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AABANY Announcements: September 23, 2019

In This Edition

  1. Thank You for Attending the 2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference
  2. Call for Volunteers - AABANY's First Pro Bono Clinic in Brooklyn
  3. Text to Donate in Support of the Pro Bono Clinic
  4. Join Us at the Sept. 25 Membership Mixer at Atwood
  5. Resumes Due by Sept. 27 for AmEx Info Session
  6. Celebrate with AABANY at the NAPABA National Convention in November
  7. Congratulations to Yifei He on Opening His Solo Practice
  8. AALDEF Theater Party – “Soft Power”
  9. Applications are now being Accepted for the 2019-2020 Don H. Liu Scholars Program
  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

Thank You for Attending the 2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference

AABANY thanks everyone who came out to the NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fordham Law School. We hosted more than 450 attendees, including conference registrants, panelists, volunteers, and sponsors. We will be sharing photos from the day soon, but for now, we want to take a moment to thank everyone for coming and making our 10th annual Fall Conference a great success. If you have any feedback to share about the conference, please send us an email at fall.conference@aabany.org.

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).

Text to Donate in Support of the Pro Bono Clinic

During the cocktail reception at the Northeast Regional/Fall Conference, we announced that the Pro Bono Clinic has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 to support its growing operations. To make it easier for our members and our community to donate to the Pro Bono Clinic, we have set up a page on Give Lively where you can make a donation by texting APAPROBONO  to 44321. It takes seconds to donate, and we hope you will take a moment today to support the Pro Bono Clinic and help it meet its fundraising goal. Through the generosity of those who gave at the cocktail reception at the Fall Conference, we already have collected more than $1300. Just $23,700 more to go! Please donate today.

Join Us at the Sept. 25 Membership Mixer at Atwood

 
Please join us at The Atwood, 936 Second Avenue, from 6:30-8:30 PM.  We are pleased to have the Academic and Military & Veterans Affairs Committees hosting this month's Membership Mixer. Come out and learn more about the work of these committees and how you can get more involved.  Register by tomorrow night, Sept. 24, at https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1271502

Resumes Due by Sept. 27 for AmEx Info Session

The Amex Legal Team will share their personal experiences in working as in-house counsel at Amex and answer questions you may have. This will be an opportunity to meet leaders and hiring managers in the Amex legal department and extend your professional network while enjoying light refreshments.


What:   Information Session on Going In-House at American Express
When:  10/22/2019 at 4:30 PM (please arrive at least 30 mins prior to clear security)
Where: American Express Company, 200 Vesey Street, 26 th Floor, New York City

REGISTER at https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1278257, then SEND YOUR RESUME by this Friday, September 27 via email to main@aabany.org.


Please note that registration priority will be given to AABANY members. As space is limited, not all who register will be invited to attend the event. Location information will be sent to you in advance of the event. Questions? Send them to main@aabany.org.


Celebrate with AABANY at the NAPABA National Convention in November

We plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of AABANY’s founding at the NAPABA National Convetion in Austin, Texas, in November. We also announced at the Northeast Regional/Fall Conference that AABANY will be receiving the Affiliate of the Year Award at the convention. We now have another great reason to celebrate, so we hope all AABANY members are making plans to join us in Austin in November. To facilitate communicating with each other in Austin, Membership Director Beatrice Leong has started a WhatsApp group, and to join it, we ask that you email us your name and phone number, so that we can get you added to the WhatsApp group. Send the email to main@aabany.org and we will pass along the information to Beatrice. Hope to you can come celebrate with us in Austin!

Congratulations to Yifei He on Opening His Solo Practice

AABANY member Yifei He shared with us the news that he has opened his solo practice, focusing on immigration and general litigation, including asylum defense, immigrant and non-immigrant visas and applications, family and employment based immigration, and federal court appeals. Mr. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and is licensed in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  “I am excited to bring my client-centered approach to understand and devote a value-driven practice to a client’s most pressing problems. This produces better results, reduces costs and improves the overall quality of legal services provided,” said Mr. He. His office is located at 2 Wall Street. Find out more at www.yifeihelaw.com.

Please join us in congratulating Yifei and wishing him well in his new practice.

AALDEF Theater Party – “Soft Power”

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is excited to host its next theater party on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Join AALDEF for a performance of “Soft Power,” the new musical by playwright David Henry Hwang, a 1987 AALDEF Justice in Action Award recipient, at the Public Theatre.

For AALDEF ticket holders, David will do a post-show talkback after the performance.

For more information, 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 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 Susanna Lee, slee1@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 25: AABANY Judiciary Committee Meeting. For more information, click here.
  • September 25: AABANY Membership Mixer with the Academic and Military & Veterans Affairs Committees. For more information, click here.
  • September 26: Pro Bono Clinic in Brooklyn. For more information, click here
  • October 1: AABANY Co-Sponsors: Dealing With Chinese Parties: Opportunities In The Era of the Trade War. For more information, click here.
  • October 2: NAPABA Affiliate Best Practice Webinar. For more information, click here.

Other Events on the AABANY Calendar

  • 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.

For past weekly announcements, see the archives page.