2015 Fall Conference Sneak Peak

By Marianne Chow
AABANY Vice President of Programs and Operations

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, AABANY will present its Sixth Annual Fall Conference,  Charting New Frontiers, hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.   The Fall Conference consists of a full day of programs in a wide variety of areas of law geared towards promoting knowledge, business and professional development.  Read on for highlights from this year’s Fall Conference.  For more information and to register online, visit us at: conference2015.aabany.org

Inaugural Diversity Career Fair

We are excited to announce our inaugural Diversity Career Fair, where we look forward to featuring selected public sector and corporate sector employers who will host informational sessions, meet and greet interested applicants, and in some instances, conduct first-round on-site interviews.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet members of the AABANY Career Placement Committee, receive career advice and learn more about other job openings.  

CLEs and Career Panels

An impressive roster of CLE programs will cover cutting edge topics in areas ranging from tax to intellectual property to international arbitration to civil rights, such as:  

  • Justice for All:  LGBT Civil Rights and the API Community; 
  • Legal Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of Media; and 
  • Hot Topics in Immigration Law—What is the Current Status of Executive Action, and Other Immigration Measures?

We will also offer several career-focused panels aimed to help APA attorneys advance, whether to equity partner, general counsel or the judiciary, such as: 

  • Business Development and Advancement for Firm Practitioners and In-House Attorneys–What Works and What Doesn’t?; 
  • Exploring In-House Legal and Non-Legal Paths; and 
  • Pathways to the Judiciary.  

Special Programming

This year’s Plenary Lunch Session will feature Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting, a follow-up program to a video first presented by AABANY at the 1995 NAPABA Convention. Kicking Glass revisits questions on hurdles faced by APA women in law, the successes they achieved, and what success means to them.  A video screening will be followed by a panel discussion which will aim to assess whether APA women attorneys have finally broken the glass ceiling after 20 years and to identify what challenges remain.  

For current and aspiring litigators, we offer our 4th Annual Trial Advocacy Program (TAP), a full-day program offering participants an opportunity to conduct their own openings, directs, cross-examinations and closings, followed by personalized critique from our distinguished APA faculty members which have included judges and practitioners. This year, we are proud to present as our TAP keynote speaker Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Apply for a slot in our Law Firm Pitch Sessions, which matches law firms and solo practitioners with AABANY’s expanding network of in-house counsel. These sessions allow outside counsel to showcase their services that are relevant to in-house counsel and who have been specifically selected based on in-house counsel’s needs.  

Finally, join us for a Cocktail Reception during which we will launch our 2015-2016 Mentorship Program, which provides support, advice and networking opportunities to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional and personal development.  We encourage AABANY members to apply to be a mentor and/or a mentee at http://www.aabany.org/default.asp?page=542 by no later than August 21, 2015.

Register Today!

To register for the Fall Conference, click here.  A discounted rate is available for AABANY members.  All participants who register on or before September 4, 2015 will receive a further discount on the registration fee.  Attendees may also sign up in advance for one of the Post-Conference Dinners hosted by various AABANY Committees.  Please contact [email protected] if you have any other inquiries regarding the Fall Conference. 

This article was originally published in the Summer 2015, Volume XVI, Issue III of The AABANY Advocate, which can be read in its entirety here. To see all past versions of The AABANY Advocate, click here. To learn more about AABANY’s newsletter, you can email [email protected].

For more information about the Fall Conference, click here. Questions can be directed at [email protected].