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AABANY Announcements September 10, 2018

In this edition

  1. Fall Conference 2018: Register Now
  2. Fall Conference 2018: Important Deadlines
  3. Fall Conference 2018: Professional Development Coaching
  4. AABANY Co-Sponsors: NAPIPA Fifth Annual Scholarship Banquet, September 21
  5. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Fall Moon Harvest Festival
  6. Congratulations to Clara J. Ohr
  7. Press Release: Pro Bono Clinic Announces Move to New Larger Space
  8. Call for Volunteers: Sept. 12 Pro Bono Clinic
  9. AABANY Co-sponsors: Information Session on Going In-House at AmEx
  10. Get Involved with AABANY Voter Registration Week
  11. Highlight: September 5
  12. Volunteer with AALDEF to Protect Asian American Voting Rights
  13. The AABANY Advocate is Looking for Writers!
  14. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  15. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  16. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  17. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  18. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  19. NAPABA News
  20. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  21. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  22. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  23. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  24. Fellowship Announcements
  25. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  26. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  27. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Fall Conference 2018: Register Now

Registration has now opened for the 2018 Fall Conference, taking place on Saturday, September 22, at Fordham Law School. For more details, go to http://bit.ly/fallconf18reg

 

The conference schedule has now been posted here: https://conference2018.aabany.org/conference-schedule/


The full list of programs can be found here:

https://conference2018.aabany.org/programs-2/


The current line-up of speakers can be found here:

https://conference2018.aabany.org/speakers/

 

Note that this website is still under construction and will be regularly updated so check back often for the latest information. If you have any questions, contact fall.conference@aabany.org.

We hope to see you at our 2018 Fall Conference.

 

Fall Conference 2018: Important Deadlines

Road to the Bench: Participants interested in mentoring sessions must register to attend the Fall Conference and complete the registration form by Sept. 12. For more information and to register, click here.

Diversity Career Fair: Applicants interested in attending the Informational Tables must complete the 2018 Diversity Career Fair Applicant Intake Form by Sept. 14th and send a copy of your resume to resumes@aabany.org. In the subject line, please list 2018 DCF, your name and “Informational Tables.”


Questions? Email fall.conference@aabany.org


Fall Conference 2018: Professional Development Coaching

AABANY is continuing its Professional Development Coaching program at this year's Fall Conference, and our focus this year will be on personal branding. The goal is to create a safe space for our participants where they can ask for, and receive, honest feedback on “blind spots” that may be inhibiting their career advancement. To this end, our proposed format is to have the participants give a one-on-one self-pitch to the Professional Development Coach they are paired with, followed by a feedback discussion, and ending with the participant giving another self-pitch, incorporating the feedback.Each session will be 30 minutes, and scheduled based on availability of the participants and their respective Professional Development Coaches. Please note this is a one-time session and there is no expectation of an ongoing coaching or mentoring obligation.

For more details and to sign up, please see http://bit.ly/fc18pdc.Please note that the deadline to register for these sessions is September 14.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: NAPIPA Fifth Annual Scholarship Banquet, September 21

AABANY will be co-sponsoring NAPIPA's Fifth Annual Scholarship Banquet, which will be held on September 21, 2018, at Golden Unicorn. The banquet will feature two distinguished honorees and speakers, Preet Bharara, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Grace Meng, member of the United States House of Representatives for New York State’s 6thCongressional District.

For more information on the event, registration, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.napipa.org. All proceeds from the banquet will go toward APA law students who are interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement.

 

 AABANY Co-Sponsors: Fall Harvest Moon Festival

The AABANY Real Estate and Solo Small Firm Committees, KALAGNY, Citrin Cooperman, and HSBC invite you to celebrate the Fall Harvest Moon Fesival.  Register here: https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1149379
 

Congratulations to Clara J. Ohr



AABANY congratulates Clara J. Ohr, General Counsel at East Coast Energy Group, on being named as a 2018 First Chair Awards Top General Counsel. The annual First Chair Awards program honors in‐house counsel from some of the country’s most recognized companies, for their accomplishments in the past year and their contributions to the legal community.


Read the full blog post here.


Press Release: Pro Bono Clinic Announces Move to New Larger Space


From AABANY’s press release issued on Sept. 6 regarding the Monthly Pro Bono Clinic moving to a new location:

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that it is continuing its pro bono legal clinic in partnership with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York, Inc. (“CCCNY”) at a larger new location at 3 Bowery in New York City to accommodate the ever-increasing number of community members who have been coming to the clinic each month.  Our monthly pro bono clinics have regularly drawn 30 to 40 community members each month seeking legal advice and referrals.  At least 10 lawyers and interpreters have also regularly volunteered at these clinics each month to provide much-needed legal assistance for vulnerable Asian Americans. The legal volunteers have provided legal advice and assistance in a range of matters, including family law, housing law, and immigration law.

To read the full text of the press release, click here. (Photo courtesy of CCCNY.)

Call for Volunteers: Sept. 12 Pro Bono Clinic

We are seeking volunteers for the AABANY Legal Advice Clinic on September 12th, 2018.


If you plan to attend the Clinic on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, please let us know by the end of
Tuesday, September 11th. We need a headcount for ordering dinner and check your membership status for malpractice insurance coverage. Your advance registration will be essential for our smooth clinic operation. Please do NOT depend on your friends/colleagues to register for you to do volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact Asako at
Asako.Aiba@aabany.org.


Monthly Pro Bono Clinic

When: 9/12/20186:30 PM -8:30 PM

Where: Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY, Inc.

3 Bowery Street, 2nd floor, New York,NY 10002

Contact: Asako Aiba Asako.Aiba@aabany.org


Details

Through its Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, AABANY conducts a monthly free legal advice and referral clinic at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY, Inc. at 3 Bowery Street from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Those needing legal assistance should bring all documents pertaining to their legal issues to the clinic location, no earlier than 6:00 PM on the given day.


For more details go to
https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1106868

AABANY Co-sponsors: Information Session on Going In-House at AmEx

Interested in going in-house?Hear about corporate life and the practice of law at American Express from General Counsel Laureen Seeger and Senior Counsel Ming-Hsuan Elders. Connect and converse with other attorneys from Amex’s General Counsel’s Organization, while enjoying light refreshments and drinks.


When: Tuesday, October 16th, beginning promptly at 4:30-6PM

Where: Location will be sent to you with your confirmation


Registration priority will be given to AABANY members.


Deadline for registration is Sept. 14.  For more information, click here.

Get Involved with AABANY Voter Registration Week

With the 2018 Midterm Elections coming up, AABANY's Community Response Task Force is focused on encouraging our own community to register and vote. Asian Americans as a whole have one of the lowest voter registration and turnout rates in the United States. CRTF is looking to gauge interest in and organize several voter registration and Get Out The Vote events targeted to our community. Please fill out a very short survey to let us know how you would be most interested in participating: https://goo.gl/forms/VmlWsAeb4pL3KUld2
 
To check your own New York voter registration status and register: http://www.elections.ny.gov


Highlight: September 5

 

AABANY’s Law School Roadshows continued on September 5 with a visit to Cardozo APALSA. Executive Director Yang Chen met with Cardozo’s APALSA members to share with them what AABANY is, why we exist, what we do, how we do it and most importantly, how law students can get involved and why they need to start connecting with AABANY, even as law students. Executive Director Chen offered some free memberships donated by AABANY’s sponsors, and many eager law students took him up on the offer. We look forward to seeing many Cardozo APALSA members taking part in AABANY events in the coming days and months, including the Fall Conference, taking place on Saturday, September 22, at Fordham Law School. We do offer a law student group rate at $45 per student, signing up in groups of four, so we hope law students will take advantage of that and join us at the Fall Conference. Law students can also attend the Fall Conference as volunteers. To sign up to volunteer at the Fall Conference, go here to complete the form.

If you would like AABANY to visit with your APALSA, contact the Student Outreach Committee.

(Thanks to Cardozo APALSA’s Instagram for the photo.)

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 votingrights@aaldef.org.

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 atalbert.suh@aabany.org 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: 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 main@aabany.org 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 hereto help us help you. Feel free to also email your resumes and CVs to resume@aabany.org.

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

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, riwohl@nycourts.gov

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2018 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 atyang.chen@aabany.org.

Read the Current 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

Manhattan Legal Services is seeking law students to sponsor for post-graduate legal fellowships such as Skadden and law school funded fellowships to commence in fall 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

  • September 11: AABANY Board Meeting.  For more information, click here.
  • September 12: AABANY Monthly Pro Bono Clinic.  For more information, click here.
  • September 14: Deadline to Register for AABANY Co-Sponsored Information Session on Going In-House At AmEx. For more information, click here.
  • September 16: AABANY Co-sponsors: "Looking for Luke" Film Screening. Registration closed.
  • September 19: Women's Committee Breakfast Meeting with Katherine Loanzon, Esq. For more information, click here.
  • September 21: AABANY Co-sponsors: NAPIPA Fifth Annual Scholarship Banquet. For more information, click here.
  • September 22: Registration Now Open: AABANY Fall Conference. For more information click here.
  • September 26: AABANY Co-sponsors Fall Harvest Moon Festival. For more information click here.
  • September 26: Monthly Membership Happy Hour. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • September 12: Mediation Advocacy Training EDNY Brooklyn. For more information, click here.
  • September 13: Lunch with the Honorable Deborah A. Kaplan and the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association. For more information, click here.
  • September 14: Mediation Advocacy Training EDNY Central Islip. For more information, click here.
  • September 17: Trial Techniques CLE: Interactive Lessons For Dealing with Witnesses. For more information, click here.
  • September 17: Brooklyn Women's Bar Association Membership Party. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Immigration Intervention Project, NYC
  • Deputy Director, Immigration Intervention Project, NYC
  • Mid-Senior Commercial Litigation Associate, Moritt Hock & Hamroff, NYC
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Bronx FJC, Immigration Intervention Project, 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.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.