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AABANY Announcements September 28, 2015

In this edition

  1. Buy Tickets by Sept. 30: A Night at the Theater: Allegiance, Oct. 23
  2. Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?
  3. More Photos from Fall Conference 2015
  4. Congratulations to Austin So
  5. Congratulations to Anita Wu
  6. Congrats to Josh Hsu and Karen Wu, NAPABA Best Under 40 Award Recipients
  7. AABANY Co-sponsors: New York Trusts and Estates CLE, Oct. 7
  8. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  9. Career Placement Intake Form Now Online
  10. NAPABA News
  11. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  12. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  13. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  14. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  15. Fellowship Announcements
  16. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Buy Tickets by Sept. 30: A Night at the Theater: Allegiance, Oct. 23

Deadline to buy tickets for this group theater outing is this Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Join us for a group outing to see Allegiance, a new musical with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, is inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei ("Star Trek,” "Heroes”), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung — Godspell, "Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga — Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove the Kimuras’ loyalty, but Kei joins draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.

Click here for more information. Seats are limited. Please limit your purchase to four tickets.

AABANY, the Asian American Arts Alliance, Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA), Binghamton University Asian and Asian American Alumni Council, Cornell Asian Alumni Association, FF Fraternity, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, NYC Chapter, Harvard Business School Asian American Alumni Association, Kollaboration New York, & Wellesley Asian Alumnae Alliance are proud to present this night at the theater, featuring a talkback with the cast.

Interested in Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY?

This past year, the Government Service Public Interest (GSPI) and Pro Bono and Community Services (PBCS) Committees have been committed to providing AABANY members a greater range of pro bono opportunities.

These committees are surveying everyone’s interest in the pro bono initiatives that they are developing, so that they can determine how to best allocate AABANY resources. Training will be provided to you prior to your participation and will likely offer CLE credits. Click here for the survey:

You can read in the Summer 2015 issue of the AABANY Advocate about a success story from the U Visa Representation Project, representing domestic violence survivors. Here is the link:

More Photos from Fall Conference 2015

We have some additional photos from the 2015 Fall Conference, Charting New Frontiers, held at Cleary Gottlieb on Sept. 19. It proved to be our biggest and best yet, with nearly 400 attendees, including speakers, employers and job seekers for the first Diversity Career Fair, and law students coming for the student-oriented programs. Thanks again to everyone who attended and took part in this year’s Fall Conference. Thanks to Ping Zhou for the photos. See all the additional photos here.

Congratulations to Austin So

From the New Jersey Law Journal:

Earlier this year, the Law Journal began seeking suggestions for its first annual Diverse Attorneys of the Year honors. The response from the legal community was immediate and enthusiastic, and it provided us with a list of extremely accomplished and worthy attorneys from which to choose. While the selection process was not easy, we feel this year’s honorees indisputably are among the top legal talent in New Jersey.

AABANY congratulates Austin So, General Counsel/Heraeus, AABANY In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair and NAPABA NE Regional Governor, for making the NJLJ list!

Congratulations to Anita Wu

Each year Asian Americans for Equality organizes the only annual Asian American conference in New York City to convene more than 250 policy makers, advocates, community leaders, philanthropists, and community development practitioners from across New York City and the country to discuss emerging issues facing Asian, Asian American, immigrant, and low-income communities. The conference will feature a day full of panels and speakers. For more information about this event and a detailed agenda of the day, please CLICK HERE.

Additionally, AABANY would like to congratulate our very own Anita Wu, who will be honored with a Pioneer Spirit Award at this event. Anita is a Co-Chair of AABANY’s Government Service and Public Interest Committee. She currently works at Manhattan Legal Services. Congratulations, Anita! Thank you for your dedication to AABANY and your service to the public!

Congrats to Josh Hsu and Karen Wu, NAPABA Best Under 40 Award Recipients

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected 14 attorneys to receive the 2015 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (BU40). The BU40 recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the APA community at relatively early stages in their careers.

AABANY extends a special congratulations to its nominees Josh Hsu and Karen Wu. Read the full blog post at

AABANY Co-sponsors: New York Trusts and Estates CLE - Oct. 7

This three-part program offers an overview of estate planning basics. Our speakers will guide attendees through an initial client meeting, point out key pieces of information to gather, and discuss the use and importance of advanced directives. Then, they will explain the fundamentals of preparing and executing basic estate planning documents, including wills, trusts and related documents. Next, they will discuss fiduciary selection concerns and explore administration issues. Finally, our speakers will wrap things up by tackling some of the ethical issues related to estate planning.

Pauline Yeung-Ha will be speaking at session 2 in Feb. 2016. For more details please see Upcoming Events.

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

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

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



Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge

Seeking hard-working volunteers to work on appellate matters. Great resume builder, as position entails researching and writing memos/draft opinions on civil and/or criminal matters. Part or Full-time. Willing to fill out forms for law school fellowship, if applicant is eligible.

Please send resume and short writing sample:

c/o Rebecca I Wohl,
Court Attorney to Justice Doris Ling-Cohan
Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, First Dept.

by email to:
Rebecca I Wohl

Immediate openings, and availability is open ended. Applications accepted year-round.

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 New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Profile: Parkin Lee, Charting New Frontiers in the C-Suite
  • Letter from President Will Wang
  • Auction, Artifacts, & George Takei: Preserving a Part of Japanese-American History through ADR
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Arnold & Porter LLP

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

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

  • Sept. 30: Deadline to Buy Tickets for Allegiance. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 2: 2015 NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference, Boston MA. For more information click here.
  • Oct. 6: AABANY Board Meeting, 7-9pm. For more information click here.
  • Oct 7: AABANY co-sponsorsNew York Trusts and Estates CLE, 6-7:30PM. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sept. 30: New York City Bar Association’s 16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Practical Skills, Ethics & More, 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 30: NYCLA Presents: Leveraging the Media for your Law Firm Business and your Clients, 6pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 1: New York City Bar Association Presents: Climbing the In-House Ladder, 8am-9:30am. For more information click here.
  • Oct. 1: Labor & Employment Law Career Panel: Advocating For Workplace Justice, 4:30pm-6:30pm. For more information click here.
  • Oct. 1: NYCLA presents: The Voting Rights Act at 50: The Progress Won and the Work to be Done, 6pm-8pm. For more information click here.
  • October 6: APALA-NJ 10th Annual Golf Classic & Dinner, 10:45am. For more information click here.
  • Oct. 6: KALAGNY's Litigation Committee's Two-Part Deposition Workshop (Part Two), 7-9pm. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Advocate, Women's Rights Division Berlin, Brussels, or London Office
  • Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Project Jamaica, New York
  • Collections and Litigation Counsel Arlington, Virginia
  • Commercial Associate Boston, Massachusetts

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.


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