Join Professor Leonard Lakin to learn how to identify common bar exam fact patterns and to avoid commonly made errors in reading, analyzing, and writing bar exam answers.
Eligible participants are PALS Law Students of Color that are:
Either first or second time bar takers
Graduates from the one of the 13 NYC area law schools that PALS serves
Currently enrolled in a full-time Bar Review Course (e.g. BAR/BRI, Pieper) or has been enrolled during the summer of 2014
Committed to attending all four sessions
Leonard Lakin is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. Professor Lakin has taught the PALS Summer and Winter Supplemental Bar Tutorials since 2001. He was formerly associated with the New York Board of Law Examiners where he participated in drafting Bar Exam multiple choice questions, essay questions and model answers. Professor Lakin has lectured for BAR/BRI Bar Review for many years. He has also graded thousands of Bar Exam essays. He is a member of the New York and Hawaii Bars.
The PALS Supplemental Bar Tutorial Program is made possible with the generous support of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
PALS is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS does this by offering customized mentoring, educational and professional development opportunities. PALS provides resources to augment the law school and employer training of, respectively, minority law students and beginning lawyers, and will continue to offer its services free of charge.
Happy Holidays! The Manhattan Family Justice Center is happy to announce the following special trainings. Our training program provides professional development on relevant topics regarding intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and elder abuse for service providers, community leaders, and city agencies. Please feel free to share widely. Our next round of core trainings will start in mid-February, and I will send a separate announcement for those soon.
The Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY), in partnership with LEGACY | NY, is proud to announce its inaugural Legal Advocate Mentorship Project (LAMP). FALANY and LEGACY invite college students and young professionals to apply to be a part of this exciting program. Applicants need not have a firm commitment to a legal career; all we are looking for are individuals who are intellectually curious, open-minded, and committed to giving back to the community. We also invite lawyers and other legal professionals to apply to contribute to LAMP – legal professionals can serve as Mentors, host Mentee events, lead workshops, and more.
Through mentorship and experiential learning, LAMP will introduce young Filipino Americans and Southeast Asian Americans to the wide spectrum of career options in the law. LAMP will span the duration of the Spring 2015 semester, from late January to April. LAMP seeks to alleviate the underrepresentation of Filipino and Southeast Asian Americans in the legal profession by cultivating the next generation of lawyers in these communities.
LAMP is founded on three pillars: (1) Mentorship, (2) Community, and (3) Immersion. First, LAMP will enable Mentees to meet with Mentors, legal professionals, on a one-on-one basis so that they can learn more about the practice of law in an intimate, safe space. Second, Mentees will meet every two weeks as a group to hear from speakers, participate in workshops, and develop a robust community among themselves. Third, LAMP will set up immersion trips so that Mentees can observe the practice of law in real-time; trips will include visits to open court sessions, meetings, and other events.
Judge seeks volunteer attorneys with experience in criminal, landlord-tenant, or consumer debt matters. Judge presides on appellate cases and also handles some trial court matters.
Full-time or four days per week preferred, but flexible schedule can be arranged. A wonderful learning and mentee opportunity for volunteer, and an excellent resume-enhancer. Although not guaranteed, many of our former volunteers have moved onto paying legal positions. Opportunity to enhance research/writing and oral skills.
Willing to fill out paperwork for fellowships, if necessary. Rolling deadline. Opportunities open year round.
Please send cover letter, resume and references by email to:
The MinKwon Center for Community Action invites applications for a Community Organizer. The Community Organizer would work in the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities as part of the Civic Engagement Team to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged in the electoral process and in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, fairer allocation of city and state budgets, and housing rights. This is a full-time position.
The Community Organizer would have the following responsibilities: Organizing & Advocacy
Engage in different forms of community outreach.
Mobilize community members to participate in campaigns.
Develop community members’ leadership’ abilities.
Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and education forums.
Engage in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and tenants’ rights.
Provide support for Civic Engagement events.
Represent MinKwon Center and participate in meetings with other coalition groups.
Coordinate media and publicity to raise awareness.
Interest and experience in working on social justice and immigrants’ rights issues
Spoken fluency or proficiency in Korean
Excellent communications skills
Ability to work well both independently and in teams
Flexibility in working evenings and weekends
Organization History and Mission
The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 as the Young Korean American Service & Education Center (YKASEC) to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies, voter rights, and cultural awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.
The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to:
Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Coordinator email@example.com
NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”
Congratulations to Fross Zelnick attorneys Stacy Wu and Karen Lim, who have been named Rising Stars in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers. Stacy is currently Co-Chair of AABANY’s Intellectual Property Committee. Karen is the former Co-Chair of the IP Committee and a current Board Director.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
The New York Legal Assistance Group has passed along a request from the Chambers of Justice Visitacion-Lewis, New York State Supreme Court. The Court is currently seeking a person who would be willing to become a pro bono guardian for an incapacitated person who has close ties to the Chinatown community. The incapacitated person speaks English and some Mandarin. Knowledge of the Chinatown community would be key.
If you are interested in helping this person, please contact Tina Janssen-Spinosa at NYLAG directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below a message from Raun Rasmussen, Executive Director of Legal Services NYC, on the wonderful work by Nelson Mar, a senior education law attorney at Bronx Legal Services and a member of AABANY’s own Government Service and Public Interest Committee, and his colleagues at Legal Services for New York City, which is AABANY’s collaborator in providing pro bono opportunities to our members and offering pro bono legal services to survivors of domestic violence. Congratulations to everyone involved in this important case!
I’m writing to highlight a landmark settlement in education policy won by Nancy Bedard (Brooklyn), Tara Foster (Queens), and Chris Lamb,Nelson Mar and Nanette Schorr, (Bronx), along with co-counsel from Cuti Hecker Wang, in T.H. et al. v. Farina, et al. The decision puts an end to the unnecessary and harmful practice of sending students who experience emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric events to the emergency room. Under a settlement approved by the U.S. District Court on Monday, the NYC Department of Education will now implement new protocols to avoid unnecessary 911 calls and better train NYC public school staff to de-escalate, rather than aggravate, encounters with children who are struggling.
Our litigation team represented 11 children and their parents in this case. The settlement is a win not only for these children and their parents, but for student rights and health throughout NYC public schools. Working together across the City, our advocates have had an enormous positive impact on the lives of those who need us most. As the year draws to a close, we look forward to even more successes in 2015.
The settlement has already garnered media attention in WNYC, the Wall Street Journal, and NY1. I encourage everyone to have a look at the coverage below. Great work team!