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AABANY Announcements July 16, 2018

In this edition

  1. Save the Date: AABANY 9th Annual Fall Conference
  2. Join Us for the July Monthly Membership Happy Hour
  3. Thanks to Our Pro Bono Volunteers
  4. Congratulations to Shruti Chopra
  5. Highlight: Diversity Tax Day, July 11
  6. Volunteer with AALDEF to Protect Asian American Voting Rights 
  7. The AABANY Advocate is Looking for Writers!
  8. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  9. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  10. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  11. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  12. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  13. NAPABA News
  14. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  15. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  16. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  17. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  18. Fellowship Announcements
  19. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  20. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Save the Date: AABANY 9th Annual Fall Conference

 The Ninth Annual AABANY Fall Conference will take place at Fordham Law School on Saturday, Sept. 22. More details to come but in the meantime we ask that you save the date and make plans to join us for yet another full day of great programming and activities. 


Join Us for the July Monthly Membership Happy Hour

Join us at July's Monthly Membership Happy Hour on July 18th at Karaoke City (22 W. 32nd St. 7th Floor) to meet and learn more about AABANY's Academic Committee and Litigation Committee! Whether or not you are an AABANY member, a member of the two featured committees, or any AABANY committee, come out and meet other AABANY members and leaders for our third Monthly Membership Happy Hour, brought to you by the AABANY Membership Committee. 

Please register by July 16th by clicking here.

Thanks to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers

On Wednesday, July 11, at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce office at Confucius Plaza, the following attorneys and interpreters assisted 27 clients:


  • Cary Chan 
  • Youngjin Choi
  • Jonathan Hernandez
  • Thomas Hou
  • Kevin Hsi
  • Wei Li 
  • David Lu
  • Kwok Kei Ng
  • Joshua Versoza
  • John Wu


  • Zhixian Liu
  • Kenny Moy
  • Shing Yiing Ong
  • Teresa Wai Yee Yeung
  • Fiona Yuchen Zheng

We thank all the volunteer attorney, interpreters, and assistants Roger Chen and Taiyee Chien for offering advice, assistance, and care to each and every client. We also thank the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee Co-Chairs Asako Aiba, Judy Lee, Karen Yau, and Pauline Yeung-Ha for coordinating these monthly clinics.

The Pro Bono Clinics are held every second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and the next clinic will be held on August 8. For more information on the clinics or to volunteer, please contact the committee Co-Chair Asako Aiba at

Congratulations to Shruti Chopra

On Thursday, July 12, Chair of the AABANY Mentorship Program Shruti Chopra was selected as one of two Young Lawyer Fellows by the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL). The ABA-IPL selects two new fellows every year for three-year terms, and established this program to recognize and develop future leaders in the IPL Section.

As a Young Lawyer Fellow, Shruti will be participating in section meetings, engage in committee activities or programs like the Section’s Young Lawyers Action Group (YLAG), and work with Liaisons to help recruit members to join ABA’s various sections and committees during the next three years. She will also play an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and will commit to mentoring future fellows or members.

Please join us in congratulating Shruti Chopra on this well-deserved honor and wishing her success as a new ABA Young Lawyer Fellow.


Highlight: Diversity Tax Day, July 11

On Wednesday, July 11th, AABANY co-sponsored Diversity Tax Day for Professionals Working with Limited English Proficiency Taxpayers at Venable LLP. This event included panel discussions on various topics regarding taxpayers, such as how it is difficult for LEP (limited English proficiency) taxpayers to exercise their right to be informed about their taxes, and tax scams and identity theft. The panels featured multiple speakers who hold prominent positions or status in their field, including Sharon Bradley, the Chief of the ITIN Section of the IRS, Eunkyong Choi, the NYC Taxpayer Advocate, Margaret Neri, the New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate, and Pam Parker Cortijo, the Assistant Commissioner of the Collections Division of the New York City Department of Finance. 

Sung Hwang, Partner at Venable and Co-Chair of AABANY’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, spoke on the first of four panels, Starting a Business with Money from Abroad which addressed the tax implications for small businesses that receive financing domestically and from abroad.

Over 100 professionals attended this event, who all qualified for CLE, CPE and CE credits. We would like to thank Venable LLP for hosting Diversity Tax Day, and KALAGNY and Agostino & Associates for co-sponsoring this event. 

Volunteer with AALDEF to Protect Asian American Voting Rights 

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 2016, our volunteers surveyed 13,846 Asian American and Arab voters in 11 Asian languages at 55 cities about their voting encounters. Volunteers work in three 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. Complete the form at Volunteer Sign-Up Form.  Thank you!

For more information, contact: AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Fiona Zhao at 800-966-5946 or

The AABANY Advocate is Looking for Writers!

We are looking for staff writers to take on the important issues affecting the AABANY community through serious journalism, research, and writing.

Do you think that you have what it takes?

Writers will be tasked with covering events of interest, researching developments in the legal field, and addressing issues that affect our communities on a generally quarterly basis. Writers are expected to cover assignments as well as develop their own topics and articles under guidance from the editorial staff.

Those interested should email Albert Suh at with a brief introduction or statement of interest and a short writing sample.

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 New Issue of the Advocate

In this Issue:

  • AABANY Celebrates APA Heritage Month
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Waterfall Mansion and Gallery
  • Letter from the President
  • Here to Stay: the Asian American Immigrant Experience
  • AABANY Activity Report
  • AABANY's Leadership Development Program


This Week on WE Blog @AABANY

Fellowship Announcements

Bronx Legal Services seeks applicants for fellowships that begin in Fall of 2019. 

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

  • July 17: GSPI/Pro Bono Joint Committee Meeting. For more information, click here
  • July 18: Monthly Membership Happy Hour. For more information, click here
  • July 24: Committee Chairs Mixer. For more information, click here
  • July 31: Quarterly Tax Club Dinner. For more information, click here
  • August 1: Know-Your-Rights Presentation and Clinic: Rent Overcharges in NYC. For more information, click here

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • July 31: Defense Association of New York's CLE and Yankees Game. For more information, click here.  

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney - DNA Unit, Legal Aid Society, NYC
  • Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney - Digital Forensics, Legal Aid Society, NYC
  • Assistant Attorney General - Civil Rights Bureau, NYS OAG, NYC
  • Assistant General Counsel, Honeywell, Broomfield, CO
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.