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AABANY Announcements January 29, 2018

In this edition

  1. Join AABANY in Celebration of Korematsu Day
  2. Annual Meeting of Members on Feb. 13: Please Submit Your Proxy
  3. Deadline January 31: Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations
  4. Annual Dinner 2018: Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession
  5. Help Plan the 2018 AABANY Annual Dinner
  6. Volunteers Needed for DACA Renewal Clinic II on Feb. 3

  7. AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, Feb. 8
  8. AABANY Co-sponsors: Columbia APALSA Conference, Feb. 10
  9. AABANY Co-sponsors Trial Reenactment at New York City Bar on Feb. 12
  10. Renew Your NAPABA Affiliate Membership
  11. Highlights Week of January 22
  12. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  13. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  14. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  15. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  16. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  17. NAPABA News
  18. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  19. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  20. Read the Latest Issue of the Advocate
  21. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  22. Fellowship Announcements
  23. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Join AABANY in Celebration of Korematsu Day

Join AABANY for the inaugural celebration of Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in New York City on January 30. Here are the details:


Date:           January 30, 2018

                   7-8:30pm


Location:     Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center

                   36 East 8th Street, New York, NY 10003


Speakers and Panelists:

  • Karen Korematsu, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • Daniel Dromm, City Council Member, District 25 (Jackson Heights and Elmhurst)
  • Dr. Debbie Almontaser, President Muslim Community Network
  • Julie Azuma, Founding member New York Day of Remembrance Committee, Vice President, JAANY (The Japanese American Association of New York)
  • Youth from the Asian American Student Advocacy Project
  • Albert Cahn, Legal Director, CAIR-New York

Moderated by Rocky Chin, Esq.

Civil Rights/Social Justice Advocate/AABANY co-founder


There will be 300 seats available on a first-come first served basis. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Arrive early to secure the best seats. Read more here.


Annual Meeting of Members on Feb. 13: Please Submit Your Proxy

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) Annual Meeting of Members (the “Annual Meeting”) will be held on February 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm ET at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019.


At the Annual Meeting, there are three proposals scheduled to be voted on:


·       Proposal 1 – To elect the officers identified on the proxy form to serve a one-year term for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018 and ending March 31, 2019 (the “2018 Fiscal Year”);

·       Proposal 2 – To elect five (5) directors from the eight (8) nominees identified on the proxy form to serve two-year terms beginning on the first day of the 2018 Fiscal Year; and

·       Proposal 3 – To amend AABANY’s by-laws to increase the number of the Board Directors from thirteen (13) to nineteen (19), to make changes that provide for greater operational flexibility for AABANY such as in setting the date of future annual meetings of members, to make changes to conform to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and to make other ministerial changes.

Every Active Member (as defined in AABANY’s by-laws) in good standing (as defined in AABANY’s by-laws) shall be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.


Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to complete and submit the proxy to help us ensure quorum at the meeting.


All completed proxies must be RECEIVED by February 8, 2018.


Deadline to register for the Annual Meeting: February 11, 2018.

For more details and to register, go to http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1032825


Deadline January 31: Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations

Since 2014, AABANY has sought to recognize one law firm each year for its extraordinary efforts to improve the diversity of our profession by presenting AABANY’s Law Firm Diversity Award.  The 2018 AABANY Law Firm Diversity Award will be presented at the Annual Dinner on February 28, 2018.


Nominees should be a law firm that has achieved significant success in the areas of recruiting, retaining and promoting women and diverse attorneys while also demonstrating a commitment to raising awareness of, and influencing the legal community to address, the challenges faced by women and diverse attorneys in the legal industry.


For more details, click here for the nomination form.


Deadline: January 31, 2018.


Questions: Send email to [email protected]


Annual Dinner 2018: Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession

 AABANY’s 2018 Annual Dinner: Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession takes place on February 28 at Cipriani Wall Street. Individual tickets are now on sale. Early bird deadline is February 9, 2018. Sponsorship packet is also available. Deadline to sponsor is January 31, 2018. For more details go to bit.ly/aabanyad18
 

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 [email protected] to find out how you can get involved. Thank you.

Volunteers Needed for DACA Renewal Clinic II on Feb. 3


The AABANY Community Response Task Force, Immigration, Pro Bono Committee, GSPI Committee, and Issues Committees are partnering with the Korean Community Services (KCS), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) to hold a one-day pro bono clinic that will assist DACA beneficiaries with renewal applications.

Attorneys of all practice areas are welcome to participate. Those who are interested should contact Judy Lee [email protected] for further questions. Training materials and webinar will be sent directly to volunteers. To sign up for a shift, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/u0PuJgOX34COBcyA2


For more details go to http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1067599



AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, Feb. 8

Join AABANY to celebrate the year of the Dog on Thursday, February 8th, 2018. The event is hosted by New York County Lawyers Association in Joint Partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, & the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York. Please complete RSVP to attend.

 

For more details and to RSVP, please go here.


AABANY Co-sponsors: Columbia APALSA Conference, Feb. 10

Columbia Law School's APALSA would like to cordially invite you to attend their 7th annual Conference on February 10th, 2018. This year, they are putting the spotlight on APA leaders in the legal community and with the goal of inspiring others to foster APA leadership in this field. Along with our great panelists, they will be honoring Ms. Kathy Hirata Chin as the first recipient of the Hong Yen Chang award for her efforts and leadership in the APA and legal community. The award is named after Mr. Hong Yen Chang, the first Chinese immigrant and Asian attorney licensed to practice law in New York and in the United States.


For more details and to register, please go here.


AABANY Co-sponsors Trial Reenactment at New York City Bar on Feb. 12

In 1961, James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi. Although he was qualified, he was rejected -- Meredith was black, and the University had never admitted a black student. Represented by Constance Baker Motley and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Meredith sued in federal court in Mississippi, alleging that the University denied him admission because of his race.


In this reenactment, we tell the story of Constance Baker Motley and James Meredith and their battle with Ole Miss, based on court transcripts and other writings.


This presentation is a collaboration among the New York City Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and will feature narration by Judge Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin and a cast that includes Judges William F. Kuntz and Margo Brodie of the Eastern District of New York and members of the co-sponsoring associations. 2.0 CLE credits in the new Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias requirement will be given.


FREE for AABANY members. Space is limited. Register now here.

Renew Your NAPABA Affiliate Membership

If you received a notification from NAPABA recently that your membership with NAPABA expired on December 31, please note that as an AABANY member you are eligible for a FREE affiliate membership with NAPABA because of your AABANY membership. Please contact [email protected]  and Margaret can send you the instructions on how to renew your NAPABA affiliate membership for 2018.

Highlights Week of January 22

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: http://bit.ly/aabanyclerks
 
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 [email protected] 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 [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 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 bit.ly/Lgl_Intrn_Details.

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

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

 

  • Feb 3: AABANY Co-sponsors: DACA Renewal Clinic II, 12:30-3:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 8: AABANY Co-sponsors: NYCLA Lunar New Year Reception, 5:30-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 8: In-house Counsel and IP Joint Lunar New Year Dinner Party, 6:30pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 9: Immigration and IP Committees Joint Lunar New Year Dinner Party, 6:30pm. For more information, Click here.
  • Feb. 12: AABANY co-sponsors a Trial Reenactment: Constance Baker Motley, James Meredith, and Mississippi U., 6-8pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 13: AABANY Board Meeting, 6-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 13: AABANY Annual Meeting, 7-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 14: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic, 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • Jan 29: Basic CLARO Training for Prospective Volunteers, 6-9pm. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 15: AALDEF's Lunar New Year Gala, 6PM. For more information, click here.
  • Feb 27: NYWBA Annual Judicial Reception, 6PM. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Immigration Protection Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Associate, Wong Fleming, Princeton, N.J.
  • Program Associate, Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Assistant Dean for Academic Success, New York Law School
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.