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AABANY Announcements: April 15, 2019

In This Edition

  1. Pro Bono Clinic at the APA Women's Conference On April 28
  2. AABANY Co-Sponsors: An Evening With Preet Bharara at Cleary Gottlieb on April 30
  3. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Asian Americans and Higher Education: An End to Affirmative Action?
  4. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 21, 2019
  5. Join AABANY to Support Portrait Project 2.0
  6. Thank You to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers
  7. Congratulations to Glenn Magpantay on Receiving the Brooklyn Law School Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service
  8. Highlight: AABANY Host Screening of "Blowin' Up"
  9. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  10. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  11. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  12. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  13. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  14. NAPABA News
  15. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  16. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  17. Read the Current Issue of the Advocate
  18. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  19. Fellowship Announcements
  20. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  21. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Pro Bono Clinic at the APA Women's Conference On April 28

AABANY's Pro Bono & Community Service Committee and Women's Committee are collaborating with OCA-NY and FCC (Families with Children from China) for their APA Women's Conference, Educating & Empowering Asian Women, on Sunday, April 28, 2019. The conference aims to empower professional women and members of the community. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.


The Pro Bono Committee will be holding a Pro Bono Legal Advice & Referral Clinic and community presentations alongside the conference. We are seeking both attorney (preferably with experience volunteering at our monthly clinics or at least 2 years of experience) and interpreter volunteers. The pro bono clinic is tentatively scheduled for 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM with setting up and client registration starting at 10:00 AM. Community presentations will run concurrently with the clinic. 
 

Date & Time: 4/28/2019 (Sunday) 10AM-4:00PM

Venue: Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, New York NY 10038

Please contact Asako Aiba at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering at the Pro Bono Clinic and indicate what time slots (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; 11:00AM - 1:00 PM; and/or 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM) you are available.

 

AABANY Co-Sponsors: An Evening With Preet Bharara at Cleary Gottlieb on April 30

On April 30, 2019, please join us for an evening with Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, at Cleary Gottlieb.

Preet Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. He oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and health care fraud, cyber crime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. In 2017, Preet joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the Executive Vice President of Some Spider Studios and the host of CAFE’s Stay Tuned with Preet, a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review.

Preet will discuss his compelling new book, Doing Justice, a Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law. We will have copies of his book available for our guests.

For more information and to register, click here.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Asian Americans and Higher Education: An End to Affirmative Action?

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, please join AABANY and the Asia Society for a discussion about the current and future state of affirmative action.

As the main focus of the lawsuit brought against Harvard, Asian Americans and affirmative action have once again become a point of contention in contemporary political debate, and within the Asian American community itself. A grassroots Asian American conservative movement has emerged in an attempt to end affirmative action, asserting that discrimination in the name of diversity is wrong. Asian American liberals believe that conservative Asian Americans are being used as cover to abolish affirmative action, and fear a defeat of affirmative action means a loss for diversity in all of higher education.

Chris Kwok, AABANY Director and Chair of the Issues Committee, will be moderating a panel of speakers from all sides of the issue. Special discount code available for AABANY members.

For more details, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1220292

Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 21, 2019

AABANY is pleased to announce that the 2019 Fall Conference will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fordham Law School, and we are excited that it will also be the NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference. Further details are forthcoming, but in the meantime we ask that you save the date and make plans to join us there. If you have any questions, email us at [email protected].

Join AABANY to Support Portrait Project 2.0

Asian Americans are a growing presence in all sectors of the legal profession. They work in BigLaw and in smaller firms and solo practice, and as government attorneys, corporate counsel, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and more. But they fall short in attaining leadership positions and have the highest attrition rates from major law firms. Research has not substantially studied the myriad ways in which Asian American lawyers and law students struggle and thrive, and the unique incentives and constraints that shape their career paths.

The first stage of the 2017 Portrait Project study, supported by Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), published a widely-circulated report that revealed that while Asian Americans have entered every facet of the legal profession, they are underrepresented in top leadership positions across all sectors.

The second phase of this research project moves beyond asking the “what” questions to probing “why” these trends occur and “how” we can address them.

AABANY will match up to $5,000 in donations from its members for the Portrait Project Fund.  All donations will be given to the American Bar Foundation (ABF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and every donor will receive a charitable contribution letter from ABF reflecting their individual donation.  The challenge will officially end on September 21, 2019 at the Annual Fall Conference.

Find out more at https://www.aabany.org/page/PortraitProject20

Thank You to Our Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers

April’s Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, held on Wednesday, March 13 at 33 Bowery Street in Confucius Plaza, brought out 20 lawyers and 8 interpreters who volunteered their time to help 32 clients. We thank everyone that volunteered. To read more, click here.

Congratulations to Glenn Magpantay on Receiving the Brooklyn Law School Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Glenn Manpantay, a former AABANY Board member and a current co-chair of the LGBT Committee, was presented with Brooklyn Law School’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service, in recognition of his incredible devotion to educating and fighting for LGBT equality, racial justice and immigrant rights.

Please join AABANY in congratulating Glenn Manpantay for this well-deserved award and honor.

To learn more, click here.

Highlight: AABANY Hosts Screening of "Blowin' Up"

On Thursday, April 11, AABANY hosted a screening of “Blowin’ Up,” a feature documentary that explores the complex realities of sex work in New York City and the compassionate approach of a human trafficking court in Queens County. The film features AABANY member Honorable Toko Serita, Queens Supreme Court, as well as other heroines of the Human Trafficking Intervention Court, that work with victims of sexual exploitation who face prostitution-related charges.

To read more, click here.

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. Email[email protected].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 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 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 [email protected].

Read the Current 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

  • April 24: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Real Estate Fraud and Cyber Security. For more information, click here.
  • April 28: AABANY Co-sponsors: APA Women's Conference 2019. For more information, click here.
  • April 28: AABANY Co-sponsors: Pro Bono Clinic at APA Women's Conference 2019. For more information, click here.
  • April 30: AABANY Co-sponsors: An Evening With Preet Bharara at Cleary Gottlieb. For more information, click here.
  • April 30: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Asian Americans and Higher Education: An End to Affirmative Action? For more information, click here

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • April 19: Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court Presents: Three in one: Global Patent Trials. For more information, click here.
  • April 26: NYLS AALSA Alumni Dinner. For more information, click here.
  • May 1: Westchester County Bar Association 121st Annual Banquet. For more information, click here.
  • May 2: Small Claims Arbitrator Training - Staten Island. For more information, click here.
  • May 2: Queens County Bar Association Annual Dinner. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Unit Director for Disability Advocacy Project, Queens Legal Services, NYC
  • Deputy Attorney General 2, Permitting & Counseling Section, State of New Jersey OAG, Trenton, NJ
  • Deputy Attorney General 2, Pensions and Financial Transactions Section, State of New Jersey OAG, Trenton, NJ
  • Ethics Training Officer, Ethics Commission, Trenton, NJ
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.