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AABANY Announcements, July 5, 2011

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS July 5, 2011

In this edition

  1. Sad News: Judge Oymin Chin
  2. Take the AABANY "Get Connected" Survey
  3. First Meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee on July 14
  4. Law Students Receive Help Polishing Their Resumes
  5. Prosecutors’ Committee Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary
  6. Join the Issues Committee
  7. Reminders of Upcoming Events
  8. Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor
  9. AABANY to Launch a Law Journal
  10. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 17
  11. Volunteer Opportunity: AALDEF Seeks Indonesian-English Interpreter
  12. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  13. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  14. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  15. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Sad News: Judge Oymin Chin

 

Over the weekend, we received the sad news of the passing of Judge Oymin Chin. Since June 1998, Judge Chin has sat as a Housing Court judge in New York Civil Court. She passed away on July 1 at the age of 57. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Oymin Chin may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 785 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.

 

Take the AABANY "Get Connected" Survey

 

Help AABANY help you.  Take a moment today to let us know what you think of AABANY's programs and what else you think AABANY should be working on. Your feedback is vital to improving our benefits and programs.  Fill out the survey on-line at this link: http://bit.ly/aabany_survey.

 

First Meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee on July 14

 

It is that time of the year again!  AABANY will begin its planning for the 2012 Annual Dinner. The first dinner planning committee meeting will be on July 14th at Milberg LLP. If you would like to learn more about AABANY and get involved, this is a great way to do both! Please register at http://bit.ly/AnnlDnnr2012_1st_PlngCmeMtg. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Law Students Receive Help Polishing Their Resumes

 

Last Tuesday, June 28, many law students from area law schools and beyond (including Boston and Chicago) descended on New York Law School for the 11th Hour Resume Review Workshop organized by AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee. Co-chair Ben Chan presented basic tips for resume-writing and distributed a handout that included sample resumes and a long list of action words that can help strengthen descriptions of work and other experience. After the presentation, Ben and co-chair Liza Sohn matched students with practicing attorneys who volunteered their time to provide one-on-one advice on the students’ resumes. Thanks to everyone who participated. The next workshop is scheduled for July 20, time, place and date to be announced. If you wish to be notified about it or have questions, contact Ben and Liza at [email protected].

 

Prosecutors’ Committee Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary

Congratulations to the AABANY Prosecutors’ Committee on their third anniversary celebration held on June 30. Prosecutors from the Bronx, New York, Queens, Kings, Richmond and Nassau counties came out in force to celebrate at the New York County Lawyers’ Association building at 14 Vesey Street. The Prosecutors’ Committee honored three Asian American trailblazers: the Hon. Randall Eng, Appellate Division, Second Department, and the first Asian American ADA in New York; Hugh Mo, Law Firm of Hugh H. Mo, P.C. and the first Asian American ADA in Manhattan; and John Flock, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon, and the first Executive ADA in the Bronx DA’s office.

Prosecutors' Committee Three-Year Anniversary  

Prosecutors’ Committee co-chairs James Lin and Cristina Park made opening remarks and served as Masters of Ceremony. Catherine Christian, Executive ADA in the Special Narcotics Prosecutors Office and past president of NYCLA made welcoming remarks on behalf of NYCLA, which co-sponsored the event. Comptroller John Liu made a special appearance to recognize and acknowledge all the honorees. District Attorney of Queens County, Richard Brown, District Attorney of Bronx County, Robert Johnson, and District Attorney of New York County, Cyrus Vance, each offered their congratulations to the honorees and the Prosecutors’ Committee. Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Richmond County Executive ADA Tim Koller also extended their congratulations to the honorees and the Prosecutors’ Committee. AABANY President Linda Lin was also on hand to offer congratulatory remarks. Each of the honorees were then introduced and each gave a short acceptance speech. Kin Ng, Executive at the Kings County District Attorneys’ Office, provided the closing remarks.

Many judges, including Judge Denny Chin, Judge Marilyn Go and Judge Doris Ling Cohan, attended the event. Also in attendance were numerous AABANY members, law students and the honorees’ family and friends. For photos from the event, click here.

Thanks to the Prosecutors’ Committee for organizing such a successful and well-attended anniversary celebration.

 

Join the Issues Committee

 

AABANY is ramping up its efforts to educate its membership and respond to legal issues that affect the APA community by recruiting members to join the Issues Committee.

What is the Issues Committee and what type of work does it do?  The Committee responds to hot topic legal issues that affect the APA community such as, most recently, AABANY's decision to support the passage of marriage equality legislation and to join an APA coalition in support of an independent re-districting commission to re-draw legislative district lines.  The Committee also aspires to  take positions on other legal issues in a proactive manner by, for example, analyzing proposed legislation and issuing position papers on legal areas and matters that affect the APA community.

To that end AABANY is seeking self-motivated, energetic lawyers interested in taking on projects that would assist in educating the Board, the AABANY Membership, and the public-at-large about legal issues of concern to AABANY.

AABANY's Chair of the Issues Committee will describe some of the efforts the Issues Committee has taken this year and the goals of the Committee for the coming year during the reception immediately preceding the July Board meeting scheduled to take place on July 12 at Kenyon & Kenyon, starting at 6 pm.  Those interested may contact him directly at [email protected].  Please register your attendance at http://bit.ly/Join_the_Issues_Committee.

 

Reminders of Upcoming Events

 

“Jol” is South African slang for party, and the Student Outreach Committee will be hosting a July Jol this Thursday, July 7, at the Public House in Midtown, near Grand Central Station. If you plan to attend, please register today. See details below under Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.

On Monday, July 11, the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and the Corporate Law Committee are organizing a program on how to set up a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Although CLE credits are offered to attorneys, the program is open to all, and is free for non-attorneys to attend. Please spread the word to anyone you know who would be interested in learning about establishing a not-for-profit group. See details below under Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.

 

Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor

 

One of the most frequently asked questions we get at AABANY is “How do I find a mentor?” To facilitate the matching of those seeking mentors (“mentees”) with mentors, AABANY is launching a formal Mentorship Program. To learn more about it, visit the AABANY Mentorship Program page at this link. We encourage all prospective mentees and mentors to visit that page today and sign up. The deadline to apply is August 15, with the goal of having mentors and mentees meet in person during the cocktail reception at the Fall Conference on September 17. We hope you will take part in the launch of this new AABANY program.

 

AABANY to Launch a Law Journal

 

This year, AABANY plans to launch its first journal, The AABANY Law Review, with the goals of providing comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation that impact the AABANY community, and serving as an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and law students.

We are seeking a staff of ambitious law students and graduates who are interested in contributing to a journal and furthering our mission.  The Review will provide opportunities for its members to develop and hone their own research, writing, and editing skills.  Whether or not you have ever participated on a journal, we encourage you to apply for one of the open positions:

  1. Executive Articles Editor (graduate or law student): responsible for researching and recommending relevant or noteworthy legal issues and articles; assisting in finding content; meeting with advisers and authors on content; and meeting with journal publications for republication rights.
  2. Associate Articles Editors (graduate or law student): responsible for researching and summarizing articles; identifying pressing or noteworthy legal issues; and recommending content.
  3. Associate Editors (graduate or law student): responsible for assisting with management and organization of the journal; creating and updating database of, and communicating with, authors, professors, advisers, and contacts at journal publications.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and any materials you believe would guide us in making our determination to [email protected] by Tuesday, August 2.

 

Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 17

 

As previously announced, AABANY’s Fall Conference this year will take place on Saturday, September 17, at Skadden, 4 Times Square. It will be a full day of CLE programs, with a luncheon, followed by a cocktail reception at the end of the day. The registration site is under construction but as details emerge we will alert you. Keep your eyes on this space for developments. In the meantime, please save the date and make plans to join us there. If you have any questions about the Fall Conference or wish to participate in its planning, please contact us at [email protected].

 

Volunteer Opportunity: AALDEF Seeks Indonesian-English Interpreter

 

AALDEF is seeking a volunteer Indonesian-English interpreter to assist with an in-person client intake. The purpose of this intake is to assess the facts of the case to determine whether there is a legal remedy with which AALDEF can assist them. Previous interpretation experience is preferred but not required.

Please contact:
Ivy O. Suriyopas
Staff Attorney
[email protected]
212.966.5932 x235

 

Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program

 

Do you have some time to volunteer to assist self-represented litigants in New York's courts?  Many opportunities exist through several Volunteer Attorney Programs to get trained to provide legal advice and assistance to pro se clients in housing, family law, consumer debt and foreclosure cases.  Please visit the Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program’s website to learn how you can help.

 

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

 
  • July 7: AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee presents July Jol at the Public House. “Jol” is South African slang for party. Enjoy an evening of drinks and appetizers with law students and attorneys, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Public House, 140 E 41st Street. To register at this link.
  • July 11: The Pro Bono and Community Service Committees present  a CLE on setting up a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.  Members and registrants not seeking CLE credit may go to this link and non-members seeking CLE may register at this link for a nominal fee.
  • July 12: The July Board Meeting and Summer Reception will take place at Kenyon & Kenyon, One Broadway, with a cocktail hour starting at 6:00 PM and the Meeting starting at 7:00 PM. All are invited. Please register at this link before close of business Monday, July 11.
  • July 14: Annual Dinner Planning Committee initial meeting, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Milberg LLP, One Pennsylvania Plaza, 49th Floor. for more information and to register click here.
  • July 16: AABANY's Young Lawyers and Litigation Committees present the 4th Annual Picnic in Central Park from noon to 5:00 PM at the Turtle Pond.  Please register at this link by July 8.
  • July 19: AABANY cosponsors a CLE: Understanding Short Sales, REO’s and the Foreclosure Process in New York, at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY. Members and registrants not seeking CLE credit may go to this link and non-members seeking CLE may register at this link for a nominal fee.
  • July 19: Litigation Committee Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Kobre & Kim LLP, 800 Third Avenue.  The Honorable Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto will be guest speaker.  For more information click  here.
 

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

 
  • July 6: MBBA Urban Network Summer Mixer from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues).  For more information click here.
  • July 9: New York Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Worker Protection Summit, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY.  For more information click here.
  • July 13: Cleary Gottlieb Citywide Diversity Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the firm's offices, 1 Liberty Plaza.  For more information click here.
  • July 13: SABANY presents "Social Media in the Workplace: Discussion and Cocktail Reception starting 6:00 PM at Arnold & Porter LLP, 399 Park Avenue, 34th Floor. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

 
  • Staff Attorney, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York, NY
  • Intellectual Property Law Internship, NBC/Universal Law Dept., New York, NY.  DEADLINE 7/9/11
  • Senior Program Associate - Ctr for Immigration and Justice, NYC.  DEADLINE 8/1/11
  • Real Estate Associate, Schiff Hardin, NYC.  DEADLINE 8/8//11

For more information on these listings and other open positions go to the AABANY Career Center.

 
For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.
 
Yang Chen
Executive Director
Asian American Bar Association of New York
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 3656
New York, NY 10163-3656
www.aabany.org