Preparing for Deferred Action: Special Training on Thursday, Jan. 29

The Manhattan Family Justice Center is hosting a special training on the recent executive actions on immigration. Please see details below.

Thursday, Jan. 29th 2-4 pm
Preparing for Deferred Action
Facilitated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs & NY Legal Assistance Group

Topics will include:

  • Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)
  • Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • NYC response, city-wide resources and referral networks


NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre Street, 5th Floor Training Room
New York, NY 10013

Please e-mail [email protected] ASAP to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

NYC’s Municipal ID Card Program Officially in Place

NYC’s Municipal ID Card Program Officially in Place

Above the Law’s Converge Conference – March 18, 2015

On March 18, 2015 in New York City, Above the Law will host CONVERGE — a conference designed for attorneys as well as law firm communications, marketing, business development, public relations, and technology professionals.

CONVERGE will feature a series of panel discussions on a full range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry, including:

  • privacy
  • reputation
  • communications strategies
  • emerging technical trends

Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, will deliver the opening remarks for the conference. Panels will be CLE-accredited by Marino Legal and CONVERGE’s continental breakfast and luncheon will offer a great opportunity to network with other attendees.

We are proud to co-sponsor this event, and happy to share a 15% discount code for all AABANY members. Early Bird prices last until Feb. 13. To register, please click here.

For 15% off registration, please use Promo Code: AABANY15 on EventBrite.

We look forward to converging on the intersection of technology, digital technology, and the practice of law! 

The Political Activism of Sikhs in Canada and the United States, Feb. 4

Happy 2015! Join CUNY’s Asian American / Asian Research Institute for a co-sponsored talk on, The Political Activism of Sikhs in Canada and the United States, by Prema Kurien, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, at Roosevelt House – Hunter College/CUNY, 47-49 East 65th Street, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Dr. Preema Kurien will discuss differences in the civic and political activism patterns of Sikhs in Canada and the United States. Dr. Kurien’s talk draws on an ongoing research project examining how differences in the social, political, and religious opportunity structures of Canada and the United States, as well as the characteristics of groups, shape the political incorporation of religious minorities. South Asians comprise the largest “visible minority group” in Canada. Her main focus is on Sikhs and Hindus (from India, Sri Lanka, and the Indian diaspora in the Caribbean) since they manifest interesting differences in political mobilization within Canada and the United States and between the two countries. She is conducting research for this project in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, and Northern California through interviews and some field research, analyses of information regarding the advocacy organizations as well as the media coverage of the groups in the two countries.  

Prema Kurien is the 2014-2015 CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor and Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University. Dr. Kurien’s recent research focuses on race and ethnic group relations, as well as the role of religion in shaping group formation and mobilization among contemporary ethnic groups. She has received postdoctoral fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson International Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Louisville Institute, and the New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project. Her work has been recognized with a Contribution to the Field award, two national book awards, and three national article awards. 

Co-Sponsor: Mapping of Asian Americans in New York (MAANY)

To RSVP for this talk, please visit See you on February 4th!

Verizon 1L Summer Internship: Reference PALS/City Bar When Applying

Verizon’s Legal Intern Program (“VLIP”) is a diversity pipeline initiative intended to create a significant and lasting impact on the legal profession by developing prospective talent through exposure to the practice of law in a corporate legal setting.The program introduces interns to the global and complex nature of in-house legal practice at Verizon -a global leader in delivering innovations in communications, information and entertainment. Verizon hosts 1Ls for 8 weeks at the following locations: Arlington, VA; Basking Ridge, NJ; Chicago, IL; Irving, TX; and San Francisco, CA.

While VLIP is open to all 1Ls, we strongly encourage women and students from ethnically diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in corporate law departments to apply. All applicants regardless of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or disability must be exceptional, eager and ready to thrive in a competitive corporate environment.

VLIP Description: Under the supervision of Verizon attorneys, selected interns will have the opportunity to: support negotiations with large enterprise customers by drafting contract amendments; review and/or draft provisions for Verizon’s technology and software sourcing contracts; participate in business, sales and marketing meetings; research and summarize legal developments and/or case law in practice areas such as IP, tax and privacy; and contribute to projects that relate to state and/or federal regulatory issues affecting the communications industry.Interns will have the opportunity to produce written work product subject to Verizon confidentiality restrictions.

Please submit a cover letter, official transcript, and writing sample per the requirements below:

  • Cover Letters – Must include: Applicant’s full name; name of law school; and a brief description of how you would be an asset to the VLIP program and how VLIP would help you achieve your career goals.
  • Transcript – Only official law school transcripts sent to Verizon directly by the applicant’s law school will be accepted. Transcripts should be sent to: Verizon Legal Intern Program Arlington Coordinator – 1320 North Courthouse Road Arlington, VA 22201
  • Writing Sample – One

Submit Applications to:


Approximately: $1000.00 Per Week


8 Weeks, Commencing June 2014


Candidates invited to interview will be required to submit three (3) references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply at sooner rather than later.

About Verizon:

Verizon is a global leader in delivering innovation in communications, information and entertainment. We offer consumers, businesses and government-voice, data and video services over superior wireless, broadband and global IP networks that meet customer demand for speed, mobility, security and control. As we deliver the benefits of these advanced technologies, we grow our company and drive our industry forward, which in turn creates value for shareowners, customers and the communities we serve and makes Verizon a great place to work.

Register Today for The PALS Mentoring Reception – Thurs., Feb. 9

Please Join Us For The 2015 Mentoring Reception: Building Effective Mentoring Relationships
Sponsored by: Chadbourne  

Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

1301 Avenue of the Americas 
New York, NY 10019

This networking reception will provide students and lawyers, presently participating in the PALS Mentoring Program, an opportunity to meet. 

We also encourage all New York City area law students of color and attorneys interested in future participation to come and learn about PALS and our Mentoring Program. 

A New Open Enrollment Period Will Commence on Friday, February 6th

Please spread the word about this reception to attorneys who may be interested in volunteering as a mentor to a law student of color.  We continue to have a tremendous demand from students interested in obtaining a mentor.
Mentoring relationships are rewarding to both parties and are essential in the professional world.  We encourage all attorneys to share their own experiences on the giving and receiving end of mentoring relationships. 
Please click HERE to RSVP  
Registration will close on Tuesday, February 3rd.

For further information on PALS, visit


PALS Mission Statement: 

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.

PALS is a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization

Providing Mentoring, Career and Skills Development for Minorities in the Legal Profession Since 1984  

How to Support the Families of Officers Liu and Ramos

NAPABA has received inquiries about donating funds to support the family of slain NYPD Detective Wenjian Liu, who has been reported to be the first Chinese-American NYPD officer killed in the line of duty.  Detective Liu and his partner, Detective Rafael Ramos, were shot to death on December 20, 2014, while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn.  

After reaching out to APA-serving organizations, NAPABA recommends the following funds to its members:

The NYPD Asian Jade Society has established a fund to support Detective Liu’s family.  Detective Liu was a member of this organization for Asian Americans members of the NYPD.  Donations can be made by checks payable to “PO Wen Jian Liu Family c/o NYPD Asian Jade Society” and mailed to NYPD Asian Jade Society, P.O. Box 969, Peck Slip Station, New York, NY 10272. 

The New York Daily News has established the Ramos-Liu Fund.  All funds will be directed to the slain officers’ families.  More information is available here:

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has established a fund to pay the mortgages of the Ramos and Liu families’ homes.  More information is available here: