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AABANY Announcements: May 6, 2019

In This Edition

  1. Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY
  2. Congratulations to Hon. Dorothy Chin-Brandt, Hon. Randall T. Eng, and Glenn Lau-Kee
  3. Applications Now Available for AABANY's 2019 Mentorship Program
  4. AALFNY Community Service Scholarship Awards
  5. Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, May 8
  6. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Our Culture: A Conversation With Netflix Entertainment Legal NY, May 9
  7. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Emerging Markets, May 9
  8. AABANY Co-Sponsors: East of the East River: Updates on Brooklyn and Queens Real Estate Development, May 14
  9. Highlights: April 30
  10. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 21, 2019
  11. Join AABANY to Support Portrait Project 2.0
  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 Current 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

Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY

AABANY is a proud co-sponsor of several events in celebration of APA Heritage Month, and we invite you to join us at one or more of them in May.  GO HERE or a full list and links with more information.  This list may be updated as new events are added so check back for any changes.

Congratulations to Hon. Dorothy Chin-Brandt, Hon. Randall T. Eng, and Glenn Lau-Kee

APA Heritage Month is off to a strong start with awards presented to three trailblazers in the APA community. Please join us in congratulating Hon. Dorothy Chin-Brandt, Hon. Randall T. Eng, and Glenn Lau-Kee who were honored during the first week of May. For more details, follow the links below.

Applications now Available for AABANY's 2019 Mentorship Program

We are happy to announce that applications are now available for AABANY's 2019 Mentorship Program. Because of the program's popularity, priority is given to applicants who are AABANY members.  The AABANY Mentorship Program provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development. Each mentee is matched to a mentor who will serve as a teacher, role model, and resource to the mentee. By way of one-to-one relationships and Mentorship Program events held throughout the year, the program will provide the structure to advance professional growth and networking skills of both mentors and mentees.

We encourage you to find out more details about the Mentorship Program, and to apply to be a Mentor or Mentee, by going to https://www.aabany.org/page/845

Registration opened on April 15 and will remain open until May 10.  Please contact the Chair of the Mentorship Program, Shruti Chopra, with any questions at [email protected].

AALFNY Community Service Scholarship Awards

The Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. (AALFNY), the 501(c)3 affiliate of AABANY, invites law students to apply for the Community Service Scholarship Awards. AALFNY will award scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to up to three law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian American community. The purpose of the award is to assist law students with their tuition while encouraging them to use their legal knowledge and training to benefit the Asian American community in New York and to foster commitment by law students to public service to the Asian American community in New York. Application deadline extended: May 10, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.asianamericanlawfund.org/community-service-scholarships/ . It is the Fund’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, May 8

Through its Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, AABANY conducts a monthly free legal advice and referral clinic in the Community Room at 33 Bowery Street (Confucius Plaza)  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 information go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1223672

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Our Culture: A Conversation With Netflix Entertainment Legal NY, May 9

Netflix Legal, BESLA, SABANY, RespectAbility & AABANY invite you to a night of great food and drink, networking, and discussion with fellow diverse legal professionals. 

6:00pm-7:00pm
Door Open & Networking

7:00pm-8:15pm
Panel & Q&A

8:15pm on
Networking Reception

For more details and to RSVP, click HERE. 


AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Emerging Markets, May 9

Chinese state and private sector companies are investing in emerging markets across various sectors, including energy, transportation, real estate and manufacturing. The scale of these projects within Africa are impacting the economic development of the continent, particularly in regards to energy and infrastructure. Because the investments differ from country to country and between state and private companies, as well as from U.S. and European investment, there is no single Chinese story within a continent of over 50 countries. Join the NYC Bar Association in conjunction with the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice as we examine trends in Africa with Chinese energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets. The Vance Center’s Power Africa and African Legal Fellows will provide an overview of major transactions in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, followed by a panel discussion among Chinese and Nigerian lawyers on the practical issues that arise in these large scale investment projects. For more information, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1230362

AABANY Co-Sponsors: East of the East River: Updates on Brooklyn and Queens Real Estate Development, May 14

AABANY co-sponsors: East of the East River / Updates on Brooklyn and Queens Real Estate Development, at Chase Bank, 4 Chase MetroTech Center, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11245 on May 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Speakers:

  • Margaret T. Ling, Esq., Senior Counsel, Big Apple Abstract Corp.
  • Richard M. Warshauer, Senior Managing Director, Colliers International NY LLC
  • George Xu, President and Foundy, Century Development Group
  • Danial Tropp, Director, Avison Young
  • Livia Corredor, Esq., Senior Vice President, Legal, Brookfield Properties

Register by May 10 at: https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1233405

Highlights: April 30

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

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] 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

  • May 8: Monthly Pro Bono Clinic.  For more information, click here.
  • May 9: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Our Culture: A Conversation With Netflix Entertainment Legal NY.  For more information, click here.
  • May 9: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Emerging Markets: Examining Trends.  For more information, click here.
  • May 13: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Brooklyn Women's Bar Association APAHM Celebration.  For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Board Meeting.  For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: The Fight for Justice: 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. US.  For more information, click here.
  • May 14: AABANY Co-Sponsors: East of the East River: Updates on Brooklyn and Queens Real Estate Development.  For more information, click here.
  • May 15: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Alice in Chinatown: Chol Soo Lee and His Fight for Freedom.  For more information, click here.
  • May 17: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Legal Seminar for Small Businesses.  For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • May 6: Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert's Annual Awards Presentation Dinner.  For more information, click here.
  • May 7: Defense Association of New York’s Annual Awards Banquet.  For more information, click here.
  • May 8: Brandeis Association 12th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program.  For more information, click here.
  • May 8: Veteran Benefits 101 and Cultural Competency Training.  For more information, click here.
  • May 8: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society: Current Issues in the First Amendment.  For more information, click here.
  • May 10: National Employment Lawyers Association/NY Spring Full Day Conference on Representing Employees.  For more information, click here.
  • May 15: Brooklyn Women's Bar Association’s Annual Dinner.  For more information, click here.
  • May 17: Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Litigation Associate, Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford, CT
  • Director, Public Policy Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC
  • Housing Rights Staff Attorney, Queens Legal Services
  • Housing Attorney, Staten Island Legal Services
  • Real Estate Litigation Associate, Nixon Peabody, 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.