On Monday, June 16, AALFNY and AABANY held its annual Summer Reception at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. The Summer Reception featured networking over cocktails and hors d’ouevres followed by presentations of the AALFNY scholarships and JMB JIP internship stipends.

L. Lynnette Sarno, AALFNY President, spoke of AALFNY’s history and goals and presented the AALFNY Community Service Scholarship awards to Rebecca Arian, CUNY School of Law 2015 and Eva Yung, NYU Law School 2016. Lynette also presented the AALFNY/SABANY scholarship to Poojah Shah, Pace School of Law 2016. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients; we hope to see them achieve great success in the future.

Linda Lin, Co-Chair of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP), spoke of JMB JIP’s history and goals and presented the JMB JIP stipends to eligible Judicial Interns. We recognize this year’s JMB JIP judicial interns: Naomi Burris, Rutgers University School of Law Camden; Erika Castro, Touro Law School; Noel Cheung, Cardozo Law School; Ryan Chin, CUNY Law School; Yayi Dang, University of Washington Law School; Linhadley Eljach, Emory Law School; Marie Kamille Go, American University Washington College of Law; Juyoun Han, Georgetown University Law School; Jade Holmes, St. John’s Law University School of Law; Mathew John, Jr., SUNY Buffalo Law School; Woo Jung Kang, Rutgers University School of Law Camden; Robert H.G. Lee, Washington University Law School St. Louis; Kristin Lee, St. John’s University School of Law; Royce Liu, Hofstra University Law School; Qifu Liu, Cardozo Law School; Kwok Kei Ng, Brooklyn Law School; Christina Nguyen, St. John’s University School of Law; Raabia Qasim, CUNY Law School; Samantha Rayborn, Emory Law School; Sali Salfiti, St. John’s University School of Law; Minho Seo, Brooklyn Law School; Chanel Smith, St. John’s University School of Law; Wei Kit Tai, University of Tennessee Law School; Kevin Wong, St. John’s University School of Law; and Muran Zhu, Duke University Law School. Congratulations to the JMB JIP Judicial Interns; we wish them a rewarding and productive judicial internship.

Clara Ohr, President of AABANY, spoke of the Don H. Liu Scholarship Fund for rising 1Ls, designed to seek out and cultivate future APA leaders in the legal profession. She hopes the scholarship fund will continue to help support future rising 1Ls in years to come. We hope to continue to have generous sponsors and donors that will allow AABANY and AALFNY to raise funds to support law students in their future endeavors in their legal careers.

We thank the corporate and law firm sponsors of AABANY and AALFNY without whom our programs could not exist. We also thank the generous donors, all the judges who came out for the Summer Reception, and My Chi To, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, for the firm’s hosting of the event.

(Thanks to Christina Nguyen for the summary and Kevin Wong for the photos.)