On Saturday, September 22, at the Subotnick Center in Brooklyn Law School, more than 30 law students, including many from Brooklyn Law School and some from the law schools at Fordham, Cardozo and St John’s, spent a few hours in the afternoon meeting the leaders of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and learning about different career paths for law students and the skills needed to survive and thrive in law school.

Irene Tan and Ben Chan, Co-Chairs of the Student Outreach Committee, planned and organized this first-time event.  It began with an introduction to AABANY given by Executive Director Yang Chen, followed by several Committee Chairs talking about the work of the committees and how law students can get involved.  This panel included Liza Sohn, Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee, Will Ng, Co-Chair of the Student Outreach and Communication Committees, Karen Lim, Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee, Rio Guerrero, Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, and Richard Tsai, Co-Chair of the Government and Public Sector Committee.

After the law students were introduced to AABANY and some of its Committees, the discussion turned to a career panel that included Jean Lee, AABANY President and in-house counsel at JP Morgan Chase, who spoke about practicing litigation as a civil litigator and as an in-house lawyer; Sam Yee, Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Attorney General’s office, who spoke about litigating as a prosecutor; Michael Huang, AABANY President-elect and Partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner, who spoke about practicing as a corporate transactional lawyer; Tim Wong, past AABANY Treasurer and solo practitioner, who spoke about opening up his own general practice in Chinatown; Rio Guerrero, founder of Guerrero Yee, who talked about starting his own immigration practice; Chris Chan, past AABANY president, who shared his experiences as a criminal defense lawyer; and Richard Tsai, court attorney for Hon. Michael Stallman, who discussed working in public service.  The panel was moderated by Yang Chen.

After the career panel, Ben Chan spoke about exam-taking and other skills that new law students need to master to survive in law school and to success beyond it.

The workshop concluded with a networking session that gave the law students a chance to speak directly with all the panelists to ask questions one-on-one or in smaller group settings.

Thanks to BLS APALSA for hosting the event, and thanks to everyone who came.  To learn more about the Student Outreach Committee, contact Ben and Irene, the Co-Chairs at [email protected]. (Thanks to Francis Chin for the photos.)

John Jay Iselin Memorial Lecture Series on The United States Constitution

Burt Neuborne, Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, will be delivering Cooper Union’s John Jay Iselin Memorial Lecture Series on The United States Constitution.

The lecture series begin on Thursday, October 4, and run every Thursday evening (except for November 22) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., ending on December 13. The lecture series is supported in part by the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and will take place in Cooper Union’s historic Great Hall located at 7 East 7th Street, New York, New York.

The lecture series is free, but registration is required. If you would like to take this opportunity to register online, please visit http://cooperunion.eventbrite.com.

For more information on the lectures, please visit the Cooper Union website at http://cooper.edu.

NYC Screening: Harvest of Empire

From our friends at the New York Immigration Coalition:

Dear Members and Friends,

I would like to recommend a very powerful film about Latinos in America – Harvest of the Empire – opening at the Quad New York City next Friday, September 28th. The film is based on a book by Juan Gonzalez, a good friend of the NYIC and a renowned journalist. I believe the film will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the immigration issue by shedding very much needed light on some of the factors that spur immigration from Latin America. The film has some incredibly moving stories, gripping and rare historical footage and much more. Please see below for more information.

Chung-Wha Hong Executive Director New York Immigration Coalition

Friday, September 28th through October 4th
Quad Cinema NYC
34 West 13th St. New York, NY
Showtimes:1:00 // 2:50 // 4:40 // 6:30 // 8:20 // 10:20 pm

AAARI Friday Night Lecture Series: Hold These Truths


Please join the Asian American / Asian Research Institute for a talk on, Hold These Truths: The Gordon Hirabayashi Case, by Jeanne Sakata, on Friday, September 28, 2012, from 6PM to 8PM, at 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Actor and playwright Jeanne Sakata will share her experiences in researching and writing her solo play HOLD THESE TRUTHS, inspired by the World War II experiences of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American college student who openly defied and legally challenged government orders to mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

Jeanne will speak about what inspired her to write the play, the research and interviews she used as her primary source material, the challenges in writing the play and getting it produced, and its developmental progress since its world premiere in 2007 at the East West Players in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. She will also screen the documentary film, A PERSONAL MATTER, from which she first learned of Gordon Hirabayashi’s story.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS will have its New York premiere with the Epic Theatre Ensemble in October-November 2012.

To RSVP for this talk, please visit www.aaari.info/12-09-28Sakata.htm  

Can’t make it to the talk? Watch the live webcast on our homepage, starting 6:15PM EST. For details on all of AAARI’s upcoming events including our 11th Annual Gala, visit www.aaari.info

Into the Picture; Images of Asian Pacific America by Corky Lee

Images of Asian Pacific America by Corky Lee

Come if you are in the Philadelphia neighborhood…or go to www.asianartsinitiative.org for details.

Reception: Fri 9/28 @ 5:30 PM
Gallery talk: Sat 9/29 @ 11 AM.

The Gallery talk will be fundraising for AAJA Philly chapter and Asian Arts Initiative, $10/15.

Afterwards stay for 17th annual Mid Autumn Fest sponsored by Asian American United (local civil rights organization) in Philly Chinatown, a 2 block walk from gallery.

Via public transit, take NJ Transit @ 34th St. Penn station to  Trenton, NJ.  Get off & stay on same platform for SEPTA train into Market East station (Chinatown) & walk 5 blocks (crossing
over Vine St. Expressway) to gallery at 1219 Vine. St.
$24.25 one way weekday rates.


The Department of Community Engagement and Education at POV, the social issues documentary film series on PBS, presents Give Up Tomorrow, a documentary about a sensational murder case from the Philippines in which a 19-year-old student is sentenced to death despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. The film will broadcast nationally on Thursday, October 4th at 10pm on POV (check local listings here).