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AABANY Announcements: February 10, 2020

In This Edition

  1. Annual Dinner 2020: Early Bird Deadline Closes on Feb. 10
  2. AALFNY Community Service Scholarship Awards - Applications Now Open
  3. AABANY Members: Activate Your Free NAPABA Membership Now
  4. Renew Your Membership Now and Get 20% Off Plus Free Membership in NAPABA
  5. In The News: AABANY Membership Committee Co-Chair Beatrice Leong Interviewed on "This is Uncomfortable"
  6. Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, Feb. 12
  7. AABANY Co-Sponsors: "Cambodian Rock Band" - A Play by Lauren Yee, Feb. 16
  8. Young Lawyers’ Committee Dim Sum Brunch, Feb. 16
  9. NYU Law and AABANY Lunar New Year Celebration, Feb. 18
  10. AABANY Membership Mixer, Feb. 19
  11. 9th Annual Columbia School APALSA Conference and Gala Dinner, Feb. 22
  12. AABANY's Women's Committee presents: A Brown Bag Lunch with Sandra Ung, Feb. 25
  13. Highlight:  Mentorship Reception at Fried Frank, Feb. 5
  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. AABANY Seeks Legal Interns
  21. Read AABANY's 2018 Year End Report
  22. This Week on WE Blog @AABANY
  23. Fellowship Announcements
  24. Upcoming Events on the AABANY Calendar
  25. Other Events on the AABANY Calendar
  26. Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

Annual Dinner 2020: Early Bird Deadline Closes on Feb. 10


We are pleased to announce the honorees for the 2020 Annual Dinner, taking place on Feb. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street:

  • Hon. Sri Srinivasan, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Yen ChuChief Legal Officer, Equinox Holdings, Inc.
  • Alan Tse, Global Chief Legal Officer, JLL, Inc.

During the cocktail hour from 6 to 7 pm at the 2020 Annual Dinner, on Feb. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street, AABANY will be holding a VIP Reception in the Mezzanine at which many General Counsels will be present. See the flyer for the current list of GCs who will be joining us. For more details, contact ad20@aabany.org.

Individual ticket sales are open and early bird rates are available until Feb. 10. Buy your tickets now at https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1324601

Early bird rates for AABANY sponsorships ended on January 31, but if you are interested in sponsoring, see the Sponsorship Package HERE.

AALFNY Community Service Scholarship Award - Applications Now Open

The Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY) invites law students to apply for our 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.

Applicants should include a description of their proposed summer community service project and the name, email address and phone number of a supervisor at the community service organization or other organization that the Scholarship Committee may contact. Confirmation of the public service project is not required at the time of the application, but will be required before the award of the scholarship.  Applicants are responsible for arranging their own projects.

Please visit https://www.asianamericanlawfund.org/community-service-scholarships/ for details and to download the application.  Deadline to apply is April 10, 2020.

AABANY Members: Activate Your Free NAPABA Membership Now

Members of AABANY are eligible for complimentary membership in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). As a NAPABA member, you will have access to a national career center, networking with over 30 national practice and affinity groups, and opportunities to build your career through leadership programs and scholarships.
 
As a benefit of being a member of AABANY, you will receive 100% off your NAPABA dues (excluding add-ons; other conditions may apply). To activate your membership, enter a special discount code during checkout when you join or renew your membership at napaba.org/membership.
 
NOTE: NAPABA Membership runs during the calendar year, so if you were a NAPABA  member through AABANY in 2019, your NAPABA Membership expired on Dec. 31, 2019. Activate your NAPABA Membership now, so that you can enjoy a full year of NAPABA Membership benefits from Jan. 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. You will need NAPABA Membership to vote in the NAPABA election as well as to receive NAPABA discounts for the NAPABA Convention. Even if your AABANY membership is current and has not yet expired, renew your NAPABA Membership TODAY so that you can enjoy your full year of NAPABA Membership. 
 
Email membership@aabany.org to receive the NAPABA Membership discount code.

Renew Your Membership Now and Get 20% Off Plus Free Membership in NAPABA

AABANY values its members.  We are offering a promotion for those of you whose membership has lapsed. We would hate to lose your membership and are writing with a special offer in hopes you will renew now.

AABANY members are part of a vibrant community of attorneys in the private and public sector, along with judges, academics, law students and legal professionals in New York. We are the largest minority bar association in New York and one of the most active, with numerous CLE programs throughout the year at which you can develop professionally and expand your professional networks. We connect socially at fun events, like sports and cultural outings, such as Mets and Yankees games this past summer and most recently a night at the opera at the Met.

As explained in the item above, members of AABANY are eligible for complimentary membership in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

To get the 20% discount code, contact us at membership@aabany.org and we will send you instructions. Once you have renewed, we will follow up with the special code you need to activate your free NAPABA Membership.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact membership@aabany.org. We hope to see you soon at a future AABANY event.

In The News: AABANY Membership Committee Co-Chair Beatrice Leong Interviewed on "This is Uncomfortable"

On January 30, 2020, AABANY Membership Director Beatrice Leong was interviewed by Reema Khrais on her podcast called “This Is Uncomfortable.” During the interview, which was broadcast on NPR, Beatrice shared a very personal story about why she decided to become a divorce lawyer. After graduating from college Beatrice and her long time boyfriend, someone she had been with since the age of 16, got married and moved in together. He worked as a financial consultant, and Beatrice went to law school. However, their relationship took a turn for the worst when Beatrice uncovered his infidelity. After a long back and forth internally, she realized divorce was her only choice. Having graduated from law school, she decided to be her own advocate and joined a family law practice to learn more about divorce law.

To read more, click here.

Monthly Pro Bono Clinic, Feb. 12

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.

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

Attorney volunteers do not need to be specialists or have expertise in a specific area of law. Attorney volunteers will only be rendering legal advice and will not take on any legal representation. All 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.

Volunteers - attorneys and interpreters - should bring open ears, patience, and compassion. All volunteers should arrive by 6:15 PM and will be given an orientation before the start of the clinic. Attorneys and interpreters interested in volunteering for the Pro Bono Clinic should contact Asako.Aiba@aabany.org.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: "Cambodian Rock Band" - A Play by Lauren Yee, Feb. 16

Lauren Yee is the New York-based playwright of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, which has had sold out runs across the country, and is finally landing in New York starting this month.

The show celebrates the extraordinary power of Asian American stories and artists. It's also a show that humanizes Cambodia's ongoing Khmer Rouge/Extraordinary Chambers/human rights tribunals in powerful, joyful, music-drenched ways and centers on a young Cambodian American woman involved in the trials.

Tickets are $35 each, but AABANY members will get a $10 discount.

For more information, click here.

Young Lawyers’ Committee Dim Sum Brunch, Feb. 16

Join the Young Lawyers Committee for a delicious, all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch in Chinatown on Sunday, February 16, from 12-2 PM at Downtown Yummy (39 E. Broadway). Enjoy traditional Hong Kong-style har gao, siu mai, steamed buns, egg tarts, and other assorted dishes with friends old and new. Afterwards, continue the conversation over bubble tea and dessert at local venues.

Tickets are just $5 for AABANY Members. Tickets for non-members are $10. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

NYU Law and AABANY Lunar New Year Celebration, Feb. 18

AABANY, in conjunction with NYU APALSA, presents an evening celebrating the Lunar New Year. We also hope this celebration will serve as a meaningful opportunity for Asian Pacific American law students and attorneys to connect and further strengthen NYC's APA legal community.

Feel free to reach out to Chang Hahn (cyh312@law.nyu.edu) or David Chen (ycc540@nyu.edu) with any questions or concerns.

To register, click here.

AABANY Membership Mixer, Feb. 19

Join us for our Monthly Membership Mixer at Atwood Bar & Lounge on February 19. See flyer below for more details and register by clicking here.

9th Annual CLS School APALSA Conference and Gala Dinner, Feb. 22

Columbia APALSA would like to warmly invite AABANY to their 9th Annual APALSA Conference and Gala held at Columbia University on February 22, 2020.

Each year Columbia APALSA holds this event so law students and attorneys can hear from experienced Asian lawyers and learn about the Asian perspective in the legal profession. This year’s conference is titled "The Path Less Traveled: Success Beyond the Law Firm,” and will last from 2:15PM to 6:30PM. The three panels will feature speakers who have used their legal education to find professional and personal success outside traditional legal practices. Speakers this year will hail from diverse backgrounds and work experiences, ranging from the nation's most prominent law firms, the tech startup sphere, education, and politics. AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen will be joining this year as a panelist as well!

APALSA will also be hosting a gala dinner (including an open bar, raffle, silent auction) following the conference from 7:00PM to 9:30PM, catered by Momofuku. CLS APALSA is also pleased to announce that this year's Hong Yen Chang awardee is CLS alum Kevin D. Kim '99, who will be giving a few words in the spirit of the conference theme to gala attendees.

To register for the conference and purchase tickets for the gala, please click on the following link: https://form.jotform.com/193647705076163Columbia APALSA is extending a 10% discount on individual tickets for AABANY members. To get the discount code, please email main@aabany.org and we will send it to you.

Please direct all questions, inquiries, and concerns to tsc2142@columbia.edu. Please see our Facebook event page for a full schedule: https://www.facebook.com/events/499571844311933/

 


AABANY's Women's Committee presents: A Brown Bag Lunch with Sandra Ung, Feb. 25

The Women's Committee has organized a lunch with Sandra Ung, Special Assistant to Congresswoman Grace Meng and Executive Director of At the Table PAC on February 25 at 1pm. The Women's Committee launched a Brown Bag Lunch series to feature prominent Asian American women in the law. Through these lunches we aim to create an intimate space that allows for open dialogue on real issues that Asian American women face in the legal community. We are excited to have Ms. Ung join us for a discussion on her work in government and in electing more women and individuals from underserved communities to federal office. A resident of Queens, Ms. Ung has dedicated her life to public service. Do join us on Feb. 25 at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, Rm 2909, for an engaging discussion with Ms. Ung! Lunch will be provided, so please rsvp by Feb. 23. 

To register, click here.

Highlight:  Mentorship Reception at Fried Frank, Feb. 5

 

On Wednesday evening, February 5, AABANY’s Mentorship Program held its Welcome Reception at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Yang Chen, the Executive Director of AABANY, shared some words of wisdom and encouraged mentees to build informal mentorship relationships with their connections in addition to the formal pairings provided by AABANY’s Mentorship Program. Then, after learning more about how members can get involved with the program for the upcoming year, mentors and mentees from the program got together over drinks and hors d’oeuvres to reconnect, mix, and mingle with each other and other attendees.

Read more 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 

AABANY Seeks Legal Interns

Applications are now being accepted for AABANY’s 2020 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 an experienced or newly admitted attorney at the NYS Office of the Attorney General. 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

  • February 11: AABANY Board Meeting. For more information, click here
  • February 11: AABANY Annual Meeting. For more information, click here.
  • February 12: Monthly Pro Bono Clinic. For more information, click here.
  • February 13: POSTPONED AABANY Co-Sponsors: Women's Leadership: Is Leaning in Enough? For more information, click here.
  • February 16: AABANY Co-Sponsors: "Cambodian Rock Band" - A Play by Lauren Yee. For more information, click here.
  • February 16: Young Lawyers’ Committee Dim Sum Brunch.  For more information, click here.
  • February 18: NYU Law and AABANY Lunar New Year Celebration. For more information, click here.
  • February 19: AABANY Membership Mixer.  For more information, click here.
  • February 25: AABANY's Women's Committee Presents: A Brown Bag Lunch with Sandra Ung.  For more information, click here.
  • February 26: AABANY 2020 Annual Dinner.  For more information, click here.

 Other Events on AABANY Calendar

  • February 15-16: American Mock Trial Regionals.  For more information, click here.
  • February 17: Application Deadline: Higginbotham Fellows Program.  For more information, click here.
  • February 22: 9th annual CLS APALSA Conference.  For more information, click here.
  • February 25: Basic Claro Training Program. For more information, click here.
  • February 27: LeGaL's 2020 Annual Dinner Gala. For more information, click here.
  • February 27: SAICBA-Q 2020 Annual Dinner.  For more information, click here.

Recent Job Postings on the AABANY Career Center

  • Assistant Dean for Bar Success, New York Law School, NY
  • Corporate Associate, Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester, NY
  • Hearing Officer, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, New York, NY
  • Deputy Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, New York, 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.