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AABANY Announcements December 19, 2016

In this edition

  1. Congratulations to Judy Kim
  2. Congratulations to the Appellate Division, First Department
  3. Apply for the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program by Dec. 30
  4. Renew Your NAPABA Membership
  5. Krav Maga Self-Defense Seminar, Jan. 5
  6. AALFNY 2017 Community Service Scholarship: Apply by Mar. 31
  7. Highlight: Young Lawyers Committee Dinner, Dec. 10
  8. Renew Your NAPABA Membership for 2017
  9. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  10. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  11. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  12. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Federal Judicial Internships Available
  15. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  16. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  17. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  18. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  19. Fellowship Announcements
  20. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Congratulations to Judy Kim

History was made on December 15, as the Hon. Judy Kim was officially inducted as the first Korean American elected to New York state court. In a packed court room at 111 Centre Street, family, friends and supporters of Judy Kim witnessed a warm, emotional and inspiring induction ceremony featuring speakers such as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Assemblyman Keith Wright, among many others.

Hon. Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the New York City Courts, swore in Hon. Judy Kim, as Judge Kim’s colleagues from the New York State bench looked on with pride.

In her remarks, Judge Kim thanked her “village” from all walks of her professional and personal life that supported her in multi-faceted ways on her journey to the bench. AABANY is proud to be part of her “village” and congratulates Judge Kim on her achievement. We are privileged to have the opportunity to share in this history-making moment. We wish Judge Kim all the best as she embarks on her judicial career.

Click here to see photos from her induction.

Congratulations to the Appellate Division, First Department

The Appellate Division, First Department was honored as an institution by the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) on December 13, 2016 at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. The First Department was recognized for its illustrious history and for its court work including the development of precedential legal principles for lower courts to follow, especially in the field of commercial litigation.

The gala was attended by over 100 judges and over 800 attorneys and guests.

Acting Presiding Justice Peter Tom accepted the award on behalf of the First Department. In his remarks, he observed:

In so many respects, we reflect this great city that is our home. We live amidst its blessings and its problems, and above all, among its people. Our staff and our bench reflect the cultural diversity of the City. In my earlier years on the First Department bench, I have been joined by judges having the more traditional Irish, Italian and Jewish backgrounds - and Leo Milonas proudly represented the Hellenic tradition - but increasingly, up to present, by judges and staff who have African-American and Hispanic backgrounds and, as is obvious as I stand here now, also Asians. I think that it is especially remarkable at this point in our city’s history that my good friend Justice Randy Eng is the Presiding Justice of our sister-court in Brooklyn while I am Acting Presiding Justice of the First Department. This is the first time in the history of New York State that two Asians preside over two of the four judicial departments. After a century in existence, this court is beginning to reflect the diverse population of the city.

AABANY congratulates the First Department on this honor from NYCLA and shares in Justice Tom’s observation that the court, after 100 years, is “beginning to reflect the diverse population of the city.” We hope that it continues to do so.

Click here to read the full speech.

Apply for the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program by Dec. 30

The Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (“SCS JIP”) is now accepting applications for its LAW SCHOOL DIVISION.

The Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program seeks to cultivate and develop future leaders by placing students in judicial internships in state and federal courts in New York City. Our goal is to increase diversity in the legal profession by educating and empowering students from underserved communities and diverse backgrounds. 

The Law School Division application can be found here or at All applications must be in by 5pm ET on December 30, 2016 to be considered. 

IMPORTANT: You must complete this linked application as well as send in your supplemental materials before the deadline to be considered.

Note: High school division applications will be available February 1, 2017.

For more info visit or email

Renew Your NAPABA Membership

AABANY members are eligible to join NAPABA as an Affiliate Member. You may have recently received notice that your NAPABA membership expires on December 31, 2016. If you wish to renew your NAPABA membership for 2017 please contact Margaret at to receive your renewal code and instructions.

Krav Maga Self-Defense Seminar, Jan. 5

AABANY's Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, AABANY's Litigation Committee, and Fronteo USA Present: Krav Maga Self-Defense Seminar at Krav Maga Academy on January 5, 2017.

Free for members, $20 for non-members. Preference will be given to Military & Veterans Affairs Committee members and Litigation Committee members.

Register by Dec. 28!

Krav Maga, the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, is the most practical and aggressive form of self-defense, which incorporates various techniques from traditional martial arts, including boxing, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Wrestling and others, and targets the most vulnerable parts of the body to effectively neutralize the threat of an attacker. No prior experience necessary. Krav Maga Academy offers the highest level of Krav Maga in NYC, SelfDefense and Close Combat realitybased training available. KMA is actively working with NYPD’s Tactical Training Unit and other Law Enforcement agencies. Our instructors are former IDF Special Ops soldiers, Commandoes and Seals with extensive operational experience. Krav Maga Academy will only teach you what has been tried, tested and proven to work in the real world. Please wear gym clothing and be prepared to sweat. Class will be conducted barefoot, but you may wear gymdedicated footwear (i.e., nothing that has been worn on the street.)

Members please register here and non-members, please register here.

AALFNY 2017 Community Service Scholarship: Apply by Mar. 31

AALFNY's 2017 Community Service Scholarship: Applications are available here, and must be postmarked by March 31, 2017.  
Up to three scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to law students with a demonstrated commitment to serving the Asian American community and who will be interning with a non-profit organization or governmental agency that is involved with the Asian American community in NY (see application for more details).
Interested candidates can learn more about the scholarship and application on aalfny's website,

Highlight: Young Lawyers Committee Dinner, Dec. 10

On December 10, the Young Lawyer Committee organized a group holiday dinner at Shanghai Heping restaurant in Chinatown.  Read more here.

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:
We appreciate your help!

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.

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 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

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


Federal Judicial Internships Available

The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, is currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 internships.


  • Must be a rising second or third year law student.
  • Must have good grades.
  • Must have good research, writing, and analytical skills, although participation in Law Review or a Journal is not a prerequisite.
  • Military and/or other life/career experience is a plus.

Click here for more details.

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,

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2017 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

Read the New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:                   

  • Judy H. Kim Makes History as First Korean American Elected to NY State Court
  • 7th Annual AABANY Fall Conference Inspires and Enriches          
  • This Land Is Our Land: Oyama v. California
  • Spotlight on AABANY's Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers
  • AABANY Members Stand Out at NAPABA Convention
  • Fall 2016 Highlights


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

  • Dec. 19: Assisting Victims of Hate Crimes and Bias and Representing Peaceful Protesters, 6-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 5: AABANY co-sponsors KRAV MAGA Self-Defense Seminar, 7:00pm.  Members please register here and non-members, please register here.
  • Jan. 10: AABANY Board Meeting, 7-9pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 11:  AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Jan. 12: Judiciary Committee Meeting, 7-9pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan 12: The LIHBA Annual Post Holiday Season Party, 7:00-11pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Jan 12:  The Puerto Rican Bar Association Invites You To The Induction Of Carmen A. Pacheco, Esq., 5-8pm.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Services NYC, Staten Island
  • Assistant Counsel, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Delmar, NY
  • Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, St. John's U. School of Law, Queens

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.