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AABANY Announcements: January 7, 2019

In This Edition

  1. Celebrate Korematsu Day with AABANY on Jan. 30
  2. Registration Open for AABANY's 2019 Annual Dinner
  3. Volunteers Needed for the 2019 AABANY Annual Dinner
  4. Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
  5. Please Support AABANY's Pro Bono Clinic
  6. AABANY Co-Sponsors: 2019 Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception
  7. Women's Committee Breakfast Meeting
  8. AABANY Co-Sponsors: How to Become a US Magistrate Judge
  9. AABANY Presents: A Primer on U.S. Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property Transactions
  10. Highlight: Young Lawyers Committee Volunteers at Xavier Soup Kitchen
  11. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  12. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  13. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  14. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  15. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  16. NAPABA News
  17. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  18. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  19. Read the New Issue of the Advocate
  20. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  21. Fellowship Announcements
  22. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  24. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Celebrate Korematsu Day with AABANY on Jan. 30

The New York Day of Remembrance Committee is proud to present the 2nd annual New York City Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, to be celebrated on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the New York County Lawyers Association, Andrew Hamilton Hall, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. AABANY members will perform a reenactment of the legal proceedings in Korematsu v. United States.

About the Trial Reenactment:
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting some 120,000 Japanese-Americans – two-thirds of them American citizens – from their homes on the West Coast and forcing them into concentration camps.  Fred Korematsu refused to go. He was arrested, and convicted of violating the Executive Order and related military proclamations. He appealed his conviction first to the Ninth Circuit and then to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court affirmed his conviction, upholding the Executive Order. In 1983, nearly forty years later, the federal court in San Francisco vacated Korematsu’s conviction after evidence was uncovered showing that the government had suppressed evidence that undermined its assertions before the Supreme Court.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, led by the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Kathy Hirata Chin, Partner, Crowell & Moring, will tell the story of Fred Korematsu and his fight for justice through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic documents and photographs.

For more details and to register click here

Registration Open for AABANY's 2019 Annual Dinner

AABANY’s 2019 Annual Dinner, marking AABANY’s 30th anniversary, will take place on February 27 at Cipriani Wall Street. We are pleased to recognize the following honorees:

Deneen Donnley
EVP, General Counsel and Secretary for USAA

Gabrielle Brown
Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Morgan Stanley

Gurbir S. Grewal
Attorney General, State of New Jersey 

For more information and to register click here 

Sponsorship package is now available. Click on the image to view. Sponsorship deadline: January 31.

For questions about the Annual Dinner, email ad19@aabany.org.

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 AABANY Annual Dinner

The 2019 AABANY Annual Dinner is scheduled for February 27th. Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the event.  If you would like to help with the evening's festivities, please contact AABANY president-elect Brian Song.   

A gala planning meeting will take place on Monday, January 7th at the offices of BakerHostetler LLP at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York. If you are not able to attend in person, we will have a call-in number you can use.  If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, email Brian at brian.song@aabany.org.

Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

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 27, 2019.

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 25, 2019.

Questions: Send email to yang.chen@aabany.org.

Please Support AABANY's Pro Bono Clinic 

In this season of giving, we count among our blessings being part of the great community that is the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).  Our strongest asset is you, our members, and we are writing now to appeal to you for support of AABANY’s Monthly Pro Bono Clinic.

From its beginning, AABANY has sought to serve the community and to advocate for it. In that spirit, AABANY started the Monthly Pro Bono Legal Advice and Referral Clinic. By leveraging expertise and language skills of AABANY’s active and diverse membership, the Clinic effectively expands access to justice and provides the Asian American community a way to receive high-quality legal services that are also culturally sensitive and linguistically competent.

The Clinic can only operate with the generosity of donors and volunteers. During this holiday season, please consider supporting this vital project that is close to our hearts by donating to the Clinic. The Clinic has grown in the last year to the point that we are sometimes seeing nearly 50 clients in a short two-hour span. Your donations will help to pay for much needed administrative support and supplies that currently come out of the limited budget allocated to the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee that is charged with running the Clinic.

AABANY’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, the Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY), is accepting charitable donations and can issue a tax receipt to you for your generous support. Any amount, large or small, would help, but if you can spare $25, $50, $100 or more, it would go a long way. The community members coming to the Clinic will greatly appreciate it!

When you go to the AALFNY website to make your donation, please be sure to indicate in the memo field that you are donating to the Pro Bono Clinic. Please take a moment today to visit this link and make a donation:

https://www.asianamericanlawfund.org/donate/

Read more here: https://blog2.aabany.org/2018/12/10/please-support-aabanys-monthly-pro-bono-clinic/

AABANY Co-Sponsors: 2019 Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception

When: Monday, January 14, 2019, 5:00 PM
Where: New York Hilton Midtown, Sutton Parlor South and Center and Regent, 2nd Floor, New York  10019, United States

On January 14, AABANY member Hon. Ona T. Wang will be among the speakers for the Diversity Works program being held at New York Hilton Midtown. On April 19, 2018, the Hon. Ona T. Wang was officially sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Wang is the first Asian American Magistrate Judge in the Southern District.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make new friends at the 2019 Diversity Works program, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and AABANY- mark your calendar today! 

For more information and to register, click here.

Women's Committee Breakfast Meeting

AABANY's Women's Committee's Breakfast Meetings are back! The first one will be on January 16th at 8am at Urbanspace Vanderbilt (at the tables in front of Roberta's Pizza). Members and non-members are welcome to attend! We'll be discussing what we have planned in the coming months and what events you'd like to see happen.

For more information and to register, click here.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: How to Become a US Magistrate Judge

Please join us on January 24, 2019, at the New York City Bar, for a presentation on how to become a US Magistrate. Both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York hope to appoint new Magistrate Judges in the near future, and seek applications from a broad and diverse cross-section of the bar. Join us for a panel on the role of Magistrate Judges, the challenges and rewards of the position, and how to apply for the job. Magistrate Judges from the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York will share their experiences and knowledge at this panel.

For more information and to register, click here.

AABANY Presents: A Primer on U.S. Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property Transactions


Please join us on January 29, 2019, at Alston & Bird LLP, for a presentation and panel discussion on the basics of intellectual property transactions involving distressed companies in the United States. Our panel will provide an overview of U.S. bankruptcy and intellectual property law and explore potential issues, risks, and considerations in connection with licensing and purchasing intellectual property where parties are financially distressed. In addition, the panel will address particular issues that may face Chinese and other foreign companies engaging in such transactions, such as CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) scrutiny.

For more information and to register, click here.

Highlight: Young Lawyers Committee Volunteers at Xavier Soup Kitchen

On January 6, 2019, members of the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC) spent the afternoon volunteering at Xavier Mission. Over 1450 hot meals were served to less fortunate New Yorkers.  Following the event, a few of the volunteers reflected on their experience over tacos and chips at Tortaria.

The YLC thanks all of the volunteers for their hard work and looks forward to planning another rewarding community service event soon!

To learn more about the YLC go to https://www.aabany.org/page/123

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 here. 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. Emailmain@aabany.orgif 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 toresume@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 atcareers@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 at yang.chen@aabany.org.

Read the New Issue of the Advocate  

 
  • Letter from the Executive Director 
  • Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy
  • Hon. Lillian Wan
  • Helen Ahn, In Memoriam
  • NAPIPA Dinner
  • Biannual Report

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

  • January 8: AABANY Board MeetingFor more information, click here.
  • January 9: Monthly Pro Bono Clinic. For more information, click here.
  • January 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: 2019 Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception. For more information, click here.
  • January 16: Women's Committee Breakfast Meeting. For more information, click here.
  • January 24: AABANY Co-Sponsors: How to Become a US Magistrate Judge. For more information, click here.
  • January 28: AABANY Co-sponsors: Re-entry Rights Resource Fair & Workforce Clothing Drive. For more information, click here.
  • January 29: AABANY presents: A Primer on U.S. Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property Transactions. For more information, click here.
  • January 30: Celebrate Korematsu Day with AABANY on Jan. 30, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • January 10: Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s Implicit Bias CLE. Click here.
  • January 10: LIHBA: Annual Holiday Party & Coat Drive. Click here.
  • January 17: Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s Lunch with Hon. Lara J. Genovesi. Click here.
  • January 22: Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s Appellate Practice CLE. Click here.
  • January 23: The New York County Lawyers Association's Career Paths in Public Service. Click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Civil Practice Director of Housing, the Legal Aid Society, citywide, NY
  • Criminal Defense Practice Assistant Managing Attorney of CAB, the Legal Aid Society, Manhattan, NY
  • Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney-DNA Unit, the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn, NY
  • Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney, the Legal Aid Society, Manhattan, NY
  • Civil Practice Staff Attorneythe Legal Aid Society, Manhattan, NY
  • Volunteer Attorneys/Law Grads/Student Interns, Judge, Manhattan, NY
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.