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AABANY Announcements August 21, 2017


In this edition

  1. Message from NAPABA about Charlottesville
  2. Join Us at the AABANY Fall Conference: September 23, 2017
  3. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  4. Join AABANY for Abacus Screening at Asia Society, Sept. 6
  5. Highlight: Prosecutors' Committee Summer Cocktails Mixer
  6. 2017 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
  7. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  8. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  9. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  10. New Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  11. NAPABA News
  12. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  13. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  14. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  15. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  16. Fellowship Announcements
  17. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  18. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Message from NAPABA about Charlottesville

Racism, hate, and bigotry have no place in our country. Leaders do not equate individuals who support ideologies of hate with those who stand defiantly in support of diversity and inclusion, in support of our nation’s ideals. There is no moral equivalence between bigotry and tolerance.

As we said on Monday following the horrible hate on display by neo-Nazis and white nationalists and the tragic loss of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, “Our core values—acceptance, diversity, and inclusiveness—will overcome the forces of hate and racism.”

We cannot look away from this hate. We must challenge it. We must stand for our core values. This is not a time for ambivalence or equivocation.  READ MORE

Join Us at the AABANY Fall Conference: September 23, 2017

AABANY is pleased to announce that the 2017 Fall Conference website has gone live. Visit it now at

We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Fordham University School of Law. Registration is now open. Early bird deadline closes on Sept. 8.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Fall Conference, go to

If you have any questions, please contact

Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force

AABANY’s Issues Committee is pleased to invite you to join the newly formed AABANY Community Response Task Force!

The Community Response Task Force (CRTF) is AABANY’s answer to the rapidly changing legal landscape and the need for quick, effective, and coordinated responses to the emergent issues that affect our communities. AABANY is firmly committed to being a strong voice and steadfast advocate on behalf of the Asian-American/Pacific-Islander community. In the past several months, we have all been witness to sweeping changes that necessitated powerful legal responses. While there have been some great triumphs, there were often times when it was difficult to obtain information, to find ways to contribute, or to organize a response quickly enough to be effective.

The CRTF is specifically designed to address these needs. The CRTF will serve as a central clearinghouse for information and coordination – tailoring the alerts sent to each volunteer based on that volunteer’s preferences and the needs of the community. Alerts and actions will range from emergency legal services to direct non-legal service actions and from workshops to rallies.

Read more here.

Join AABANY for Abacus Screening at Asia Society, Sept. 6

It’s a story of resilience, courage, and justice in the face of power. ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail documents the legal battle of the Sung family, Chinese immigrants and owners of Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Abacus was the only bank in the United States to be charged with a crime, accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Over the course of five years, the Sungs embark on an existential legal battle in defense of themselves and their Chinatown community, and over the fact that, in an industry of powerful interests and influential corporations, no bank should be small enough to jail. Don’t miss this true, David vs. Goliath story from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop DreamsThe InterruptersLife Itself). READ MORE HERE.

AABANY is proud to be outreach partner for this screening taking place on Sept, 6 at the Asia Society. All AABANY members can see ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail at a discounted price with the code “AABA090617.” Select “Non-Member Adult” ticket, proceed to check-out, add the code, and then click activate. Using this code, attendees will pay $10 instead of $15 for the ticket. Click here to buy tickets. We hope to see you there!

Highlight: Prosecutors' Committee Summer Cocktails Mixer

On Thursday, August 17, the Prosecutors’ Committee held a Summer Cocktails Mixer at Legends on West 33rd Street. Attendees got to enjoy drinks, some light bites and good company on the mezzanine level of the bar. Prosecutors (past and present) representing New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond and Nassau Counties came out in force. Also attending were AABANY members (including Board Directors and Committee Chairs) who stopped by to send their best wishes in person to former Program Associate Simone Nguyen.  To see more photos, go here.


2017 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition

Law Students: compete for $10,000 in scholarships in The Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. The Competition is open to all students but is especially designed to reach out to APA law students and provide an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills.

We will host the Northeast Regional Competition at the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City on October 14. AABANY members are invited to judge the preliminary rounds; NY CLE credit will be available. The winners of the Regional advance to the National Competition in Washington D.C. in November. The team registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to register your team, visit

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


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 Current Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:                   

  • Fireside Chat with Joon Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Letter from President Dwight S. Yoo
  • AABANY Participates in Inaugural New York Diversity Forum
  • AABANY Celebrates 2017 Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street


This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

Fellowship announcements can be found on AABANY's website under Career Center, in the sub-menu item "Fellowships." To see current announcements for Fellowships, click here.

Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar


  • Aug. 24: AABANY Presents: Group Mentoring, 6:30-9pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Sep. 6: Join AABANY for Abacus screening, 5:30pm.  For more information, click here.
  • Sep 8-10: Save the Date: NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference.  For more information, click here.
  • Sep. 12: AABANY Board Meeting.
  • Sep. 13:  AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30-8:30pm.  For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Sep 15: Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Annual Gala, 7:30 PM.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Deputy Attorney General positions, Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, NJ
  • Faculty Position, Cornell U Law School, Ithaca, NY
  • Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice, NYC
  • Risk and Regulatory Counsel, NYC Dept. Information Technology and Telecommunications

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.