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AABANY Announcements, September 19, 2011




In this edition

  1. Thanks for Coming to Fall Conference 2011: Diversify
  2. Read the Fall Issue of The Advocate
  3. Take the AABANY "Get Connected" Survey
  4. NAPABA Election: Important Message from Alex Lee
  5. NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta, GA
  6. Next Annual Dinner Committee Call: Sept. 21
  7. Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition 2011: Sept. 23 Registration Deadline
  8. On WE Blog @ AABANY: Organizing Tips for Attorneys
  9. Office for Rent at 401 Broadway
  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

Thanks for Coming to the Fall Conference 2011: Diversify


Thanks to everyone who came to AABANY's Second Annual Fall Conference on September 17, 2011, at Skadden.  We are grateful for the hospitality of Skadden and its entire team for hosting us so well throughout the day.  Special thanks go to our anchor sponsor Wells Fargo for its generous support.  We thank also Sprint and Veritext as additional sponsors.


Thanks to our hard-working Committee Chairs and program organizers for bringing in some excellent speakers and moderators covering a diverse range of topics that truly defined what it means to "Diversify" as an attorney.  Thanks to the Fall Conference Planning Committee for putting in long hours, participating in meetings and conference calls and doing all that was needed to pull off an event of this magnitude. Thanks to all the volunteers, mostly law students, who assisted tremendously in the smooth flow of everything from registration to checking attendees in and out of each program and making sure that everyone was getting proper CLE credit.  Thanks to our AABANY Legal Interns, Melerie Shih and Hyunjoo Kim for running our BlackBerry PlayBook sweepstakes.  Congratulations to Judy Tsang (@soapdishes) on winning the drawing for the PlayBook. 

 Thanks especially to everyone who registered to attend the Fall Conference.  All told we had more than 210 attendees througout the day, from morning until evening.

During the luncheon, Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, delivered inspiring and compelling remarks covering a wide range of subjects from Asian American attorneys to attorneys in China and the struggles and challenges that both have faced and continue to face.  At the end of the luncheon, President Linda Lin announced the launch of the AABANY Law Review and introduced its first Editor-in-Chief Jen Yue Connor Yim. (Read the AABANY press release announcing the AABANY Law Review here.)

After the end of a long day, many of the attendees stayed for the cocktail reception.  During the reception, James Hong, Civic Participation Coordinator at MinKwon Center, spoke about the work that MinKwon has been doing to mobilize the Asian American community in New York to engage in the re-districting process.  MinKwon is the lead organization behind ACCORD (Asian American Community Coalition on Redistricting and Democracy) of which AABANY is a member.

Also during the cocktail reception, AABANY officially kicked off its inaugural Mentorship Program, with Julie Kwon, Mentorship Program Coordinator, introducing the program and inviting the first class of AABANY mentors and mentees to meet each other in person for the first time.

Fall Conference 2011: Diversify was a wonderful event, and it would not have been as successful without your involvement and participation.  Thank you all for being a part of it.  If you have any feedback, good, bad, big, small, please share it with us by emailing your comments to


Read the Fall Issue of The Advocate


At the Fall Conference, we released the Fall Issue of AABANY's newsletter, The Advocate.  In this issue:

  • Sponsor Spotlight: Wells Fargo
  • Get Connected @ AABANY
  • 4th Annual Wine Tasting Event
  • Prosecutors' Committee 3rd Anniversary
  • US Supreme Court: Patent Roundup 2011
  • Judiciary Committee: Rule of 80
  • Organization Tips for Attorneys
  • and more
 Fall 2011 Issue AABANY Advocate

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.  We will be closing the survey at the end of the month (September 30) so please fill it out now if you haven't yet done so.  Fill out the survey on-line at this link:


NAPABA Election: Important Message from Alex Lee


Alex Lee, past president of APALA/NJ, friend of AABANY and active member of NAPABA, is a candidate for NAPABA VP-Communications and send this message to everyone at AABANY:

Dear AABANY member:

This email is a reminder to vote in this year's NAPABA elections - you have until 11:59PM PDT, this coming Friday, September 23rd to cast your votes. By now, you should have received an electronic ballot and/or a paper ballot via The NAPABA Lawyer newsletter.  If you haven't, this may because NAPABA has an out of date email or snail mail address on file - please check with your home affiliate to ensure the correct information was sent to NAPABA when annual dues were paid in June/July but in any case, please also contact Andre Harrison in the NAPABA DC office at

Read the rest of the message on our blog at


NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta, GA


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 is now open. Check the NAPABA website for some information on the program schedule and deadlines.  Hotel accommodations at the group rate of $165 must be reserved by October 27.

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

Next Annual Dinner Committee Call: Sept. 21

The next meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee will be by conference call on September 21 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 The Annual Dinner will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on February 29, 2012.  

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition 2011: Sept. 23 Registration Deadline


The Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition is a unique way of gaining experience in appellate advocacy for law students. Each year, the problem features a topic of interest to the Asian Pacific American community. Teams of two, preferably from the same law school and having completed their first year of law school, write an appellate brief and argue both sides of the issue. You do not have to be a member of your school’s Moot Court Honor Society or be Asian Pacific American - all upperclass law students are welcome to participate.

The Northeast Regional competition will be in Philadelphia, PA on October 21-22. The top two or three teams will advance to the National competition in Atlanta, GA on November 18-19.

In addition to the honor of participating in a very competitive competition, the winners of the National Competition receive a share of $10,000 in scholarship money provided by the NAPABA Law Foundation.

The registration deadline is this Friday, September 23, 2011, but law students should sign up and start working on the problem now to maximize the amount of time to work on the problem. Visit the NAPABA Thomas Tang website here.

AABANY, as the New York affiliate of NAPABA, supports the competition by coaching and mooting teams in the New York area and by providing judges for the Northeast Regional and the nationals. Please contact us at if you would like assistance in preparing for the competition or if you can help out our law students. CLE credits are available for attorneys judging the competition.


On WE Blog @ AABANY: Organizing Tips for Attorneys

In case you were not aware, AABANY for the last few years has had a part-time administrative assistant.  Her name is Margaret Langston and she has been a tremendous help to AABANY.  Besides assisting AABANY, Margaret is also a professional organizer and has helped many people and businesses get better organized.  Among her clientele are lawyers, so we asked Margaret to share on the AABANY blog some advice on how lawyers can organize themselves better.  She offers five tips.  All installments are up and can be found at

Office for Rent at 401 Broadway

We received the following notice of office for rent from Deborah Chan, Esq.:

Rental of shared Professional Office, located 401 Broadway, New York City, one block south of Canal Street, consists of one private office about 150 sq. feet, and shared conference room. Close to all bus/subway stations, all courts and downtown financial districts. The building has 5 elevators and 24 hours security and accessibility. Monthly Rental about $1,000 per month. If interested, please contact our office at 212-343-0881 or email to

Please direct all questions to Deborah Chan, Esq.

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

  • September 23: DEADLINE for Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition.  For more information click here.
  • September 26: AABANY cosponsors: MBBA and NBA Region II Networking Event from 6:00 to 11:00 PM at The Cabanas Rooftop at the Maritime Hotel, 88 Ninth Avenue at 17th Street. For more information click here.
  • October 4: AABANY cosponsors FREE CLE: Attorney's Liens and Legal Fees' Enforcement from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Met Life Building, 1095 Avenue of the Americas.  For more information click here.
  • October 4: AABANY Board Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at TBD.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • September 20: The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and the MBBA (Co-Sponsor) invites you to attend the panel discussion, "The Demographics of the Profession" (Panel Discussion) from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP, 4 Times Square. For more information click here.
  • September 20: NYSBA Committee on Lawyers in Transition: Mock Interviewing Demonstration and Discussion, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at Fordham Law School – Lincoln Center Campus, McNally Amphitheatre, 140 W 62nd Street. For more information click here.
  • September 22: MBBA cosponsors: "Becoming an Assistant District Attorney", from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the New York County District Attorney's Office, 80 Centre Street, 8th Floor (Room 868). For more information click here.
  • September 24: MBBA and The Skillman Method™ LLC: "Excelling in Law School", from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 4 Times Square. For more information click here.
  • September 26: MCCA 12th Annual Pathways to Diversity Conference, from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway. For more information click here.
  • October 4: Save the Date: MBBA/ABCNY Discussion - Diversity and Inclusion from 6:30 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.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Attorney – Labor and Employment, NYC Law Department. DEADLINE 9/30/11
  • Entry Level Associate, Itkowitz & Harwood, New York, NY. DEADLINE 9/30/11.
  • Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc., New York, NY DEADLINE 10/14/11.
  • Staff Attorney, NYCLU, New York, NY.  DEADLINE 10/31/11

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

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