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AABANY Announcements September 26, 2016

In this edition

  1. Supporting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan 
  2. Thank You for Coming to the AABANY Fall Conference
  3. Highlights from Sept. 12 to Sept. 20
  4. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  5. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  6. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights
  7. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  8. NAPABA News
  9. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  10. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  11. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  12. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  13. Fellowship Announcements
  14. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  15. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  16. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Supporting Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Congratulations to Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, who was nominated to be put on the ballot from the floor of the Manhattan Judicial Convention!

Read the September 23, 2016 press release by New York Council Members Margaret S. Chin and Rosie Melendez:


Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a jurist for two decades, had been removed from ballot last month as a result of compromised judicial selection process

Contact: Paul Leonard (917) 232-3620,

CIVIC CENTER – Council Members Margaret S. Chin and Rosie Mendez joined community members, LGBT advocates and bar associations to declare victory over a flawed process that led to the removal from the ballot of an Appellate Court justice who has been a strong champion of marriage equality and tenant rights.

Last night, New York County’s 84 Judicial Delegates voted unanimously to nominate Justice Doris Ling-Cohan for re-election. The vote ensures that Justice Ling-Cohan will appear on the Democratic line of November’s ballot....

"The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) congratulates Justice Ling-Cohan on her victorious nomination," says Susan Shin, president of AABANY. "The outpouring of support for Justice Ling-Cohan from the community was moving and inspiring. AABANY is pleased to have been part of the effort to get her on the ballot, and I was privileged to have been able to see her unanimously win the floor vote and accept the nomination with a standing ovation. We will continue supporting Justice Ling-Cohan in her efforts to get re-elected to the bench and to continue her service to all New Yorkers as a dedicated member of the judiciary.”

Read more here.

Thank You for Coming to the AABANY Fall Conference

Thank you to all those who came to the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference: Speak Up | Rise Up | Lift Up on Sept. 24, hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP! 

This was truly one of our best and most inspired years, and we have many people to thank:

  • President Susan Shin and President-Elect Dwight Yoo for their leadership
  • Fall Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs Marianne Chow, Naf Kwun, and Dwight Yoo, who perfectly executed the day's events, and each member of the Fall Conference Planning Committee
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for their beautiful conference space and wonderful support staff
  • Each and every Sponsor: Arnold & Porter LLP, Manion Gaynor & Manion LLP, Planet Data, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Perkins Coie, Counsel Press, and Hudson Court Reporting
  • The Joint Committee Dinner sponsors: Hudson, Littler, United, Ten-X, and Cohen & Frankel -- as well as the 13 Committees who joined us
  • Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Sylvia Chin and her mother for hard work done over the years to uplift and inspire a new generation of APA attorneys
  • Each employer and interviewer at the Diversity Career Fair & Expo
  • Each and every Program Chair, Committee Chair, Francis Chin, and Amy Ngai for making all of the panel sessions and tracks possible
  • Each speaker and moderator on all of the different Programs
  • Mentors and mentees in the Group Mentoring sessions
  • Pitchers and pitchees in the Pitch Sessions
  • Every single volunteer who was essential to the day's operations, including our interns Claudia Shi and Yo Shiina
  • Our sister bar partners who promoted the event
  • And many, many more...

We'll be sharing the photos and highlights soon!

Highlights from Sept. 12 to Sept. 20

Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed

Have you ever wanted to take initiative and lead a volunteer project? Sign up today to volunteer with AABANY's Know Your Rights Program:

AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give trainings on how to get housing repairs 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 Services NYC at 40 Worth Street and by webcast. Starting on September 21, 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.

New Career Placement Committee Intake 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

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys/law grads with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some civil Supreme Court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity, as well as an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.
Willing to fill out paperwork for paid fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and references by email to:
Rebecca Wohl,

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 New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:                   

  • 2016 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Sylvia Chin
  • Letter from President Susan Shin                   
  • AABANY at NAPABA 2016 Northeast Regional Conference                   
  • Summer and Fall 2016 Highlights                   
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States. Apply by October 8, 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

  • Oct. 4: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 11: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 12: AABANY Pro Bono Monthly Clinic, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sept. 26: The Nassau County Women's Bar Association presents Annual Membership Cocktail Party, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 28: CAPABA's 16th Annual Dinner, 6pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Sept. 29: PRBA Scholarship Fund Gala, 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 4: Racial profiling of Asian American scientists Joyce Xi, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney - Family Domestic Violence, The Legal Aid Society, New York
  • Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, New York
  • Adjunct Faculty, New York Law School, New York
  • Senior Project Manager, Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mid Hudson

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.