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AABANY Announcements: July 15, 2019

In This Edition

  1. NAPABA and AALDEF Applaud Supreme Court Decision to Block Census Citizenship Question
  2. AABANY Judiciary Committee Meeting, July 16
  3. AABANY Membership Mixer with GSPI and Prosecutors Committees, July 18
  4. AABANY Pre-OCI Information Session: What Do Corporate Lawyers Do? July 22
  5. AABANY Co-Sponsors: Due Diligence and the Ethics of a Real Estate Transaction, July 23
  6. YLC and Women's Committees Co-Sponsor: Swerve Class, July 28th
  7. AABANY Outing: Yankees Game, August 16th
  8. Applications Now Open for the 2019-2020 AABANY Leadership Development Program
  9. Applications are now being Accepted for the 2019-2020 Don H. Liu Scholars Program
  10. Thank you to our July Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers!
  11. Highlights: June 27th, July 15th
  12. NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference on Sept. 21, 2019
  13. Join AABANY to Support Portrait Project 2.0
  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 AABANY's 2018 Year End Report
  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

NAPABA and AALDEF Applaud Supreme Court Decision to Block Census Citizenship Question

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Southern District of New York ’s decision to block the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census in Department of Commerce v. New York (18-966) and remanded the case for further proceedings. The Court agreed that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Department of Commerce’s rationale for adding a citizenship question to the census was pretextual stating, “the evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation the Secretary gave for his decision.”

To read the full blog post, please click here.

AABANY Judiciary Committee Meeting, July 16

AABANY'S Judiciary Committee will be having a meeting on July 16th from 6:00 to 7:30pm at the NYC Civil Court, 8th floor Boardroom on 111 Centre Street, NY. 

The AABANY Judiciary Committee seeks to promote diversity on the bench. The committee members meet to discuss upcoming events, the judicial pipeline, and future events/programming. All members who are interested in getting involved are welcome to attend and learn more about what we do, and what you can do to help us in achieving a diverse and inclusive judiciary. AABANY members who are interested in judgeships are strongly encouraged to attend our meetings. Finally, if you are interested in serving on AABANY's Vetting Subcommittee, please join us for our committee meeting and bring your resume.

(Note: Attendees are advised to use the entrance on White Street between Centre and Lafayette Streets.) Registration is now closed. For more information contact [email protected] 

AABANY Membership Mixer with GSPI and Prosecutors Committees, July 18

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. The July Membership Mixer is co-sponsored by the Government Service & Public Interest Committee and Prosecutors Committee.

When: July 18, 6-8:30 pm
Where: Stout NYC (Cellar Area), 133 West 33rd Street between 6th and 7th Streets)

For more information and to register, please click here. For more information contact [email protected]

AABANY Pre-OCI Information Session: What Do Corporate Lawyers Do? July 22

Are you more of a litigator or a dealmaker? Maybe a bit of both? Ever wonder what corporate lawyers do? What makes corporate practice fun and interesting? We are gathering a group of APA law firm partners and in-house attorneys whose practices center on various different areas of the corporate practice to share their experiences with law students who may be considering joining the corporate practice. Heavy appetizers and dessert will be served. A short networking time will follow the panel discussion.

7:00 - Arrival and registration
7:15 - Panel discussion
8:15 - Post-panel reception and networking
For more information and to register, please click here.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Due Diligence and the Ethics of a Real Estate Transaction, July 23

Please join us for an AABANY co-sponsored event: Due Diligence and the Ethics of a Real Estate Transactions. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 5:30 to 8 pm. For more information and to register, please click here.

YLC and Women's Committees Co-Sponsor: Swerve Class, July 28th

Join the Young Lawyers Committee and Women's Committee for a FREE cycling class and delicious smoothies afterwards! We have reserved a limited number of spots at SWERVE Fitness (Midtown) on Sunday, July 28th from 10:30-11:30 AM. Spots are first come, first serve, so grab a friend and sign up today. All are welcome!

The deadline to sign up is July 25th, click here to sign up.

AABANY Outing: Yankees Game, August 16th

Come out for a night of baseball, fun, and networking with AABANY Members. Tickets are for the Standing Room section with one drink included (Beer, soda, bottled water). The event is co-sponsored by Membership and Prosecutors Committees. Thank you to Esquire Depositions Solutions for sponsoring the event!

For Members, there is a four ticket limit per personMembers can buy at the member price for non-members. 

For Non-Members, there is a two ticket limit per person.

To view more details and to sign up, click here.


Applications Now Open for the 2019-2020 AABANY Leadership Development Program

AABANY’s Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a 6-month long interactive leadership training course that is focused on cultivating AABANY members who are senior attorneys through the promotion process within law firms, companies and the government.  In 2018, we successfully launched our law firm partnership track program focused on guiding a selected group of APA law firm associates on the partnership track (please click here to learn more about ALDP). This year, we are expanding ALDP to include an in-house counsel track program to guide a small group of qualified senior APA in-house counsel into senior management positions within their organizations (e.g., SVP, Deputy GC or GC).

Applications are now open and must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday, July 31.  For more details, click here.

Applications are now being Accepted for the 2019-2020 Don H. Liu Scholars Program

AABANY is proud to announce that applications for the Don H. Liu Scholars Program are now open. The Program was founded in 2014 by two past presidents of AABANY. The Program seeks to identify and cultivate future Asian American leaders in the legal community to address the single most important reality facing Asian American professionals today: the barrier to advancement. This year, the Selection Committee will select up to three scholars. Each scholar will be awarded $15,000 each and have access to prominent mentors, including Don H. Liu, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Risk Officer of Target Corporation. The Program will also provide assistance in career development, including identifying potential internships. 

 

Details and more information about the Program can be found at http://www.donhliuscholars.org.

For more details on the application process and eligibility requirements, please find the application package here: http://www.donhliuscholars.org/application/. To read AABANY's full press release, click here

Application materials are due by 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time), November 1, 2019.

Thank you to our July Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers!

July’s Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, held on Wednesday, July 10 at 33 Bowery Street in Confucius Plaza, brought out 41 volunteers who volunteered their time to help 43 clients.

Thank you to all of the volunteer attorneys and interpreters who came to support the community! 

To read the full blog post, please click here.

Highlights: June 27th, July 15th

NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference on Sept. 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. Program submission closed on June 7. Sponsorship package now available here. A block of rooms has been reserved at Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd Street, New York, at a discounted rate. The room block will be available until Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. ET or until the block has sold out. 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 2019 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 AABANY's 2018 Year End Report

The Year End Report reviews the various events and initiatives undertaken by AABANY to further the interest of APA lawyers and recognizes the accomplishments of its members during the past year. Please click here to read the report.


This Week on WE Blog @AABANY  

Fellowship Announcements 

A new fellowship opportunity has been added for Fall 2020 Legal Fellowships - Bronx Legal Services NYC. 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

  • July 16: AABANY Judiciary Committee Meeting. For more information, click here.
  • July 18: AABANY Membership Mixer with GSPI and Prosecutors Committees. For more information, click here.
  • July 22: AABANY Pre-OCI Information Session: What Do Corporate Lawyers Do? For more information, click here.
  • July 23: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Due Diligence and the Ethics of a Real Estate Transaction. For more information, click here
  • July 28: YLC and Women's Committees Co-Sponsor: Swerve Class. For more information, click here.
  • July 31: Negotiating The Commercial Lease: Both from the Landlord and Tenant Perspective. For more information, click here.
  • August 16: AABANY Outing: Yankees Game. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • July 15: The Network of Bar Leaders and Federal Bar Association (SDNY Chapter) Present: Networking Event. For more information, click here.
  • July 17: Nassau County Women's Bar Association Presents: Work Place Wine & Style. For more information, click here.
  • July 19: The Puerto Rican Bar Association Presents: Wellness Workshop. For more information, click here.
  • July 20: Puerto Rican Bar Association Young Lawyers Brunch. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation Department, The Innocence Project, NYC
  • Director of the Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington D.C.
  • Tobacco Enforcement Section Chief, Health Care Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General, NYC
  • Assistant City Attorney, City Attorney’s Office in Ithaca, City of Ithaca
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.