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AABANY Announcements December 11, 2017

In this edition

  1. Call for Nominations
  2. Sign up for the 2017-18 AABANY Mentorship Program
  3. Volunteers Needed for Dec. 13 Pro Bono Clinic
  4. Highlights: Week of Dec. 4
  5. SAVE THE DATE: AABANY 2018 Annual Dinner
  6. Help Plan the 2018 AABANY Annual Dinner 
  7. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  8. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  9. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  10. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  11. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  12. NAPABA News
  13. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  14. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  15. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  16. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  17. Fellowship Announcements
  18. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  19. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Call for Nominations

AABANY's Annual Meeting is taking place on Feb. 13, 2018. We hope to see you there! At our Annual Meeting, elections will be conducted to elect 5 Board Directors and 7 AABANY Officers for the coming year. The Officer positions include:

Vice President of Programs and Operations - 2 Positions,
Vice President of Finance and Development,
Secretary, and
Membership Director.
The Nominations Committee welcomes applications to fill the vacancies immediately. The Nominations Committee will select a slate of candidates to be included on a ballot form that will be sent out to the membership a month before the Annual Meeting. The Nominations Committee may also interview candidates before making its determination.
Please 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.

Nominations are due by December 12, 2017.

For more information on how to submit a nomination, click here. Note that if you wish to attend the Open Meeting on December 12, you must register by December 8.

Sign up for the 2017-18 AABANY Mentorship Program

Please sign up for the AABANY 2018 Mentorship Program by Monday, December 11, 2017

Our mentorship program provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched with a mentor who serves as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. By way of one-to-one relationships and Mentorship Program events held throughout the year, the program will provide the structure to advance professional growth and networking skills of both mentors and mentees. Mentors and mentees will be AABANY members and may come from any level of experience and practice area.

If you would like more information, please visit the AABANY Mentorship Program webpage, or send an email to Edward Chen, Shruti Chopra, or David Sohn, Co-Coordinators of the Mentorship Program, at, or

Volunteers Needed for Dec. 13 Pro Bono Clinic

We are seeking volunteers for AABANY’s December 13 Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic.  Those who are interested should contact


December 13 from 6:30-8:30 PM at 33 Bowery, 2nd floor, New York, NY. 

Volunteer Needs:

(1)  Attorneys to provide legal advice and/or a referral, if appropriate.  There is no language requirement.  Interpreters will be provided, if needed.  We are generally looking for attorneys who have practiced for about 5+ years, although this requirement is flexible.  AABANY Membership required.  
(2)  Cantonese and Mandarin speaking interpreters.  Bar admission not required.

Highlights: Week of Dec. 4

SAVE THE DATE: AABANY 2018 Annual Dinner

AABANY's 2018 Annual Dinner will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on February 28th, 2018. SAVE THE DATE for one of AABANY's biggest events of the year.
Come celebrate with us!

Help Plan the 2018 AABANY Annual Dinner 

The initial meeting for those interested in helping to plan the 2018 Annual Meeting was held on Monday evening, Nov. 6, at the New York City Bar Association. Thanks to all who attended. If you are interested in helping us to plan and organize our largest event of the year but were not able to make the meeting, please contact President-Elect James Cho at to find out how you can get involved. Thank you.

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.

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.

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 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 Latest Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • Interview with Hon. Randall T. Eng, Recipient of the 2017 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Baker McKenzie LLP
  • New York Law Journal Distinguished Leadership Honoree Andy Hahn
  • Letter from AABANY President Dwight Yoo
  • Practitioner Update on Changes to USCIS Procedures
  • Book Review of Robert Haig’s Business and Commercial Litigation in  Federal Courts, Fourth Edition
  • Perspectives on A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law

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

  • Dec. 12: Call For AABANY Board Nominations: Open Meeting, 6-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 12: AABANY Board Meeting, 7-9pm.
  • Dec. 13: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 15: AABANY Annual Holiday Party at Dave & Buster's, 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec 20: Women's Committee Monthly Breakfast, 8:00 am.  For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Dec. 11: The Global War on Terrorism: Do We Need a New AUMF? 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Dec. 13: Rockland County Bar Association Holiday Party, 7-10pm. For more information, click here

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Senior Staff Attorney, A Better Balance, NYC
  • Massachusetts Director & Senior Policy Advocate, Acadia Center, Boston, MA
  • Civil Practice Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society, NYC
  • Community Economic Development Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services, NYC
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.

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