring working copies of their resume and be ready to discuss with you their experiences. By taking the time to suggest changes or additions, you will contribute to concrete improvements in their job search.

Date: November 10, 2016, 6:30pm

Click here to sign up!

Contact AABANY Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair Keli Huang at keli.huang@aabany.org if you have any questions. We will email you with any updates.

Congratulations to Linda Lin and Brian Song

We could not be prouder of our NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40. This year, the list of esteemed attorneys includes our AABANY Past President and Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Linda Lin and our Military & Veterans Affairs Committee Co-Chair Brian Song. Please join us in congratulating these exceptional leaders.

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected 18 attorneys to receive the 2016 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (BU40 Award). The BU40 Award recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields — be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Asian Pacific American civic or community affairs.

The BU40 Award will be presented on Nov. 3, 2016, during the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego. Read the full press release here.

Congratulations to Anna Chen and Chris Arcitio 

Congratulations to our former interns Anna Chen and Chris Arcitio on winning the recent Thomas Tang Moot Court Northeast Regional! As winners of the Northeast Regional, they’re on their way to compete at the 2016 National Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition at the NAPABA Convention. We could not be prouder of them.

Thank you to Anna Chen for this beautiful photo and caption:

Champions of the 2016 Northeast Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition! No amount of words will do justice (😉) to how rewarding of an experience this was. In the end, it reminded me that hard work will always prevail over natural talent. With no prior moot court experience and a dislike for public speaking, this competition shoved me and my partner out of our comfort zone. Chris, thank you for always believing in me, encouraging me, and reminding the bigger picture of why we’re in law school. I know I’m annoying when I say this but your excellence motivated me to bring my A game every time I got up there. And Kristin, thank you being the best coach. From mooting us in the evenings on a work night to believing in us literally every step of the way, we couldn’t have done this without you. Next up, Nationals at San Diego! #thomastang #teamp03 #ravens #dreamteam #DestinysChild #backupdancers #stilltryingout

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

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 Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department (OIG-NYPD) is now accepting applications from law students and recent graduates for our Law Internship/Fellowship Program for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017. It is a wonderful opportunity for individuals interested in police accountability, law enforcement, civil rights, and/or criminal justice. 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. 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.
  • Oct. 18: LGBT Asian American/South Asian Networking Reception, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 18: CLE Training for 2016 Asian American Exit Poll and Poll Monitoring, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 19: Tracking the New York City Skyline and the Latest Real Estate Developments, 5:30pm-7pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Oct. 13: Alternative Careers for Lawyers: Spotlight on 'JD Advantage' Roles, 6pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 14: Fordham International Mediation and Arbitration Conference, 9am-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 14: PALS 1L Exam Taking Workshop, 3:30pm-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 14-15: NCVAA 10th Annual Conference. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 17: Installation Celebration of MBBA President Paula T. Edgar, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 17: How to Become an Assistant District Attorney, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 19: Fordham Law: Access to Justice Initiative Launch, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 20: AABA/ABA Panel: A Visible Difference, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Foreclosure Defense Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services, New York
  • Trial Attorney, United States Department of Labor, San Francisco
  • Assistant General Counsel, StoneMor Partners LP, Trevose
  • Bureau Chief - Division of Social Justice, Office of the New York State 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.

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