Asian American Bar Association & New York Law School Host CLE Program Focused on Confronting Poverty in the Asian Pacific American Community on Nov. 18, 7pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           
November 18, 2014

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director, (718) 228-7206
Nancy Guida, (212) 431-2872

NEW YORK – November 18, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), the Racial Justice Project of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School (NYLS), and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at NYLS are hosting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, “Shattering the Model Minority Myth: Asian Pacific Americans Facing Poverty in New York City” at New York Law School. The program will take place on November 18, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 in Room W401. A reception with light refreshments will precede the program.

Although Asian-/Pacific-Americans (APAs) have often been portrayed as well assimilated, “well off,” and successful, and considered a “model minority,” in reality many APAs experience significant socio-economic challenges. This CLE program and discussion forum will address the changing demographics and needs of the burgeoning APA population in New York City, as well as policies affecting the APA community’s access to language assistance and governmental benefits and services.  The program will also present legal tools and resources to enable law school students and members of the bar to offer pro bono or low-cost legal assistance to low or fixed-income members of this community.

The program will be moderated by Karen Kithan Yau, Esq., Co-chair of AABANY’s Government Service and Public Interest Committee (GSPIC).  Speakers include Wei Hu, Esq., Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Family Independence Administration (FIA), NYC Human Resources Administration / Department of Social Services (HRA); Hon. Lydia C. Lai, J.H.C., Kings County Housing Court Judge; Kavita Pawria-Sanchez, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs; and Grace Shim, Executive Director of MinKwon Center for Community Action.  This program will offer a total of 1.5 credits (both transitional and non-transitional).

The exciting collaboration between AABANY and NYLS aims to bring under-addressed issues to law students and the larger legal community, and to engage members of the bar in meaningful pro bono work.


For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to [email protected], or contact Nancy Guida at (212) 431-2872.

About New York Law School

Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors nearly 125 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 17,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American Business Law and Tax Law. Learn more about New York’s law school at


The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:30 AM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I


Elizabeth Keith, Chinese Actor (1924)

In conjunction with the current exhibition Visual Journals From Asia: The Early 20th Century Prints and Etchings of Paul Jacoulet, Elizabeth Keith & Lilian Miller, this lecture explores the lives, artistic careers, and popular appeal of three Western print artists active in East Asia in the middle decades of the 20th century. It complicates orthodox notions of Orientalism by addressing issues of gender, sexual orientation and the joint artistic creation of Westerners and East Asians.

Dr. Kendall Brown is Professor of Asian Art History at California State University Long Beach. He also recently served as Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at Pacific Asia Museum. Dr. Brown publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art. He is the author of Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle, 2013); Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints (Hotei, 2003); and Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui’s Masterpieces (2004). Dr. Brown’s curatorial and prose contributions to exhibition catalogues include Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (LACMA, 1996); Light in Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa (1926-1945); Between Two Worlds: the Life and Art of Lilian May Miller (Pacific Asia Museum, 1998); A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2002); and Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco (Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2002). He received a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University.

Free Admission. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

Summer 2015 NAPABA Law Foundation Public Interest Internship Grant, Deadline Dec. 10

Goal: The NLF Public Interest Internship will provide support for one law student to experience a meaningful 2015 summer internship at a public interest organization that provides either direct legal services, impact litigation, or advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.


  • Public interest organizations will provide NLF with a legal intern summer project proposal. 
  • NLF will select a host organization from these submissions. Host organization awardee is permitted and encouraged to advertise the internship opportunity in its recruitment.
  • In March, the selected host organization will provide a list of summer legal interns (hired or tentative) for consideration of the award, along with their resumes and any additional supplemental materials for consideration.
  • NLF will conduct telephonic interviews with the submitted summer legal intern(s). NLF at its option may select to narrow the pool of eligible summer legal interns to interview. The recipient of the award will be decided by the interviews, resume, supporting materials, and input from the host organization.
  • A grant of $6,000 will be provided to the host organization. 100% of this grant must be used for the legal intern’s salary. The host organization is responsible for any administrative fees, payroll processing fees, federal withholding, taxes, etc.
  • The selected intern shall work at the host organization for a minimum of 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer.


  • The NLF Public Interest Internship will provide $6,000 in total for the summer for the finalist.
  • The funding for the internship will be paid directly to the host organization only

Criteria for Host Organization(s):

  • The host organization must be a non-profit organization which serves the APA community.
  • The summer project must provide legal services, impact litigation, or advocacy that affects the APA community.
  • Host organization must have at least one lawyer on staff to supervise the legal intern.
  • The goals and perceived benefits of the proposed project’s goals as well as the applicant’s competency, character, and commitment to the APA community will be considered.
  • Internship must further the missions of the NLF.

Time Frame:

December 10, 2014: Deadline for host organization submit application

December 17, 2014: Host organization awarded grant

March 1, 2015: Host organization submits intern(s) for consideration

March 16 – 31, 2015: Host organization intern(s) interviewed

April 1, 2015: Finalist chosen

Summer 2015 (10 weeks): Internship begins at host organization

Past Recipients

  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach)
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus
  • Greater Boston Legal Services – Asian Outreach Unit


The 2014 NAPABA Convention took place from November 6 through 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Westin Kierland Spa and Resort, and AABANY was there.

Many AABANY members and leaders spoke on or served as moderators or program chairs for various NAPABA and NAPALSA panels, including: Christopher W. Chan, Vincent T. Chang, Hon. Pamela K. Chen, Theodore K. Cheng, Hon. Denny Chin, Francis H. Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, Sylvia Chin, Marianne Chow, Andrew T. Hahn, Michael Kam, Jane Kim, Michael S. Kim, Naf Kwun, Jean Lee, Lauren Lee, Parkin Lee, Marvin Liang, Karen Lim, Linda Lin, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Don H. Liu, Hugh H. Mo, Concepcion Montoya, Sapna Palla, Ivy Suriyopas, Vinoo Varghese, Helen Wan, Lawrence G. Wee, Jessica Wong, Michael Yap, Tsui Yee, Dwight Yoo and Rosemary Yu.

The NAPABA Best Under 40 Reception was held on Friday night, and AABANY member Ivy Suriyopas was among the recipients. Ivy is the Director of AADLEF’s Anti-Trafficking initiative, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.

The AABANY Re-enactment Team, led by Hon. Denny Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin and Vincent Chang, performed “Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio” to a capacity room on Saturday morning, Nov. 8.

Lawson Huyhn and Kristina Lee of St. John’s University School of Law argued their way through several rounds of the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition, finishing second in the nation, winning top brief. Congratulations to Lawson and Kristina! Thanks to Francis Chin and Sam Yee for all their support and assistance of the teams in the New York region who took part in the competition.

The Installation Banquet took place on Saturday night. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and founder of Define American, was the keynote speaker. The  newly-elected officers were installed at the dinner, and we congratulate them all and wish them the best of luck in leading NAPABA.

Congratulations to NAPABA for organizing yet another successful, productive and enjoyable Annual Convention. Hope to see everyone next year in New Orleans for the 27th Annual NAPABA Convention!

Congratulations to the Newly-Elected Officers of the NAPABA Board of Governors

AABANY congratulates the newly-elected officers of the NAPABA Board of Governors for the 2014-2015 board year. They were sworn into office at the Installation Banquet held on November 8, 2014, during the 26th Annual NAPABA Convention in Scottsdale, AZ.

The following individuals were elected by the NAPABA membership:

  • President Elect: Jin Y. Hwang
  • Vice President for Finance and Development: Alexander M. Lee
  • Vice President for Membership: Brad Yamauchi
  • Vice President for Programs and Operations: Lloyd Costales
  • Vice President for Communications: Cyndie M. Chang
  • Treasurer: Pankit J. Doshi
  • Secretary: Tacie H. Yoon

In addition to these newly-elected officers, George C. Chen will serve as President and William J. Simonitsch will serve as Immediate Past President. Joining the officers on the NAPABA Board of Governors will be ten regional governors and four at-large board members.

AABANY extends its best wishes to all of the candidates and the many members who participated in the elections.

Asian American / Asian Research Institute 13th Annual Gala

2014 AAARI Gala

Dear AAARI Friend,

10 days and counting until Asian American / Asian Research Institute’s 13th Annual Gala, on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at Jing Fong Restaurant, 20 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan. Come celebrate AAARI’s achievements over the past year and honor our awardees for their leadership, distinguished success, and commitment to the Asian American / Asian community. Meet faculty, staff and students within CUNY, and academic, business, civic and community leaders and organizations outside of CUNY.

Gala Ticket Prices

$150 (General) | $85 (AAARI Member/Senior) | $50 (Student)

Table of Ten Prices 

$5,000 (Diamond) | $3,000 (Ruby) | $2,000 (Pearl) | $1,500 (Jade)

RSVP Deadline: November 17, 2014

For RSVP and more Information, please go to: