Wells Fargo Asian Connection’s ‘Taste of Asia Journey Series’’

You are cordially invited to the Wells Fargo Asian Connection’s ‘Taste of Asia Journey Series,’ where we explore different Asian cultures and have the opportunity to meet new people. Our next journey takes us to Korea to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.  There will be a presentation on Korean culture and a raffle.  Join us at Chorus Bar Lounge and karaoke the night away.

Feel free to forward to other team members and bring your friends.

Hope you can join for a fun-filled evening!


Date:              Thursday, September 27, 2012
:              6:30 – 9:30 pm
:        Chorus Bar Lounge, 25 W 32nd Street, 3rd Flr, btwn
                       5th Ave and Bway

Cost: $20 per person/$25 at the door (Includees 2 drink tickets for Soju cocktails, beer or wine); Karaoke is $2 a song

RSVP to [email protected] and send your payment via Paypal


Thanks to Francis Chin, here’s another slideshow of photos from the 2012 AABANY Fall Conference.  Enjoy!


Important notice from SDNY, October 15, 2012 effective date:

CONTACT: Clerk of Court, 212-805-0136

Effective October 15, 2012, the filing of Notices of Appeal in civil cases and payment of the associated fees must be completed online using the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system.  Go here for the official court notice.

Pro se parties who are not members of the bar and who do not have an active ECF account are exempt from this rule. Pro se parties must file a Notice of Appeal in the traditional manner (on paper) and pay the appropriate fee to the Clerk of Court.
Instructions and training for filing a Notice of Appeal on the District Court’s CM/ECF system are available at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_training.php

Stephanie Cirkovich, Esq.
Public Information Officer
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
(212) 805-0529 direct
(917) 273-8110 cell
(212) 805-0383 fax


Thanks to everyone who came out to the Fall Conference on Saturday, September 15, at Gibson Dunn.  We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to hold a conference, and we had well over 200 attendees, including speakers, Board members, Committee Chairs, volunteers, and numerous participants for eight CLE programs, the all-day Trial Advocacy Program, the pitch sessions, the In-House Counsel Forum and the Judicial Forum. 

During the luncheon, Debra Wong Yang, Gibson Dunn Partner from the Los Angeles office, welcomed all the attendees.  Wells Fargo Senior Economist Anika Khan flew in from Charlotte, North Carolina, to give an informative and engaging presentation about the current economic outlook in the United States.

After a long day, many attendees stayed for the cocktail reception, at which the 2012-13 AABANY Mentorship Program was officially launched, with some mentors and mentees for this year’s program meeting face-to-face for the first time.  Cynthia Tomm, Development Coordinator for the MinKwon Center, our community partner, addressed the audience to talk about the work MinKwon has been doing in the community and to seek attorneys to volunteer their time in support of those efforts, especially with the recently-announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  Jason Leung and Jin Hwang, NAPABA Northeast Regional Governors, were on hand to encourage everyone to register for the NAPABA National Convention in Washington, DC in November.

We thank the Fall Conference Planning Committee, the program organizers, the panelists and moderators for many months of hard work.  We thank all the volunteers who helped things to run smoothly from early in the morning and into the evening.

We thank our sponsors Wells Fargo, Hudson Reporting and Holtz Rubenstein Reminick for their generous support.  We thank Gibson Dunn for hosting the event and for donating so many resources to make the conference a success.

For those who still had energy left to go to the after-party, it was held at Chelsea Manor, and we thank Skadden for sponsoring the after-party.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable time at the Fall Conference (and afterwards), and if you have any feedback to share, please post it here on the blog or email us at [email protected].

NYU Symposium on Perry v. Brown

The N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change and NYU OUTLaw invite you to attend our upcoming symposium, Making Constitutional Change: the Past, Present, and Future Role of Perry v. Brown. The symposium will focus closely on this landmark Ninth Circuit case– holding California’s Proposition 8 in violation of the U.S. Constitution– and gathers many of its key players, including the lead Perry litigators themselves.

On Friday, October 5, at 9:00 a.m., MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will interview Perry litigators David Boies (LL.M. ‘67) and Theodore B. Olson. After, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., three panels will address Perry’s effect on the larger LGBTQ-rights movement, its effect on other marriage-equality litigation strategies, and how, in an ideal world, Perry should be decided if it goes to the Supreme Court. Panelists include Matt ColesErwin ChemerinskyDavid Cruz ’94Jon W. DavidsonWilliam Eskridge, Jr.Roberta A. KaplanMelissa MurrayJennifer C. Pizer ’88Reva SiegelPaul M. SmithTherese StewartAndrea J. RitchieAdam UmhoeferEvan Wolfson, and Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law.

Five and a half CLE credits are available for those attending all of the events on Friday, October 5.

We will also be hosting a staged reading of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact’s 8, a play by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black the night before, on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. The play draws verbatim on Perry’s trial transcript and supplemental interviews. Will Pomerantz, of Epic Theater Ensemble, is directing and producing our show. The 90-minute reading will be followed by a discussion with Perry lay witness Ryan Kendall, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of Epic Theater Ensemble Ron Russell, and the performers. Vice Dean Randy A. Hertz will moderate a conversation about how stories change minds. The panelists will also take questions from the audience. 

All events are free and open to the public and will be at NYU School of Law, in Vanderbilt Hall, at 40 Washington Square South, New York, New York.

To attend any of these events, please register at http://nyulaw.imodules.com/makingconstitutionalchange.

Please click here to view the flyer and schedule of the event.

Mateya Kelley
Symposium Editor
N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change

Geoffrey Wertime

Volunteer to Judge Mock Trial and Get 3 CLE Credits

Earn 3 CLE credits – for FREE – while educating aspiring young attorneys about the law!

The Empire Mock Trial Association (“EMTA”) – a NYC based 501 ©(3) not-for-profit organization – is pleased to invite you to its sixth annual international mock trial tournament: the Empire City Invitational.  You can help teach talented, motivated high school students about the law by volunteering just a few hours of your time as a judge.

The event will take place on October 27-29 at the Kings County Supreme Court (360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY).  To find out more and register go to  http://www.empiremocktrial.org/site/judge.  

  • Earn 3 CLE credits in the category of skills for participation
  • Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to co-judge with you at the tournament.
  • EMTA’s participants have hailed from 5 countries (Canada, Ireland, Korea, United Kingdom and the United States) and 26 U.S. states
  • Features four rounds of competition, and you can judge as many or as few as you like—no litigation experience is required
  • Complimentary food and beverages will be served

For more information call (917-426-EMTA) or e-mail [email protected].

Don Liu, General Counsel at Xerox and a member of AABANY’s Advisory Board, will be the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual KCCP (Korean Community Center of Princeton) Chuseok Gala on September 22.  The video above is part of Don’s welcoming remarks to help promote the event.  Don shares indispensable career advice for Asian Americans looking to succeed in today’s workplace.  More information about the Gala can be found at http://www.kccprinceton.org/gala/