Update on the Penn APALSA Conference

Penn APALSA has made updates to its website for its February 2 Conference.
The website is fully updated to reflect the schedule of 3 panel sessions, a lunch keynote with Don Liu (General Secretary of Xerox), and a dinner keynote with David Lat and four federal judges. The backgrounds of some of the speakers include: HBS, DHS, FTC, UVA Law, South Korea Ambassador, Asian Pacific American Justice Center, Forbes.com Columnist, NASA, and more. 
Registration includes access to all panels and speakers, three full meals, entry to our Cocktail reception (with hors d’oeuvres and open bar) and the afterparty. Group rates are available! More information on the speakers and registration can be found here: http://www.pennapalsa.org/conference/
Please contact Christina Wong at [email protected] if you have any questions.


ACS and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter are pleased to announce the 2013 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition, an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights attorney and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. This competition seeks to encourage student scholarship that advances Judge Motley’s legacy by enhancing society’s understanding of progressive legal theories. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. The two runners-up will receive $1,000 each. The submission deadline is Friday, February 22, 2013. Email questions to [email protected].


We need your help and involvement to ensure that Asian Pacific Americans are well represented in the ABA’s leadership ranks. Please consider applying for an appointment or encouraging another NAPABA member to do so.

NAPABA will be recommending candidates for appointments to committees, commissions, and other ABA entities for the upcoming bar year. To be considered for an endorsement, you must submit a request to NAPABA by February 11, 2013, noon EST.

Important steps:

  1. To apply for an ABA appointment, you must be a member of the ABA. If you are not already a member, click here for membership information.
  2. You must apply for an appointment online at http://www.abanet.org/appointments by February 25.
  3. You should seek the support of your friends and colleagues who are already in the ABA leadership ranks or who are leaders in your local/state bar associations.
  4. To secure NAPABA’s support for an appointment, send an email to Pia Rivera at [email protected] by February 11 with the subject line “ABA Appointments.” You should provide a short bio, identify the particular entities you are interested in serving on, and explain your interest and any relevant experience.

This ABA link in #2 above includes information that may answer any questions you may have. If you have other questions, please email Pia Rivera for assistance.

Press Release: Former AABANY President Glenn Lau-Kee Named President-Elect of the NYSBA

NEW YORK – January 28, 2013 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) welcomes and applauds the news that Glenn Lau-Kee has been named as President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Mr. Lau-Kee was elected at the 135th Annual Meeting by the House of Delegates, the Association’s decision and policy-making body. He will begin his one-year term as President-Elect on June 1, 2013. Mr. Lau-Kee will be the first Asian American to serve as a President-Elect of NYSBA. “On behalf of AABANY and its Board of Directors and Officers, we congratulate Glenn on this historic achievement and wish him success as he becomes the President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association, a revered organization and leader among all bar associations in the nation,” said Jean Lee, President of AABANY.

AABANY and NYSBA participate in a number of joint programs through the year, including an annual Diversity Reception at NYSBA’s annual meeting in New York every January. “Glenn is among the most respected leaders at NYSBA and in the entire legal community in New York. AABANY is proud of Glenn’s historic ascension to the presidency-elect of NYSBA, an elevation which inspires the entire Asian legal community. We are certain that Glenn’s new role at NYSBA will boost Asian American participation in NYSBA and lead to new joint initiatives between NYSBA and AABANY,” said Vincent Chang, former AABANY President and a current member of NYSBA’s Nominating Committee.

To read the full text of the press release go to: www.aabany.org/associations/6701/files/PR%20012813%20-%20Glenn%20Lau%20Kee%20-%20NYSBA_Final.pdf