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AABANY Announcements July 5, 2017

 

In this edition

  1. AABANY Fall Conference - September 23, 2017
  2. AABANY Joins Second Circuit Amicus Brief on Discrimination
  3. AABANY Pro Bono Training: Special Education Hearings for Asian American Children with Disabilities, July 11
  4. Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, July 12
  5. AABANY Karaoke Night, July 13
  6. Congratulations to Kevin Kim
  7. Congratulations to Pauline Yeung-Ha
  8. Highlights: June 22 to June 28
  9. Chair the AABANY Mentorship Program
  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 Current 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

AABANY Fall Conference: September 23, 2017

Save the date for the AABANY Fall Conference: Take Charge | Lead Change on September 23, 2017

On Saturday, September 23, we'll be taking charge and leading change at Fordham Law School. The AABANY Fall Conference is a full day of CLEs, career panels, mentoring, and fun -- the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to fulfill their CLE requirements, move their career forward, or connect with new and old friends. We hope to see you there.

AABANY Joins Second Circuit Amicus Brief on Discrimination

AABANY is pleased to announce that it is a co-signatory to the amicus brief in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. 

In that case, Donald Zarda filed suit against his former employer, Altitude Express, alleging that he had been terminated due to his sexual orientation, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The amicus brief asks the 2nd Circuit to overturn existing precedent and expand the definition of “sex” in Title VII of the Act to include sexual orientation in employment discrimination.

The following bar associations and organizations have also signed on:

  • The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Legal Aid at Work
  • The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York 

Please click here to read the amicus brief.

AABANY Pro Bono Training: Special Education Hearings for Asian American Students with Disabilities, July 11

AABANY's Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee are proud to co-host a special pro bono project serving the needs of disadvantaged students in the New York City public school system. Experts from Legal Services NYC will teach pro bono attorneys how to represent low and moderate income Asian American parents of children with disabilities as they fight to obtain fair education for their children in NYC public schools.

More about the project:

The clients. Low and moderate income Asian American parents of children with disabilities who are trying to obtain a fair education for their children in NYC public schools

The problem. New York City frequently refuses to provide disabled children with an adequate education, in contravention of federal and state law. Without legal assistance, parents often feel powerless to challenge a school district’s denial of special education services. Many parents are unaware of what rights their children are entitled to, or how to pursue relief. These issues are further compounded in Asian American and other immigrant communities where language and cultural barriers can make access to these services harder to obtain.

The solution. Legal advice and representation at special education hearings makes a tremendous difference in the outcomes of these cases. With legal services organizations chronically underfunded, pro bono attorneys play an outsized role in securing justice for these families.

The project. LSNYC will partner with Asian American affinity groups in law firms and volunteers to represent parents at special education hearings and/or provide advice and counsel.

Volunteer support. LSNYC will provide thorough training and a volunteer manual, along with mentorship and oversight on cases.

Capacity has been reached. Email bjjensen@paulweiss.com to join the waitlist.

Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, July 12

Hosted by the Membership, Immigration, Labor & Employment, and Student Outreach Committees

Join us for a fantastic happy hour and light appetizers at mezzanine/second floor level of District Social on the on Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 PM. Meet and get to know members of AABANY's Membership, Immigration, Labor & Employment, and Student Outreach Committees.

Click here to register.

AABANY Karaoke Night, July 13

The GSPI committee is hosting a Karaoke Networking Event on Thursday, July 13th, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Two large rooms have been reserved at Karaoke City.

Admission will be $5 for AABANY members, $15 for non-AABANY members, which will cover finger foods and unlimited karaoke for 3 hours.

Cash bar, but happy hour prices will be available throughout the night. The event will be capped at 60-80 people.

Click here to register.

Congratulations to Kevin Kim

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named Manhattan attorney and small-business owner Kevin D. Kim to the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York effective July 1, 2017. He replaces Wellington Z. Chen, who served from 2000 to 2017.

Congratulations to our AABANY Development Director Kevin Kim on this tremendous honor!

Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Pauline Yeung-Ha

Pauline Yeung-Ha, Co-Chair of AABANY’s Pro Bono Committee, has been recognized by the Brooklyn Daily as a Woman of Distinction. The newspaper chronicled her journey from her start as an immigrant to the United States with her family to her achievements as the first member of her family to graduate from high school, college and law school. 

Here is a short excerpt on Pauline from the article:

 

Neighborhood: Park Slope.

Occupation: Elder law and estate planning lawyer.

Company: Grimaldi & Yeung LLP, started with my partner, Judith D. Grimaldi, in 2008.

Claim To Fame: First Asian elder law attorney.

Favorite Brooklyn Place: Park Slope.

Woman I Admire: My mentor and now my partner, Judith D. Grimaldi. I wouldn’t have been where I’m at without her continuous support.

Motto or Life Saying: Often when I meet people, they’ll say “I wish I’d known you earlier.” And I think, “I wish I could have helped you earlier.”

 

Congratulations again, Pauline, for the well-deserved recognition!

Highlights: June 22 to June 28

Chair the AABANY Mentorship Program

AABANY's Mentorship Program has 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 is a description of the Mentorship Program.
 
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.

 

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 Current 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

  • July 11: AABANY Pro Bono Training - Special Education Hearings for Asian American Children with Disabilities, 12pm-2pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 12: AABANY Pro Bono Monthly Clinic, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 12: Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here
  • July 13: AABANY Karaoke Night, 6:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here
  • July 19: Women's Committee Monthly Breakfast, 8am-9am. For more information, click here.
  • July 19: Career Placement Committee Kick-Off Meet-Up, 12pm-1:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • July 17: A Changing Landscape: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives From Leading Civil Rights Orgs, 6p-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 18: New York City Bar Association Presents: A Conversation with Roy L. Reardon & Patricia M. Hynes, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC
  • Senior Associate General Counsel, University of Texas, Austin
  • Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn
  • Coordinator, Human Rights Watch, Sao Paolo

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.