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AABANY Announcements May 14, 2018

In this edition

  1. AABANY co-sponsors: An Evening of Celebration of Asian Americans in Public Service, May 22
  2. Join the Career Placement Committee for the Inaugural Membership Happy Hour
  3. Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan Applies for NY State Attorney General Opening
  4. AABANY Applauds White House Announcement on Nomination of Board Member Diane Gujarati
  5. Congratulations to Susan L. Shin, NY City Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Award Honoree
  6. Thank You to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers
  7. AABANY APA Heritage Month Events
  8. Program Submissions for Fall Conference Due by May 31
  9. Save the Date: AABANY 9th Annual Fall Conference
  10. The AABANY Advocate is Looking for Writers!
  11. AABANY Co-Sponsors: The Basics of Condominium Offering Plans, May 16
  12. AABANY Presents: In Celebration of APA Heritage Month - A General Counsel Panel and Reception, May 17
  13. AABANY Trial Reenactment: Fred Korematsu and His Fight for Justice, June 4
  14. Highlights: Week of May 7
  15. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  16. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  17. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  18. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  19. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  20. NAPABA News
  21. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  22. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  23. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  24. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  25. Fellowship Announcements
  26. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  27. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  28. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY co-sponsors: An Evening of Celebration of Asian Americans in Public Service, May 22

Hosted by: Venable LLP, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor

6:00 pm: Registration, Networking & Light Refreshments
6:30-8:30 pm: Discussion Panel and Q&A

Hon. Randall Eng and former Acting US Attorney Joon Kim will be among the panelists.  Please register here by 5/18/2018.

Join the Career Placement Committee for the Inaugural Membership Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 6-8 pm
Where: Karaoke City, 22 West 32nd Street, 7th Floor

Come meet the co-chairs and other members of the Career Placement Committee during its kick-off happy hour.  We'd love to learn about you, your career goals, and what you would like to see from the CPC this year.  You can also learn about how the CPC brings prospective employers and employees together, as well as other resources available to members.  For more information, click here.

Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan Applies for NY State Attorney General Opening

On May 12, the New York State Legislature released the list of candidates who have applied to fill the vacancy for New York State Attorney General. Among the applicants is our own Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan.  We applaud Judge Ling-Cohan for applying for this important role in New York State government and wish her well throughout this process.  Read more here.

AABANY Applauds White House Announcement on Nomination of Board Member Diane Gujarati

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) welcomes and applauds President Trump’s announcement of his intent to nominate Diane Gujarati to serve as a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of New York. “We are pleased to receive the news of the President’s intent to nominate our Board Director Diane Gujarati to the bench,” said Yang Chen, Executive Director of AABANY. “We have come to know Diane well through her active involvement with AABANY on various committees and as a dedicated member of our Board. The combination of her intelligence, work ethic, keen judgment and commitment to serving the community will make her an exceptional federal judge.”

Read the full press release here.

Congratulations to Susan L. Shin, NY City Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Award Honoree

AABANY congratulates past president Susan L. Shin on being named one of the 2018 New York City Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award recipients.

As stated in the NYCBA press release:

The award recognizes the critical role individual attorneys have played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and the overall New York legal community. The award recipients embody the New York City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. The City Bar has recognized diversity and inclusion champions since the award was created in 2006.
Read more here.

Thank You to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers

On Wednesday, May 9, at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce office at Confucius Plaza, 12 volunteers saw 25 clients. All four co-chairs of the Pro Bono & Community Service Committee – Pauline Yeung-Ha, Karen Yau, Judy Lee and Asako Aiba – were also on hand to offer advice to many clients, in addition to making sure that the clinic was running smoothly.


To see the full list of volunteers read more here.


We thank the Co-Chairs and all the volunteers for helping to answer legal questions from community members at the Pro Bono Clinic. The clinic takes place every second Wednesday of the month. The next one will be taking place on June 13, from 6:30 to 8:30. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Asako at asako.aiba@aabany.org.

AABANY APA Heritage Month Events

In celebration of APA Heritage Month, AABANY is presenting or co-sponsoring several events this month, and we hope to see you at one or more of them. Follow the links for more details. Note the registration deadlines, where applicable.  Read the full list of events here.

Program Submissions for Fall Conference Due by May 31

The Fall Conference is taking place on Saturday, September 22, at Fordham Law School. We will be taking program submissions this year via Google Form. We invite submissions from AABANY Committees, AABANY members, and our sister bar associations.

The basic items that the form calls for are:

  1. Program Title and Description and how it aligns with AABANY’s 2018 theme “Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession”

  2. CLE or not and CLE category (AABANY is an accredited CLE provider)

  3. Speaker names and moderator name

  4. Sponsor names, if any


 
The deadline to submit the form is May 31, 2018.

For more details go to bit.ly/fc18pgmsubm

Save the Date: AABANY 9th Annual Fall Conference

 

 

 

The Ninth Annual AABANY Fall Conference will take place at Fordham Law School on Saturday, Sept. 22. More details to come but in the meantime we ask that you save the date and make plans to join us for yet another full day of great programming and activities.

The AABANY Advocate is Looking for Writers!

We are looking for staff writers to take on the important issues affecting the AABANY community through serious journalism, research, and writing.

Do you think that you have what it takes?

Writers will be tasked with covering events of interest, researching developments in the legal field, and addressing issues that affect our communities on a generally quarterly basis. Writers are expected to cover assignments as well as develop their own topics and articles under guidance from the editorial staff.

Those interested should email Albert Suh at albert.suh@aabany.org with a brief introduction or statement of interest and a short writing sample.


AABANY Co-Sponsors: The Basics of Condominium Offering Plans, May 16

Join NYCLA's Asian Practice Committee for an updated look at the New York State Attorney General Office's requirements for condominium offering plans, a discussion from the attorney's perspective and information on what banks look for in an offering plan to get a new project read for mortgage lending.

A reception honoring Asian Heritage Month will precede the program thanks to the generosity of Chase Bank.

AABANY Members can attend for free. Please contact Margaret Ling at margaret.ling@aabany.org to register and click here for a flyer of the event.

AABANY Presents: In Celebration of APA Heritage Month - A General Counsel Panel and Reception, May 17

Please join us on May 17, 2018 to hear our distinguished General Counsel panelists from AIG, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Visa, Newell Brands, and Carter’s discuss perspectives from the office of the General Counsel and issues surrounding diversity & inclusion.  Prior to the panel, we will be hosting a cocktail reception where you can meet and network with other in-house counsel.

 

Deadline to register is May 14.

 

Location/Host: Arnold & Porter - 250 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

 

Time: 6:00 - 7:30PM: Cocktail Reception w/ passed hors d'oeuvres; 7:30 - 8:30PM: General Counsel Panel

 

Panelists:

  • Lucy Fato, Executive Vice President & General Counsel - AIG
  • David G. Leitch, Global General Counsel – Bank of America
  • Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President, General Counsel – Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Kelly Mahon Tullier, Executive Vice President & General Counsel – Visa
  • Bradford Turner, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer – Newell Brands

Moderator: Michael Wu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary – Carter's

To register, go to http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1079512 
Attendance is limited to in-house counsel.

AABANY Trial Reenactment: Fred Korematsu and His Fight for Justice, June 4

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting some 120,000 Japanese-Americans – two-thirds of them American citizens – from their homes on the West Coast and forcing them into concentration camps.  Fred Korematsu refused to go.  He was arrested, and convicted of violating the Executive Order and related military proclamations. He appealed his conviction first to the Ninth Circuit and then to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court affirmed his conviction, upholding the Executive Order. In 1983, nearly forty years later, the federal court in San Francisco vacated Korematsu’s conviction after evidence was uncovered showing that the government had suppressed evidence that undermined its assertions before the Supreme Court.

For more details and to register, click here.

Highlights: Week of May 7

Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force

AABANY’s Issues Committee is pleased to invite you to join the newly formed AABANY Community Response Task Force!

The Community Response Task Force (CRTF) is AABANY’s answer to the rapidly changing legal landscape and the need for quick, effective, and coordinated responses to the emergent issues that affect our communities. AABANY is firmly committed to being a strong voice and steadfast advocate on behalf of the Asian-American/Pacific-Islander community. In the past several months, we have all been witness to sweeping changes that necessitated powerful legal responses. While there have been some great triumphs, there were often times when it was difficult to obtain information, to find ways to contribute, or to organize a response quickly enough to be effective.

The CRTF is specifically designed to address these needs. The CRTF will serve as a central clearinghouse for information and coordination – tailoring the alerts sent to each volunteer based on that volunteer’s preferences and the needs of the community. Alerts and actions will range from emergency legal services to direct non-legal service actions and from workshops to rallies.

Read more here.

AABANY Clerkship Directory

Did you clerk for a judge? Have you served as a court attorney? If so, please fill out our AABANY law clerk/court attorney survey!
The Judiciary Committee has created a clerkship directory to gather information about our members who may be willing to act as future resources and/or ultimately want to become a judge. If you've ever clerked for a judge, please take a minute to fill out this survey and forward to others: http://bit.ly/aabanyclerks
 
We appreciate your help!

Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association

The New York City Bar Association is offering discounted membership to AABANY members. They will waive your one-time admission fee and give you 20% off your first membership dues payment. Membership dues are dependent on your earliest year of admission in any state or country.

Click here to take advantage of this great deal.

AABANY Speakers Bureau

Interested in future speaking opportunities? Join the confidential AABANY Speakers Bureau if you're open to raising your profile and sharing your expertise. Click here to access the form.

AABANY regularly receives requests from AABANY Committee Chairs and other bar associations for speakers to speak on various legal topics. This form is designed to collect information from our membership and engage those who are most interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with various legal audiences. 

We respect your privacy. All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Email main@aabany.org if you have any questions.

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 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 resume@aabany.org.

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

NAPABA News

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, riwohl@nycourts.gov

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2017 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 bit.ly/Lgl_Intrn_Details.

Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at yang.chen@aabany.org.

Read the Current Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • The AABANY Pro Bono Clinic
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Paul, Weiss
  • Letter from the President
  • Letter from the President-Elect
  • Korematsu's Legacy
  • AABANY Quarterly Report
  • Profile: The Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  • NYCBA's Diversity Benchmarking Report
  • In Memoriam: Hon. Charles Y.J. Liu
 

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

Fellowship announcements can be found on AABANY's website under Career Center, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships."  To see current announcements for Fellowships, click here.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 15: AABANY co-sponsors: Here to Stay: The Asian-American Immigrant Experience. For more information, click here.
  • May 16: AABANY Co-Sponsors: The Basics of Condominium Offering Plans.  For more information, click here.
  • May 17: AABANY Presents: In Celebration of APA Heritage Month - A General Counsel Panel and Reception.  For more information, click here.
  • May 19: AABANY Board Officers and Directors Retreat.  For more information, click here.
  • May 20: Join AABANY at the 39th Annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration.  For more information, click here.
  • May 22:  AABANY co-sponsors: An Evening of Celebration of Asian Americans in Public Service.  For more information, click here.
  • May 22: AABANY Co-sponsors: Special Advance Screening of "The Chinese Exclusion Act."  For more information, click here.
  • May 23: Monthly Membership Happy Hour.  For more information, click here.
  • May 24: AABANY Women's Committee Presents: Inaugural Brown Bag Lunch with Judge Ona T. Wang.  For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Presents: The 2018 Judges' Reception. For more information, click here.
  • May 31: AABANY Co-sponsors: 22 Lewd Chinese Women Trial Reenactment.  For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 24: NYCLA Annual Meeting and Induction of Officers and Directors.  For more information, click here.
  • June 1: SAVE THE DATE: 21st Annual Gala of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, LASNY, Amsterdam, NY
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Hand, Bronx Legal Services
  • Immigration Attorney, Queens Legal Services
  • Senior Attorney, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NYC
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.