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AABANY Announcements: May 29, 2019

In This Edition

  1. AABANY Presents: Annual Judges' Reception, May 30
  2. Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY
  3. Press Release: AABANY Congratulates Kathy Hirata Chin on Being Selected to Receive the inaugural Hong Yen Chang Award by the Columbia Law School Association and Asian Columbia Alumni Association at the New York County Lawyers Association
  4. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Breaking Through: A Look Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling, May 29
  5. AABANY Membership Mixer, May 29
  6. AABANY Off-Broadway Outing: "You never touched the dirt," June 5
  7. AABANY Presents: Mets Game with Members, June 14
  8. Highlights: April 19, May 10, 19, 21 and 23
  9. Save the Date: AABANY Fall Conference on September 21, 2019
  10. Join AABANY to Support Portrait Project 2.0
  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 Current 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

AABANY Presents: Annual Judges' Reception, May 30

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month AABANY's Judiciary Committee presents our annual Judge's Reception honoring our newly inducted, elevated and retiring judges.

For more information and to register, click here.

To read the press release, click here.

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. Here are the remaining events for this month:

Press Release: AABANY Congratulates Kathy Hirata Chin on Being Selected to Receive the Inaugural Hong Yen Chang Award by the Columbia Law School Association and Asian Columbia Alumni Association at the New York County Lawyers Association

NEW YORK – May 24, 2019 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that Kathy Hirata Chin, Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP and longstanding member of AABANY, will be honored at the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) at the Inaugural Hong Yen Chang Reception on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The Columbia Law School Association and Asian Columbia Alumni Association are recognizing Ms. Chin with this honor, and the reception is co-sponsored by AABANY, the Asian Practice Committee of NYCLA, the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, and the Network of Bar Leaders. Ms. Chin is a 1980 graduate of Columbia Law School.

Click here to read the full press release.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Breaking Through: A Look Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling, May 29

The Diversity and Leadership Network will host an informative conversation with guest speakers, including the Honorable Justice Jeffrey K. Oing, Lawson Huynh, Associate at Lowenstein Sandler, Blossom Kan, Assistant General Counsel for MetLife, and Sonia Low, General Counsel of Jacob J. Javits Center, about the challenges and successes of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the legal profession. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

For more information and RSVP, click here.

AABANY Membership Mixer, May 29

Come out on Wednesday, May 29 from 6 – 8:30 pm to Cajunsea!  The Career Placement and Student Outreach Committees invite you to AABANY’s Membership Mixer.  AABANY has the entire basement level as a private space!

$1 Oysters 
$4 Draft beers
$9 Pitchers

The Membership Mixer is designed to bring together members and non-members so that they can get to know AABANY through its committees and learn how to become more actively involved and engaged with them.

To register, click here.

AABANY Off-Broadway Outing: "You never touched the dirt," June 5

For those that joined AABANY last year in our outing to see the off broadway play "The Deal," Zhu Yi is back with "You never touched the dirt," directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. A play about economic transformation—the dreams it enables and those it crushes—the new work tells the story of the Lis, a family trying to enjoy their lakeside vacation but who find themselves surrounded by the gardeners, maids, and security guards who had once owned the land (not to mention the gods, ghosts, and unnamed spirits there for thousands of years before them).

This event is co-sponsored by our Membership Committee and Asia Practice Committee.

For more information and to register, click here.

AABANY Presents: Mets Game with Members, June 14

For more information and to register, click here.

Highlights: April 29, May 10, 19, 21 and 23

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

A recent Law360 article entitled “Why Are Law Clerks So White” reported:

Take any five federal law clerks, and at least four of them would probably be white. And nobody can be certain why.

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu has some guesses about the reasons black, Asian and Latino lawyers are largely shut out of these prestigious positions that can turbocharge a lawyer’s early career. But he says it’s impossible to pinpoint reasons or patterns because so little data exists.

“We actually don’t even know the most basic things about those opportunities,” Justice Liu told Law360. “It would be interesting if we could know even basic things, like do women judges get more women clerks? We have impressions of that, but we don’t know with any precision whether these things are true.”

The article went on to talk about how Justice Liu plans to address these questions in Portrait Project 2.0. AABANY is supporting this research as a Silver Sponsor. AABANY challenges its members to donate to Portrait Project 2.0. AABANY will match member donations up to $5,000. Join AABANY in advancing the work of Portrait Project 2.0. Read more at https://www.aabany.org/page/PortraitProject20

To read the full Law360 article go to https://www.law360.com/articles/1156019?utm_source=ios-shared&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=ios-shared

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 Reports


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 29: AABANY Membership Mixer. For more information, click here.
  • May 29: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Breaking Through: A Look Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling. For more information, click here.
  • May 30: AABANY Presents: Annual Judicial Reception hosted by the Judiciary Committee. For more information, click here.
  • June 5: AABANY Off-Broadway Outing: "You never touched dirt." For more information, click here.
  • June 11: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Issues of Capacity to Sell in Real Estate Transactions. For more information, click here.
  • June 12: Monthly Pro Bono Clinic. For more information, click here.
  • June 14: AABANY Presents: Mets Game with Members. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • June 3: The Network of Bar Leaders Sponsors "The Braschi Breakthrough." For more information, click here.
  • June 4: Basic CLARO Training Program. For more information, click here.
  • June 12: Network of Bar Leaders Annual Presidents’ Dinner. For more information, click here.
  • June 13: APALA-NJ's 22nd Annual Gala. For more information, click here.
  • June 20: KALAGNY 33rd Anniversary Gala. For more information, click here

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Senior Counsel, American Arbitration Association, NYC
  • Housing Unit Director, Bronx Legal Services, NYC
  • Policy Director, International Refugee Assistance Project, NY and Washington, D.C.
  • Legal Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, International Refugee Assistance 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.

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