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AABANY Announcements, July 18, 2011


In this edition

  1. AABANY Supports Immediate Pay Raise for New York Judiciary
  2. Take the AABANY "Get Connected" Survey
  3. Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor
  4. Changing the World One Charity at a Time
  5. Summer Reception at Kenyon & Kenyon
  6. Picnic at Turtle Pond
  7. Three Events on July 19
  8. Mock Interview Workshop on July 20
  9. Happy Hour with a4 and AABANY on July 21
  10. Upcoming IP Committee Meeting on July 27
  11. AABANY Law Journal: Positions Open
  12. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 17
  13. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  14. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  15. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  16. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY Supports Immediate Pay Raise for New York Judiciary

On July 18, President Linda Lin, on behalf of AABANY, sent a letter to the 2011 Commission on Judicial Compensation, recommending an immediate increase in judicial compensation for New York State judges and justices. Read the text of the letter here. Read the press release here.  

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:


Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor

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. The distinguishing feature of AABANY's Mentorship Program is to match mentees and mentors based on hobbies and interests in addition to professional practice areas so that mentors and mentees can connect in more meaningful ways. 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.

Changing the World One Charity at a Time


On Monday, July 11, AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and Corporate Law Committee presented a CLE program entitled “Changing the World One Charity at a Time: Setting up a Non-Profit: Considerations and Alternatives.” It was held at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

Pro Bono Committee co-chair Tony Lu served as moderator. On the panel were Elizabeth Perez from the Lawyers Alliance of New York, Karen Wu from Perlman & Perlman (and co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee) and Jean Tom from Patterson Belknap.

Changing the World One Charity at a Time

Elizabeth spoke on non-profit incorporation and Karen talked about federal tax exemption. Jean explored ancillary issues and alternatives to forming a non-profit entity. The two-hour session closed with Elizabeth sharing ways to find pro bono opportunities for lawyers beyond serving as counsel in litigated matters. Two CLE credits in professional practice were given to attorneys seeking CLE credits.

Nearly forty attendees filled the conference room, many of whom were not attorneys but were interested in learning about the legalities and considerations behind forming non-profit corporations. The highly engaged audience challenged the panelists with pointed and insightful questions.

AABANY thanks Patterson Belknap for hosting this informative program at their offices. AABANY also thanks the panelists for lending their time, knowledge and expertise. Congratulations to the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and Corporate Law Committee for co-sponsoring a successful and well-attended event.

Photos from the event can be found at this link.


Summer Reception at Kenyon and Kenyon


For the last few years, AABANY’s July Board meeting has taken place at Kenyon & Kenyon thanks to the graciousness of past AABANY President John Flock. John was also recently honored by AABANY’s Prosecutors’ Committee, along with Hon. Randall Eng and Hugh Mo, at the Third Anniversary Reception of the Prosecutors’ Committee held at NYCLA on June 30.

In keeping with tradition, and to enjoy the marvelous views of New York Harbor from the 11th floor terrace of Kenyon & Kenyon, AABANY held a summer reception open to all right before the Board meeting. We also took the opportunity to invite the 2011 Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP) participants to pick up their stipend checks for the summer. Thanks to all the JMB JIP sponsors for making the stipends possible.

To make the party even livelier, Issues Committee Chair Joe Gim hosted a meet-and-greet for all those who were interested in joining AABANY’s Issues Committee to come and hear from Joe what the Committee is about and how anyone interested in legal issues affecting the APA community could get involved. Joe collected many names and e-mail addresses from those who were in attendance. We anticipate that at least some of those people knew they were signing up for the Issues Committee. If you wish to get involved with the Issues Committee but were not able to attend the reception, you can reach Joe at [email protected]. He will surely be glad to hear from you.

The hour-long reception lasted a little over an hour, after which Board members and committee chairs who were present headed down to the third floor conference room for the Board meeting. Quite a few of the reception attendees decided to stay for the Board meeting, making for a very crowded conference room. It was great to see so many people interested in attending an AABANY Board meeting. We hope you found the experience instructive and not soporific. And for those who wish to attend AABANY Board meetings, they are usually held on the first Tuesdays of the month at various locations. The next one will take place on Tuesday, August 2, at Constantine Cannon, starting at 7 pm. Register your attendance at this link.


Picnic at Turtle Pond


Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to join us for the Fourth Annual AABANY Picnic organized by the Young Lawyers and Litigation Committees. We could not have asked for a nicer summer afternoon for this perennial event. YLC Committee Co-Chair Will Ng and LC Co-Chair Tristan Loanzon arrived well before the noon starting time to scout out a great spot under the shade of a large willow tree. Turtle Pond is below the southern edge of the Great Lawn, right by the Delacorte Theater, home to Shakespeare in the Park, across from Belvedere Castle.

We saw many AABANY members in attendance, some with their young children in tow. Because we are usually accustomed to seeing our members in suits or at least in business casual, many AABANY regulars went by almost unnoticed in their summer casual wear. Don Liu, GC of Xerox, in a yellow cap and plaid shorts could have easily passed for one of the many law students who were at the picnic.

President Linda Lin stopped by with her mom. President-elect Jean Lee also came to the picnic. Past president James Chou brought his entire family.

At an early point in the picnic, we hung the AABANY banner on a branch so that attendees can easily spot us, but a Park Ranger came by and told us that it was against park rules to hang any signs on the trees, so we took it down and put it on a fence, which was allowed.

The sign at the entrance to Turtle Pond indicated no “organized sports” so we decided that the Park Rangers probably would not take kindly to our plans to run a three-legged race and tug of war, and we refrained from those activities.

Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair Liza Sohn brought the marshmallows but we had very few takers for the Chubby Bunny so we skipped on that activity.

Even without the usual fun and games, we had a great turnout throughout the afternoon, and it was a pleasure to enjoy the park and each other’s company in one of the loveliest spots in Central Park.

Thanks to the YLC and LC for putting together the event. Here are some photos from the picnic.


Three Events on July 19


Tuesday, July 19, is a busy day on the AABANY Calendar! Here's what's on tap:

  • AABANY co-sponsors a CLE program on short sales, REOs and foreclosures in New York, at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, starting at 9 am.
  • AABANY co-sponsors the Citywide Summer Intern Diversity Reception on the Rooftop of the Empire Hotel starting at 5 pm.
  • AABANY's Litigation Committee will be holding a meeting at Kobre & Kim, starting at 7 pm, with the Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto as a special guest speaker.

For further details, see the listing below under Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.


Mock Interview Workshop on July 20


AABANY's Student Outreach Committee continues its series of workshops to help law students excel in their job search skills. Last month, the SOC helped law students polish their resumes. This month, with early interview week just around the corner, the SOC will help law students sharpen their interview skills. The workshop takes place on Wednesday, July 20, at White & Case, starting at 6 pm. Thanks to Sylvia Chin for hosting. Sylvia will be on the panel at the start of the program, along with the Hon. Marilyn Go and Lily Lu, partner at Arnold & Porter.

Students, please send your resumes to [email protected] and register by tomorrow, July 19. Any attorneys interested in volunteering their time to engage in mock interviews with the students should contact Ben Chan and Liza Sohn, Student Outreach Committee Co-chairs at the same address. For other details see the listing under Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.


Happy Hour with a4 and AABANY on July 21


This Thursday, July 21, AABANY and the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4), are hosting a Happy Hour in the East Village at Angels and Kings on East 11th Street. Socialize over drinks with artists, young professionals and lawyers. There will be live music and a special performance at 7 pm. For details and to register, see the listing under Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.


Upcoming IP Committee Meeting on July 27


Getting involved in one of AABANY’s committees is a great way to become more active with AABANY. Not only do you meet other Asian American lawyers who share a common professional practice area or interest, you get to help plan and organize events and programs that benefit AABANY members and the community in general. The IP Committee is holding a meeting on July 27 which is open to attorneys and law students, members and non-members alike. For more information see Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar. To learn about AABANY's other committees, go to the AABANY Committees page.


AABANY Law Journal: Positions Open


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. Positions are now open for an Executive Articles Editor, Associate Articles Editors and Associate Editors. Full position descriptions appear at this link. 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


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 so 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].


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 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 Kiyo A. Matsumoto will be guest speaker.  For more information click  here.
  • July 19: AABANY cosponsors: 2011 City-Wide Summer Intern Diversity Reception, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at The Rooftop at the Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd Street.For more information click here.
  • July 20: Mock Interview Workshop for Law Students from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at White & Case LLP, 1155 Avenue of the Americas.  For more information click here.
  • July 21: AABANY and a4 Happy Hour, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Angels & Kings, 500 East 11th Street.  For more information click here.
  • July 27: IP Committee Meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Fulbright & Jaworski, 666 5th Ave. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • July 19: KALCA Law Panel from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Location TBA.  For more information click here.
  • July 20: Summer Cocktails presented by KALAGNY and ASCEND from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Pranna Cellar Bar, 79 Madison Avenue at 28th Street. Please RSVP by July 18. For more information click here.
  • July 26: PALS 6th Annual Mock Interviews from 4:15 to 6:00 PM at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York, NY
  • Associate Counsel, New York University.
  • Senior Program Associate - Ctr for Immigration and Justice, NYC.  DEADLINE 8/1/11
  • Real Estate Associate, Schiff Hardin, NYC.  DEADLINE 8/8//11
  • Deputy Chief – Economic Development Division, NYC Law Dept. DEADLINE 8/12/11

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