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AABANY Announcements May 22, 2017

 

In this edition

  1. Photography Exhibit & Conversation with Photojournalist Corky Lee, May 23
  2. Join AABANY for "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" on May 24
  3. For the Public Good: Discussion with Acting U.S. Atty. Joon Kim, Hon. Denny Chin, and Rep. Grace Meng, May 30
  4. AABANY Member Focus Groups: Help Us with Our Strategic Planning, May 31
  5. This Land is Our Land: Oyama v. California, May 31
  6. Chair the AABANY Mentorship Program or Student Outreach Committee
  7. Congratulations to James Lin
  8. Ms JD Pre-Law Interview: Christina Nguyen
  9. Highlights: Week of May 15
  10. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  11. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  12. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  13. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  14. NAPABA News
  15. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  16. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  17. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  18. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  19. Fellowship Announcements
  20. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Photography Exhibit & Conversation with Photojournalist Corky Lee, May 23

Cleary Gottlieb, in partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), cordially invites you to a photography art exhibit and conversation with Corky Lee, Chinese-American photojournalist.  Mr. Lee's work explores the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture and incorporates Asian American experience into the larger fabric of American history.  Registration is now closed.

Join AABANY for "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" on May 24

AABANY - KALAGNY - FALA NY
are proud to co-sponsor a screening of 

ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:20pm Screening
Q&A immediately following the film with Sung family members
Post Q&A gathering to be announced at screening

Tickets are $16 each and can be purchased by clicking on "Register" under "Registration Information."

About the Film: From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.


For the Public Good: Discussion with Acting U.S. Atty. Joon Kim, Hon. Denny Chin, and Rep. Grace Meng, May 30

Susan L. Shin, Immediate Past President of AABANY and Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, moderates a discussion from three prominent APAs serving in the Federal government, in the executive, judicial and legislative branches. Hear from these trailblazers what they do, how they got there and how you can also Take Charge and Lead Change by working for the public good.

The event is free but registration is required. Capacity is limited. Preference will be given to AABANY members and APKS attorneys. For more information, click here.

AABANY Member Focus Groups: Help Us with Strategic Planning, May 31

You're invited to share your AABANY membership experience and help us to identify the possibilities for the organization as it continues to thrive. This open conversation will help us to develop the strategic plan for the next three years.

 

We offer you two options to participate on May 31: a conference call at 12:30 pm or at 5:30 pm. You can sign up for one or the other. We will send you call-in details after your registration has been received. When registering, please indicate which call you would prefer to join.

 

The call should take about 45 minutes. 

 

Please join us on May 31 to help shape AABANY and its future.

Click here to register for one of the two calls.

This Land is Our Land: Oyama v. California, May 31

In 1934, Kajiro Oyama, a Japanese American farmer, purchased six acres of land in Chula Vista, California. In 1937, he bought two adjacent acres. At the time, California's Alien Land Law prohibited "aliens ineligible for American citizenship" from owning land, and under federal law, Oyama was ineligible for naturalization, even though he had been living in this country for some twenty years. Oyama bought the land in the name of his son Fred, who was born in California.

The State of California brought an action to escheat the land to the State, on the grounds the land was purchased in Fred's name as a "fraud upon the People of the State of California." The case would eventually reach the United States Supreme Court.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of Kajiro and Fred Oyama and the state of California through narration, reenactment of court proceedings and historic photographs.

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Reenactment

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

CLE credit will be offered.  Register here.

Congratulations to James Lin 

Congratulations to past AABANY Board Director James Lin, who was recently appointed as Deputy Bureau Chief for the Supreme Court, Grey Zone Trial Bureau for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, under Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez! AABANY wishes Jim Lin, who brings 27 years of trial experience to the position, all the best.

Mr. Lin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hofstra University School of Law. Since 1989 he has been an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s office and has prosecuted homicides since 1999. During his career there, he has been a Criminal Court Supervisor of first and second year prosecutors, was one of that office’s first Domestic Violence Coordinators, and was a member of that office’s Asian Gang Unit. In 2008, he helped form AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee, Co-Chaired it from 2009 to 2013, and has resumed Co-Chair duties starting 2016. Mr. Lin was elected to and served on AABANY’s Board of Directors from 2011 until 2015. Since March 2010 he has been a member of the New York State Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure.

Please join us in congratulating James Lin and wishing him the best in his new role as Deputy Bureau Chief in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Ms JD Pre-Law Interview: Christina Nguyen

Check out the recent Ms. JD interview of our Career Placement Committee Co-Chair Christina Nguyen by Genevieve Antono. Learn about Christina’s wonderful work as a volunteer coordinator and how she developed an interest in the law.

 

Backtracking a little, where did you grow up, and how did you first develop an interest in the legal profession?

Christina: Queens has always been my home and still is. I grew up in Queens, New York. My entire school education has been in Queens, from elementary school until law school. I developed an interest in the legal profession when I attended Townsend Harris High School. I had an interest in the humanities and religiously watched legal and criminal shows. As an undergraduate student at St. John’s University I studied legal studies and accepted multiple legal internships to determine if law school was a path I was planning to take. Through my multiple internships, I had the opportunity to work with amazing attorneys, who taught me how lawyers think, write, and analyze. They have all become great mentors and with such an amazing start to my legal career, I knew I wanted to become a lawyer.

 

Thanks for sharing, Genevieve! (Genevieve is one of AABANY’s most reliable and friendly volunteers, as well as Ms. JD Pre-Law Director.)

Click here to read the interview.

 

Highlights: Week of May 15

Chair the AABANY Mentorship Program or Student Outreach Committee

AABANY's Mentorship Program and Student Outreach Committee have vacancies for co-chair positions in Fiscal Year 2017 which began on April 1. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV or resume to main@aabany.org. Below are descriptions of the Mentorship Program and Student Outreach Committee.
 
Mentorship Program:
AABANY’s Mentorship Program provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. By way of one-to-one relationships and Mentorship Program events held throughout the year, the program will provide the structure to advance professional growth and networking skills of both mentors and mentees. Mentors 

Student Outreach Committee:

AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee seeks to equip APA students with concrete skills to excel academically and professionally. In addition, the Committee acts as a bridge between law students and attorneys, encouraging APA students to be active in the APA legal community. To achieve these goals, the Committee sponsors career programs, networking events, and social activities. Currently, there are more than 300 APA law student members in AABANY, and the Committee works with approximately 18 law schools in the tri-state region.

AABANY Clerkship Directory

Did you clerk for a judge? Have you served as a court attorney? If so, please fill out our AABANY law clerk/court attorney survey!
 
 The Judiciary Committee has created a clerkship directory to gather information about our members who may be willing to act as future resources and/or ultimately want to become a judge. If you've ever clerked for a judge, please take a minute to fill out this survey and forward to others: http://bit.ly/aabanyclerks
 
We appreciate your help!

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.

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.

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 2017 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:                   

  • Fireside Chat with Joon Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Letter from President Dwight S. Yoo
  • AABANY Participates in Inaugural New York Diversity Forum
  • AABANY Celebrates 2017 Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street

 

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

Fellowship announcements can be found on AABANY's website under Career Center, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." To see current announcements for Fellowships, click here.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 23: Photography Exhibit & Conversation with Corky Lee, 6:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 24: ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail, 6:00pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 30: For the Public Good: Discussion with Acting U.S. Atty. Joon Kim, Hon. Denny Chin, and Rep. Grace Meng, 6:00-9:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Member Focus Groups, 12:30pm or 5:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Tax Club Dinner, 7:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Co-sponsors: This Land is Our Land - Oyama v. California, 5:30-8:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • June 1: What's Old is New Again, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 25: Jury Selection, Staffing Trial Teams, and Stereotypes, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 26: Public Memorial Service for Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 11:00am.  For more information, click here.
  • May 31: Deborah Epstein Henry interview of Sallie Krawcheck on Own It: The Power of Women at Work, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • June 2: 2017 CAPALF/NEPOC Conference and Call for Papers. For more information, click here.
  • June 5: AALDEF Annual Summer Cocktail Party, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Civil Practice Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn
  • Commercial Litigation Associate, Nixon Peabody, Jericho
  • Staff Attorney, Innocence Project, New York
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center, 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.