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During our Annual AABANY/AALFNY Summer Reception on July 20, we celebrated the opportunities afforded to diverse law students in the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (JMB JIP), the Asian American Law Fund of New York’s Community Scholarship Award Recipient Kamille Go, and the accomplishments of NYC Commissioner of Human Rights Carmelyn Malalis. We had over 170 attorneys, judges, and law students registered to attend. 

JMB JIP is a collaborative effort between AABANY, AALFNY, the Asian American Judges Association of New York, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc., the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of New York to offer law students with a strong commitment to diversity to enhance and complement their legal education as summer judicial interns in New York metropolitan area courthouses. 

This reception not only offered the chance to celebrate but to connect in a welcome environment for mentorship and guidance. We thank the many law firms who sponsored this program and made it possible, including the evening’s host for the night, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Your Voice, Your Vote Workshop

DATE: AUGUST 1ST, 2015  |  1-4PM
LOCATION: SHERATON LAGUARDIA EAST HOTEL
ADDRESS: 135-20 39TH AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR (PHOENIX WEST BALLROOM), FLUSHING, NY, 11354

  • Are Asian American voice being heard in elections?
  • Does discrimination still affect our community?
  • How well are Asian Americans represented in government?

This August marks 50 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Come join us for a discussion about Asian Americans and civic engagement. 

Workshops will be held in English, Chinese, and Korean. Lunch will be provided.

To register, CLICK HERE.

RSVP to Julia Chung at 718-460-5600 x307

Asian CineVision Presents its 38th annual Asian American International Film Festival beginning July 23, 2015.

Asian CineVision Presents its 38th annual Asian American International Film Festival beginning July 23, 2015.

Invitation: An Evening with Robert B. Fiske 7/27 at 5:30PM at NYCBA

Invitation: An Evening with Robert B. Fiske 7/27 at 5:30PM at NYCBA

AALDEF Theatre Party – Allegiance, Oct. 29

Letter from Executive Director of AALDEF Margaret Fung:

Dear Friend:

Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 29 for a special benefit preview of George Takei’s new musical on Broadway, Allegiance.  George will join us for a Q&A after the performance, so you don’t want to miss this wonderful AALDEF event!

Allegiance is a multi-generational tale about family, freedom, love, and loss as Japanese Americans were incarcerated in camps during World War II.  It is inspired by the true-life experience of its star, George Takei, the recipient of AALDEF’s 1992 Justice in Action award and a beloved actor (Star Trek), social justice activist, and social media icon.  The musical also features Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and Telly Leung (Rent, Glee).  Allegiance had its premiere in 2012 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.  It will be the first time in thirteen years that an Asian-led cast has been on Broadway since the revival of Flower Drum Song.

Join us to catch a sneak peek of this new Broadway show before it opens on November 8.  We have a limited number of orchestra and front mezzanine seats at a specially discounted price of $125 per ticket (box office price $142).  Rear mezzanine and balcony tickets can also be purchased for $75 and $65.  

Buy your tickets today by calling 212.966.5932 x212 or emailing [email protected]  There is a maximum of 4 tickets per person.  Reservations are final only after payment has been received, and we cannot provide ticket refunds or exchanges.  We have a limited number of tickets, so be sure to purchase your tickets before our event is sold out!

Thanks so much for your continued support of AALDEF, and I look forward to seeing you at our Allegiance theater party on Oct. 29!

Regards,

Margaret Fung
Executive Director

Press Release: NAPABA Commends White House Plans to Reunite Filipino American WWII Veterans with Their Families

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2015

For More Information, Contact:
Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
202-775-9555, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauds the White House for announcing plans on Wednesday for a parole program that would allow Filipino American World War II veterans to be reunited with their families. This program was announced as part of a Visa Modernization Task Force report.

“NAPABA commends the Administration for improving our immigration system and for honoring the sacrifices many Filipino veterans have made for our country,” said George C. Chen, president of NAPABA. “This action has been long overdue as these World War II veterans have waited decades to be reunited with their families, including their children.”  

During World War II, more than 260,000 Filipino soldiers fought for the United States and were promised citizenship and benefits in honor of their service. After finally being granted eligibility for citizenship decades after their wartime service, these veterans were able to petition for family members to immigrate to the United States. However, family visa backlogs have kept many of these families separated for more than 20 years.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or [email protected]


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

KALCA Government Panel, July 23

KALCA will be hosting a Government Career Panel on Thursday, July 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the New York City Campaign Finance Board (100 Church Street, 12th Floor).

Our panelists include:

  • Daniel Cho – Director of Candidate Services, NYC Campaign Finance Board
  • Kevin D. Kim – Commissioner, NYS Liquor Authority
  • Seunghwan Kim – Assistant Comptroller, NYC Bureau of Law & Adjustment
  • Linda Sun – Global New York Trade Manager, Empire State Development

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you wish to attend. We would love to see you there!