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AABANY Announcements, November 21, 2012

AABANY ANNOUNCEMENTS November 21, 2012

In this edition

  1. AABANY at NAPABA
  2. NY City Bar: 2011 Law Firm Diversity Benchmarking Report Released
  3. AABANY Law Review Open Positions: Nov. 26 Deadline
  4. AABANY Co-Sponsors: DACA Pro Bono Training at Linklaters, Nov. 27
  5. AABANY at Judicial Friends Dinner on Nov. 29
  6. Litigation Committee Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour on Nov. 29
  7. Highlight: AABANY Performs the Vincent Chin Trial Re-enactment
  8. AABANY Holiday Party at Pranna on Dec. 14
  9. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinics
  10. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  11. Read the Fall Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  12. VERITEXT discounts for AABANY members
  13. On WE Blog @ AABANY: Hurricane Relief, Critical Race Theory, CUP Lawyers Forum Photos, CUP Fellowship, AAARI Trilingual Literature, AALDEF Internships
  14. Fellowship Announcements: Women's Rights Project Fellowship
  15. Court Sponsored Volunteer Attorney Program
  16. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  17. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY at NAPABA

AABANY turned out in force for the 24th Annual NAPABA Convention held at the JW Marriott and hosted by APABA-DC, from November 15-18.  The theme was “Reaching Monumental Heights.”  Five AABANY members were recognized as being among this year’s class of NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40: Steve Choi, Rio Guerrero, Blossom Kan, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal and Vinoo Varghese. (Read the press release here bit.ly/prsrls_BstLwyrs_Undr40.) Membership Secretary Judy Kim was officially sworn in as Northeast Regional Governor. (Read that press release here bit.ly/prsrls_JudyKim_NEregGov.)

Many AABANY members and leaders took part as moderators and speakers on various panels, including: Vincent Chang, Yang Chen, Hon. Denny Chin, Francis Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, Eve Guillergan, Alexander Lee, Lauren U. Y. Lee, Vinny Lee, Robert Leung, Michael Lewis, Peter Ligh, Linda Lin, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Don Liu, Tony Lu, Glenn Magpantay, Hugh Mo, Kin Ng, Chul Pak, Maria Park, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal, Vinoo Varghese, Jessica Wong, Michael Yap. (Apologies if we left anyone out.)

Read more on the blog at bit.ly/blog_NAPABAcnvtn2012.

NY City Bar: 2011 Law Firm Diversity Benchmarking Report Released

The New York City Bar has released its 2011 Diversity Benchmarking Study. Click here to read the post from the City Bar’s blog:

Asian attorneys represent the majority of minority attorneys accounting for 53.1% of minority attorneys and 54.2% of minority associates. A curious ongoing trend is the decline for Asian attorneys – vis-à-vis Black and Hispanic attorneys - as they rise to leadership positions at signatory firms declining from over half of minority associates to 45.4% of partners and 34.8% of practice group heads.

To read the report, go to bit.ly/2011DvrstyBnchmrkngRpt.

AABANY Law Review Open Positions: Nov. 26 Deadline

The AABANY Law Review (ALR) is an annual journal published by attorneys and law students that seeks to inspire discussion and debate on matters of concern to the Asian Pacific American community while providing law students with valuable journal experience. ALR published its inaugural issue in February 2012. More recently, ALR published a special edition containing annotated re-enactment scripts of historic cases involving Asian Americans written by prominent members of the Asian American legal community.

ALR is currently seeking practitioners, law students, and graduates who are interested in contributing to the journal for the upcoming year. We are aiming to publish our second issue in September 2013, which will contain a mix of original content and republications. ALR also has plans to launch its First Annual Student Note competition in early 2013. ALR will provide opportunities for its members to develop and hone their own research, writing, and editing skills.  Read more about the open positions at bit.ly/blog_LawRvw.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: AABANY Co-Sponsors: DACA Pro Bono Training at Linklaters, Nov. 27

Thousands of young immigrants have been approved for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA). But with an estimated 100,000 undocumented Asian immigrants eligible, we have thousands more to reach. DACA is a Department of Homeland Security directive that gives eligible undocumented youth a two-year pause from the threat of deportation and an opportunity to secure a work permit. For many, this will be the first opportunity to legally work and live in this country.

Many of these immigrants are from the communities served by the various Asian bar associations of New York. Taking on a DACA case pro bono is a discrete way to learn basic immigration law and begin to change the life of undocumented youth.
 

If you know of anyone who would benefit from this program, please direct them to the website at bit.ly/DACA_ProBnoTrng_Linklaters.

AABANY at Judicial Friends Dinner on Nov. 29

Congratulations to the Hon. Randall Eng and Chanwoo Lee, honorees at the 31st Annual Rivers, Toney and Watson Dinner presented by the Judicial Friends Foundation. The dinner this year takes place on Thursday, November 29, from 6 pm to 11 pm at Maestro’s in the Bronx. AABANY will be taking a table, and AABANY members can attend at the subsidized rate of $75 per person. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please let us know asap at [email protected].

Litigation Committee Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour on Nov. 29

The Litigation Committee will be hosting a Happy Hour on November 29 to show appreciation for all the volunteers, speakers and panelists this year who helped put on some great programs and events. It will be held at the Park Avenue Tavern, in the Barrel Room. For more details and to rsvp, see the listing under Upcoming Events.

Highlight: AABANY Performs the Vincent Chin Trial Re-enactment

On Monday, November 19, just days after the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team performed the Heart Mountain re-enactment at the NAPABA National Convention in Washington, D.C., the team, led by the Hon. Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin, presented for the second time this year a re-enactment of the Vincent Chin Murder Trial.  The Hon. David F. Bauman, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County, saw the performance at the Eastern Super Regional in Atlantic City back in June and was so moved and riveted by it that he invited the team to present it at the New Jersey Judicial College, held at the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck, N.J., before an audience of New Jersey state court judges.

To read more go to the blog post at bit.ly/VncntChin_Renactmnt.

AABANY Holiday Party at Pranna on Dec. 14

Save the date! AABANY will be holding its annual holiday party once again at Pranna. It will take place on Friday, December 14, starting at 7 pm. Open to all; to register go to bit.ly/AABANY_HldyPty2012.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinics

This week, DACA clinics are scheduled to held on:

  • Nov 21 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Cabrini Immigrant Services CIS-NYC, 139 Henry Street, New York, NY
  • Nov 24 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Cabrini Immigrant Services CIS-NYC, 139 Henry Street, New York, NY

Thanks to the New York Immigration Coalition for sharing this information with the community.

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].

Read the Fall Issue of The AABANY Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Sharp Shooter: Michael Kim
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Gibson Dunn
  • President's Letter from Jean Lee
  • Raising the Bar: Legal Outreach
  • Primer II on Federal Bankruptcy Judges
  • Commercial Litigation Book Review
  • AABANY's Summer Events in Pictures

VERITEXT discounts for AABANY members

Veritext

AABANY members, before you book your next court reporting assignment for depositions, consider using VERITEXT and take advantage of the discount now being offered until February 1, 2013, to all AABANY members. Get more details by clicking on the link in image. VERITEXT will donate a portion of the proceeds to support AABANY, its mission and programs. Thanks, VERITEXT!

On WE Blog @ AABANY: Hurricane Relief, Critical Race Theory, CUP Lawyers Forum Photos, CUP Fellowship, AAARI Trilingual Literature, AALDEF Internships

Fellowship Announcements: Women's Rights Project Fellowship

All Fellowship announcements can now be found on AABANY's website under Resources, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." The Women's Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for sponsored fellowships, such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Liman and other public interest fellowships, beginning in the Fall of 2013. The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.   Applicants are encourages to send materials as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a decision is made.  To see this and other announcements for Fellowships go to bit.ly/Fellowship_Announcmnts.

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

  • November 26: DEADLINE to apply for positions with the AABANY Law Review. For more information click here.
  • November 27: AABANY cosponsors DACA Pro Bono Training from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Linklaters, 1345 6th Avenue. For more information click here.
  • November 28: AABANY cosponsors: Women on the Move, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Concierge Conference Center, 780 Third Avenue (at 48th Street.) For more information click here.
  • November 29: The Litigation Committee hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour starting 6:30 PM at The Barrel Room (Basement of the Park Avenue Tavern), 99 Park Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets. For more information click here.
  • December 10: AABANY cosponsors: Business Development Skills for Women of Color, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.). Discounted tickets for AABANY members. For more information click here.
  • December 14: AABANY Holiday Party 2012, starting 7:00 PM at Pranna, 79 Madison Ave. (at 28th Street). For more information click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • November 26: The U.S. Government in an Age of Smart Power, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.) Harold Koh will be delivering remarks at this FREE event.  For more information click here.
  • November 27: Bloomberg Administration’s Legal Legacy Symposium - Session One (FREE), from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Fordham University, Pope Auditorium, 155 West 60th Street (Columbus Ave.) For more information click here.
  • November 29: Judicial Friends 31st Annual Rivers, Toney and Watson Awards Dinner and Dance, at Maestro's, 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462. For more information click here.
  • November 29:  NOTE LOCATION CHANGE/Law and ReOrder, from 12:15 to 2:00 PM at DLA Piper LLP (US), 1251 Avenue of the Americas (at 50th Street), 27th Floor MPR.. For more information click here.
  • November 29: MBBA presents "Gun Law Legislation and Obstacles to Effective Gun Control: A discussion of New York Gun Laws, the Efficacy of Current Gun Control Initiatives, and the Second Amendment", from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, location to be determined. For more information click here.
  • December 4: Bloomberg Administration’s Legal Legacy Symposium - Session Two (FREE), from 5:30 to 9:00 PM at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue). For more information click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.  Deadline 11/28/12
  • Legal Internships with the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Junior to Mid level associates needed at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Greater New York Area
  • Sr. Litigation Attorney, Parker Ibrahim & Berg, Greater NY area

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

 
For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.