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AABANY Announcements February 10, 2015

In this edition

  1. AABANY Annual Meeting, Feb. 12
  2. AABANY Annual Dinner, Feb. 25 -- Last Week for Regular Priced Tickets
  3. Immigration Executive Action and LGBT Asian Americans/ South Asians, Feb. 12
  4. Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Happy Hour, Feb. 18
  5. "New Renovations & Constructions: The Process" CLE & Lunar New Year Celebration, Feb. 24
  6. Congratulations to Keli Huang
  7. AABANY Law Review Board & Staff: Accepting Applications Until Feb. 13
  8. Highlights: Week of Feb. 2
  9. AALDEF Justice in Action Awards, Feb. 23 - 50% Discount for AABANY Members
  10. Above the Law's Converge Conference, March 18 - 15% Discount for AABANY Members
  11. KALCA's 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala, March 20
  12. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  13. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  14. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  15. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  16. Fellowship Announcements
  17. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY Annual Meeting, Feb. 12

When: February 12, 7pm-9pm
Where: Arnold & Porter LLP, 399 Park Avenue

Please join us for one of our most important events of the year -- AABANY's Annual Meeting. All active members in good standing are invited to attend and vote in the AABANY Officer and Director Elections and amend the by-laws for Fiscal Year 2015.

To read candidate statements and bios, click on each of the names.

The AABANY Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates:

President-Elect: Susan Shin
Vice President, Programs and Operations: Marianne Chow
Vice President, Finance and Development: William Ng
Treasurer: Naf Kwun
Recording Secretary: Ligee Gu
Membership Secretary: Irene Tan

The following persons have been nominated to fulfill a Director position for a term of two years:

Mike Huang
Bobby Liu
Tristan Loanzon
Sonia Low
Larry Wee

To view the proposed by-laws revisions and register to attend in person, please click here.

AABANY Annual Dinner, Feb. 25 -- Last Week for Regular Priced Tickets

On February 25, 2015, AABANY will be charting new frontiers with our 26th Annual Dinner. Please join us for our largest event of the year! Black tie preferred.

When: February 25, 2015
Where: Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall St.)

Individual tickets are available here. Regular prices end February 11, 2015. Prices for tickets will go up after that if they are still available.


Jenny R. Yang
Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
AABANY Women's Leadership Award

An-Ping Hsieh
Vice President, General Counsel, Hubbell Incorporated
AABANY Corporate Counsel Leadership Award

Preet Bharara
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
AABANY Public Service Leadership Award


To view highlights from last year's Annual Dinner, please click here.

Immigration Executive Action and LGBT Asian Americans/ South Asians, Feb. 12

The LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York presents Immigration Executive Action and LGBT Asian Americans/ South Asians: What's Good, What's Left Out, and Our Next Steps!

When: Feb. 12, 6pm-8pm
Where: Project Reach in Chinatown (39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10002)

Immigration attorneys and advocates will explain President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Presenters will highlight the special concerns and impact of administrative relief on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American/ South Asian immigrants. Specific emphasis will be on visas for professional workers, student visa OPTS, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Childhood Arrivals (DAPA). Individual attorney consultations and reception with light refreshments to follow.


  • Cyrus Mehta, attorney representing corporations and individuals in business and employment immigration, family immigration and asylum.
  • Sin Yen Ling, attorney at QLA, the public defender office in Queens focusing on a criminal immigration issues. 
  • Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together

For more information, click here.

Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Happy Hour, Feb. 18

The Immigration & Nationality Law Committee will be getting together for its Get to Know Your Committee Happy Hour next Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7pm near the Immigration Court. It will be a great opportunity for members to get acquainted, discuss their practice areas, talk shop about immigration law, and learn about more upcoming events.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7pm
Where: Woodrow's, downstairs lounge
43 Murray Street, between Church & West Broadway

Click here to RSVP.

"New Construction & Renovations: The Process" CLE & Lunar New Year Celebration, Feb. 24

The AABANY Real Estate Committee, AABANY Solo & Small Firm Committee, AREAA-NY East Chapter, and Chase Bank Present: New Construction & Renovations: The Process -- Legal, Financing, Title, and Municipal Approvals!

When: Feb. 24, 6pm-9pm
Where: Mudan Banquet Hall (136-17 39th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11354)

In one of the most anticipated events of the year, our Real Estate and Solo & Small Firm Practice Committees are celebrating the new year in style -- with a "New Construction & Renovations" CLE, followed by a Lunar New Year celebration with lion dance and a buffet dinner, free of charge to AABANY members.

Speakers include:

  • Saber Salem, Chase Regional Manager, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Michael Meyer, President, F&T Group
  • Robert B. Moy, Esq., Partner, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP
  • Margaret Ling, Esq., Senior Underwriting Counsel, Skyline TRG Title Agency
  • Richard Lee, Esq., Partner, Law Office of Richard Lee
  • Lorraine Malone, NYS Account Manager, Abstractors Information Services

Space is limited to 100 attendees. 1 CLE Credit in Areas of Professional Practice will be available. Register now. 

Congratulations to Keli Huang

Congratulations to our very own AABANY member Keli Huang, who has been announced as the inaugural recipient of Infinity Law Group’s Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship!

Keli graduated with a BA from Binghamton University, where she made the Dean’s list four semesters in a row. She was also recognized by the NY Attorney General’s office for superior service while working at their Investor Protection Bureau. Her interest in this area stems from her own family’s financial difficulties subsequent to the housing boom and crash in the mid-2000s.The $1,000 Asian Heritage Scholarship is sponsored by Gabriel Cheong of the Infinity Law Group, and is intended to encourage Asian Americans to consider a legal career.

To read Keli’s compelling story, click here.

AABANY Law Review Board & Staff Positions: Accepting Applications Until Feb. 13

The AABANY Law Review is a journal which provides comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation that impact the Asian Pacific American community, and serves as an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and law students.

Being an executive board or staff member will be much like being on a law journal in law school, where we will edit and fact check the items we publish. This issue will be our second special edition, featuring four annotated trial reenactments. Staff teams will review the legal and historic resources AABANY has on hand at its partnering law offices to fact check and annotate the reenactments.

Getting involved in AABANY is a great way to network with not only fellow students, but also practicing attorneys. To apply, please send your resume and a brief statement of interest to Michelle Chan ( by February 13, 2015.

Highlights: Week of Feb. 2

AALDEF Justice in Action Awards, Feb. 23 - 50% Discount for AABANY Members

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Justice in Action Awards: Jessica Hagedorn, novelist, poet, and playwright; Neal Katyal, partner at Hogan Lovells, Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States; and John W. Kuo, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Varian Medical Systems. They will receive the awards at AALDEF's Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Monday, February 23, 2015 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

AALDEF is offering AABANY members tickets at $250, at 50% off the original ticket price at $500. To purchase tickets, email Lillian Ling at or call (212) 966-5932 ex. 202. For more information, click here.

Over 800 leaders of the civil rights, legal, business, and arts communities are expected to attend AALDEF's 2015 Lunar New Year Gala. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony and a banquet dinner.

Since 1974, AALDEF has been protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans across the nation through litigation, advocacy, organizing, and community education. All proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala will go directly towards supporting AALDEF's legal and educational programs in immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, educational equity, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Above the Law's Converge Conference, March 18 - 15% Discount for AABANY Members

On March 18, 2015 in New York City, Above the Law will host CONVERGE — a conference designed for attorneys as well as law firm communications, marketing, business development, public relations, and technology professionals.

CONVERGE will feature a series of panel discussions on a full range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry, including:

  • privacy
  • reputation
  • communications strategies
  • emerging technical trends

Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, will deliver the opening remarks for the conference. Panels will be CLE-accredited by Marino Legal and CONVERGE’s continental breakfast and luncheon will offer a great opportunity to network with other attendees.

We are proud to co-sponsor this event, and happy to share a 15% discount code for all AABANY members. Early Bird prices last until Feb. 13. To register, please click here.

For 15% off registration, please use Promo Code: AABANY15 on EventBrite. 

We look forward to converging on the intersection of technology, digital technology, and the practice of law!

EDIT: (Made Feb. 11, 2015, 12:17pm) The Early Bird Deadline was corrected from Feb. 18 to Feb. 13.

KALCA's 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala, March 20

On March 20, 2015, the Korean American League for Civic Action will hold their 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala at the Yale Club. This year’s honorees are Congresswoman Grace Meng and Xerox General Counsel & Secretary Don H. Liu, a member of our Advisory Committee and long-time supporter of AABANY. Both honorees have been friends of KALCA since its founding. We encourage you to support KALCA and their honorees this year as they continue to inspire, connect, and promote civic participation. 

To purchase tickets, click here.

To download the sponsorship form, click here.

Click here to read the Welcome Letter from Gala Chair, NAPABA Northeast Regional Governor, and Former AABANY Membership Secretary Judy Kim. 

Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant, or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some trial court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity for volunteer, and an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of our former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.

Willing to fill out paperwork for fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume and references by email to Lynn Cho at

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2015 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

Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at

Read The Current Issue of The Advocate

In this Issue:

  • AABANY Hosts Its Fifth Annual Fall Conference
  • President's Letter
  • Profile: Norman Lau Kee
  • New AABANY LGBT Committee
  • 2Q14 Highlights
  • Review of Haig's Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Morgan Lewis

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

All Fellowship announcements can now be found on AABANY's website under Resources, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." To see current announcements for Fellowships go to

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Feb. 11: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 11: Annual Dinner Regular Ticket Price Deadline. 
  • Feb. 12: AABANY Board Meeting, 6pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 12: AABANY Annual Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 12: LGBT Committee Presents: Immigration Executive Action & LGBT AAPIs, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here
  • Feb. 13: AABANY Law Review Board & Staff Applications Due. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 18: Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Happy Hour, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 24: "New Construction & Renovations" CLE & Lunar New Year Celebration, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 25: AABANY Annual Dinner, 6pm-10pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 26: Government Service & Public Interest Committee Meeting, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Feb. 9: PALS 2015 Winter Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3pm-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 12: Intellectual Property Protection from A-Z, 8:30am-6:30pm. For more information, click here
  • Feb. 12: Federal Bar Association SDNY Chapter Presents: Restoring Confidence in the Criminal Justice System, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 13: 2015 Empire Justice Center Summer Diversity Clerkship Program Application Deadline. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 21: MBBA Co-Presents: Immigration Forum, 10am-4pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 26: Public Hearings: Uniform Bar Exam, 2pm-4pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Assistant Attorney, Division of Social Justice Labor Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York, NY
  • Director, EEO Investigations, Office of the President, New York City Transit, Brooklyn, NY
  • Supervising Attorney, Community Development Project, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
  • Experienced Attorney, Public Integrity Section, U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, Washington, D.C.

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.