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AABANY Announcements October 24, 2016

In this edition

  1. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  2. Don H. Liu Scholars Program Application Now Available
  3. Congratulations to Anita Wu
  4. Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed
  5. AABANY Tax Club Dinner, Oct. 25
  6. Private Burberry Shopping Event to Benefit SCS JIP, Oct. 27
  7. Women's Committee Career Workshop: Sharpening Your Self-Marketing Skills, Oct. 27
  8. Volunteers Needed for AABANY Student Outreach: NYU Resume Review Workshop, Nov. 10
  9. Live Chat with The New York Times: Confronting Racism Against Asian Americans
  10. Highlights: Week of Oct. 17
  11. New York City Bar 2015 Diversity Benchmarking Report
  12. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  13. NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members  
  14. Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights: CLE Training Available Oct. 27
  15. Happy Filipino American History Month
  16. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  17. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  18. NAPABA News
  19. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  20. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  21. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  22. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  23. Fellowship Announcements
  24. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  26. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

AABANY Clerkship Directory

Did you clerk for a judge? Have you served as a court attorney? If so, please fill out our AABANY law clerk/court attorney survey!
 
 The Judiciary Committee has created a clerkship directory to gather information about our members who may be willing to act as future resources and/or ultimately want to become a judge. If you've ever clerked for a judge, please take a minute to fill out this survey and forward to others: http://bit.ly/aabanyclerks
 
We deeply appreciate your help! Stay tuned for more information about a possible How to Apply to Be a Judicial Clerk Panel.

 

Don H. Liu Scholars Program Application Now Available

The Don H. Liu Scholars Program is currently in its third year and is currently accepting applications. The application deadline is November 18, 2016.

Click here for more information.

Founded in 2014 by two past presidents of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”), the Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc. (“Program”) seeks to identify, cultivate and inspire future Asian American leaders within the legal profession in order to address the single most important reality facing Asian American professionals today – the barrier to advancement.

This year, the Selection Committee will select up to 3 scholars. Each scholar will be awarded $15,000 each and have access to prominent mentors, including Don H. Liu, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Target Corporation. Additionally, scholars will have assistance in securing summer internships.

To be eligible for the Program, the applicant must be of Asian descent and be enrolled full-time as a 1L in a law school in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania or the District of Columbia. Application materials are due on November 18, 2016.

Please apply and share this with your networks. If you have any questions, please email the Program's Vice President of Communications Ligee Gu at [email protected]@gmail.com.

Apply today!

Congratulations to Anita Wu

Congratulations to our Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu! New York Law Journal published the decision Ng v. King Henry Realty, Inc., 16 Civ. 0013. Anita was part of a legal team that represented Plaintiff Chee Sum Ng, who lived on the 7th floor of a building in Chinatown and suffered from end stage renal disease. He needed to leave his apartment several times a week for dialysis treatment but the one elevator in the building was being taken out of service for five months. The landlord did not offer Mr. Ng any accommodation, such as a first floor apartment, that would permit him to safely exit and enter the building. After reaching a settlement in favor of Mr. Ng, Anita and her team moved for and was awarded nearly $40,000 in attorneys’ fees in the case.

She had this to share from Judge James Francis’ decision:

“Many of the defendants’ other objections to hours worked are entirely frivolous. For example, the defendants’ attorney objects to Ms. Wu’s billing entries totaling 8.6 hours on December 30, 2015 because ”[her] firm is in the public sector and I doubt that they are required to work a total of 7 full hours in 1 day.“ (Def. Memo., ¶15). The crux of the defendants’ argument is that lawyers at not-for-profit organizations are categorically unwilling to work long hours to meet their clients’ needs. This view is entirely divorced from reality and requires no further attention, except to note that it is debunked by the conduct of the plaintiff’s lawyers in this case. After learning of the planned elevator shutdown less than a week before it was scheduled to occur, the attorneys worked on a holiday weekend to file the case in time to stop the defendants from shutting the elevator down. (Wu Decl., ¶¶4, 6).”

Click here to read more. (Subscription may be required.) 

Know Your Rights Community Trainings - Volunteers Needed

Have you ever wanted to take initiative and lead a volunteer project? Sign up today to volunteer with AABANY's Know Your Rights Program: http://bit.ly/kyraabany

AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give trainings on how to get housing repairs to the Flushing community at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) located at 35-24 Union Street.

Trainings to the volunteers will be provided by Legal Services NYC at 40 Worth Street and by webcast. Starting on September 21, volunteers can shadow experienced public interest lawyers on a monthly basis at night. Eventually, once the volunteer becomes comfortable, they can give the training themselves under the supervision of an experienced housing lawyer. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work at the Pro Bono Committee’s Monthly General Advice Clinic in Manhattan Chinatown!

We are looking for committed volunteers who have demonstrated interest in social justice and want to help the community. As a volunteer, you will be asked to commit to being trained, observing at least one training, and giving one or more trainings to the community. Chinese language skills are a plus although may not be necessary.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu at [email protected].

AABANY Tax Club Dinner, Oct. 25

Please join us for an interactive discussion relating to proposed regulations under sections 707 and 752 of the Code. Dinner will be provided. We encourage early RSVPs through the AABANY website because the event will be limited to 15 participants. Please see the details below:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • Place: Tang Pavilion
  • Address: 65 West 55th Street
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Click here to register. Please contact your Tax Committee Co-Chairs if you have any questions.

Private Burberry Shopping Event to Benefit SCS JIP, Oct. 27

Dear Friends of AABANY:

AABANY has been a strong supporter and partner of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial internship Program (SCS JIP). Its law school division is formerly known as the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP). A number of AABANY's interns and young leaders are also beneficiaries of the SCS JIP/JMB JIP. Come support! Bring your generosity and wallets!

Thanks,
Linda

Find out more about the private shopping event here: 10% off all purchases, 10% of proceeds will go to benefit the SCS JIP.

Women's Committee Career Workshop: Sharpening Your Self-Marketing Skills, Oct. 27

Sharpening Your Self Marketing Skills

 

Whether you just stepped into practice and are attempting to learn the basics, are engaging in business development, positioning yourself for partnership, proving your value to colleagues in-house, or seeking to change jobs now or in the future, marketing yourself effectively will be a critical component of your success. 

 

In a workshop geared towards women attorneys, Amanda Ferriso, a former practicing corporate lawyer and career consultant with over 15 years of experience in the New York legal community, will share considerations and recommendations for elevating your professional profile and expanding your network internally at your firm or company, and externally in the broader community.

 

Free for AABANY Members; $20 for Non-Members

 

6:30-7:00 sign in/mingling
7:00 program begins

 

The event is currently at capacity. Email [email protected] to join the waitlist.

Volunteers Needed for AABANY Student Outreach: NYU APALSA Resume Review Workshop, Nov. 10

Volunteer to help our local New York University law students advance their career opportunities! So often, talented law students don't have the necessary expertise to be able to market themselves effectively in their resume. Students will bring working copies of their resume and be ready to discuss with you their experiences. By taking the time to suggest changes or additions, you will contribute to concrete improvements in their job search.

Date: November 10, 2016, 6:30pm

Click here to sign up!

Contact AABANY Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair Keli Huang at [email protected] if you have any questions. We will email you with any updates.

Live Chat with The New York Times: Confronting Racism Against Asian Americans

On October 18, AABANY Issues Committee Co-Chair Chris M. Kwok participated in a New York Times live chat with:

  • Michael Luo, Deputy Metro Editor of the New York Times
  • Anthony Christian Ocampo, Sociologist at Cal Poly Pomona
  • Grace Meng, Congresswoman, D-NY 6th District
  • Simran Jeet Singh, Senior Religion Fellow, The Sikh Coalition
  • Erika Lee, Author of “The Making of Asian America: A History”
  • Anand Giridharadas, Author of “The True American”
  • Arun Venugopal, Race Reporter, WNYC

The live-chat addressed the important topic of confronting racism against Asian Americans. Earlier in October, Deputy Metro Editor Michael Luo wrote an open letter to the woman to yelled at him to “go back to China.” Since then, thousands of Asian Americans have come forward with their own experiences of racial prejudice. During this conversation, the live-chatters asked the questions of why the letter resonated with so many and what can be done to address the ‘otherization’ of Asian Americans. They addressed many topics including the ‘right’ way to respond to racist attacks and microaggressions, the inadequate education on Asian contributions to American history, and how to contextualize this Asian American moment which has galvanized so many.

We encourage you all to read the conversation by clicking here. Among the many contributions of our Issues Co-Chair Chris Kwok were:

  • “Asian Americans are hungry for their stories to be heard, and their experiences with discrimination given a platform. They feel its not often given serious attention.”
  • “We need to remember AAPI is bound as political category, and not an ethnic and racial one.”

Highlights: Week of Oct. 17

New York City Bar 2015 Diversity Benchmarking Report

The New York City Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to release the 2015 Diversity Benchmarking Report. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the successes and challenges of the law firms that have signed onto the City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles face in their respective diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as recommendations for enhancing the career opportunities of women and minority attorneys.

The results of this survey are an integral part of how the City Bar establishes goals and priorities to best support our signatory firms through our Office and our diversity committees, and we are grateful to the firms that participate in the survey each year and help us to provide this resource.

Please feel free to reach out to Gabrielle Lyse Brown directly with any questions or feedback regarding the findings.

Click here to read the report. Check out this Above the Law article breaking down the report and noting the alarming rate of Asian attorneys leaving law firms.

Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association

The New York City Bar Association is offering discounted membership to AABANY members. They will waive your one-time admission fee and give you 20% off your first membership dues payment. Membership dues are dependent on your earliest year of admission in any state or country.

Click here to take advantage of this great deal.

NAPABA Membership for AABANY Members

You may have received an email from NAPABA stating that your membership in NAPABA has expired and that you should contact your affiliate president for renewal instructions.

Your AABANY membership includes membership with NAPABA, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, of which we are the New York affiliate. However, you must register or renew separately to receive the NAPABA Affiliate membership.

Please email Margaret Langston at [email protected] to receive the instructions and code for registration or renewal of your NAPABA 2016 Affiliate membership.

Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights: CLE Training Available Oct. 27

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated "Asian” voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked. In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns and document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. AALDEF has monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

We need your help. In the 2012 elections, 850 volunteers polled 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. There will be a one-hour training session for all volunteers in October (90 minutes for CLE credits). All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help.

Click here for more information. AABANY & AALDEF are offering CLE training on October 27.

Happy Filipino American History Month

Did you know that October is Filipino American History Month?

The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) announced “1946: A Turning Point” as the theme for this year’s 2016 Filipino American History Month. The theme was chosen to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of several notable events and pieces of legislation that transformed the lives of Filipinos in the Philippines and in the United States in 1946 such as the following:

  • The Rescission Act of 1946 barred veterans in the Philippines from receiving GI Bill benefits
  • The Luce-Celler Bill on July 2, 1946 granted access to naturalization for all Filipinos who had come to the United States before March 1934 and for all Indian immigrants in the United States, [although] Filipino and Indian immigration was limited to 100 per year.
  • Philippine independence from the United States was granted on July 4, 1946.

Check out the FANHS website and learn more.

AABANY Speakers Bureau

Interested in future speaking opportunities? Join the confidential AABANY Speakers Bureau if you're open to raising your profile and sharing your expertise. Click here to access the form.

AABANY regularly receives requests from AABANY Committee Chairs and other bar associations for speakers to speak on various legal topics. This form is designed to collect information from our membership and engage those who are most interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with various legal audiences. 

We respect your privacy. All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available

Interested in moving your legal career forward? Launched at the 2013 Fall Conference, the Career Placement Committee seeks to match qualified AABANY members with available legal positions.

The new Career Placement Committee Intake Form is now available. Click here to help us help you. Feel free to also email your resumes and CVs to [email protected].

All information disclosed will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Career Placement Committee at [email protected].

NAPABA News

Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge

Judge seeks volunteer attorneys/law grads with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some civil Supreme Court matters.

Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity, as well as an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.
Willing to fill out paperwork for paid fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.

Please send cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and references by email to:
Rebecca Wohl, [email protected]

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2016 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 New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:                   

  • 2016 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Sylvia Chin
  • Letter from President Susan Shin                   
  • AABANY at NAPABA 2016 Northeast Regional Conference                   
  • Summer and Fall 2016 Highlights                   
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

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 http://bit.ly/aabany_flwshps.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Oct. 25: Joint Government Service & Public Interest and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Meeting, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 25: AABANY Tax Club Dinner, 7:30pm-9:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 26: FALA New York CLE on Start-Up Law, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 27: CLE Training for 2016 Asian American Exit Poll and Poll Monitoring, 6pm-7:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 27: Private Burberry Shopping Event to Benefit SCS JIP, 7pm-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 27: Women's Committee Career Workshop, 6:30pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Oct. 25: IIRIRA & AEDPA Twenty Years Later: Legal Representation Challenges in New York and Beyond, 9am-6pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 26: North Korea's Legal Obligations and the Plight of North Korean Children, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 27: Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association's Barristers' Ball, 6:30pm-10pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 27: Community Mediation Services, Inc.'s Basic Mediation Training, 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 27: NBCUniversal Private Networking Event, 6pm-8pm. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Associate General Counsel (Capital Markets), OnDeck, New York
  • Director of Training and Professional Development, Legal Aid Society, New York
  • Compliance Manager, Prudential, Newark
  • Senior Legal Analyst, Prudential, Newark

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.