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AABANY Announcements, July 25, 2011


In this edition

  1. Take the AABANY "Get Connected" Survey
  2. Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor
  3. Highlights from Last Tuesday
  4. Law Students Hone their Interview Skills
  5. Happy Hour at Angels & Kings with a4
  6. Upcoming IP Committee Meeting on July 27
  7. AABANY Sponsors "The Learning" at AAIFF
  8. AABANY Law Journal: Positions Open
  9. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 17
  10. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  11. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  12. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  13. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

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.


Highlights from Last Tuesday


 July 19 was a busy day for AABANY, with three events on the calendar.  The day started with a morning CLE program on Understanding Short Sales, REOs and foreclosures in New York.  AABANY co-sponsored the event with Chase, the Asian Real Estate Association of America - Metro NY Chapter, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals - New York Chapter, and Landstar Title Agency.  It took place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel and was moderated by AABANY Real Estate Committee Chair and AABANY Director, Margaret Ling.  Approximately 70 attendees, mostly real estate professionals were in attendance.  Photos from the event can be found here.

Towards the end of the day, AABANY through its Prosecutors’ Committee co-sponsored with the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the National Black Prosecutors Association a Citywide Summer Intern Diversity Reception on the Rooftop of the Empire Hotel.  It was a hot day on the Upper West Side of Manhattan but that did not seem to get in the way of the attendees’ good time at this annual event.  AABANY was happy to be part of it again.  To see some photos, go here.

While the Citywide Summer Intern Diversity Reception was kicking into high gear, across town on the East Side in the mid-50s, AABANY’s Litigation Committee held a meeting at the offices of Kobre & Kim.  The Hon. Kiyo Matsumoto, United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York, was the special invited speaker and she took questions from the attendees about how judges could be more responsive and helpful to attorneys as they litigate their matters in court.  Much of the discussion touched on the question of the circumstances under which a court would or would not sanction attorneys.  It was a rare opportunity to speak directly with a sitting Federal judge about issues of concern to litigators.  Thanks to Judge Matsumoto for taking the time to meet with AABANY’s Litigation Committee and to Kobre & Kim for hosting us.  Kudos to co-chairs Tristan Loanzon and Will Wang for organizing the meeting.  To learn more about the Litigation Committee and its activities, go to this link or e-mail the co-chairs at [email protected].


Law Students Hone their Interview Skills


Last Wednesday, July 20, at White & Case, more than thirty law students from a variety of law schools, including many outside of New York, from states as far away as Maine and Missouri, attended the Mock Interview Workshop hosted by AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee.  More than twenty attorneys volunteered their time to help law students sharpen their interview skills by engaging in mock interview sessions with practicing attorneys.

The evening began shortly after 6 pm with a panel discussion that included the Hon. Marilyn Go, United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York, Sylvia Chin, Partner at White & Case and former AABANY President, and Lily Lu, Partner at Arnold & Porter.  To accommodate all the students and the schedules of the attorneys, some of the mock interviews began even as the panel discussion was taking place.  The mock interview sessions continued until 9 pm, with each interview lasting thirty minutes, to allow time for both the mock interview and feedback from the attorneys.

Thanks to all the panelists and the volunteer attorneys for taking the time to help law students with their interviewing skills.  Thanks to Sylvia Chin and White & Case for hosting the event.  Thanks especially to the Student Outreach Committee co-chairs Ben Chan and Liza Sohn for organizing this event.  They note that “many of AABANY’s student members are the first in their family to attend law school and this workshop was a rare opportunity for them to have a practicing attorney review their resume and prepare them for legal interviews.”

We wish all the students the best of luck with their upcoming interviews and we hope that they found the Mock Interview Workshop to be helpful.  For some photos from the event, go here.  To learn more about the Student Outreach Committee, go to this link on the website or e-mail the committee co-chairs, Ben and Liza, at [email protected].

For those who missed this workshop, you may want to try the one being given by KALAGNY on Monday, August 1, starting at 6 pm at the offices of Herrick & Feinstein.  Even if you already went to the AABANY workshop, it never hurts to practice your interview skills multiple times.  Practice makes perfect!  More details at this link.


Happy Hour at Angels & Kings with a4


This year, AABANY has been working together with the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) on a number of programs, and with the arrival of summer, we thought it would be good to bring together Asian American artists and Asian American lawyers.  It took place last Thursday at Angels & Kings, a bar in the East Village.  Approximately 50 to 60 people came out to socialize, drink and make new connections.

The bar had a stage by the entrance, and a4 got two performers to entertain the crowd.  The first was Rick Ebihara, a member of the Slant Performance group, who played guitar and sang.  The next was Rich Kameda, a professional magician.  Rich also walked around during the happy hour and did close-up magic for anyone who was interested.  In one of the illusions, Rich changed a bunch of singles into hundreds.  That one got a lot of lawyers’ attention.

AngelsKings with a4

It was a wonderful and enjoyable evening, and it was good to hang out with another part of the APA community — not that there’s anything wrong with hanging out with APA lawyers; it’s just that a change of pace from time to time is welcome.

Thanks to Andrea Louie, Executive Director of a4, and her staff who helped put the event together with Liza Sohn, Student Outreach Committee co-chair.  We had so much fun, we might do it again soon.  Stay tuned.  Here are some photos from the evening.


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. The deadline to register is today, July 25.  For more information see Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar. To learn about AABANY's other committees, go to the AABANY Committees page.


AABANY Sponsors "The Learning" at AAIFF


AABANY is a community sponsor for “The Learning” at AAIFF, a documentary about four Filipino women who leave their families and homes behind to teach in the inner city schools of Baltimore. Follow the link to find out about the discount code for AABANY members who wish to see the film. Also, tell us by August 5 if you would be interested in joining a group to see the film on August 14.


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 27: IP Committee Meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Fulbright & Jaworski, 666 5th Ave.  The deadline to register is today, July 25.  For more information click here.
  • August 2: Deadline to Apply for AABANY Law Review Editorial Positions.  For more information click here.
  • August 2: AABANY Board Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Constantine Cannon, 335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.  Please register for this event by July 29.
  • August 14: AABANY sponsors "The Learning" at AAIFF, 6:15 PM at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, 260 West 23rd Street (7th & 8th Aves.)  For more information click here.
  • August 15: Deadline to apply for Get Connected @AABANY with a Mentor.  For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • 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.
  • July 28: APALA/NJ Member Appreciation Summer Cocktail Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Samurai Sushi Restaurant, 517 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ. For more information click here.
  • July 28: New York Law School Post Bar Party from 7:00 PM to midnight at Chelsea Manor, 138 West 25th Street (between 6th and 7th).  For more information click here.
  • August 1: KALAGNY Law Students/Young Lawyers Interview Workshop from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, 2 Park Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets.  For more information click here.
  • August 4: NYCLA Bowling and Networking at Lucky Strike Lanes, 624-660 West 42nd Street.  For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Mandarin Fluent Admitted Attorneys, New York, NY.  DEADLINE 7/30/11
  • Senior Program Associate - Ctr for Immigration and Justice, NYC.  DEADLINE 8/1/11
  • Environmental Law Attorney, NYC Law Department.  DEADLINE 8/8/11
  • 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