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AABANY Announcements: September 16, 2019

In This Edition

  1. 2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference on Sept. 21: Online Registration Deadline is Sept. 17
  2. Important Updates about TAP and PDC at the Northeast Regional/Fall Conference
  3. AABANY Post-Conference Dinner
  4. NAPABA Labor and Employment Law Committee & Dispute Resolution Committee Social Mixer, Sept. 19
  5. Call for Volunteers - AABANY's First Pro Bono Clinic in Brooklyn
  6. Thank You to our September Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers!
  7. Highlight: AABANY Pro Bono Clinic Leaders Meet Taipei Commissioner of Law
  8. Applications are now being Accepted for the 2019-2020 Don H. Liu Scholars Program
  9. Join AABANY to Support Portrait Project 2.0
  10. Join the AABANY Community Response Task Force
  11. AABANY Clerkship Directory
  12. Discounted Membership - New York City Bar Association
  13. AABANY Speakers Bureau
  14. Career Placement Committee Intake Form Now Available
  15. NAPABA News
  16. Wanted: Volunteer Attorney/Law Grads for Appellate Court Judge
  17. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  18. Read AABANY's 2018 Year End Report
  19. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  20. Fellowship Announcements
  21. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  22. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  23. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference on Sept. 21: Online Registration Deadline is Sept. 17

Registration is still open for the 2019 NE Regional/Fall Conference, taking place on Saturday, September 21, at Fordham Law School.

Please note that online registration ends on Tuesday, September 17.

Walk-ins will be accepted - but there will be a $20 per person surcharge for onsite registration.

AABANY is also pleased to announce that the website for the 2019 NE Regional/Fall Conference has launched. Visit the website at conference2019.aabany.org/.

 

The conference website has been updated with the Detailed Schedule Grid here: https://conference2019.aabany.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FC19-Schedule-091319-rev-FHC-2.pdf

 

If you have any questions, contact fall.conference@aabany.org.

 We hope to see you at our 2019 NE Regional/Fall Conference. 

Important Updates about TAP and PDC at the Northeast Regional/Fall Conference

Please note that you will now have the opportunity to attend the lecture portions of the TAP, without having to commit to also taking part in the breakout sessions. The 9am lecture will be on "Opening Statements and Direct Examinations" and the  2:30pm lecture will be on "Cross-Examinations and Closing Statements."  The Small Group Break-Out Sessions are open only to TAP registrants.  Please see a list of the faculty members on TAP here:  https://conference2019.aabany.org/trial-advocacy-program/. We are honored to have Judge Denny Chin presenting the keynote speech at the start of the 9am lecture.

We also invite you to participate in this year's Professional Development Coaching (“PDC”) Sessions.  The PDC is made of up one-on-one sessions, in which a distinguished group of faculty members meet with participants to troubleshoot specific professional and personal development issues that may be impeding career advancement.  Our goal is to help you develop a game plan to address such issues and help you move forward and rise up in the legal profession. Please register separately for the PDC by Tuesday,  September 17, so that we can match you up with the right faculty members in advance, here: https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1250553.  Once we have registrations, we will determine a schedule for the coaching sessions, which we will communicate to the participants directly.

AABANY Post-Conference Dinner

 
After the 2019 Northeast Regional/Fall Conference join AABANY for a dinner buffet & dessert, just a few minutes walk from Fordham Law School, at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

Early Bird prices are $50 for private sector attorneys and $25 for public sector attorneys and law students.

At Door prices are $75 for private sector attorneys and $35 for public sector attorneys and law students.

Please register and pay in advance by Sept. 19 by clicking here.

NAPABA Labor and Employment Law Committee & Dispute Resolution Committee Social Mixer, Sept. 19

NAPABA's Labor and Employment Law Committee & Dispute Resolution Committee jointly invite you to our Social Mixer in advance of the 2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference.  Catch up with existing connections, meet new ones, discuss panels for the NAPABA/AABANY conference, or just join us for a drink and a bite to eat.

EVERYONE is WELCOME and ADMISSION IS FREE.  For more details, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1278849

Call for Volunteers - AABANY's First Pro Bono Clinic in Brooklyn

AABANY's Pro Bono & Community Service Committee will conduct its first Legal Advice & Referral Pro Bono Clinic in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, September 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The clinic will be held at A+ Academy, 6802 8th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11220 (conveniently located near the 8th Ave subway station on the N line). 

Since the inauguration of AABANY's monthly pro bono clinic in 2015, hundreds of low-income community members have received thoughtful advice and appropriate legal referrals from AABANY members.  

The Pro Bono Committee is seeking volunteer attorneys and language interpreters for the Pro Bono Clinic in Brooklyn. Attorney volunteers do not need to be specialists or have expertise in a specific area of law, but should have experience in client intake and consultation. Attorney volunteers will only be rendering legal advice and will not take on any legal representation. All attorney volunteers must be AABANY members for professional liability coverage purposes. Volunteers may sign up here to become an AABANY member or can do so at the Pro Bono Clinic. Interpreter volunteers should be fluent in English and at least one of the following languages: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian languages or dialects. 

Volunteers - attorneys and interpreters - should bring open ears, patience, and compassion. All volunteers should arrive by 5:45 PM and will be given an orientation before the start of the clinic. Attorneys and interpreters interested in volunteering for the Pro Bono Clinic, and those who need certifications of pro bono hours for bar admission purposes, should contact Asako.Aiba@aabany.org. 

AABANY's Brooklyn Pro Bono Clinic is conducted in collaboration with: NYS Assemblyman, Peter J. Abbate Jr., NYS Senator, Andrew Gounardes, and NYC Councilman, Justin Brannan.  Special thanks to our sponsors: A+ Academy, Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), Chinese American Social Services Center (CASS), Homecrest Community Services, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS), Brooklyn Community Improvement Association (BCIA), Parent Child Relationship Association, and the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn (UCA).

Thank You to our September Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers!


 

September’s Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, held on Wednesday, September 11 at 33 Bowery Street in Confucius Plaza, brought out 31 volunteers who volunteered their time to help 23 clients. In a few short years, with the tireless and generous assistance of our volunteers, we have helped hundreds of low-income clients with free legal advice and referrals to high-quality, culturally sensitive, and linguistically competent legal services. Together we have helped expand access to justice for underserved Asian American New Yorkers. AABANY’s Monthly Pro Bono Clinic occurs every second Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The next clinic will take place on October 9, 2019. Thank you to our September Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers!

To learn more, click here.

 

Highlight: AABANY Pro Bono Clinic Leaders Meet Taipei Commissioner of Law

 

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Chair Karen Kithan Yau and Vice-Chair Kwok Ng had an opportunity to meet with the Commissioner of Law from Taipei City, Hsiu-Hui Yuan, and her staff in a meeting arranged by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY Inc., a  long-time community partner for the Monthly Pro Bono Legal Advice and Referral Clinic in Manhattan at Confucius Plaza. Commissioner Yuan and her team had expressed interest in learning from the AABANY Pro Bono Clinic’s experience to best meet the legal needs of the ordinary citizen. In addition to meeting with AABANY, Commissioner Yuan and her team will also met with Pro Bono Net, New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), and Office of Legal Policy for US Department of Justice.

To read more, 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.

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 by clicking here

To read the full Law360 article go 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 main@aabany.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 resume@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 at careers@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 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 yang.chen@aabany.org.

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

  • September 17: NAPABA Webinar: Defend Trade Secret Act in 2019 - Updates and Best Practices. For more information, click here.
  • September 18: AABANY Co-Sponsors: The Long Arm of the Law. For more information, click here.
  • September 19: NAPABA Labor and Employment Law Committee & Dispute Resolution Committee Social Mixer.  For more information, click here.
  • September 21: 2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference. For more information, click here.
  • September 25: AABANY Judiciary Committee Meeting. For more information, click here.
  • September 25: AABANY Membership Mixer with Academic Committee. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • September 16: 14th Annual/ 2019 APALANJ Golf Classic & Dinner. For more information, click here.
  • September 17: Small Claims Arbitrators Association Training. For more information, click here.
  • September 17: Network of Bar Leaders Co-Sponsors LGBTQ&A: A Fireside Chat With Judge Ariel Chesler and Sarah Filch. For more information, click here.
  • September 18: LeGaL Co-Sponsors: Free CLE on Planning for Unmarried Couples. For more information, click here.
  • September 18: Columbian Lawyers: First Judicial Department's Annual Judges’ Night Dinner. For more information, click here.
  • September 20: NELA/NY Fall Conference on Representing Employees NELA/NY Fall Conference on Representing Employees. For more information, click here.
    September 20: Brehon Law Society of NY presents “Human Rights at the Border.” For more information, click here.
  • September 23: Debbie Epstein Henry/Greenberg Traurig Speaker Series. For more information, click here.
  • September 24: DBA Host 16th Annual Scholarship Gala. For more information, click here.
    September 25: Court Simplification Information Session for the Network of Bar Leaders. For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Legal Counsel, BiC, Shelton, CT
  • Law Student Externship, NYS Office of the Attorney General, NYC
  • Assistant General Counsel – Transactional Attorney, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, NYC
  • Staff Attorney – Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Albany, 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.

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