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AABANY Announcements April 27, 2015

In this edition

  1. Call for Board Nominations, Deadline Apr. 30
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors: AALDEF DACA/DAPA Training, Apr. 30 
  3. Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, May 12
  4. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, May 14
  5. Spirit of Asian America Gala, May 14
  6. The Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: A Trial Reenactment at the New-York Historical Society, May 16
  7. Implicit Bias in Arbitration, May 18
  8. Congratulations to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan
  9. Congratulations to Veronica S. Jung
  10. Congratulations to Dev Sen
  11. Congratulations to Huhnsik Chung
  12. Congratulations to Assemblyman Ron Kim
  13. Congratulations to Kenneth Chin
  14. AABANY Running Club 
  15. AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program
  16. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center
  17. NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty
  18. Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel
  19. NAPABA News
  20. Judicial Vacancies
  21. Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge
  22. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  23. Read The Current Issue of The AABANY Advocate
  24. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  25. Fellowship Announcements
  26. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  27. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  28. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Call for Board Nominations, Deadline Apr. 30

AABANY's 2015-2016 Board of Directors took office on April 1! While they have already started the year, there is still time to submit a nomination to join the Board of Directors for the remainder of this term. There is one one-year term vacancy and one two-year term vacancy.

The Nominations Committee welcomes applications to fill the vacancies immediately. The Nominations Committee will review the candidates to determine whether these vacancies should be filled, and if so, by whom. The Nominations Committee may also interview candidates before making its determination.

Please also submit (i) a statement of interest declaring your intent to run; and (ii) a current resume, biography or CV listing your experience and accomplishments and any honors received to date. As part of item (i), please indicate your experience with AABANY if you have been an active member, describing any activities that you have participated in or helped to organize. If you have not been an active member in AABANY, explain what capabilities, resources, talents, skills, expertise, experience or any other contributions you would be able to make as a Board Director or Officer. Please also identify any activities indicating a dedication and commitment to issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

For a description of the qualifications, duties and obligations of Board Directors, please see Articles IV of AABANY's By-laws, which can be found here.

You may submit your nomination by regular mail, e-mail, or fax by April 30, 2015. Your nomination must be received by April 30.

You may email your application in Word or PDF to [email protected] You may fax your nomination to (718) 228-7206. If you wish to submit your nomination by mail, it must be received by Apr. 30. Please send hard copies to:

45 Rockefeller Plaza
20th Floor
New York, NY 10111

AABANY Co-Sponsors: AALDEF DACA/DAPA Training, Apr. 30

A significant number of Asian immigrants are among an estimated 300,000 additional undocumented individuals who may benefit from an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Although applications were to be accepted beginning on February 18, 2015, a Texas federal court has temporarily halted the President's executive immigration actions, including the expanded DACA program and a new deferred action initiative, known as DAPA, for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. The Justice Department has appealed this ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

DACA offers temporary relief from the threat of deportation to young people and allows them to obtain employment authorization. Last November, the Obama administration announced the expansion of DACA and the creation of a new DAPA program, which was expected to begin in May 2015. For many such individuals, this will be the first opportunity to legally work and live in this country.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is seeking pro bono counsel to represent eligible people who qualify under these deferred action programs. No prior legal experience with DACA is required, but pro bono counsel will be required to attend a training prior to taking a case. Any cases handled pursuant to this training would also support the work of RAISE, a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group affiliated with AALDEF.

Light dinner will be provided. For more information, click here.

Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, May 12

In this reenactment of a landmark employment discrimination case, Cadwalader, Cadwalader Alumni Network, and their Center for Diversity & Inclusion examine the proceedings that led to the Supreme Court’s decision in Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio. Asian Pacific Americans have been a part of the salmon canning industry in Alaska since the late 1800s. Starting in the 1920s, Filipinos became a main work force in the Alaskan canneries, where they were relegated to fish house jobs, working long hours in poor conditions for low pay. In the 1970s, led by Filipino activists, the workers organized and filed three class actions, including Wards Cove. After a lengthy trial and multiple proceedings before the Ninth Circuit, the case reached the United States Supreme Court in 1989.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of the Wards Cove workers through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.

Click here for more information. RSVP by May 5.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, May 14

Are you considering opening your own firm? Are you a recent law school graduate just starting out? Are you considering leaving your place of employment and starting your own firm? The New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee is pleased to present a spring CLE program on Starting a Practice in New York.

The New York State Bar Association's full-day program will provide an overview of what it takes to own your own practice. From choosing a business entity to choosing office space and attracting new clients, this program will provide practical and useful tips for starting a practice in New York. Focusing on solo practice, this year's program topics include: setting up bank accounts; general accounting information; tax concerns; setting up IOLA accounts; client retainer agreements and intake forms; collecting payments; leaving your old firm; handling referral business; the ethical issues of using the Internet to market your practice; social media considerations; increasing your list of contacts; and much more. Register online by clicking here.

Click here for more information. 

AABANY MEMBERS, NOTE: You may sign up at the NYSBA member rate of $175 even if you are not an NYSBA member.

Spirit of Asian America Gala, May 14

Congratulations to AABANY Past President and current New York State Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee, who will be honored at the Asian American Federation's Spirit of Asian America Gala 2015: Celebrating 25 Years of Advancing the Civic Voice and Quality of Life for All Asian Americans on May 14, 2015 at The Pierre!

Glenn has often been recognized for his record of public service. If you'd like to join the Asian American Federation in honoring him, you can find out more about the AAF Gala by clicking here. If anyone is interested in joining AABANY at the gala to celebrate Glenn Lau-Kee and the Spirit of Asian America, email [email protected].

The Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: A Trial Reenactment at the New-York Historical Society, May 16

When: May 16, 2015, 9am-11am
Where: Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY, 10024

AABANY is proud to once again join Judge Denny Chin to bring you another trial reenactment at the New-York Historical Society! 

The internment of Japanese-American citizens during the Second World War will forever remain a painful chapter our nation’s history. When the U.S. government began drafting interned citizens for military service in 1944, a group of men confined at Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Relocation Center protested their loss of freedom through a mass draft evasion. Experts lead a trial reenactment of the legal proceedings that followed and share the draft resisters’ story through narration, discussion, and historic photographs. 

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

*** AABANY members may attend this event at the New-York Historical Society at the NYHS member-rate ($32) instead of general admission ($44). Use this code at check-out: AABANY15

Implicit Bias in Arbitration, May 18

When: May 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The existence of implicit bias in decision-makers like judges and arbitrators is of increasing concern in our multi-cultural, pluralistic society. Unlike overt or explicit bias, implicit bias is bias in judgment and/or behavior that stems from subtle cognitive processes that operate below conscious awareness and without intentional control. In a program co-sponsored by the AABANY Litigation Committee and the American Arbitration Association, attendees will participate in a workshop conducted by a law professor at Seton Hall on the fundamental concepts behind implicit bias, followed by an engaging panel discussion comprising the professor and a moderator and two panelists, each of whom are AAA arbitrators.

The program offers 2.0 FREE NY CLE credits and will be followed by a networking reception. Please register at

Congratulations to Veronica S. Jung

Congratulations to former AABANY Board Director Veronica S. Jung, on the opening of her new boutique law firm, The Law Offices of Veronica S. Jung. Veronica's firm is an employment law boutique focusing on high-quality, cost-effective solutions for workers and employers in the modern workplace.

They can be found at their home on the web at

Congratulations to Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan

Congratulations to Judge Doris Ling-Cohan, who has been named one of the 75 most accomplished female attorneys today by the National Law Journal! According the National Law Journal, factors considered when selecting the women were:
  • Development of successful practices, especially new areas of law or practices typically dominated by men.
  • Attainment of professional leadership roles.
  • Performance in significant cases, including those that resulted in key, often precedent-setting rulings, victories at trial, and significant settlements.
  • Influence and stature in the public sector, including high-level government work.
  • Representation of the underserved or indigent.
  • Demonstrated efforts to improve diversity in the profession. 

To view the other 74 Outstanding Women Lawyers, click here and watch out for the more in-depth May 4 issue!

Congratulations to Dev Sen

Congratulations to Former AABANY Board Director Dev Sen, who has recently been elected to the Boies, Schiller & Flexner partnership! Check out this American Lawyer article, “Boies Schiller Bolsters Corporate Group with O’Melveny Hire” by Brian Baxter, about Dev’s journey there. Click here to view the article.

Congratulations to Huhnsik Chung

Congratulations to AABANY Advisory Board Member Huhnsik Chung, who has joined Baker & McKenzie’s North American Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice Group as a Partner in New York. To hear what Baker & McKenzie and Huhnsik have to say about it, click here to read the press release. 

Congratulations to Assemblyman Ron Kim

Congratulations to Assemblyman Ron Kim, who has been appointed by Speaker Carl Heastie as Head of the Legislative Task Force on New Americans. Founded in 2001, this task force has focused on researching and advocating for policies and programs that have direct impact in the immigrant communities throughout the state of New York.

To learn more, click here to read the press release.

Congratulations to Kenneth Chin

Please join us in congratulating AABANY member Kenneth Chin, Banking Finance Partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, who has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers!

To learn more about Kenneth’s honor, read Kramer Levin’s announcement below:

The ACCFL extends fellowships by invitation only, and after careful investigation, to those lawyers who have achieved preeminence in the field of commercial finance law and exemplify the highest professional and leadership standards.

Mr. Chin has more than 25 years of experience providing legal and transactional advice to a wide variety of clients in corporate and financing transactions. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers as a leading lawyer, and in 2014 was named one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business by Asian American Business Development Center.

AABANY Running Club

Now that Spring is here, the Young Lawyers Committee is gauging interest in starting up the Running Club this year. It's a great opportunity to meet AABANY folks who are interested in running, in a fun, casual setting.

Past runs have looked like this: 

Date/Time: Tues, Wed or Thurs, ~6:30 PM
Frequency: Depending on the level of interest, we hope once a month during the warmer months of May to Sept/Oct (***you do not have to commit to running every month)
No. of people per run: 6-8
Location: Battery Park or Central Park
Distance: ~3-5 miles at a comfortable pace 

We meet at a designated location where somebody will watch over your belongings. After the run, you may stay for drinks and/or dinner. The drinks/dinner may or may not be subsidized by AABANY.

If you are interested, please fill out THIS SURVEY. Once the Young Lawyers Committee has enough interest, Co-Chair Amy Ngai will send another survey around to figure out a date/time for the first run!

Any questions or comments can be directed to [email protected].

AABANY 2015 Membership Committee Delegate Program

Membership Secretary Irene Tan is seeking interested law students to serve as Membership Committee Delegates for AABANY. As a Membership Committee Delegate, law students will participate on the Membership Steering Committee and have the opportunity to work with senior leadership to develop and execute key strategic membership initiatives for the organization.

Membership Committee Delegates are required to attend a minimum of four AABANY-sponsored events in a semester where the Membership Committee Delegate will assist with checking in attendees at events, distributing marketing materials, and promoting the organization. Membership Committee Delegates will be invited to participate on other Membership projects on an ad hoc basis.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting more involved in the organization. Membership Committee Delegates will attend AABANY events for free, quickly develop an expansive network within the organization, and contribute to and collaborate on membership initiatives for one of the largest minority bar associations in New York.

Those interested should contact Membership Secretary Irene Tan at [email protected].

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with MinKwon Center

The MinKwon Center will be hosting several Naturalization Clinics. These clinics are great opportunities to assist low-income community members with immigration law forms. Clinics will be held at the MinKwon Center’s office in Flushing and Fort Lee, NJ.

No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided on the day of each clinic. MinKwon keeps a log of all volunteer hours and MinKwon is glad to certify your pro bono hours for the NY bar admission requirement. If you’re interested in volunteering with MinKwon, please read the following clinic descriptions and sign up using the links below:

MinKwon will be helping eligible legal permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) complete their applications to become naturalized U.S. citizens. MinKwon could use the assistance of attorneys, students and interpreters. Korean and/or Chinese language ability is especially helpful. Please sign up here to volunteer with MinKwon. 

The next clinic takes place May 9. Click here for additional dates and details.

NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty

The New York City Bar seeks recommendations for potential speakers and faculty members for their annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.). The form can be found at the following link:

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio to [email protected] with the subject "Call for Speakers."

Questions can be directed to Clare Plunkett at [email protected].

As a reminder, all new members from AABANY are invited to join with a special membership discount by joining at the following link:

Apply Now to Join 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel

The Criminal Justice Act/Pro Bono Committee is accepting applications for the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel. The deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015. The Plan for the Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel and the application form are available via this link: We encourage all members and friends of AABANY to apply for this important pro bono opportunity.


Judicial Vacancies

Click here to view the notice advising of four (4) vacancies in the New York State Supreme Court and two (2) in the Civil Court in New York County to be filled via the November 2015 election. 

There are also five (5) vacancies in the Supreme Court of the Twelfth District, covering the Bronx, and two vacancies in the Civil Court in the Bronx. All vacancies are in the First Department, covering New York and Bronx Counties.

Click here to see the Public Notice of the United States Magistrate Judge position vacancy at the Brooklyn Courthouse of the EDNY. Applications must be received by April 30, 2015.

Seeking Volunteer Attorneys to Assist Appellate Judge

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant, or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some trial court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity for volunteer, and an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of our former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.

Willing to fill out paperwork for fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume and references by email to Lynn Cho at [email protected]

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2015 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

Please direct any questions to Executive Director Yang Chen at [email protected].

Read The Current Issue of The Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Profile: Glenn Magpantay: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
  • Switching Tracks: Alternative Careers for Lawyers
  • Profile: Lawyer and Filmmaker Steven De Castro Tells the Story of Fred Ho’s Last Year
  • Fourth Quarter 2014 Review

This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

Fellowship announcements can be found on AABANY's website under Resources, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." To see current announcements for Fellowships go to

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 28: What? No More HUD-1?, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: AABANY Co-Sponsors: AALDEF Pro Bono DACA/DAPA Training, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: DEADLINE: Call for AABANY Board Nominations. For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Starting a Solo Practice in New York, 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 18: Implicit Bias in Arbitration, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Apr. 28: In Your Neighborhood: The Insidiousness of Sex Trafficking, 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 28: The Evolving City Council, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: Survey of Immigration Law, 9am-1pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: SDNY 225th Anniversary Event: Judge Learned Hand, 5pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Apr. 30: Small Businesses in Distress: Bankruptcy & Other Alternatives, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 6: Law Day - Kings County, 1pm. For more information, click here.
  • May 12: Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, 5:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Director of Litigation Recruitment, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Attorney General in Charge, Division of Regional Affairs, Office of the New York State Attorney General, Poughkeepsie
  • Experienced Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Structured Finance/CLO Attorney, Associate General Counsel, New York Life Insurance Company, New York

For more information on these listings and other open positions go to the AABANY Career Center. Members must be signed in to have access to the Career Center. Either search by keyword or just hit "Search" at the bottom of the form to see a complete listing of jobs.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.