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Thank you to all those who came to AABANY’s Labor & Employment Law Happy Hour on Tuesday, April 15. AABANY hopes you enjoyed the good drinks and the even better company.

A special ‘thanks’ goes out to Pranna for hosting this event, Chris Kwok and William Ng (Committee Co-Chairs) and Tiffany Ma for organizing this wonderful event!

To learn more about the Committee, what it does and what other activities are in store, contact Chris at chris.kwok@aabany.org or Will at william.ng@aabany.org.


New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. We would like to invite you to the celebration on May 2nd, 2014 at Bennett Media Studio, 723 Washington St., with entertainment, music, dance, food, art, and culture. 

For four decades, NYCCC has been serving the community by providing high quality and authentic cultural programs and resources to schools and the public. As the region’s largest and most respected Chinese traditional performing arts organization, NYCCC is on track to be the creative hub for Chinese artists in all media and the authority for Chinese culture. At the mark of our 40th anniversary, NYCCC wants to recognize and honor influential figures in our community for their leadership and contributions.

Norma Chu, Actress & community Leader
Chinese Business Lawyer Association  

As we are tracing the footprints of glory and respect generations of achievement, we are committed and striving to be the best and be the safeguard for the tradition. Please support NYCCC’s mission by making a fully tax-deductible gift and we look forward to seeing you at our 40th anniversary gala. Click to purchase ticket(s)!  

Join the Asian American/Asian Research Institute for their annual conference, Rethinking New York City’s Asian American Communities, on Monday, May 5, 2014, from 8:30am to 5pm, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Concourse Level, Manhattan. This event is free and open to the general public, light breakfast and lunch provided.

Over the last 2 decades, the Asian American population in New York City has exploded with 110% growth, and is more diverse than ever, hailing not only from East Asia but from South and Southeast Asia, as well as from secondary migrations such as the Indo-Guyanese. Nearly 78% of NYC’s Asian Americans are foreign born.

This conference seeks to answer the questions of who they are, where they have chosen to locate and how their communities have grown, how to preserve the culture and historical heritage of these communities for the older communities, to prepare new communities who will want to preserve their history in the US, and to connect scholars and community to identify trends and issues of concern for these communities.


  • The Newest Asian New Yorkers
  • New York’s Indo-Caribbean Diaspora: Update
  • Preserving our Historical and Cultural Heritage
  • Community Research: Mapping & Networking
To RSVP for the conference and to view the latest program, please visit www.aaari.info/2014communities.htm. Please be prepared to present proper identification when entering the CUNY Graduate Center. 
For details on all of AAARI’s upcoming events, please visitwww.aaari.info. See you at the AAARI conference on May 5th


Don’t miss out on the 2014 Annual NAPABA Convention! There are many ways to get involved starting now. You can:

For more information on the Convention, including how to make your room reservation at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, click here.


We look forward to seeing you at the

8th Annual Conference in Orlando.
NCVAA has been the largest law conference in the United States for Vietnamese American attorneys and law students since 2006.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to network with nationally renown Judges and Law Professors, as well as top attorneys and legal leaders, from all across the country.
Register TODAY.  Early bird prices expire on May 1, 2014.
To register for the conference and for more information, visit:
We have a limited number of rooms reserved at discounted rates. To reserve your hotel room, visit:


and select “Attendee” as your guest type.

For sponsorship or speaker information, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs:

Nguyen T. Vu, NCVAA President


Kim Y. Nguyen, NCVAA Vice President


Daniel Huynh, NCVAA Board Member



Please join us for this special screening of “Can” (amongourkin.org) on Tue. April 29 sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television (nywift.org), followed by a Q&A with the producer/director Pearl J. Park and a networking get together at a local restaurant Cellar 58, 58 Second Avenue (at 3rd Street), New York, NY.

Shot over a three-and-a-half-year period, “Can” provides a window into the inner dynamics of one Vietnamese-American family and their conflicts as the immigrant parents deal with the mental illness of their American raised son Can. The protagonist of this film, Can, is one of the few Asian Americans speaking publicly about living with depression and bipolar disorder, defying cultural norms. Bringing attention to a national behavioral health disparity, this real-life narrative allows viewers to examine critically social and systemic factors that affect Asian American families with mental illness.

For more information, go to http://nywift.org/article.aspx?id=4929

NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Can
Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 29, 20147:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: Cellar 58, 58 Second Avenue (at 3rd Street), New York, NY
Pricing: $10 general admission
$6 for NYWIFT members
$8 for students, seniors, Women Make Movies, DCTV, IFP, Center for
Communications, Shooting People, IDA members
Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the screening at the Anthology Box office. Cash Only-No credit cards at the box office.
Box Office Location: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003; (212) 505-5181

The Search for General Tso
 is a feature-length documentary exploring Chinese American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish. A collaboration between filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark) and author Jennifer 8. Lee (The Fortune Cookie Chronicles), the film whisks viewers on a lively journey through Chinatowns and Chinese restaurants from New Orleans to Shanghai. The film is an appetizing tale of cultural adaptation and culinary conquest.
Premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival at shows April 20, 21, and 24. For the trailer and ticket information:
Tickets on sale now!
Define American, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Museum of the Moving Image to Host NYC Premiere of Jose Antonio Vargas’ “Documented” for Immigrant Heritage Week
Local leaders and community to celebrate the launch of New York City’s Immigrant Heritage Week with NYC premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ Film, “Documented”
(Astoria, NY) - Define American, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Museum of the Moving Image will host local leaders and the local immigrant community for the NYC premiere of Jose Antonio Vargas’ film “Documented” to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 7:00pm at Museum of the Moving Image.
About “Documented”: 
Vargas began working on the documentary shortly before “outing” himself as undocumented in a groundbreaking June 2011 New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Sent here from the Philippines at age 12 by his mother to live with his grandparents - naturalized citizens - in Mountain View, CA, Vargas found out he was undocumented when he was 16. “Documented” follows Jose as he travels around the country, speaking to people across America and sharing his personal experience in order to spark an honest dialogue about immigration and the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US today. The film also explores his relationship with his mom - whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.
CNN Films acquired the North American broadcast rights to “Documented” in November 2013, before its international premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and following its world premiere at the AFI Docs festival in Washington, D.C. in June 2013.
"Documented" is a project of Define American, and executive producers include Sean Parker, Matthew HIltzik, Liz Simons, Scott Budnick, Janet Yang and Kevin Iwashina. "Documented" is the inaugural film by Apo Anak Productions, created by Vargas in honor of his grandparents and mother. In Tagalog, Vargas’ native language, "apo" means grandchild and "anak" means "child." For more information, please visit: documentedthefilm.com.
Following the film, writer and director Vargas, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal and other panelists will join a panel discussion about the power of culture in shaping how people talk about immigration and immigration reform, and what that means for the NYC community.
WHO: Jose Antonio Vargas, Writer and Director, “Documented”, panelist
Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs panelist
Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council Speaker, welcoming remarks
*(Additional panelists to be announced)
WHAT: NYC Premiere Screening and Panel Discussion of Jose Antonio Vargas’ Film, “Documented” for New York City’s Immigrant Heritage Week
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, New York
WHEN: Screening: 7:00 PM ET
Panel Discussion: 8:30 PM ET
NOTE: Tickets: $12 public (with discounts for students, seniors, and children) | Free for Museum members. Advance tickets will be available online at http://movingimage.us or by phone at (718) 777-6800.

Please save the date for the inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium:

“This Land is Your Land, Too: Working Together for Immigrant New Yorkers”

June 9th, 2014
Hosted by New York Law School
New York, New York
In partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition and the New York State Office for New Americans
Featuring panels on:
Anti-Immigration Fraud Efforts & Capacity
Moderated by: JoJo Annobil of the Legal Aid Society
Outreach and Organizing with Community Partners
Moderated by:Marika Dias of Make the Road New York
Ethical Challenges of Direct Services and Representation
Moderated by: C. Mario Russell of Catholic Charities of New York
Innovations in Outreach and Service Delivery through Technology
Moderated by: Mark O’Brien of ProBono Net
Communications, Media, Branding
Moderated by: Laz Benitez of the New York State Office for New Americans
Coordination of Pro Bono and Volunteer Efforts
Moderated by: Miriam Buhl of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
National Legalization Efforts
Moderated by: Matthew Burnett of the Immigrant Advocates Network
Private and Public Funding Partnerships
Moderated by:  Christopher O’Malley of the IOLA Fund
Strategic Partnerships with Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners
Moderated by: Betsy Plum of the New York Immigration Coalition

Registration opened on Friday, April 11th, 2014

COURT NOTICE TO THE BAR                                                April 14, 2013

CONTACT: ECF Help Desk, 212-805-0800


For the purposes of upgrading the Southern District of New York’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system, ECF will be unavailable beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014. Service will be restored by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

During this time, users will be unable to file documents on the court’s ECF system or view documents through the PACER electronic public access service. Filers are directed to section 23.7 of the court’s ECF Rules & Instructions for information regarding technical issues that prevent timely filing.

This time will be used to upgrade the court’s ECF system to version 5.1.1. Notable changes include:

Changes to Nature of Suit Codes: To more accurately record the filing of civil actions, thirteen codes have been eliminated and seven new codes added. As a result, a revised civil cover sheet (form JS44C/SDNY) will be required beginning Monday, April 28, 2014. The new form will be made available beginning on April 27, 2014.

ECF Password Strength Requirement: Users accessing the ECF system after April 27, 2014 will be prompted to adopt a new, more secure password.

Details on the Nature of Suit code changes, password changes and the Release Notes detailing additional features available to the public and the bar in ECF version 5.1.1 may be found at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf.php.