The Hon. Denny Chin’s latest re-enactment of famous cases in Asian American history involved the twin Supreme Court cases of Ozawa and Thind, dealing with issues of race, color and citizenship. If you missed the performance at the NAPABA National Convention last November in Atlanta, you can catch it in New York City on February 28 at the offices of Cadwalader. For more information, click on the link in the title. RSVP by Feb. 17.
Our friends at the PRBA alerted us to this internship opportunity for college students interested in civic leadership and community organizing:
The Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund provides scholarships for students from NYC who take internships in civic leadership and community organizing. We will continue Hope’s legacy of progressive values and passion for Brooklyn in the following ways:
– Provide stipends to dedicated college students who embody the values Hope stood for
– Facilitate internships with Brooklyn organizations involved in local issues and activism
– Provide mentorship and a network of contacts to our students; enhancing their career development
– Create a new generation of leaders in Brooklyn
We are currently seeking interns for our inaugural summer! We will be providing $3,000 scholarships for students, based in NYC, who will be interning this summer!
Congratulations to Karen I. Wu, attorney at Perlman & Perlman and co-chair of AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, who on January 26, at a reception held during the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Annual Meeting, received NYSBA’s 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
Family, friends, colleagues and NYSBA leaders and officers came out for the occasion. NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Chair James Barnes kicked off the awards presentation. NYSBA President Vincent Doyle presented the award.
Quoting James Barnes from the printed program for the event:
[Karen’s] accomplishments as a practitioner, service to the profession, and volunteer work in the community make her a deserving recipient of this award…. The dedication she has shown as an attorney and concerned citizen provides a shining example to young professionals.
Karen’s well-deserved recognition represents an honor for AABANY. Last year, Anting Wang, currently co-chair of the Women’s Committee, received the NYSBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. For AABANY to count such remarkable leaders within its ranks of young lawyers is a true blessing indeed. We hope other young lawyers within AABANY will follow their lead and make significant contributions to the profession and community.
The AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. Among the recipients of the Justice in Action Award this year will be Parkin Lee. Parkin is an active member of AABANY and NAPABA, and we congratulate him on this great honor.
AABANY invites its members to join AABANY at the AALDEF Gala with a special offer. For just $125 per person, you can get a ticket to this excellent event. Go on-line to http://www.aabany.org/displayemailforms.cfm?emailformnbr=88062 and submit your payment via the website. Use the Payment for Dinner/Event option and indicate AALDEF Gala in the memo field. Please do so by Feb. 1.
On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court will deliver the 18th Annual Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice at NYU School of Law. The lecture, titled “Evaluating Eyewitness Identification Evidence in the 21st Century,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, located at 40 Washington Square South, and will be followed by a reception. One CLE credit will be available.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Public Engagement invites you to attend a free Chinese-language engagement on the naturalization process. Representatives from USCIS will be on hand to answer you questions in Mandarin or Cantonese about becoming a US Citizen.
You may participate:
In-person at the Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY
Via teleconference at 800-475-8388, Passcode: Jiao liú
Via live webstream a twww.uscis.gov/jiaoliú
On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, the Asian American Bar Association of New York held its Annual Meeting at the offices of First American Title at 633 Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan. Outgoing President Linda Lin welcomed the attendees and introduced the Committee Chairs as they each gave reports on their respective committee’s activities for 2011 and plans for 2012. While the committee reports were being presented, the ballots cast for electing the 2012 Board members and officers were counted.
After the committee reports were presented, the recipient of the first-ever Outstanding Committee of the Year Award was announced. Although many committees were deserving of the recognition, the honor ultimately went to the Intellectual Property Committee for the wide array and high quality of their programs and events.
Next, Alex Lee, NAPABA’s VP of Communications, gave an update on the upcoming Super-Regional taking place at the end of May in Atlantic City and encouraged everyone to take part.
President Lin then announced the results of the elections:
President-elect – Mike Huang
Treasurer – Clara Ohr
Membership Secretary – Judy Kim
Recording Secretary – Jane Chuang
Congratulations to the incoming Officers and Directors of AABANY.
Incoming President Jean Lee, whose term officially starts on Feb. 1, gave the closing remarks, and thanked Linda for her leadership and the committee chairs for all their hard work. Jean looks forward to working with the the Board and committee chairs in the year ahead.
The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will receive applications for the Global Social Change Leadership Institute being held July 8-20, 2012, in New York City for university and graduate students and recent college graduates.
The Institute offers promising leaders a chance to develop practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities. The curriculum draws on more than seven years of rigorous research RCLA has conducted with award-winning social change organizations about the essential role these nonprofits play in an informed and engaged civil society.
Complete information, including eligibility requirements, the curriculum, tuition, partial needs-based scholarships, and application instructions, is online here.
The deadline to be considered for Early Admission is Friday, February 24, 2012. The deadline to apply for Regular Admission is Thursday, March 15, 2012.
At the AABANY Annual Meeting that was held on January 24, the Student Outreach Committee presented the video above, created by SOC co-chair Liza Sohn, as part of its report given at the meeting. It’s a wonderful slideshow of a very active and productive year for the SOC. Way to go, Ben and Liza (co-chairs).
Thanks to all the AABANY members and friends who joined us on Friday night, January 20, to catch David Henry Hwang’s latest play, Chinglish, which played at the Longacre Theater on Broadway.
Members of the New York chapter of NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and their friends also held a theater outing to see Chinglish that same night, and we got together with them before the show at Hurley’s, a bar next door to the Longacre Theater, for a pre-show networking reception.
The show featured a talented cast of mostly Asian American actors, telling the story of a hapless American businessman trying to close a business deal in China. He encounters linguistic and cultural barriers along the way, resulting in numerous comedic incidents.
At the show’s conclusion, playwright David Henry Hwang joined the cast for a talkback, and both the AABANY and NAAAP groups got to stay and ask questions of Mr. Hwang and the cast.
Following the talkback, members of our two groups took photos with Mr. Hwang and got autographs from him and the cast on Chinglish posters that we all received. After that, we headed next door to Hurley’s for a post-show hangout. We got to meet some of the cast members there and also got to mix and mingle with each other.
Thanks to Lily Fan, an AABANY member and one of the show’s producers, for helping to bring about this wonderful evening. Sadly, Chinglish will have its final performance on January 28. It’s a funny, well-written and well-performed show, so if you have a chance to catch it before it leaves New York, go!