AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now

AABANY Law Review Special Edition

The AABANY Law Review’s Special Edition issue, released at the AABANY fall conference, is available for purchase ($20) on the AABANY website at http://lawreview.aabany.org/current-issue. The issue features annotated reenactment scripts of five historic Asian American trials written by Honorable Denny Chin, Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu, Kathy Hirata Chin, and Vincent T. Chang. These plays have been presented by Asian American bar associations and law schools all over the nation. The issue includes the following reenactment scripts with an introduction and foreword from the authors:

  • The Constitution in a Time of War: The Trial of Minoru Yasui:  Japanese-American lawyer Minoru Yasui defied a curfew order issued under Executive Order 9066 to challenge its legality in court.
  • Building Our Legacy: The Murder of Vincent Chin: Vincent Chin was beaten to death in 1982 in Detroit. When the assailants didn’t even receive jail time, the injustice galvanized the Asian American community.
  • The Massie Cases: Race, Honor, and Justice In Depression-Era Hawaii: Thalia Massie’s allegation that she was raped by a gang of Hawaiians leads to two trials and exposes the racial and political tensions in Depression-era Hawaii.
  • The Trial of Tokyo Rose: United States v. Iva Toguri D’Aquino: Cast as the mythical “Tokyo Rose” who taunted Allied forces on Radio Tokyo, Iva Toguri d’Aquino stands trial for treason following World War II.
  • Race, Color, and Citizenship: Ozawa and Thind: In the 1920s when, by law, only “free white persons” and “persons of African descent” could be naturalized, the Supreme Court addresses where Asians fit in.

Questions can be directed to [email protected].


On Friday, December 14, AABANY held its Annual Holiday Party, this year again at Pranna Lounge. Over 100 AABANY members and friends were in attendance to celebrate the holiday season over drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. AABANY participated in the joint fundraising effort undertaken by SABANY, KALAGNY and MuBANY to collect money for the Food Bank For New York City to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief. We raised online and onsite over $700. Thanks to all who contributed. We conducted a drawing of those who submitted donation forms and we congratulate Kim Le, who received free admission to next year’s Fall Conference, and Lauren Lee, who received free admission to next year’s APA Heritage Month performance. We also distributed the notice of Annual Meeting and collected proxies.

After the official end time of 9 pm, we still had a sizeable crowd and around 9:30 pm, the management turned on the lights as a not-so-subtle hint for our group to take the party elsewhere. Because Pranna is so close to K-town, many of the party-goers walked over to continue the celebration at their favorite K-town bar or restaurant.

Thanks to all who came! Happy Holidays, everyone!

ASAFE Securities and Finance Law Seminar Series

New York City Bar and the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE)
Securities and Finance Law Seminar Series 2013

A Six-Part Seminar Series for Diverse Second and Third Year Students from New York
& New Jersey Law Schools with Leading Legal and Compliance Practitioners in the Financial Services Industry

The New York City Bar Association and the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE) will conduct a six-part Seminar Series on Securities and Finance Law beginning in January 2013 for diverse students attending New York City area law schools. The sessions will be presented by leading legal and compliance practitioners (including former and current regulators).  Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the nuts and bolts and cutting edge issues in securities and finance law, explore careers in securities and finance law, and develop professional networks by meeting legal and compliance practitioners.

This ASAFE and New York City Bar seminar series is designed to enhance diversity and inclusion in the securities and finance industries of traditionally underrepresented groups.  This includes the following categories: Black or African American, Latino or Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Two or More Races, Women, LGBT Students, Veterans, Economically Disadvantaged Students and Students with Disabilities.

Seminar Series Dates
*       January 25th – Overview of Securities and Finance
*       February 1st – Corporation Finance (federal)
*       February 8th – Enforcement (federal, state and local)
*       March 22nd – Investment Management (federal, state and local)
*       March 29th – A Career as a Compliance Professional
*       April 5th – Consumer Protection (federal)

All seminar dates fall on a Friday and will be conducted from 4pm-7pm at the New York City Bar Association, located at 42 West 44th Street in New York City. Participants are expected to attend all seminars.

Eligibility Requirements
1.  Students selected to be a part of the seminar series must attend one of the following 13 institutions for consideration: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Columbia Law School, CUNY School of Law, Fordham Law School, Hofstra University School of Law, New York Law School, New York University School of Law, Pace Law School, Rutgers School of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law or Touro Law Center.
2.  Only second-year and third-year law students are eligible to participate in this series.
3.  Students must submit an application and resume for consideration. Students are also required to submit a typewritten statement of interest.

Interested students must submit an application and resume for consideration.  See flyer for further details. The application deadline is December 31st.   

For more information, please contact Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity Pipeline Initiatives at the New York City Bar at [email protected]

USCIS Free Webinar: USCIS: Employment Verification (E-Verify)

Do you have questions about Form I9, Self Check or your Employee Rights? Are you an existing E-Verify user who needs questions answered?

Let USCIS help you.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is here to teach you and answer all your questions about Employment Verification (E-Verify) with free, live and interactive webinars.

Check out the FREE E-Verify Webinar Schedule, for EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES.
Be in the Know – Take a Free Webinar today.

Federal law requires every employer and agricultural recruiter/referrer-for-a-fee hiring an individual for employment in the US to verify his or her identity and employment authorization through completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a website dedicated to this process including:

–          Employee Rights
–          Preventing Discrimination
–          Filing a Discrimination Claim

Do you know that you can use Employment Verification (E-Verify) Self Check now? Self Check is a service of E-Verify. It is a free, Internet-based application that can be used by anyone in the U.S. over the age of 16 to confirm his or her employment eligibility. The service is available nationwide. After you enter a small amount of information, the Self Check service will check that information against various government databases to determine your work eligibility in the United States.

Do you know there is an Employee Rights ToolkitAlso in Spanish.

USCIS Teleconference: USCIS Immigrant Fee

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites interested individuals to participate in one of two stakeholder teleconferences on:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
8:00am or
We will discuss the implementation of the USCIS Immigrant Fee. The same engagement will be held at two different times to accommodate participants domestically and abroad.

On Sept. 24, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule that adjusted fees for immigration applications and petitions. This rule established a new fee of $165 for certain immigrant visas. This fee was introduced to allow USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas in the United States after immigrant visa holders receive their visa packages from the Department of State (DOS). See: http://www.uscis.gov/immigrantfee

Beginning Feb. 1, 2013, any individual who receives an immigrant visa package from a United States consulate or embassy must pay this fee. In order to simplify and centralize the payment process, immigrant visa holders must pay online through the USCIS website after they receive their visa package from DOS and before they depart for the United States. Immigrant visa holders will receive specific information on how to submit their payment when they receive their visa package from DOS.

During this engagement, USCIS will discuss who will be required to pay the fee, explain how payments will be remitted, and answer additional questions.

To Participate in the Session

Please email the Public Engagement Division if you are able no later than Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at [email protected].

Please reference “Immigrant Fee” in the subject line of your email. Please also include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email.

To Join the Session

On the day of the engagement please use the information below to join the session by phone. We recommend calling in ten minutes before the start of the teleconference.

Call-in Number Inside the US: 1-888-790-3331
Call-in Number Outside the US: 1-210-234-0091
Passcode: 5741019