Chhaya CDC Seeks Pro Bono Assistance for Immigration Clinics

Are you a lawyer seeking opportunities to serve your community?

Chhaya CDC, New York City’s leading South Asian serving non-profit organization is seeking lawyers interested in applying their pro-bono time to help new immigrants seek assistance with their citizenship applications and immigration cases.

Note: Bangla, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu and Tibetan languages are greatly appreciated but not required.

Sign up NOW for one or more of these clinics and workshops!


Chhaya CDC 

37-43, 77th Street, 2nd Fl.

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

(Directions: Take the E,F,R,M, or 7 train to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Avenue Stop)

Upcoming Immigration Legal Clinic

TIME: 4:00 – 7:00 PM

  1. Thurs. August 6th
  2. Thurs. September 3rd
  3. Thurs. October 1st
  4. Thurs. November 5th
  5. Thurs. December 3rd

Upcoming Citizenship Workshop

TIME: 2:00-6:00 PM

  1. Sun. August 16th
  2. Sun. September 20th 
  3. Sun. October 18th
  4. Sun. November 15th 
  5. Sun. December 20th

For more information or to register for a workshop, please email Rasel Rahman, Senior
Community Organizer at or call (718) 478-3848

Chhaya CDC is a HUD approved 501 © 3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to
serve New Yorkers of South Asian origin to advocate for and build economically
stable, sustainable, and thriving communities. We work in the areas of housing, asset
building, community organizing and advocacy, and neighborhood planning and
development. Find out more about our work and achievements on our website.

NYCAAMH Symposium – The Impact of Problem Gambling among Asian Americans

A Symposium presented by: The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health

A Discussion on the Impact of Problem Gambling among Asian Americans: Implications for Treatment and Prevention

EVENT DATE: October 1, 2015 from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


Gambling Disorder as a Behavioral Addiction
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chief of Service, University Hospital

Personal Experience with Problem Gambling by Consumers

Gambling Disorder among Asians
Jackie Xu Z. Chen, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist
Chairman of CSH, Affiliation with Maimonides Medical Center

Panel on Cultural and Psychosocial Aspects of Problem Gambling
JJ Hung, LMHC, CASAC, Director, Asian Recovery Program, Hamilton Madison House
Sung Min Yoon, D.S.W., Project Director, Asian Outreach Clinic, The Child Center of NY
Private Practice – The Yoon Behavioral Health Center.
Shahid A. Faaroqi, Director of Outreach, The ICNA Relief, USA Problem Gambling

Support and Treatment Resources – OASAS


No fees, but limited seating – rsvp by September 25, 2015 recommended



  • Hamilton Madison House
  • The Chinese American Sunshine House
  • 384 Grand Street, Inc.

Asian Gambling Addiction, More than Just Chance

“Research shows Asians in the U.S. have a disproportionate number of pathological gamblers (i.e. addicted) as compared to the general American population. According to Dr. Timothy Fong, an associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, the rate of gambling addiction ranges from 6 percent to nearly 60 percent, depending on the specific Asian ethnicity (Southeast Asian refugees scoring highest) as opposed to the national rate of 1-2 percent.”

— Post published by Sam Louie MA, LMHC on Jul 09, 2014 in Minority Report 

Register now for Tri-state Regional Leadership Academy (New York – New Jersey – Connecticut)

The APAICS Regional Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership training and policy summit for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community stake holders and those seeking to run for elected office at all levels across the country. 

October 2-3, 2015
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011


Schedule of Events

*subject to change

Friday, October 2
8:00am – 6:00pm

  • Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06)
  • Leadership training will include:
    • Campaign Planning: Getting Ready to Run
    • Stump Speech: Telling Your Story
    • Fundraising 101
    • Basebuilding & Networking
  • Networking reception (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

Saturday, October 3
9:00am – 3:00pm

  • Policy Roundtable Discussions:
    • Topics covered will be health, education and economic development. Policy roundtables bring together leaders in government, corporate sector and the community to discuss current issues impacting the AAPI community in the local region.

Registration is complimentary. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.
Airfare and accommodation not included.

For questions, please contact Amy Watanabe
at or 202-296-9200.

Check out Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice, Oct. 2

On October 2nd, 2015, Above the Law will host its inaugural Academy for Private Practice conference at the Westin Times Square in New York City. 

A full-day conference, APP will offer practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a solo or small firm practice. Whether you are a Biglaw attorney seeking to break out, an entrepreneurial solo looking to innovate and grow, or a law student aiming to bring value to potential employers, this event is for you.

From the outset, attorneys striking out on their own face an array of urgent questions. APP attendees will learn how to reengineer workflows to avoid time consuming and duplicative tasks so they can focus on what actually matters: client service and business development.

What you can expect:

  • Keynote speakers include Ed Waters, CEO of Fastcase and Monica Bay, journalist, lawyer and consultant
  • Expert insight on how to best leverage technology to automate and streamline your processes to increase profitability, improve client relations, and decrease stress
  • Interactive workshops that combine case studies and practical tips on blogging for business, financing, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, technology integration, research resources, and more
  • Panels with experienced authorities such as Carolyn Elefant, Jeff Bennion, Niki Black, Gaston Kroub, and Nicole Bradick focused on business development, maximizing resources, and workflow in the cloud
  • • 5.5 CLE credits FREE

Space is limited for this event and registration is expected to fill up quickly. Click here to register.

Reception for “Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation” – A photography exhibition of young feminist activism in China

(9/23-9/27, 2015, 3:30pm-7pm)

Reception: 9/24/2015, 4:30pm-7pm

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (The Clemente)

LES Gallery, ground floor 107 Suffolk Street NY, NY 10002

F,J, M or Z trains to Delancey/Essex Street. Main entrance on Suffolk st. (btw Delancey and Rivington)

From China Rights in Action, Feminist Task Force, Asian American Arts Center:

We are thrilled to announce “Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation”, a photography exhibition of young feminist activism and the struggle for gender equality in China. Co-hosted by China Rights in Action, Feminist Task Force, and Asian American Arts Centre, the opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 24, from 4:30​-7 pm. Guest speakers will begin at 5pm.

Feminism calls for freedom from restrictive gender roles and for gender equality in the realization of social, cultural, economic and political rights. “Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation” documents young Chinese activists’ impressive efforts to combat stigma, discrimination, and violence against women in pursuit of these ideals. These activists use public spaces as their battlefront to gain visibility and spark open dialogue. But, in China’s repressive environment, bringing the fight for gender equality above ground comes at great personal risk. This exhibition frames and explores the determination with which these young feminists are pushing for a China with true gender equality.

Background information:

In 1995, 189 governments came together in China and adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. These documents were a remarkable milestone, committing to a vision for women and girls of equal rights, freedom, and opportunities in all spheres of society and of lives free from want, fear, and violence. Two decades later, ironically, feminists and lawyers in China who fight for such equal rights are subjected to search, harassment, and even detention. On March 7, 2015, the Chinese government detained five women activists on the eve of International Women’s Rights Day for their efforts to call attention to sexual harassment. The women received an outpouring of support from feminists, women’s groups, human right organizations, and politicians around the world. But dark clouds are still gathering inside China. Although “The Feminist Five” were released after 37 days, it was conditioned on a strict form of bail that limits their movement, associations, and speech, and they are still treated as criminal suspects by Chinese police.

On September 27, UN Women and China are co-hosting a “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action.” China’s President, Xi Jinping, will give the opening remarks and chair the first part of the meeting at the UN. While this political gesture will be welcomed by some global audiences as a sign of China’s progress, in reality, women’s rights in China will remain in peril as long as those who fight for them face violence and persecution.

Please RSVP to

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That’s a wrap!

AABANY’s 6th Annual Fall Conference, Charting New Frontiers, was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and we couldn’t have asked for a better event. Thank you to everyone who made it. Thank you to all those who made it possible, including our sponsors, the wonderful staff at Cleary and those on the Fall Conference Planning Committee. Highlights below.

How much experience do you really need to go in house? #aabanyfc15

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Overflow for the lunch session is in the cafeteria. #aabany15fc #clearygottlieb

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Make sure to get your CLE attendance sheet stamped on the way out of the lunch room. #aabanyfc15

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If you want to win two tickets to #platebyplate, use the #aabanyfc15 hashtag!

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The inaugural Diversity Career Fair is off to a great start!

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Touching the NYC Skyline at AABANY’s 2015 Fall Conference #aabanyfc15

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#TeamAABANY #aabanyfc15

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Rocky Chin, 2015 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer: “Nothing done is done alone.” #aabany15fc

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Trailblazer Rocky Chin addresses the crowd during the Cocktail Reception. #aabany15fc

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Congratulations to AABANY’s New Co-Chairs of the Issues Committee for 2015-2016!

AABANY is proud to announce the appointments of three new Co-Chairs of the Issues Committee for the 2015-2016 term!


Christopher Kwok is the Supervisory Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator for the Mediation Program at the US EEOC – New York District Office. Mr. Kwok graduated from UCLA Law School, where he served on the Asian American Pacific Islander Law Journal, and from Cornell University, where he majored in Government and minored in Asian American studies. He is also a graduate of Stuyvesant High School.



Song Kim is a Staff Attorney and former Kirkland and Ellis Fellow of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she represents victims and survivors of human trafficking on immigration and civil matters. Song is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and the University of Southern California, where she received her B.A. in Sociology.


Yan Cao is a Skadden Fellow at South Brooklyn Legal Services where she represents low-income clients on student debt matters.  She is a 2013 graduate of NYU Law School where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and served as the first Asian-American Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review.  After graduating, she clerked for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Yan grew up in Gainesville, Florida and lives in Brooklyn.


AABANY’s Issues Committee examines and considers a variety of issues that impact, directly or indirectly, the APA community and provides recommendations to AABANY’s Board on whether or not the association should, consistent with its mission, take action on the issues, and if so, in what way and to what extent. AABANY’s Issues Committee continues to seek motivated legal talent to join this committee in expanding AABANY’s activity in accordance with its stated mission of advocating for the APA community.

AABANY is excited to work with the new Co-Chairs and looks forward to a collaborative year!

NAPABA Seeks At-Large Board Member Candidates – Oct. 2 Deadline


The NAPABA Board of Governors will appoint two At-Large Board Members to each serve a two-year term beginning with the 2015-2016 bar year. The NAPABA Nominating and Elections Committee invites all members in good standing to apply to be At-Large Board Members by submitting a statement of interest and completing a short demographic survey before 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

For additional information, click here to review the complete At-Large Board Members Guidelines and to apply online.

Questions may be directed to

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association | 1612 K St. NW, Suite 1400 | Washington, D.C. 20006 |