Press Release: AABANY Applauds Appointment of Peggy Kuo as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York

October 14, 2015

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

NEW YORK – October 14, 2015 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that Peggy Kuo has been appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Kuo was sworn in on October 9, 2015. 

Before her appointment as United States Magistrate Judge, Peggy Kuo was Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.  Before that, Ms. Kuo was Chief Hearing Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, counsel at WilmerHale, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and Acting Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.  From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Kuo was a prosecutor with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where she investigated and prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Ms. Kuo is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.  She clerked for Hon. Judith W. Rogers, then Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals.  She is President-Elect of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court. In 2010 she was honored by AABANY at its Annual Dinner.

“AABANY congratulates Ms. Kuo on her selection as a Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District of New York and is proud to have supported her candidacy,” states AABANY President William Wang. “With her appointment, Ms. Kuo joins the growing number of distinguished Asian Pacific Americans who are serving in our Federal courts.  Although Asian Pacific Americans remain under-represented at all levels in the judiciary, AABANY commends the Eastern District of New York for its efforts to increase diversity on the Federal bench.  Ms. Kuo’s appointment represents a step forward in creating a judiciary that reflects the diversity of the communities that it serves.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to [email protected].

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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East Meets West – Manhattan Luxury Real Estate Connect

The rise of Asian economies, and in turn Asian investors, has proven to
be on the most significant developments in global real estate over the last decade. Enormous sums of money are flowing across borders in all
directions. According to the Knight Frank Wealth Report, in 2014, New
York was the number one city globally for cross-border investment. In
2013, Asians investors spent $92.9 billion. According to the Wealth X
Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report real estate is an investment,
an asset and a lifestyle. East Meets West explores these topics.

Date: Monday, November 2, 2015

Venue: The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York NY 10022


  • Ilan Bracha
    (Founder, Keller Williams, NYC), 
  • Mary
    (Managing Director & Relationship Manager, First Republic Bank), 
  • Lawrence Cohen (Partner &
    Hospitality Group Leader, Marks Paneth), Martin 
  • A. Edelstein (Senior Tax Manager, Marks Paneth), 
  • Nikki Field (Sr. Global Advisor & Associate Broker, Sotheby’s
    International Realty), 
  • Jeffrey M. Finn
    (Founding Partner, Pavonia Group), 
  • Louise
    Phillips Forbes
    (Associate Broker, Halstead Property), 
  • David Friedman (Co-Founder & President, Wealth-X), 
  • Gordon H. Hoppe (Executive Vice
    President, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group – Corcoran), 
  • Kenneth S. Horn (Alchemy Partners), 
  • Gang Hu (Executive Director of Construction & Marketing, Greenland
    Forest City Partners), 
  • Michael P.
    (CEO Emeritus, International Council of Shopping Centers), 
  • Kathy A. Korte (President & CEO,
  • Pamela Liebman (President
    & CEO, Corcoran), 
  • Janice Liu (Vice
    President & Client Service Manager, East West Bank), 
  • Michael Meyers (President, F&T Group), 
  • Shaun Osher (Founder & CEO, CORE), 
  • Raj Rajpal (Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo), 
  • Diane M. Ramirez (CEO, Halstead Property), 
  • Lezley Shad (CEO, Keller Williams NYC), 
  • Leonard Steinberg (President & Corporate Broker, Compass), 
  • Kevin Swill (COO, The Carlton Group), 
  • Sam Suzuki (CEO, Suzuki Capital LLC), 
  • Clem Turner Esq. (Homeier & Law,
  • Mandy Wong (Branch Manager,
    Cathay Bank), 
  • Stephen Yale-Loehr
    (Miller Mayer LLP), 
  • Susi Yu
    (Executive Vice President of Development, Forest City Ratner Companies), 
  • Christina Zhang (Bank of China) and

Attendees: CEO’s of Real Estate Firms, Luxury Real Estate Brokers and Associates,
Commercial Brokers, Developers, Attorneys, Lenders, Accounting Firms,
Architects and Design Professionals, Economists, National and Local
AREAA Members, Press and Media.

AREAA: Founded in 2003, the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
is a national professional trade organization dedicated to promoting
sustainable homeownership opportunities in the Asian American
communities by creating a powerful national voice for the housing and
real estate professional that serve this dynamic market.

Sponsors: Marks Paneth