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Recent Events 2nd Quarter 2010

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Second Quarter 2010

June 24, 2010 – Congratulations to KALAGNY on a very successful Gala Banquet on June 24.  The Harvard Club was packed with members and friends of KALAGNY, including a large contingent from AABANY.  The keynote speaker was the former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin, who inspired the audience with his remarks about the impact and significance of his becoming the first Asian American Federal appellate judge in the Second Circuit.  Another highlight was the silent and live auction at the banquet which featured some very interesting items.  Congratulations to the winning bidder on a night of karaoke with former AABANY President Andy Hahn, who has also led KALAGNY and most recently, NAPABA.

June 23, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee presented its popular Resume Writing Workshop at Seyfarth Shaw on June 23.  Thanks to the panelists, Hon. Lydia Lai, Vinny Lee and James Yu, who shared their tips and pointers on crafting effective resumes.  Will Ng, co-chair of the Student Outreach Committee served as moderator.  Stay tuned for information about the next Student Outreach Committee Workshop which will be the interview skills workshop.


June 16, 2010Former AABANY President, Judge Denny Chin was formally inducted as the first Asian American Circuit Judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Numerous AABANY members, Directors and Officers (past and present), attended this historic event, although only the few who arrived in time to get into the Ceremonial Courtroom on the 9th floor were lucky enough to witness the ceremony.  The courtroom was filled to capacity and those who were not able to get in became early attendees of the reception that immediately followed.  Congratulations to Judge Chin on his induction.  We look forward to hearing great things from Judge Chin as he embarks on this next stage of his judicial career.


June 11-12, 2010 - AABANY participated in the NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on June 11 and 12.  Several AABANY members appeared as panelists in various CLE programs.  Former AABANY President Judge Denny Chin received the Judicial Excellence Award at the Luncheon on Saturday afternoon.  Right after receiving that award, Judge Chin led the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Players in a performance of the Massie Trials.  AABANY members, including President Robert Leung, President-Elect Linda Lin and Immediate Past President James Chou, attended the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.  Congratulations to APALA-NJ for successfully organizing this year's NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference.  We wish all the incoming officers and directors of APALA-NJ much success in the coming year.


June 10, 2010AABANY’s Corporate Counsel and Corporate Law Committees held the Third Annual Wine-Tasting and Networking Reception for In-House Counsel and Law Firm Attorneys.  For the second year in a row, the event took place at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts in midtown Manhattan.  Nearly 100 in-house lawyers and law firm attorneys mixed and mingled over some fine California wines and delicious hors d'oeuvres.  Numerous General Counsels were in attendance, including Irene Chiu of Systagenix, Don Liu of Xerox, Vernon Chu of BBC-America, Sandra Leung of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bobby Liu of MD Sass and Timothy B. Goodell of Hess Corporation.  AABANY thanks all of the sponsors that made the wine-tasting event possible.


June 8, 2010AABANY joined with the New York City Bar’s Foreign and Comparative Law Committee to host a reception for 30 judges and scholars from China on June 8.


June 8, 2010Rio Guerrero and Tsui Yee of AABANY's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee presented a CLE program for the Network of Bar Leaders on Hot Topics and Ethical Issues in Immigration Law on June 8. 


June 4, 2010AABANY joined a host of other community groups and bar associations, including the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, to take part in the 7th annual Caren Aronowitz Unity in Diversity Program.  It took place in the Rotunda of the New York State Supreme Court building at 60 Centre Street and was organized by the Cultural Diversity Committee of the New York State Supreme Court and the New York County Clerk's Office.  This popular event celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of New York and brings the community together through music, photos and food.  Thanks to Treasurer Tim Wong for helping to coordinate AABANY’s participation in the event, and thanks to Judge Ling-Cohan for lending us her interns to help staff the AABANY table.  Thanks to Judge Ling-Cohan’s interns for helping AABANY to serve food to the hundreds of people who came out for the Unity in Diversity program.


June 3, 2010 – Congratulations to Theo Cheng, chair of the Federal Courts sub-committee of the Judicial Affairs Committee, for his confirmation by the New York Senate to serve as a Commissioner on the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF).  The NYSIF is a statutorily created non-profit entity that manages an $11 billion dollar fund and provides low-cost workers' compensation and disability benefits insurance to employers in the state.  Each of the 10 Commissioners serves on a volunteer, unpaid basis, and each must be confirmed by the New York Senate before taking office.  Theo was nominated by the Governor in April and his nomination was confirmed on June 3.  We wish Theo well as he undertakes this important new role, in addition to his “day job” litigating copyright, trademark and commercial cases as an attorney at Proskauer.


June 2010 – Congratulations to Tara Lai Quinlan, AABANY member and past chair of the Issues Committee, on being named one of the 40 under 40 in New York State politics by the Capitol, the publication for and about New York State government.  Tara is the Legislative Director and General Counsel to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.  Please join us in congratulating Tara on this great honor.


May 27, 2010AABANY, together with KALAGNY and SABANY, sponsored a panel discussion entitled “Blazing a Trail in the Law”.  The Conference Center on the 8th floor was packed with attendees who were present to hear our panel speak about their experiences as Asian Pacific American pioneers in the legal field.  Rocky Chin, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, State Division of Human Rights, moderated a panel that included former AABANY President Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China; Norman Lau Kee, Partner, Kee & Lau-Kee; Chanwoo Lee, Law Office of Chanwoo Lee; and Hon. Jaya K. Madhavan, Supervising Judge, Bronx County Housing Court.  Many of the attendees stayed after the panel discussion to talk further with the panelists.  We thank all the panelists for participating in this event and helping us to celebrate APA Heritage Month by sharing their memories and their insights.


May 24, 2010AABANY participated, together with twenty community based organizations from the Asian Pacific American community, in the first APA Legislative Advocacy Day in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.  These community groups made the trek from New York City to spend the afternoon in Albany to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to let Albany know about the great work these community-based groups have been doing for their constituencies back home, in areas such as family and social services, youth programs and advocacy for the community.  AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen represented AABANY, Judge Doris Ling-Cohan represented the New York State Unified Court System and brought a few of her interns to the event.  Lillian Moy, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northern New York's Albany office, dropped by to support the event.  Thanks to Assembly Member Grace Meng for putting it all together.


May 18-20, 2010 – Last week was a busy one for AABANY with three committees holding events.  The Young Lawyers Committee held a dinner and mixer with the Society of Young Lawyer Entrepreneurs in midtown at Darbar (May 18), the Prosecutors Committee held a reunion at Asia Roma (May 19) and the Student Outreach and Young Lawyers Committees held a post-finals reception at Biny Japanese and Karaoke Bar (May 20).  Thanks to all who attended these events.


May 20, 2010 – Congratulations to Clara Ohr, one of AABANY’s Directors, who spoke on the panel last Thursday, May 20, at the Federal Bar Council's CLE program on Advancing Racial and Ethnic Diversity.


May 20, 2010 – Congratulations also to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan for being recognized as a Most Influential and Powerful Woman at the Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference on May 20.


May 12, 2010AABANY’s Real Estate Committee, together with Citibank, First American Title Insurance and KALAGNY, organized a seminar on Planning with the New Power of Attorney, with a focus on Medicaid and tax planning.  Pauline Yeung-Ha of Grimaldi & Yeung very capably presented the subject to a large and attentive audience at the Citibank branch near Main Street in Flushing.  We look forward to more terrific events from the Real Estate Committee this year.


May 6, 2010 – Congratulations to Chanwoo Lee, who was installed May 6, at the Queens County Bar Association Dinner as the QCBA's first Asian American president.  Hon. Randall T. Eng, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, served as the installing officer.  A contingent from AABANY, including Hon. Gilbert Hong and Hon. Toko Serita, attended the dinner.


May 6, 2010 – Congratulations to Don H. Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Xerox Corporation, who was honored at the Asian American Federation's Spirit of Asian America Gala on May 6.  Immediate Past President James Chou and President-Elect Linda Lin were among those from AABANY who celebrated with Don at the Gala.


April 27, 2010 – Congratulations to Norman Lau-Kee and former AABANY President Glenn Lau-Kee for being honored last Tuesday, April 27, at the NYSBA Smooth Moves program at Lincoln Center.  The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA bestowed the Hon. George Bundy Smith Award on Norman and Glenn Lau-Kee.  The award has been given since March 2007 to members of the bar who exemplify the high standards set by retired New York Court of Appeals Judge George Bundy Smith whose career was marked by legal excellence, community commitment and mentoring.  Norman Lau Kee also celebrated his 83rd birthday that day.  Many AABANY members were on hand to help Norman and Glenn Lau Kee celebrate this momentous occasion, including Hon. Doris Ling Cohan and former AABANY Presidents Lai Sun Yee, Vince Chang and James Chou.


April 23, 2010 – Congratulations to Linda Lin, AABANY President-Elect, who was an honoree at the Brooklyn Law School APALSA Alumni Dinner.  Also attending as speakers were Hon. Gilbert Hong and Hon. Toko Serita.  Congratulations to the Brooklyn Law School APALSA for putting together another great event, bringing another year of programming to a successful conclusion.


April 22, 2010 – Congratulations to former AABANY President Judge Denny Chin who was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 22 to sit on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Judge Chin is the first Asian American judge on the Second Circuit and is currently the only active Asian American Federal appellate judge in the country.


April 21, 2010 – Congratulations to former AABANY President Sylvia Chin, who was the keynote speaker at the Fordham Law School APALSA Alumni Dinner.


April 10, 2010 – Congratulations also to Margaret Ling, AABANY Director and Chair of the Real Estate Committee, who was honored by the AALSA, SALSA and LALSA at New York Law School on Saturday at their Spring Banquet, held at Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown.


April 9-10, 2010 – Congratulations to Hugh Mo for the Trailblazer Award presented to him at the First Annual BU Law School APA Alumni Conference.  Congratulations also to Kin Ng, co-chair of the AABANY Prosecutor’s Committee for the Distinguished Alumni Award presented to him at the same conference.


April 8, 2010 – Congratulations to James Lin, co-chair of the AABANY Prosecutors’ Committee, who was honored by Hofstra’s APALSA at their Annual Diversity Banquet.  James was a founder of the Hofstra APALSA many years ago.  Congratulations also to Vivienne Nguyen, who just completed her term as Hofstra APALSA’s president.  She continues to serve as vice president of NAPALSA.


April 7, 2010AABANY co-hosted with SABANY a judicial clerkship panel at Cardozo Law School.  Kruti Dharia, SABANY President, moderated a panel consisting of Hon. Dora L. Irizarry, Arun Subramanian, Rahul Agarwal, Chirag Badlani and Richard Tsai.  The panel covered judicial clerkships at the Federal and state level, for both law students and lawyers.


April 3, 2010AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee visited Cornell Law School where the Cornell APALSA hosted a career panel and reception.  Students from Cornell, Buffalo and Syracuse attended.  The panel was comprised of Asian American attorneys representing various sectors of practice: Chanwoo Lee represented solo criminal defense, Stephen Kim represented corporate law firm transactional practice, Ben Chan, who also moderated, represented non-profit practice, Will Ng represented government, and Prof. Rick Su of Buffalo represented academia.  Recording Secretary Francis Chin and Executive Director Yang Chen also participated in the event.  The students greatly enjoyed the panel presentation and appreciated the wide range of practice areas represented.  They got to speak directly with the panelists in the reception that followed, and those who stayed for the dinner afterward got more insights from the participants.  AABANY looks forward to future Upstate visits to maintain our connection to Asian American law students and attorneys in New York State.