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AABANY Announcements August 10, 2015

In this edition

  1. Update on Our Inauguaral Diversity Career Fair 
  2. Early Bird Deadline for Fall Conference is Sept. 4: Register Now
  3. AABANY 2015-2016 Mentorship Program Applications Now Open
  4. AABANY Presents Asia Practice Committee General Interest Meeting and CLE Program, Aug. 13
  5. AABANY Co-Presents Networking Your Brand, Aug. 13
  6. NYSBA Fifth Annual Minority Law Student Conference Day, Aug. 13
  7. End-of-Summer Happy Hour, Aug. 20
  8. Register to Run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with AABANY, Sept. 13 
  9. Joon H. Kim in Bloomberg Business
  10. Highlight: AABANY Annual Picnic
  11. Sign Up for AABANY Speakers Bureau
  12. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  13. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  14. NAPABA News
  15. EDNY Magistrate Judge Vacancy
  16. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center
  17. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. Read the Latest 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

Update on Our Inaugural Diversity Career Fair

The Career Placement Committee is hosting the inaugural Diversity Career Fair at AABANY’s annual Fall Conference on September 19th.  The Diversity Career Fair will consist of selected public sector and private sector organizations, including government agencies.  Our event is particularly unique in that some of our participating employers will be conducting first round interviews on-site.  We invite interested law students and attorneys seeking employment opportunities to register online to attend the Diversity Career Fair.  For those interested in qualifying for  first round interviews, please check the hiring criteria and submit your materials to [email protected] for pre-screening by the participating employers.  Selected candidates will be contacted to participate in first-round interviews on-site on September 19th.  

Currently, we have:

  • District Attorneys' offices from Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Nassau hosting on-site first round interviews
  • Brooklyn DA, Staten Island DA, SDNY US Attorney’s Office, and FINRA hosting informational tables
  • Companies like NBCUniversal also participating

For more information, click here.

Early Bird Deadline for Fall Conference is Sept. 4: Register Now

AABANY’s 6th Annual Fall ConferenceCharting New Frontiers, will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, this year's host sponsor.

The Fall Conference 2015 website has officially launched! The Early Bird Deadline is Sept. 4. Sign up today. 

AABANY proudly presents a full day of CLEs and panels, covering a wide range of substantive law issues. Among the day's events are the Pathway to the Judiciary Panel and the invite-only In-House Counsel Forum. We invite attendees to participate in the popular Law Firm Pitch Sessions.

All attendees are also invited to our Cocktail Reception at the conclusion of the day, where we will also be kicking off our 2015-2016 Mentorship Program. Application forms for the Mentorship Program can be found here.

The Student Outreach Committee is now using Volunteer Spot to organize volunteers for AABANY events. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. The link will prompt you to enter your email address twice before you can sign up to volunteer. 

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Vice President of Finance and Development Will Ng at [email protected]To view the 2015 Fall Conference Sponsorship Materials, click here. If you are interested in sponsoring a Committee Dinner, click here

We look forward to mixing, mingling, and connecting with you as we continue charting new frontiers!

AABANY 2015-2016 Mentorship Program Applications Now Open

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. Mentors and mentees may come from any level of experience and practice area.

Our Mentorship Program is different from other programs by focusing on not only practice areas but also personal interests and hobbies when matching mentors and mentees. By doing so, we hope to facilitate long-lasting relationships that are compatible personally as well as professionally. In order to participate in AABANY's Mentorship Program, you must be an AABANY member. 

If you are a past participant, please feel free to sign up for a new mentee or mentor. However, we encourage you to maintain your current relationship with your mentee or mentor. The deadline for both mentor and mentee applications is Friday, August 21, 2015.

Click here to join the Program!

AABANY Presents Asia Practice Committee General Interest Meeting and CLE Program, Aug. 13

This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, contact [email protected].

When: August 13,  6pm to 9pm
Where: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - 51 W. 52nd St.

Does your current practice involve transactions or cases in Asia? Are you interested in helping AABANY start an Asia Practice Committee? Are you interested in meeting or networking with attorneys who have an Asia Practice?

Then this event is for you!

AABANY invites everyone, members or non-members, who have an interest in starting or joining an Asia Practice Committee, to attend a general interest meeting and CLE program on Thursday evening at Wachtell Lipton’s offices. The schedule is as follows:

6:00pm: Arrival and check-in
6:30pm: Roundtable Discussion: Forming an Asia Practice Committee at AABANY
7:00pm: CLE Program - Latest Legal Developments in China and Their Impact on US Companies
8:00pm: Networking Reception 

JunHe partners will brief you on hot topics in Chinese law, including the proposed foreign investment law repealing the current, decades-old FDI legal regime; high-stakes antitrust enforcement efforts; and surging outbound investments. In addition, partners from Wachtell and JunHe will compare notes on the latest anti-corruption efforts under the FCPA and its Chinese equivalent.  Panel to be moderated by Alex Hao, a partner from JunHe’s New York office. One hour CLE credit will be offered.

AABANY Co-Presents Networking Your Brand, Aug. 13

Please join the MBBA’s Labor/Employment Law Committee, the AABANY Labor and Employment Law Committee and the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section at Networking Your Brand on Aug. 13, 6:30pm-8:45pm at Morgan Lewis. 

In addition to networking, the event will feature an exciting panel discussion on Branding for Lawyers and how branding translates into business development opportunities. This dynamic panel will discuss practical branding and business development strategies that are useful for all attorneys to assist in “standing out” in a competitive marketplace.

Panelists include:

  • Sonya Johnson - National Grid
  • Thomas Giovanni - New York City Law Department, Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Government Policy
  • Theodore Cheng - Fox Horan & Camerini, Partner and Arbitrator
  • Rosemary Townley - Arbitrator & Mediator

This is not an event to be missed. Don't forget your business cards!

To register, click here.

NYSBA Fifth Annual Minority Law Student Conference Day, Aug. 13

The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring its 5th Annual Law Student Conference on August 13, 2015, 10am-3pm at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York.

This program is free of charge to current law students and recent law graduates and will cover the following:

  • Crafting your resume and drafting cover and thank-you letters
  • How to prepare for your interview – professional tips on talking and listening
  • Speed Interviewing
  • Tips on How to Look Your Best

Law students: Take advantage of this event by registering here

Attorneys: NYSBA needs volunteers to conduct mock interviews between 2pm-3:30pm. They will provide you with a copy of the student’s resume in advance and ask that you review and provide feedback. If you are available, contact [email protected]

End-of-Summer Happy Hour, Aug. 20

Come celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer with AABANY! As always, this get-together is a great chance to get in touch with old friends again and make new ones -- maybe even see your mentor/mentee from last year. We've had a great summer with you and would love to keep that momentum going into fall...

Happy hour specials:

  • Half off red & white wine
  • $5 draft beers
  • $8 well drinks

If you haven't already, you'll get the chance to learn about the AABANY Fall Conference on Sept. 19 and the 2015-2016 Mentorship Program!

  • 2015-2016 Mentorship Program Deadline: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Fall Conference Early Bird Deadline: Sept. 4, 2015

We're looking forward to seeing you! To learn more and register, click here.

Register to Run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with AABANY, Sept. 13

This year, AABANY's Women's Committee, Young Lawyers Committee and Pro Bono Committee are joining forces to form an AABANY Team to participate in the 25th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in Central Park. We are welcoming members to join in this fundraising effort to sponsor research, education and services in finding a cure for breast cancer. Go team AABANY!

Date and Time: Sunday, Sept. 13
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Registration: We will have a limited number of AABANY designed baseball caps for early registrants. You can choose to “join a team” on the Race for the Cure site and search for “Asian American Bar Association of New York”
Registration Fee: $40. The fee covers the costs of producing the race, including your own t-shirt and bib.

For more information, click here.

Joon H. Kim in Bloomberg Business

Joon H. Kim, who was honored at AABANY’s Annual Prosecutors Reception, was recently profiled by Bloomberg Business’s “Bharara’s Deputy Wall Street Cop Brings CV Pairing Citi, Gotti,” by Greg Farrell and Patricia Hurtado. The article points out how Joon’s unique background as white collar defense attorney and mob prosecutor may be exactly what high-profile U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara needs during the final phase of his tenure. As quoted in the article, [Benjamin Lawsky] said “He’s not afraid to say, even to a good friend like Preet, that this is a good idea or not a good idea.” 

To read more, click here.

Highlight: AABANY Annual Picnic

On August 9th, AABANY members and their family and friends gathered around the Great Lawn in Central Park for the annual AABANY Summer Picnic. The weather was perfect on this Sunday afternoon for everyone to relax, toss around frisbees and baseballs, and enjoy food.

Attendees enjoyed delicious banh mi sandwiches, catered by Saigon Sandwiches in Chinatown. An assortment of drinks and snacks were also provided. Read more.

Sign Up for AABANY Speakers Bureau

AABANY has launched the Speakers Bureau and is seeking to develop a robust roster of AABANY members who are interested in sharing their legal knowledge and expertise and connect them with relevant speaker requests from AABANY Committees, bar associations and other organizations.

This is an excellent opportunity to not only hone your presentation skills but also to raise your profile as an expert in your practice area.

If you are interested in participating in the Speakers Bureau, please complete this form and/or send your CV to [email protected].

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact [email protected].

AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program

Membership Secretary Irene Tan is seeking interested law students to serve as Membership Committee Delegates for AABANY. As a Membership Committee Delegate, law students will participate on the Membership Steering Committee and have the opportunity to work with senior leadership to develop and execute key strategic membership initiatives for the organization.

Membership Committee Delegates are required to attend a minimum of four AABANY-sponsored events in a semester where the Membership Committee Delegate will assist with checking in attendees at events, distributing marketing materials, and promoting the organization. Membership Committee Delegates will be invited to participate on other Membership projects on an ad hoc basis.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting more involved in the organization. Membership Committee Delegates will attend AABANY events for free, quickly develop an expansive network within the organization, and contribute to and collaborate on membership initiatives for one of the largest minority bar associations in New York.

Those interested should contact Membership Secretary Irene Tan at [email protected].

Career Placement Intake Form Now Online

Interested in moving your legal career forward?

Help AABANY’s Career Placement Committee help you. Launched at the 2013 Fall Conference, the Career Placement Committee seeks to match qualified AABANY members with available legal positions. AABANY members who are actively seeking or are considering seeking a new position are encouraged to complete the Career Placement Committee Intake Form at and email resumes/CVs to [email protected].

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Career Placement Committee at [email protected].



EDNY Magistrate Judge Vacancy

There is one (1) full-time United States Magistrate Judge position vacancy at the Brooklyn Courthouse of the Eastern District of New York located at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201 effective October 1, 2015. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and will include: (1) conduct of preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and (5) assignment of additional duties not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Applications are due Sept. 11, 2015. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center

The MinKwon Center will be hosting several Naturalization Clinics. These clinics are great opportunities to assist low-income community members with immigration law forms. Clinics will be held at different locations. Please check the location before signing up to volunteer.

No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided on the day of each clinic. MinKwon Center keeps a log of all volunteer hours and they are glad to certify your pro bono hours for the NY bar admission requirement. If you’re interested in volunteering with MinKwon, please read the following clinic descriptions and sign up using the links below:

MinKwon Center be helping eligible legal permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) complete their applications to become naturalized U.S. citizens. MinKwon could use the assistance of attorneys, students and interpreters. Korean and/or Chinese language ability is especially helpful. Please sign up here to join MinKwon.

The next available date to help is August 14, 2015. For more information, click here.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • 2015 Fall Conference Sneak Peek
  • Obergefell v. Hodges: A Victory for Asian Pacific Americans
  • Letter from Pres. Will Wang
  • Launch of U-Visa Pro Bono Program a Success
  • APA Heritage Month Recap

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

The NAPABA Law Foundation Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship Program applications are due Sept. 18, 2015. More information on our Fellowships page. 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

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Aug. 11: AABANY Sponsors Many Faces of Mediation: An Alternative to Courtroom Drama, 5pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 13: Asia Practice Committee General Interest Meeting, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 13: AABANY Co-Hosts Networking Your Brand, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Aug. 20: End-of-Summer Happy Hour, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 4: AABANY Fall Conference Early Bird Deadline. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Aug. 13: Fifth Annual Minority Law Student Conference, 10am-3:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Deputy Chief - Supervisory Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Volunteer Assistant Attorney - Office of the New York State Attorney General, New York
  • Legal Intern, Catholic Charities Community Services, New York
  • Researcher, Human Rights Watch, Latin America

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.