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AABANY Announcements, January 17, 2012

 

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS January 17, 2012

In this edition

  1. AABANY Annual Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 24
  2. AABANY Night at the Theater: Chinglish
  3. Financial Services For Young Lawyers and Solo and Small Firms Panel on January 11
  4. AABANY Co-sponsors Panel on Judicial Selection Process, Jan. 19
  5. AABANY in the News: Vinoo Varghese in the Wall Street Journal, Jan. 13
  6. Next Annual Dinner Committee Call: Jan. 25
  7. USMJ Vacancy in SDNY
  8. Earn CLE Credits by Judging National Mock Trial Competition
  9. NYSBA Antitrust Section Seeks Diverse Attorneys 
  10. Apply for AALFNY 2012 Community Service Scholarships
  11. NCLEJ Public Interest Fellowship Application Now Being Accepted
  12. On WE Blog @ AABANY: National Trial Competition, Geoffrey Canada, A4 Festival, Lunar New Year at Met, Public Interest Fellowship
  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 Annual Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 24

Please join AABANY at its Annual Meeting, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 24, at the offices of First American Title Insurance at 633 Third Avenue. Full details, including links to notice, proxy, ballot and candidate biographies, can be found at bit.ly/Annual_Mtg2012Proxies are due by January 17.  Deadline for registration is Friday January 20.

AABANY Night at the Theater: Chinglish

We are looking forward to Friday's theater outing to see Chinglish. Join us for the pre-show networking reception with the National Association of Asian American Professional (NAAAP) at Hurley's, right next to the theater, starting at 6 pm. Tickets are available for pick-up in the lobby at 7:30 pm from Executive Director Yang Chen. After the show, hang out with the cast at Hurley's. It should be a wonderful evening; we're glad you can be a part of it.

Financial Services For Young Lawyers and Solo and Small Firms Panel on January 11

On January 11, the Real Estate, Solo and Small Firm Practice, and Young Lawyers Committees of AABANY organized a panel discussion, moderated by Margaret Ling, AABANY Director, on financial services for young lawyers and small firms. The panel included Pauline Yeung-Ha, co-chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, and a team of Wells Fargo private bankers, business specialists, and financial advisors, who provided advice on how young attorneys could start or expand their law firms. The Wells Fargo team also gave a presentation on how to establish and manage business accounts and discussed essential financial services needed to develop a successful law practice. William Ng and Benjamin Chan, co-chairs of the Young Lawyers and Student Outreach Committees, respectively, assisted with organizing and promoting the event.

Wells Fargo

AABANY Co-sponsors Panel on Judicial Selection Process, January 19

Former AABANY President and current Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, James Chou, will be speaking on a panel discussion entitled "Demystifying the Judicial Process: How You Can Actively Participate in the Judicial Selection Process," to be held at the New York City Bar on January 19. For more details see Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar.

AABANY in the News: Vinoo Varghese in the Wall Street Journal, Jan. 13

AABANY Director and criminal defense attorney Vinoo Varghese appeared in a Wall Street Journal story on January 13 about his client Richard Silver who took a guilty plea in a case involving forged appraisal documents for fake Damien Hirst prints. Not mentioned in the article is the excellent result that Vinoo obtained for his client who was looking at a possible 7-year prison term. Vinoo negotiated that down to 60 days in a vocational program or 12 weekends in jail.  To read the article, go to bit.ly/blog_Varghese_WSJ011312.

Next Annual Dinner Committee Call: Jan. 25

The next meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee will be by conference call on January 25 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.

USMJ Vacancy in SDNY

For those interested in applying to become a United States Magistrate Judge, here is an announcement from Theo Cheng, Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee:

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has announced a vacancy for a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge position in Manhattan. The SDNY's public notice, which contains additional information about the position and the application, is available on the court's website at http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/cases/show.php?db=notice_bar&id=266. AABANY encourages all qualified attorneys with an interest in serving in the federal judiciary to submit an application, which is due no later than February 29, 2012. If you have any questions about the position or would like assistance in connection with your application, please contact AABANY's Judiciary Committee at [email protected], or any of the co-chairs Vince Chang ([email protected]), Theo Cheng ([email protected]) or James Chou ([email protected]).

Earn CLE Credits by Judging National Mock Trial Competition

On March 10 and 11, 2012, Pace Law School in White Plains will again be hosting a National Mock Trial competition featuring some of the top schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Brown and Dartmouth, among others.

Pace is offering 3 free general CLE credits for all attorneys who volunteer to judge a round. A round lasts no longer than 3 hours. Free parking is available and Pace will provide complimentary food and beverage. You can judge as many rounds as you'd like.

Register to judge online by clicking this link. Or, get more information and register by visiting www.WhitePlainsORC.com.

NYSBA Antitrust Section Seeks Diverse Attorneys

The New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Section is seeking to diversify its membership and invites APA attorneys and law students to join the section. A section summary is available at bit.ly/Antitrust_Law_Section. As part of this outreach, the section will pay for the registration fees associated with attending its annual meeting day program and evening events on January 26, 2012. Interested practitioners or students can contact the chair of the section, Jay L. Himes (Partner at Labaton Sucharow LLP), directly at [email protected] or (212) 907-0700 . (Please note that you must be or become a NYSBA member to join the section.)

Apply for AALFNY 2012 Community Service Scholarships

The Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. (the “Fund”), a non-profit organization originally established in 1993 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”), invites law students to apply for its Community Service Scholarship Awards (“Asian American Law Fund Scholarship” or the “Scholarship”). The Fund will award Scholarships in the amount of $5000 each to up to three law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian American community. The purpose of the award is to assist law students with their tuition while encouraging them to use their legal knowledge and training to benefit the Asian American community in New York and to foster commitment by law students to public service to the Asian American community in New York.

The completed Scholarship Application and all required materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Applications and further information can be found at bit.ly/AALFNY_Schlrshps2012. Questions regarding the Community Service Scholarship Program or tax deductible donations to the Fund may be directed to Sylvia Fung Chin at [email protected].

NCLEJ Public Interest Fellowship Application Now Being Accepted

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) is now accepting applications for Dodyk Fellows for a two-year term starting in September 2012:

The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.

For more details, go to bit.ly/blog_PubIntrst_Flwshp.

On WE Blog @ AABANY: National Trial Competition, Geoffrey Canada, A4 Festival, Lunar New Year at Met, Public Interest Fellowship

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

  • January 19: Litigation Committee Meeting starting 6:30 PM at Saito Law Group, 565 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor.  Please register for the meeting here.
  • January 19: AABANY cosponsors: Demystifying Judicial Screening Panels, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th St. For more information click here.
  • January 20: AABANY Night at the Theater: Chinglish.  Showtime is 8:00 PM at the Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street.  Limited discount tickets to AABANY members.  For more information click here.
  • January 23: AABANY cosponsors the NYSBA 9th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor. For more information click here.
  • January 24: AABANY Board Meeting, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at First American Title Insurance Co., 633 Third Avenue.  For more information click here.
  • January 24: AABANY Annual Meeting, 7:00 to 9:00 PM at First American Title Insurance Co., 633 Third Avenue.  For more information click here.
  • January 31: Pro Bono & Community Service Committees After Work Gathering from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the M1-5 Bar/Lounge, 52 Walker Street, between Church St. & Broadway. For more information click here.
  • February 29: AABANY 2012 Annual Dinner, from 6:00 to 11:55 PM Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street.  Premium Silent Auction, Black tie preferred.  For more information click here.
 

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

 
  • January 17:  NYC Bar - Women of Color Workshop: Communicate for Impact, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.). For more information click here.
  • January 18: AALDEF Young Professionals Committee's 2012 Kick-Off MLK Happy Hour from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Keats, 842 2nd Ave (between 44th and 45th St.) For more information click here.
  • January 23: New York State Bar Association’s 9th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor. For more information click here.
  • January 23: NYSBA 2012 Career Development Conference | NYSBA Annual Meeting Free Program from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (Between 53rd and 54th Streets). For more information click here.
  • January 25: 5th Annual Pals Retreat for New Associates of Color, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, One Bryant Park. For more information click here.
  • February 5: APALA Lunar New Year Luncheon from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Green Apple Chinese & Japanese Cuisine, 432 Renaissance Blvd. East (at U.S. Rt. 130 South), North Brunswick, NJ 08902.  For more information click here.
  • February 8: AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty. For more information click here.
  • February 9: SALT and KIND Free Training: Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Room 214, 245 Sullivan Street. For more information click here.
  • February 21: FREE Program: Family Law - A Student Forum, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th St. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

 
  • Staff Attorney, Department of Health and Human Services, NY, NY
  • First Annual Corporation Counsel Clerkship, NYC Law Dept. DEADLINE 1/27/12
  • Real Estate Associate, Arnold & Porter, New York, NY.  DEADLINE 2/13/12
  • Attorneys fluent in Japanese for document review, NYC.  DEADLINE 3/1/12

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

 
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