On Wednesday, August 20, the Government Service & Public Interest Committee joined forces with the Pro Bono & Community Service Committee for a wine and cheese reception and info session on AABANY’s exciting public interest projects. The mixer was held at 308 at 156, the art gallery located at Lee Anav Chung White and Kim LLP. The space played host to lively conversation, including productive discussions between committees about upcoming AABANY events, experienced attorneys sharing their wisdom with the many students in attendance, and friends and colleagues catching up over snacks and drinks.

During the Committee Chair presentation, the GSPI & PBCS Committees shared updates on AABANY’s initiatives involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and U-Visa relief for immigrant victims of domestic violence. For those interested in transitioning to a career in government service, the mixer offered brief remarks from representatives from the Comptroller’s Office, the EEOC, the United States Attorney’s office and the Attorney General’s Office. Working with other Committees, the GSPI Committee is also spearheading the organization of two panels later this year: Asian Americans and Civil Rights Movement (during the Fall Conference) and Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Poverty Among Asian American New Yorkers (in November).

The event was attended by over 60 people, including the chairs from AABANY’s Government Service & Public Interest Committee, Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, Issues Committee, Labor & Employment Law Committee, Membership Committee, Student Outreach Committee, and more. Those interested in getting involved with the pro bono initiatives should contact June Lee at [email protected] or Katrina Goyco at [email protected]. Get involved today! 

Thank you to all those who made this evening’s event a success: GSPI Chairs Karen Yau, Katrina Goyco, and Yujin Hong; PBCS Chairs June Lee, Sam Lui, and Vina Ha; organizer James Cho; speakers Jimmy Yan, James Cho, YuJin Hong, and Chris Kwok; gracious host President-Elect Will Wang of Lee Anav Chung White & Kim; AABANY intern Phil Chen; and the many of you who attended.