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AABANY Announcements, August 8, 2011


In this edition

  1. Apologies for Multiple Emails
  2. AABANY Report for Second Quarter 2011
  3. Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor: Aug. 15 Deadline
  4. Stay Connected With AABANY
  5. AABANY Law Journal: Deadline extended to August 9
  6. AABANY End of Summer Happy Hour
  7. First Minority Law Student Conference Day on August 3
  8. Digital Distribution of Film and Television on August 11
  9. Immigration Law Training for Non-Immigration Lawyers: Aug. 12 Deadline
  10. AABANY Sponsors "The Learning" at AAIFFon August 14
  11. Annual Dinner Committee Conference Call on August 17
  12. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 17
  13. NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta, GA: Aug. 15 Deadline
  14. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  15. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  16. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Apologies for Multiple Emails


On Wednesday, August 3, AABANY was doing some work to update our membership databases and in the process, some of you received multiple e-mails. We very much apologize for inadvertently flooding your inboxes, and we are inquiring with our e-mail delivery provider to find out exactly what happened. Improving communications with our members and community is important to us, and we are very cognizant of maintaining an appropriate level of contact with you. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to [email protected].


AABANY Report for Second Quarter 2011


As shown in our quarterly report, the months covering May through June have been filled with events, programs and activities put on by AABANY and its committees. AABANY also participated in or co-sponsored a wide variety of events during that time. Thanks to everyone who made these events possible, particularly our hardworking and dedicated Committee Chairs who planned and organized them. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the events. To help AABANY maintain a high level and quality of benefits and programs, we invite you to fill out our survey and give us feedback at this link:


Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor: Aug. 15 Deadline

Get Connected @ AABANY with a Mentor 

Last month we announced the launch of the AABANY Mentorship Program. We have had a strong response from mentees and we need more mentors to sign up, particularly in the following areas: Bankruptcy, Corporate, Commercial Litigation, International, Immigration, Intellectual Property and Real Estate. If you have not signed up yet, please do so today. Deadline is August 15. We hope you will take part in this important new initiative from AABANY. Thanks very much to those who have already signed up. We plan to introduce the mentors and mentees in person during the cocktail reception at the Fall Conference on September 17. If you have any questions, contact the Mentorship Program Coordinator, Julie Kwon at [email protected].


Staying Connected with AABANY


We have been urging you all to “Get Connected @ AABANY” and now that you have begun to take up the call, we invite you to stay connected. AABANY provides many ways to do so, beyond just our website and weekly e-mails. We know that no one likes getting pelted by e-mails so we are offering other options that you can use to find out what’s going on or receive periodic short reminders about upcoming events.

Over the past few months, you may have noticed AABANY’s increasing presence on various social media fronts. If you are already on Facebook, please log on to AABANY’s Facebook page and “like” us. If you already have a Twitter account, follow @aabany. If you are on LinkedIn, connect with AABANY there and join AABANY’s LinkedIn group. You can also view videos from various events on AABANY’s YouTube Channel.

If you would prefer not to receive any e-mail or status updates from us, that is perfectly fine. Just know that you can always go directly to our Weekly Announcements on the website, which is updated every Monday, to get the latest news and events. You can also visit the AABANY Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts directly if you are following us through those channels.

AABANY also has a blog which currently contains much of the same content that you already see on the Weekly Announcements but over time we hope to include other content that you might find interesting. We are developing ways for you to offer your feedback to the blog posts so that you can share your thought and ideas with us.

AABANY is doing lots of different and exciting things and we don’t want you to miss a beat. The Communications Committee is charged with keeping our various communication channels open and active, and if you would like to be involved with those efforts, let our Communications Committee co-chairs Will Wang and Will Ng know by e-mailing them at [email protected]. If you have any questions or suggestions, get in touch with them at that address, too.

AABANY looks forward to staying connected with you.


AABANY Law Journal: Deadline extended to August 9


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 9.


AABANY End of Summer Happy Hour


Mark your calendars and save the date: On August 31, AABANY will be hosting an End of Summer Happy Hour at Roam NYC on East 19th Street near Fifth Ave, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Join fellow AABANY members and friends to socialize, meet and mingle over food and drinks. Find out what’s on tap for the Fall Conference. Also learn more about staying connected with AABANY through its numerous channels of communication. More details at this link. We hope to see you there.

End of Summer Happy Hour 

First Minority Law Student Conference Day on August 3


On August 3, the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion presented the first Minority Law Student Conference Day. AABANY was one of the minority bar leader sponsors which also included: Association of Black Women Attorneys, Black Bar Association of Bronx County, Dominican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGal), Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Muslim Bar Association of New York, New York Women’s Bar Association, Nigerian Lawyers Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of New York and the Westchester Black Bar Association.

The conference took place at Fordham Law School from 10 am to 3 pm. After opening remarks were given by Rosevelie Marquez Morales, President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and Diran Ajayi, President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association, the attendees heard from more than a dozen practicing attorneys covering a wide variety of practice areas on “What to Do with Your Law Degree.” Following that panel discussion, the attendees enjoyed a networking luncheon during which they got to meet fellow law students from across the tri-state area and also attorneys who were at the conference.

The afternoon sessions were kicked off with a resume writing workshop presented by Earamichia Brown, Chair of the New York Conference of Bar Leaders. After that, the attendees received sage advice from attorneys on how to prepare for an interview, what to say, what not to say and how best to conduct yourself to impress your prospective employer. The last session of the day offered fashion tips on what to wear and not to wear to your interview. Brandon J. Carter, Manager of College Relations at Macy’s, gave useful suggestions on how to dress so that the focus is on what you say and not what you’re wearing and also how to do it on a student’s budget.

The conference was informative and well-organized, and the organizers deserve to be congratulated for putting on such a well-attended and successful conference. All the students in attendance benefited from the wisdom imparted by all the panelists, and those students who were not able to make it should save the dates for next year’s law student conference day.


Digital Distribution of Film and Television: August 11


NAPABA’s Entertainment Law Committee together with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) are presenting a seminar on how to distribute your completed film via digital distribution channels such as on-line streaming and video-on-demand. Among the panelists is Theo Cheng, current co-chair of AABANY’s Judiciary Committee and an active member of the Intellectual Property Committee. The event takes place on August 11 at Cardozo Law School. For more details, follow this link.


Immigration Law Training for Non-Immigration Lawyers: Aug. 12 Deadline


AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) is leading an effort to train non-immigration lawyers how to assist victims of immigration fraud. Federal, state and local authorities have been cracking down on “notarios” and others engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, resulting in many immigrants needing pro bono assistance from lawyers who can help them with their matters. The two-day intensive training session at the City Bar takes place on August 17 and 18 in the evenings. The training session is the first step of a major clinical initiative to connect underserved immigrants with appropriate pro bono legal assistance. If you are interested, follow this link for additional details and the registration form. Registration deadline is August 12.


AABANY Sponsors "The Learning" at AAIFF on August 14


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.


Annual Dinner Committee Conference Call on August 17


The next meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee will be by conference call on August 17 at 5 pm. If you are interested in helping AABANY plan its biggest event of the year, please contact Jean Lee, Annual Dinner Committee Chair, at [email protected]. The Annual Dinner will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on February 29, 2012.


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].


NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta, GA: Aug. 15 Deadline


NAPABA’s National Convention this year will be taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, from Nov. 16 through 20, 2011, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Registration will be open soon. In the meantime, check the NAPABA website for some information on the program schedule and deadlines. Some dates to keep in mind:

Mark your calendars; hope to see you at the NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta in November.


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

  • August 9: Deadline to Apply for AABANY Law Review Editorial Positions.  For more information click here.
  • August 11: Digital Distribution of Film and Television, sponsored by NAPABA Entertainment Law Committee, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue (12th & 13th Streets). IP Committee member Theo Cheng is among the panelists. For more information click here.
  • 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 for NAPABA Convention Scholarship Requests. For more information click here.
  • August 15: Deadline to apply for Get Connected @AABANY with a Mentor.  For more information click here.
  • August 31: End of Summer Happy Hour from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Roam NYC, 5 East 19th Street. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • August 10: APALA/NJ Sixth Annual Interviewing Workshop from 6:30 to 8:45 PM McManimon & Scotland, 1037 Raymond Blvd, Suite 400, Newark, NJ. For more information click here.
  • August 17/18: Immigration Law Training For Non-Immigration Lawyers from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street. For more information click here.
  • August 19: Obtaining Legal Permanent Residence: "The Green Card" from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 1 Journal Square Plaza – 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • NJ Judiciary Case Analyst, Trenton, NJ.
  • Executive Director, OATH Health and Taxi Tribunals, New York, NY.
  • China Program Director, International Bridges to Justice, Beijing.
  • Deputy Chief – Economic Development Division, NYC Law Dept. DEADLINE 8/12/11
  • Associate General Counsel Positions, NYU Office of General Counsel.  DEADLINE 8/15//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