NAPABA Press Release: Jacqueline Nguyen and John Lee Confirmed

NAPABA Press Release: Jacqueline Nguyen and John Lee Confirmed

NYSBA: FREE programs for Lawyers in Transition

Our friends at NYSBA have some great FREE offerings for Lawyers in Transition, so we pass along that information here. Please share widely.

New York State Bar Association Notice New York State Bar Association

Committee on Lawyers in Transition

Re-Entering the Legal Profession

Free Webcast and Live Program* sponsored by the Committee on Lawyers in Transition 

Monday, May 21, 2012 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern Time)

Register online

Are you re-entering the legal profession after having taken a short or long term leave from practice, whether after a layoff, family leave or work in another field? Our panelists will share success stories and talk about tips and tactics for attorneys looking to return to traditional law practice. They will discuss networking, brushing up on experience, obtaining new skills and training, and addressing what employers want to know.

This program is part of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Lawyers in Transition series of free, live webcasts on Career Development to help lawyers better manage their careers. If you are looking to make a career change, leave your current job, or transition back to the workforce after time away from the profession, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition is here to help.

*NYSBA members are invited to attend in person to be a part of the live audience in New York City. The non-member, in person registrant fee is $25.

  In-person participants must arrive by 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please note that your name must be added to a security list to enter the building.

This program does not carry MCLE credit. 

For more information, visit

Upcoming Free Programs of Interest

How To Approach Your Employer about Flexibility, Leave or Other Special Needs
 Tuesday, June 5, 2012 |  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Mock Interviewing
Wednesday, September 19, 2012  | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How to Land a Non-Profit Position
 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Making Transitions Later in Your Career
Thursday, November 1, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Did you miss any of the previous Career Development programs?
Visit to view archived webcasts.

If you would like more information about the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, please contact Kathy Suchocki, Staff Liaison to the Committee at [email protected].

If you have program ideas or suggestions, please contact JessicaThaler, Esq., Chair of the Committee on Lawyers in Transition at [email protected].

Visit the Committee blog at

Join the NYSBA Lawyers in Transition LinkedIn group at

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May 9, 2012

Contact:  Yang Chen – (718) 228-7206


NEW YORK – May 9, 2012 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) applauds the selection of Don H. Liu as one of the 2012 New York City Bar Diversity Champion Award Honorees.

The New York City Bar’s Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee will the presenting the Seventh Annual Diversity Champion Award at an Award Ceremony and Luncheon on June 5th, 2012.  The award recognizes the critical role individual attorneys have played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and the overall New York legal community.  The award recipients embody the New York City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status.

”AABANY is extremely excited and pleased that the New York City Bar has chosen Don Liu as an honoree and recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award,” said Jean Lee, AABANY’s President.  “Don has been a life-long champion and fighter for Asian Americans and other under-represented groups, not just in the corporate sector but in all aspects of life and society.  His track record on diversity reaches out across generations of lawyers and individuals to advance and promote the values and goals of diversity, in the legal profession and beyond.  We are fortunate and privileged to count him as a dedicated friend of AABANY and its mission to increase diversity in the legal profession.  We still have a long way to go, but with Don on our side, we stand a good chance of getting there sooner rather than later. Don is truly deserving of this recognition, and we congratulate him.”

Don H. Liu is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Xerox Corporation, where he is responsible for all of Xerox’s legal and government affairs.  Throughout his career Mr. Liu has been committed to increasing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. This commitment is reflected in his stewardship of Xerox’s legal department and in his leadership and involvement in national and regional diversity organizations. He is an active member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and is the Vice Chairman of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council for Comcast Corporation. He also served as the Chair of the In-House Counsel Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), which honored him with their ICON Award and Trailblazer Award. He most recently is the recipient of the Leadership Award by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Legacy Diversity Award by the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education Opportunity.

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to [email protected].

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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Women in Law Connect on May 3

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, over fifty women participated in the “Women in Law Connect” networking event, co-sponsored by the Women’s Committees of AABANY, SABANY, MBBA, and KALAGNY. Women exchanged business cards over shrimp cocktails and drinks at the chic AVA Lounge in mid-Manhattan. Attendees included general counsels, associates at private law firms, solo practitioners, consultants, and public interest and government attorneys. Attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunity to network and share their knowledge and experience.

The event, an initiative of AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair Liza Sohn, linked together women’s committees of four co-sponsoring bar associations. The effort was led by Liza Sohn and Vinny Lee, AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chairs, Lisa Khandhar, SABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Shannon Chang Hanson, KALAGNY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Nadine Fontaine, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) president-elect, and Verena Powell, board member of the MBBA. Special thanks to Lian Kuang for her assistance and to all the participating bar associations. (Photo, L. to R., Liza Sohn, Verena Powell, Vinny Lee.  Photo courtesy of L. Sohn.)

Women in Law Connect