Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |  
AABANY Announcements July 5, 2016

In this edition

  1. Upcoming AABANY Committee Meetings
  2. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference, September 24
  3. US Open with FALA New York and AABANY's Women's Committee, September 8 
  4. Best Practices for Successful Interviews, July 13
  5. FALA New York Annual Dinner & Installation of Officers, July 20 
  6. Congratulations to Power Couple Denny & Kathy Chin 
  7. Congratulations to Fortune 500 General Counsel Austin So 
  8. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  9. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  10. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  11. Highlights: Week of June 27
  12. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  15. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  16. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  17. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  18. Fellowship Announcements
  19. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Upcoming AABANY Committee Meetings

Due to the tireless efforts of our many Committees, AABANY is able to engage the APA legal community through our diverse and engaging programming, which includes premiere flagship events, educational panels and CLE programs, community outreach, and social and networking opportunities. Joining an AABANY Committee is one of the best ways to get involved. 

The Judiciary Committee has a meeting coming up on July 18. Click here to register.

Check out our Calendar for more events.

Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference, September 24

Save the date for the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up on September 24 at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. We hope to see you there for a productive and fun day!

For sponsorship opportunities of the 2016 Fall Conference, please contact our Vice President of Finance and Development William Ng at or (631) 247-4707. Click here for the Sponsorship Materials

US Open with FALA New York and AABANY Women's Committee, September 8

Come and spend an evening enjoying great tennis and camaraderie!  The Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York and the Women's Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York welcome their members and their guests to attend the Women's Semi-Finals at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows on the evening of September 8 (Thursday) at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $102 ($90/ticket + $12 Ticketmaster service fee).  Seating will be in the Upper Promenade (Sections 301 to 340).  Make your purchase through clicking on the registration link above and we will facilitate the purchase of group tickets from Ticketmaster.  Once the tickets are purchased, we will contact you about how to pick up your ticket.

We will put forth our best effort to keep as many FALA New York and AABANY members together in order to maximize the spirit of the event.

Please make your ticket purchases as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 pm on July 15 (Friday). If you have questions, feel free to email Elaine Calderon of FALA New York at or Karen Shen of AABANY at

Best Practices for Successful Interviews, July 13

AABANY’s Career Placement and Student Outreach Committees are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Panel Discussion and Mock Interview Workshop on July 13, 2016 at 6:30pm.

Whether you’re preparing for on-campus interviews or want to brush up on your interviewing skills, our distinguished panel will provide their insights into preparing for interviews, handling tough questions, and what employers look for when interviewing candidates. After the panel, attendees can spend one-on-one time with an experienced attorney who will provide valuable tips and feedback during 20 minute mock interview sessions. Participants will have an opportunity to fine tune answers to those tough questions that potential employers pose, receive comments on their resumes, and become better prepared for future interviews.

Space is limited so please register ASAP! Click here to RSVP.

FALA New York Annual Dinner & Induction of Officers, July 20

Please join the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York as they pass the torch! Their Annual Dinner & Induction of Officers will be held from 6pm-9pm on July 20, 2016 at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street)

Dinner, open bar, and entertainment will be included. Contact regarding RSVPs, sponsorship, and membership inquiries. Early bird prices are available until July 8.

Congratulations to Power Couple Denny & Kathy Chin

Please join us in congratulating Judge Denny Chin, (Court of Appeals Judge for the Second Circuit) and Kathy Hirata Chin (Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft), named one of Crain’s New York Power Couples. This list asks the important question, “What makes a power couple in New York business?”

According to Crain, this list "weighed revenue and budget figures, charitable giving and net worth. And we’ve considered those sums against the intangible impact their work and extracurricular lives have on the businesses—for profit and not—that shape the character of the city.”

We could not agree more that Judge Chin and Kathy exemplify power, grace, and achievement. AABANY is proud to have them lead our trial reenactments and act as role models to us all. They are individually the definition of the highest levels of the legal profession and together, they are the definition of relationship goals.

Congratulations to Fortune 500 General Counsel Austin So

TREVOSE, Pa., July 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – StoneMor Partners L.P. (STON) (“StoneMor” or the “Partnership”) today announced that Austin So has been appointed to the newly created position of General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary effective July 5, 2016.

So joins from Heraeus Incorporated, where he served most recently as Division General Counsel and Secretary of this Fortune Global 500 manufacturing conglomerate, leading a team of lawyers in Germany, China and the U.S. Among his many roles at Heraeus, So managed all U.S. litigation and international litigation involving U.S. entities. He negotiated a broad range of commercial agreements, helped support global M&A and other transactions and oversaw compliance for various divisions on company code of conduct, antitrust, export control and other issues. Prior to joining Heraeus, So practiced both corporate transactional law and litigation at top New York law firms. He was recently named by the MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association) as a 2016 Rising Star.

Read more here.

Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed

AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give basic housing trainings to the Flushing community at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) located at 35-24 Union Street.

Trainings to the volunteers will be provided by Legal Service NYC at 40 Worth Street. Starting in August, Volunteers can shadow experienced public interest lawyers on a monthly basis at night. Eventually, once the volunteer becomes comfortable, they can give the training themselves under the supervision of an experienced housing lawyer. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work at the Pro Bono committee’s Monthly General Advice Clinic in Manhattan Chinatown!

We are looking for committed volunteers who have demonstrated interest in social justice and want to help the community. As a volunteer, you will be asked to commit to being trained, observing at least one training, and giving one or more trainings to the community. Chinese language skills are a plus although may not be necessary.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu at

NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members

In recent days, you may have received an email from NAPABA stating that your membership in NAPABA has expired and that you should contact your affiliate president for renewal instructions

Your AABANY membership includes membership with NAPABA, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, of which we are the New York affiliate. However, you must register or renew separately to receive the NAPABA Affiliate membership.

Please email Margaret Langston at to receive the instructions and code for registration or renewal of your NAPABA 2016 Affiliate membership.

Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated "Asian” voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked. In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns and document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. AALDEF has monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

We need your help. In the 2012 elections, 850 volunteers polled 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. There will be a one-hour training session for all volunteers in October (90 minutes for CLE credits). All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help.

Click here for more information.

Highlights: Week of June 27

New Career Placement Committee 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

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 2016 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 Latest Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Speak Up, Rise Up, Lift Up
  • Letter from President Susan Shin
  • Meet Manisha Sheth, New Executive Deputy Attorney General
  • Book Review: Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts
  • AABANY First Quarter 2016 Review



This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2017 (applications due fall 2016). 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

  • July 12: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 13: AABANY Pro Bono Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 13: Getting On Track #7: Best Practices for Successful Interviews, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 18: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • July 6: PALS Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3:30pm-6:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • July 14: Walk in Her Shoes: Fashion Show and Shopping Event, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here
  • July 20: PALS Summer 2016 Supplemental Bar Tutorial, 3:30pm-6:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society, New York
  • Assistant Deputy Chief Counsel, Department of Housing and Community Developments, Boston
  • Assistant Attorney General - Public Integrity Bureau, Office of the Attorney General, New York
  • Special Assistant - Workers Compensation Board, Office of the Governor, Schenectady

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.