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AABANY Announcements, May 14, 2012

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS May 14, 2012

In this edition

  1. Congratulations to Don Liu, New York City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Award Honoree
  2. 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference : May 31- June 2
  3. Read the New Issue of the AABANY Advocate
  4. Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY
  5. NAPABA Press Release: Jacqueline Nguyen and John Lee Confirmed
  6. Volunteers Needed for May 19 CUNY Citizenship Now!
  7. "Revisiting Vincent: The Legacy of the Vincent Chin Case 30 Years Later"
  8. More Photos from the 2012 AABANY Annual Dinner
  9. Women in Law Connect on May 3
  10. Congratulations to Pamela Chen, Prosecutor of the Year
  11. AABANY and KALAGNY at 33rd Annual AAPI Heritage Festival
  12. Upcoming Ethics CLEs from AABANY
  13. Join AABANY for a Pre-Memorial Day Happy Hour
  14. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  15. On WE Blog @ AABANY: Lawyers in Transition, KALCA Scholarships, KALAGNY Scholarships
  16. KALAGNY 26th Anniversary Gala Dinner: June 4
  17. Battle of the Bars
  18. D.N.J. U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancies - Apply by May 22
  19. Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Fellowship
  20. PBWT Establishes Diversity Fellowship
  21. NCLEJ Public Interest Fellowship Application Now Being Accepted
  22. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  23. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Congratulations to Don Liu, New York City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Award Honoree

AABANY congratulates Don Liu, a member who also serves on AABANY's Advisory Committee, on being honored as one of this year's New York City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Champions.  "AABANY is thrilled that the New York City Bar has chosen AABANY member Don Liu as an honoree and recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award,” said Jean Lee, AABANY’s President.  “When it comes to championing diversity, Don sets the standard.  His tireless advocacy for the advancement of minorities, particularly Asian Americans, within all spheres of private and public life have and will continue to impact our profession and broader society both on an institutional and individual level.   As a pillar in the diversity world, Don is truly deserving of this recognition, and we congratulate him.” To read the full press release go to [insert bit.ly link for press release.]  AABANY will be taking a table at the June 5 City Bar Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award luncheon.  You can send your congratulations to Don by leaving a comment on this post on WE Blog @ AABANY: bit.ly/blog_DonLiu_NYCBAdivrsty.

2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference : May 31- June 2

APALA-NJ is proud to announce that it is hosting this year's NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, from May 31 to June 2. Many AABANY leaders and members will be moderating or speaking on panels. The AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team will be reprising the Vincent Chin Trial Re-enactment. It is shaping up to be a great event so book your hotel rooms now and register. Early bird registration and hotel rates end on May 14, 2012.   For more information go to bit.ly/NAPABA_Eastrn_SuprRegional and also an invitation from Moly K. Hung, Esq., Conference Co-Chair at bit.ly/Invite2_NAPABASprRegnl.

Read the New Issue of the AABANY Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Sponsor Spotlight: Paul Weiss
  • AABANY APA Month Events
  • AABANY Profile: Aric Wu
  • Helen Wan: Lawyering, She Wrote
  • Primer on Federal Bankruptcy Judges
  • Real Estate Springs Into Action
  • Chinese Judges Visit SDNY
  • AABANY Banquet 2012

Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and once again AABANY celebrates with a slew events, including taking part in the 33rd Annual AAPI Heritage Festival; presenting with the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) "Revisiting Vincent Chin," a re-enactment of the Vincent Chin trial with a cast of professional actors; and hosting several meetings and events organized by several of our committees. For the full list go to bit.ly/APAHrtg_wAABANY.

NAPABA Press Release: Jacqueline Nguyen and John Lee Confirmed

On May 7, NAPABA and AAJC jointly issued the following press release:

Jacqueline Nguyen Confirmed as First-Ever Asian Pacific American Female Federal Appellate Court Judge; John Z. Lee Also Confirmed For Federal District Court in Illinois

 

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to be a Circuit Court Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and also confirmed John Z. Lee to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Nguyen is the first-ever Asian Pacific American female to serve as a federal appellate court judge anywhere in the nation. Judge Lee is only the second Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Illinois.

For the full text of the press release go to bit.ly/NAPABA_PrsRls050712.

Volunteers Needed for May 19 CUNY Citizenship Now!

AABANY is pleased to co-sponsor Citizenship Now!, a city-wide community service event to assist hundred of immigrants apply for US citizenship. Last year, this program helped 400 people apply to be citizens and this year, with your help, we hope to help 500 applicants. If you can spare some time on Saturday, May 19, please sign up. More details in Upcoming Events.

"Revisiting Vincent: The Legacy of the Vincent Chin Case 30 Years Later"

June 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, a young Chinese-American man from Detroit who was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat by two autoworkers, at a time when Japanese car imports were up and the American economy was down.  AABANY has joined forces with the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) and the Museum of Chinese in America to perform the Vincent Chin trial re-enactment with a cast of professional actors.  Testimony from the actual trial transcripts will be woven in with footage from the Academy Award-nominated "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" to not only commemorate this milestone event in Asian American and civil rights history but also to promote conversation and dialogue around important questions about race, hate crimes and social justice.  The Hon. Denny Chin and Dean Frank Wu, whose Vincent Chin trial re-enactment script inspired this production, will introduce the performance and participate in the talkback afterwards.  Register now for this one-time special event taking place on Tuesday, May 22, at New York Law School, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  More details at http://bit.ly/revisit_vchin.

Vincent Chin

More Photos from the 2012 AABANY Annual Dinner

We are pleased to announce a new set of 200+ photos from the 2012 Annual Dinner, taken by Steven Wu.  Take a look at the slideshow (right), or view the album at bit.ly/picasa_SteveWu_DnrFotos_2012.  Thanks to Steven for the wonderful shots!

Women in Law Connect on May 3

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, over fifty women participated in the “Women in Law Connect” networking event, co-sponsored by the Women’s Committees of AABANY, SABANY, MBBA, and KALAGNY. Women exchanged business cards over shrimp cocktails and drinks at the chic AVA Lounge in mid-Manhattan. Attendees included general counsels, associates at private law firms, solo practitioners, consultants, and public interest and government attorneys. Attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunity to network and share their knowledge and experience.

The event, an initiative of AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair Liza Sohn, linked together women’s committees of four co-sponsoring bar associations. The effort was led by Liza Sohn and Vinny Lee, AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chairs, Lisa Khandhar, SABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Shannon Chang Hanson, KALAGNY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Nadine Fontaine, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) president-elect, and Verena Powell, board member of the MBBA. Special thanks to Lian Kuang for her assistance and to all the participating bar associations. (Photo, L. to R., Liza Sohn, Verena Powell, Vinny Lee. Photo courtesy of L. Sohn.)

Congratulations to Pamela Chen, Prosecutor of the Year

AABANY congratulates its member Pamela Chen, Chief of Criminal Civil Rights Unit, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York, on her receiving the Prosecutor of the Year award at the 21st anniversary Society of Asian Federal Officers (SOAFO) Awards and Scholarship Banquet held on May 11 at Jing Fong Restaurant. SOAFO encourages qualified Asian Americans to seek and pursue careers in Federal and local law enforcement and urges its members to take on leadership roles in their professional roles.  SOAFO recognized and honored Pamela for her dedication and leadership, serving as a role model to SOAFO and the entire Asian American community.  Pamela adds this recognition to many others she has received for her public service, including the National Organization of Women's Susan B. Anthony Award and the New York County Lawyers' Association Public Service Award.  A full table of AABANY members, including Hon. Marilyn D. Go, Linda Lin, Richard Tsai and Kin Ng, turned out to join Pamela in celebrating this great honor.

AABANY and KALAGNY at 33rd Annual AAPI Heritage Festival

On Saturday, May 12, AABANY and KALAGNY joined numerous community groups, local businesses and performers for the 33rd Annual AAPI Heritage Festival, organized by CAPA (Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans) and held at DUMBO, in Brooklyn. Many people stopped by our table to find out more about the work that AABANY and KALAGNY do for the community. Copies of the current and previous issue of the AABANY Advocate were available for distribution. We also passed out quite a lot of postcards promoting "Revisiting Vincent," our upcoming co-production with a4 and MOCA. Government and Public Sector Committee Co-Chair Richard Tsai and Board member Francis Chin helped us man the table. For KALAGNY, President James Cho was present, along with Joe Gim and other KALAGNY members. Thanks to Sam Yee, Will Wang, Julie Huang, Sally Woo and many others who stopped by to say 'hello.' This Festival is always a wonderful time. Hope to see you there next year!

Upcoming Ethics CLEs from AABANY

Get those elusive Ethics CLE credits at our upcoming programs - and it’s free for AABANY members (fee charged to non-members).

The IP Committee presents: Intellectual Property Ethics for In-House Counsel (1.5 Ethics), May 17.  Government & Public Sector Committee presents: Everyday Ethics for the Government and Public Sector Attorney (2.0 Ethics), May 23.  Solo & Small Firm, Real Estate and Immigration committees co-sponsor two programs, each about ethical lawyer marketing and sustaining your practice (each 1 Ethics + 1 Law Practice Management) May 23rd and June 6th.

You can fulfill your ethics CLE requirements this year with these great AABANY programs!  You can find all these CLEs below with registration links in Upcoming Events.

Join AABANY for a Pre-Memorial Day Happy Hour

Before you take off for the Memorial Day Weekend, join AABANY’s Litigation, Young Lawyers and Student Outreach Committees for a Pre-Memorial Day Happy Hour at the Hill on East 29th and Third Avenue. It’s all part of the SOC’s “Get to Know AABANY” Initiative for law students and others who want to learn more about our great organization and all the wonderful people that are part of it. Join us on May 24!

For more information about the "Get to Know AABANY" initiative, contact our Student Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Irene Tan ([email protected]) or Ben Chan ([email protected]).

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2012 Legal Internship Program.  Open to college students, law students and law grads, AABANY is looking for a few talented, energetic and motivated interns to help plan and organize AABANY programs and events, provide research and administrative assistance and perform other tasks and assignments to advance and promote AABANY’s mission.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  For full details and information on how to apply go to bit.ly/Lgl_Intrn_Details.  Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at [email protected].

On WE Blog @ AABANY: Lawyers in Transition, KALCA Scholarships, KALAGNY Scholarships

KALAGNY 26th Anniversary Gala Dinner: June 4

The Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York ("KALAGNY") invites you to attend its 26th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. KALAGNY will be honoring YS Chi, Chairman of Elsevier's Management Committee, and Susan Moon, Vice President, Global Legal Team at Wyndham Exchange and Rentals.  Almost sold out!  Get your tickets now.  For further details see the listing under Other Events.

Battle of the Bars

Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Federal Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street.

Join the Network of Bar Leaders for the first inter-bar association talent competition. Nominate at least one member of your bar association to become this year's LEGAL IDOL. Talent is not defined. We welcome all talent from singers to stand-up comics.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.  Admission is $15 (to benefit Network of Bar Leaders). To register as a contestant or to RSVP, please email [email protected].

D.N.J. U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancies - Apply by May 22

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey has announced a vacancy for two (2) full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge positions in the Newark vicinage. The DNJ's public notice, which contains additional information about the position and the application, is available on the court's website at http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/atty/NoticeBarApril2012.pdf.

AABANY encourages all qualified attorneys with an interest in serving in the federal judiciary to submit an application, which is due no later than May 22, 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]).

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Fellowship

NDS is seeking recent law school graduates for a paid two-year post-graduate fellowship.THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem. NDS represents residents of Northern Manhattan who are charged with crimes who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients are represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and team administrators. NDS also provides pre-arrest representation to clients under threat of arrest. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending,and after the case concludes.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to NDS at [email protected] with the subject line, “NDS Fellowship.” For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org.  Click here for full details on this fellowship.

PBWT Establishes Diversity Fellowship

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has launched the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship.

We believe that a workforce made up of people from diverse social, racial, and cultural backgrounds results in a dynamic and supportive workplace for our attorneys and staff and enhances our ability to provide the highest-quality representation for our clients. We are proud to offer the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship as part of our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession.

For more information, please go to bit.ly/PBWT_Dvrsty_Flwshp.

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.

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

  • May 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: APA Heritage Month Celebration at the Kings County District Attorney's Office from 5:15 to 7:00 PM at the Robert N. Kaye Conference Room, 350 Jay Street - 19th Floor, Brooklyn, NY. For more information click here.
  • May 17: The IP Committee presents: Intellectual Property Ethics for In-House Counsel CLE from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Kalow & Springut LLP, 488 Madison Avenue. AABANY members may register here free of charge and non-members may register here for a nominal fee.
  • May 18: AABANY cosponsors: AAJA Trivia Bowl, from 6:00 to 10:30 PM at ABC’s TV1 Studio, 30 West 67 Street (between Columbus & Central Park West). For more information click here.
  • May 18:  AABANY is cosponsoring this NYSBA CLE: Starting a Practice in New York, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Concierge Conference Center, 780 Third Avenue (at 48th Street). For more information click here.
  • May 19: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Citizenship Now! Citywide Citizenship Application Assistance Event from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Haaren Hall-Building Gymnasium, 4th Floor, 524 West 59th Street . For more information click here.
  • May 22: AABANY cosponsors Revisiting Vincent: The Legacy of the Vincent Chin Case 30 Years Later, starting 7:00 PM at the New York Law School, 185 West Broadway @ Leonard Street. AABANY members may buy discounted tickets here and Non-AABANY members may buy tickets here.
  • May 23: Government and Public Sector Committee Ethics CLE (AABANY Mmbrs) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Friedman Kaplan, 7 Times Square. AABANY members may register free of charge here and Non-AABANY members may register for a nominal fee here.
  • May 23: Joint Committee Marketing Seminar: Market and Sustain Your Practice in 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Wells Fargo, 12 East 49th Street, 45th Floor.  AABANY members may register free of charge here and Non-AABANY members may register for a nominal fee here.
  • May 24: AABANY Pre-Memorial Day Happy Hour Co-Sponsored by Litigation, Young Lawyers and Student Outreach Committees, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The Hill, 416 3rd Avenue, between 29th and 30th Streets. For more information click here.
  • May 30: AABANY/AALFNY Summer Reception, from 6:00 8:00 PM at Edwards Wildman, 750 Lexington Avenue at 59th Street. For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 14: Kramer Levin APA Heritage Month Celebration with Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Kramer Levin, 29th Fl. atrium, 1177 Avenue of the Americas. For more information click here.
  • May 16: MOCA Community of Heroes Celebration, starting at 7:00 PM at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 East Broadway.  For more information click here.
  • May 17: MBBA's Labor and Employment Committee will host a Reception and Presentation by the Honorable Mark Pearce, National Labor Relations Board Chairman from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Arent Fox LLP, 1675 Broadway. For more information click here.
  • May 18: Deadline to apply for KALAGNY Law Student Scholarship.  For more information click here.
  • May 18-20: NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (In Association with the Young Lawyers Section) Spring Meeting at the Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY. Past President, current Board member and co-chair of the Judiciary Committee will be speaking on the May 20 panel, Your Path Through the Court and to the Bench: What You Need to Know to Get Through a Day in Court (1.5 Skills).  For more information click here.
  • May 18: MBBA's Twenty-Eighth Anniversary Awards Gala at Gotham Hall, starting 6:00 PM at 1356 Broadway at 36th Street. For more information click here.
  • May 18: NYSBACLE: The Examination Before Trial – Honing Your Deposition Skills (Long Island Session) from 8:30 to 4:35 PM at the Long Island Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, NY. For more information click here.
  • May 18-19: NCVAA 2012 Legal Round-Up, at the Norris Conference Centers, City Centre, 803 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX. For more information click here.
  • May 20: Brooklyn Community Church’s 2nd Annual Law Day from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Berean Baptist Church, 1635 Dr. Hylton L. James Boulevard, (Corner of Bergen Street at Rochester Avenue). For more information click here.
  • May 21: NYSBACLE: Advanced Insurance Coverage (Albany Session) from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the New York State Nurses Association, 11 Cornell Road, Latham, NY. For more information click here.
  • May 21: NYSBACLE: Advanced Insurance Coverage (Buffalo Session) from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY. For more information click here.
  • May 21: NYSBACLE: Advanced Insurance Coverage (Long Island Session) from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Melville Marriott Long Island, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY. For more information click here.
  • May 21: NYSBA Panel and Free Webcast: Re-Entering the Legal Profession, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Herrick Feinstein LLP, 2 Park Avenue. For more information click here.
  • May 22:  Deadline to apply for US District Court Magistrate Judge Vacancy - Newark. For more information click here.
  • May 23: NYSBA Free Panel and Webcast: Through the Looking Glass - The Social Media Revolution, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1095 Avenue of the Americas. For more information http://bit.ly/Thru_the_LookngGlas.
  • May 24: AALDEF Screening: Sing Your Song, starting 6:00 PM at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, One World Financial Center. For more information click here.
  • May 31 - June 2: 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference, at the Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Affordable Housing Associate, Nixon Peabody LLP, New York, NY
  • Policy Director, SAALT, New York, NY
  • Labor and Employment Associate, Ford & Harrison LLP, New York, NY
  • Privacy Counsel, Avon, New York, NY

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

 
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