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On August 25, AABANY’s Intellectual Property Committee, Student Outreach Committee, and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee hosted a “Get to Know AABANY” Happy Hour at Barn Joo in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, attended by approximately 50 people. During this casual and laid-back event, IP attorneys, law students, and other members and friends of AABANY enjoyed great food and the opportunity to meet or catch up with one another.

Event sponsor Kaplan Bar Review raffled off a free bar review course, won by St. John’s student Julia Hsieh. Kaplan also graciously extended a $750 discount to all AABANY student members. Those interested should contact Program Associate Simone Nguyen at simone.nguyen@aabany.org for more details.

Those interested in joining any of AABANY’s over 30 Committees should visit our website and reach out to the corresponding Committee Chair. Thank you to Membership Secretary Irene Tan, Student Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Vicki Ger and Jaclyn Sitjar, Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chairs Jenny Lee and Stacy Wu, and Pro Bono & Community Service Committee Co-Chairs June Lee, Sam Lui, and Vina Ha for co-hosting this event. Thank you to event sponsor Kaplan for partnering with us. Thank you to Barn Joo for hosting AABANY members and friends. Finally, thank you to all who came out on a Monday night to have a good time with some great company.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2014

Contact: Tina Matsuoka
(202) 775-9555

NAPABA ANNOUNCES ITS 2014 AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA) as its 2014 Affiliate of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding NAPABA affiliates for their best practices and accomplishments in their respective communities. The 2014 Affiliate of the Year Award will be presented on November 8, 2014 during the 2014 NAPABA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona.

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. MNAPABA is one of 70 national, state, and local bar associations that are affiliated with NAPABA.

MNAPABA offered exceptional programming, increased outreach, and created innovative ways to help its members while celebrating its 25th year. MNAPABA’s newly formed Judiciary Committee developed a systematic approach for supporting Asian Pacific American attorneys applying for judicial positions. Its members forged connections with other local bar associations to participate in pro-bono activities, co-sponsor panels, and increase the bar association’s reach. Events held throughout the year—ranging from book discussions to career workshops to “Linsanity” screenings— provided networking and professional development opportunities to its members. MNAPABA’s 25th Annual Gala brought together over 200 attorneys and law students, breaking previous fundraising records.

NAPABA is pleased to confer its Affiliate of the Year Award to the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association and congratulates its leaders on a successful year serving their members and community.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.

On Thursday, August 21, AABANY’s Women’s Committee met for the first of their meet-ups at the Satay Lounge in Pranna. Members came to mix, mingle, find out about upcoming programs, and unwind with their colleagues. The intimate gathering was attended by approximately 20 people. One of AABANY’s largest and most active committees, the Women’s Committee includes many sub-committees and opportunities to network with women across diverse legal fields. Those interested in becoming involved should contact Co-Chairs Naf Kwun, Marianne Chow, or Sapna Palla. Thank you to the Women’s Committee, Bindu Nair for organizing the event, and Pranna Restaurant and Lounge for hosting.

On Wednesday, August 20, the Government Service & Public Interest Committee joined forces with the Pro Bono & Community Service Committee for a wine and cheese reception and info session on AABANY’s exciting public interest projects. The mixer was held at 308 at 156, the art gallery located at Lee Anav Chung White and Kim LLP. The space played host to lively conversation, including productive discussions between committees about upcoming AABANY events, experienced attorneys sharing their wisdom with the many students in attendance, and friends and colleagues catching up over snacks and drinks.

During the Committee Chair presentation, the GSPI & PBCS Committees shared updates on AABANY’s initiatives involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and U-Visa relief for immigrant victims of domestic violence. For those interested in transitioning to a career in government service, the mixer offered brief remarks from representatives from the Comptroller’s Office, the EEOC, the United States Attorney’s office and the Attorney General’s Office. The GSPI and PBCS Committees are also organizing two panels this year:  Asian Americans and Civil Rights Movement (during the Fall Conferenceand Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Poverty Among Asian American New Yorkers (in November).

The event was attended by over 60 people, including the chairs from AABANY’s Government Service & Public Interest Committee, Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, Issues Committee, Labor & Employment Law Committee, Membership Committee, Student Outreach Committee, and more. Those interested in getting involved with the pro bono initiatives should contact June Lee at june.lee@aabany.org or Katrina Goyco at katrina.goyco@aabany.org. Get involved today! 

Thank you to all those who made this evening’s event a success: GSPI Chairs Karen Yau, Katrina Goyco, and Yujin Hong; PBCS Chairs June Lee, Sam Lui, and Vina Ha; organizer James Cho; speakers Jimmy Yan, James Cho, YuJin Hong, and Chris Kwok; gracious host President-Elect Will Wang of Lee Anav Chung White & Kim; AABANY intern Phil Chen; and the many of you who attended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Tina Matsuoka
August 21, 2014                                                                                           (202) 775-9555

NAPABA ANNOUNCES 2014 ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN-OWNED LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP (Lim Ruger) as the 2014 Asian Pacific American (APA)-Owned Law Firm of the Year. NAPABA created the APA-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award to recognize APA-owned law firms that have achieved prominence and distinction while maintaining the highest ethical and legal standards in the profession, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to the APA community. The Award also celebrates growing APA ownership and entrepreneurship in the legal marketplace. The 2014 APA-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award will be presented at the 2014 NAPABA Annual Convention onNovember 8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lim Ruger has over twenty lawyers with expertise in areas including sophisticated real estate and corporate transactions that covers high-profile commercial developments, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and international business transactions. Lim Ruger’s successful legal practice includes work from Fortune 500 companies, Global 1000 companies, multinational corporations, governments, and private entrepreneurs. The firm actively supports a number of organizations that advocate for diversity in the legal profession, including NAPABA. Lim Ruger is deeply committed to giving back to the community by providing pro bono legal services and scholarships, sponsoring and supporting events for non-profit organizations, and supporting its attorneys as community leaders. Lim Ruger has also been the recipient of the NAPABA Law Firm Diversity Award, the Western Justice Center Builders of Peace Award, and the California Minority Counsel Program Client Service Award.

NAPABA is proud to honor Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP with the Asian Pacific American-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award and applauds their continued commitment to excellence within and outside the legal arena.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.

PUBLIC NOTICE

FEDERAL MAGISTRATE JUDGE VACANCY

There is one (1) full-time United States Magistrate Judge position vacancy at the Long Island Courthouse of the Eastern District of New York located at 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722 effective August 5, 2014.  The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and will include: (1) conduct of preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and (5) assignment of additional duties not inconsistent with the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

The basic jurisdiction of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C., section 636.  To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must: (a) be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands for at least five years; (b) have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutions authorized); (c) be competent to perform all the duties of the office, of good moral character, emotionally stable and mature, committed to equal justice under the law, in good health, patient and courteous, and capable of deliberation and decisiveness; (d) be less than 70 years old; and (e) not be related to a judge of the district court.  An applicant should have federal court experience and be knowledgeable in federal civil and criminal practices and procedures.

A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other residents of the district will review all applications and recommend in confidence to the judges of the district court the five persons whom it considers best qualified.  The Court will make the appointment following an FBI and IRS investigation of the appointees.  An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified candidates, including women and members of minority groups.  The salary of each position is now $183,172 per annum.  The term of office is eight years.

Please note that the application form can be accessed on-line at the district’s website: www.nyed.uscourts.gov.  Application forms also may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York 11201, (718) 613-2270.  Applications must be personally prepared by potential nominees and must be received no later than September 19, 2014.  A disk in Word or pdf and seventeen (17) copies of the completed application must be mailed or delivered to the office of the Clerk of Court at the above address.

Save the Date for the National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference at the NAPABA National Convention in Arizona. See flyer above for details. Click on the image for the volunteer application.

The National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) has again partnered with NAPABA this year to create a unique networking and professional event for law students to interact and learn from current Asian Pacific American legal practitioners. NAPALSA is now seeking attorneys from all sectors to volunteer for Resume Reviews on Friday, November 7, and Mock Interviews on Saturday, November 8.

The purpose of these programs is to enhance and improve students’ professional development skills for the current job market. Each session would allow law students to have a one-on-one experience with an attorney for fifteen minutes either to have their resume critiqued or to conduct an interview. If you are interested in participating in the resume reviews, mock interviews, or both, please email your bio to NAPALSA Conference Chair Jeanna Lee at conference.napalsa@gmail.com by September 22, 2014.

The NAPABA Prospective Partners Program (PPP) aims to increase the number of Asian Pacific American partners at major law firms through introduction, mentorship, and relationship building. In anticipation of the program’s fifth year, the PPP is inviting candidate applications and nominations for participation in PPP sessions taking place during the Convention. Applications are due September 15, 2014.

Click here for more information.

The NAPABA Board of Governors will appoint two At-Large Board Members to serve a two-year term that will begin in the 2014-2015 bar year. The NAPABA Nominating & Elections Committee invites all members in good standing to submit their names and statements as candidates for At-Large Board Member to elections@napaba.org on or before September 15, 2014. For additional information, click here to review the complete At-Large Board Members Guidelines.