Pro Bono General Counsel Program – APPLY TODAY!

This program seeks to
provide organizations serving the Asian Pacific American (APA) community
with access to high ­quality, pro bono legal advice and counsel that
they cannot afford. The program is intended to help APA­-serving
organizations promote good governance practices and comply with relevant
laws and regulations. Attorneys will have the opportunity to work with
organizations engaged in a broad range of activities to better the lives
of the APA community through policy advocacy, leadership development,
capacity building, and research.

Interested organizations and volunteer attorneys should complete the designated application forms. Applications will be submitted to the database, and organizations will be provided an opportunity to interview and hire a volunteer attorney.

Questions? Contact AuriaJoy Asaria at [email protected].

Learn more about the program and apply here.

Press Release from the Office of the District Court Executive

December 28, 2015

Eugene J. Corcoran, (718) 613-2260

Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon is pleased to announce the investiture of Peggy Kuo as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Kuo will be sworn in at the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

Judge Kuo is the first Taiwanese-American federal judge in New York. Before her appointment, Judge Kuo was the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the largest municipal tribunal in the country. Previously, she was Chief Hearing Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, where she was in charge of disciplinary matters involving violations of federal securities laws. She was also litigation counsel at WilmerHale, LLP.

From 1998 to 2002, Judge Kuo prosecuted war crimes at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Her historic trial regarding mass rape in Bosnia later became the topic of the documentary film “I Came To Testify.”

After clerking for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers, then Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, Judge Kuo worked as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia, prosecuting general crimes. She then became a trial attorney and Acting Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section at the US Department of Justice, where she investigated and prosecuted hate crimes and allegations of police misconduct.

Judge Kuo was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States at the age of three. She graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Ignoring Asian-Americans

Ignoring Asian-Americans

New York State Bar Association Networking Opportunity for Future Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys

From AABANY Board Member Pauline Yeung-Ha:

The Elder Law and Special Needs Section’s Diversity Committee of New York State Bar Association is seeking law students with an interest in elder law to apply for free registration and attendance at the Section’s Annual Meeting held in January 2016 in New York City.  We will provide a limited number of paid registrations to attend the Diversity Reception on January 25th, our meeting on January 26th and a reception afterwards.

We are looking for students from ethnically diverse backgrounds who are considering a practice in the dynamic and growing fields of Elder Law and Special Needs.  The deadline for a response is January 12, 2016. Assistance with arranging for travel and lodging may be available.

All selections will be made at the discretion of the Committee.

All interested students should contact:

Elizabeth Valentin    [email protected]
Deepankar Mukerji     [email protected]
Pauline Yeung-Ha      [email protected]
Veronica Escobar      [email protected]

ORGANIZATIONAL STATEMENT: NAPABA Stands Up Against Anti-Muslim Hate and Bigotry

NAPABA will convene with members of the Asian Pacific American
community at the National Japanese American Memorial to stand in
solidarity with the Muslim, Sikh, Arab, and South Asian American
communities. This rally is in response to anti-Muslim hate and rhetoric
that has increased following recent terrorist attacks.

Below is NAPABA’s organizational statement:

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) — together
with 34 fellow member organizations of the National Council of Asian
Pacific Americans — stands with its members and in solidarity with all
Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities to oppose
anti-Muslim hate, bigotry, and xenophobia and calls on the American
people and allied groups to do the same.

Fourteen years ago, NAPABA came together with members of the Asian
Pacific American (APA) community to denounce anti-Muslim hate and
violence in the days following the 9/11 attacks. Sadly, a resurgence of
that same kind of hate and xenophobia has prompted the APA community and
NAPABA to again speak out against anti-Muslim sentiment.

In recent weeks and months, hate crimes committed against Muslim
Americans and those perceived to be Muslim have increased at an alarming
and unprecedented rate. Since the Paris attacks, there has been an
average of two attacks against Muslims every day in the U.S.

Xenophobic and divisive rhetoric from political candidates, elected
officials, and other public figures have helped to promote an
environment of fear, suspicion, and hatred for Muslims in America. This
fear and suspicion has led to unfounded and unfair targeting of Muslims
and individuals perceived to be Muslim engaging in unthreatening
behavior — such as speaking Arabic at an airport, wearing a turban to a
football game, or simply having black or brown skin — which can
normalize anti-Muslim violence and threats and make them more likely to

Recent terror attacks — including those in Paris and San Bernadino — are
no excuse for violence or prejudice against the Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and
South Asian Americans, who are contributing and valuable members of
NAPABA and our nation. We must refuse to be guided by stereotypes, fear,
and mistrust. We must stand up against anti-Muslim hate, bigotry, and
xenophobia and help make this country a better place for all of us.

NAPABA encourages its members and affiliates to show solidarity with the Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities. We
hope that you will be the voices of tolerance through your actions to
support your neighbors, respond to acts of hate, and denounce rhetoric
that encourages discrimination and profiling. We encourage you to look for community-based resources and campaigns to become strong partners and advocates in this effort to denounce anti-Muslim hate.

Manhattan Family Justice Center Core Training

Please see below a bulletin from Sarah Flatto, Director, Programs & Outreach, NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre St. 5th Floor New York, NY 10013
Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence
o. 212 602-2857 | c. 646 280 8015
[email protected] |

The Manhattan Family Justice Center is happy to announce our next round of
core trainings. Our training program provides professional
development for service providers, community leaders, and city agencies
on relevant topics regarding intimate partner violence, sex trafficking,
and elder abuse.

Please feel free to share widely.  All trainings are free and located at the MFJC: 80 Centre Street, 5th Floor Training Room.


Domestic Violence Dialogue
Facilitated by FJC Admin Staff, Monday, 1/11 10am-1pm

Risk Assessment & Safety Planning
Facilitated by Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Staff, Tuesday, 1/12 10am-1pm

Cultural Conversations
Facilitated by FJC Admin Staff, Wednesday, 1/13 1pm-4pm

Criminal Justice Responses to DV
Facilitated by Manhattan DA’s Office & NYPD, Thursday, 1/14 10am-1 pm

Economic Empowerment
Facilitated by FJC Admin Staff, Friday, 1/15 10am-1pm

Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits
Facilitated by FJC Admin Staff, Friday, 1/15 1pm–4pm

Elder Abuse
Facilitated by JASA,Tuesday, 1/19 11am-1pm

Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking
Facilitated by GEMS, Tuesday, 1/19 2pm-5pm

Immigration Law
Facilitated by NY Legal Assistance Group & Sanctuary for Families, Wednesday, 10/20 10am-1pm

Family & Matrimonial Law
Facilitated by Urban Justice Center, Thursday, 1/21 11am-2pm

Housing & Shelter Options for Survivors
Facilitated by New Destiny Housing, Friday, 1/22 10am-1pm

Asian American & Pacific Islander Initiative, Teach for America NYC Leadership Summit February 19 – February 20, 2016

The Teach For America Midwest region will host selected students to attend the Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Summit (AAPILS), whose mission is to cultivate and increase the leadership skills of AAPI undergraduate students. Teach For America is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. While AAPIs comprise nearly 5 percent of the total enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, they represent less than 1.5 percent of the teachers. AAPILS will drive the work of engaging undergraduate students in partnership with regional and national organizations that focus on working with and serving the AAPI community. Click here to apply.

See the event on Facebook. Download details of this event. For more information, contact Justin Tandingan.

Credit Suisse Internship

Credit Suisse Internship