AABANY co-sponsors: 2016 Diversity Trail Blazer Award Ceremony and Reception – Asian American Bar Association of New York

AABANY co-sponsors: 2016 Diversity Trail Blazer Award Ceremony and Reception – Asian American Bar Association of New York

2016 Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship

Established by a generous gift from Parkin Lee and
The Rockefeller Group, the NAPABA Law Foundation in partnership with the
Fred T. Korematsu Institute have launched the Fred T. Korematsu Summer
Fellowship program.

The Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship provides a
$6000 scholarship for one law student to gain meaningful legal
experience at a public interest host organization. The Fellowship is
open to all rising 1L and 2L law students at any qualified
host organization in the United States. Deadline for organizations to apply is February 5, 2016.
The application will be available on the
NAPABA website

Find out more at http://bit.ly/2016korematsuflwshp

Judith S. Kaye, First Woman to Serve as New York’s Chief Judge, Dies at 77

Judith S. Kaye, First Woman to Serve as New York’s Chief Judge, Dies at 77

Empire Mock Trial Tournament – Judges Needed!

Earn 3 free CLE credits while educating top collegiate mock trial competitors!

The nonprofit Empire Mock Trial, in conjunction with NYU, is pleased to invite you to our tenth annual Downtown Invitational mock trial tournament on January 23-25 at the EDNY (225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn). The 2016 Downtown brings together eighteen of the top collegiate trial advocacy teams. This year’s field includes Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Duke, Princeton, and Yale.

You can help teach these exceptional college students about the law by volunteering just a few hours of your time. In exchange, we’ll provide you with 3 free non-transitional CLE credits in the category of skills. We particularly need volunteers for both rounds on Sunday, January 24 (Rounds 3 & 4).

Find out more on our website at The Downtown. Ready to register? Do so here.

General information:

  • Features four preliminary rounds of competition, and you can judge as many or as few as you like—no litigation experience is required
  • Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to co-judge with you at the tournament.  We’ll pair you together!
  • 18 top trial advocacy teams will compete including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Duke, Princeton, and Yale
  • We’ll serve complimentary food and beverages as a token of our appreciation
  • Registering takes less than a minute – do so here

We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Feel free to call (917-426-3682) or e-mail us (judge@empiremocktrial.org)

AAIFF16 Call For Interns


Are you looking for that Summer in The City experience? Asian CineVision (ACV) is seeking spring and summer interns to help organize the 39th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in New York City. AAIFF16 is scheduled for July 21 – 30, 2016.

Do you want to be part of a vibrant APA media arts activist community and contribute in organizing the first and longest running APIA film festival of its kind in the U.S? Yes, you do. Here are the available positions and qualifications:

Program Coordinator & Print Traffic Coordinator
Facilitate the process of all film-related programming, including tracking submissions and prints. Serve as liaison for accredited filmmakers, industry, and guests of the film festival.

Marketing/Communications Associate
AAIFF16 public relations, both off and online promotion. Background in film marketing not necessary but who doesn’t love movies? Social media platform interoperability with excellent writing skills is a must.

Design/Web Associates
Help manage and regularly update the ACV AND Festival websites. Work closely with Festival leadership on various levels of production. BIG PLUSES: graphic/UX design background, knowledge of Adobe Suite, HTML.

Production Associate
Help to coordinate and execute digital production of Festival programs and special events. Coordinate logistics with sites, vendors, and sponsors. Assist with day-to-day office operations.

Tech Production Associate
Assist with tech support ranging from digitizing, DVD/blu-ray disc burning, on-line up and downloading, some editing. Experience with Final Cut Pro or other non-linear editing platform and/or Photoshop a BIG plus but will train on job.

Outreach Coordinator
Responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with various community organizations, universities, schools, and clubs for special/promotional events.

Hospitality Coordinator
Responsible for the accreditation of all filmmakers, industry and guests of film festival. Arrange all hotel and flight accommodations for filmmakers/guests as deemed necessary. Edit and update the filmmaker/industry packet.

Special Events Coordinator
Research, plan and organize festival receptions, and after parties.

Volunteer Coordinators
Recruit, train, manage volunteer staff throughout AAIFF16.

ACV Archival Intern
Help digitize and organize ACV’s original Asian American media arts collection. No experience necessary. Will train on job.

– Students with a genuine interest in the arts, community building, humanities, and/or film
– Detail-oriented with a keen sense of organization
– Ability to work independently AND as part of a team
– Familiarity with Mac platforms, social networking applications, video streaming applications, and Microsoft Office suite
– Able to commit 15-20 hours a week
– BIG PLUSES: Knowledge of film/video formats and handling; fluency in Asian languages; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress platform, and proficiency in HTML/CSS/PHP.

Internships are unpaid but come with travel reimbursement and university credit (if applicable). To apply, email your resume and kick-ass cover letter to Haisong Li at haisong@asiancinevision.org. In your cover letter, please state your availability, earliest start date, and for which position you are applying. For more information about AAIFF, go to the ACV website here or contact info@asiancinevision.org. Wait, there’s more:

Round out your Summer in The City experience: become an AAIFF16 volunteer. Send an e-mail expressing your interest in volunteering for AAIFF16 to: volunteer@asiancinevision.org, and be sure to leave your name, daytime phone number, e-mail address, availability and areas of interest. The volunteer coordinators will contact you as soon as possible.

Press Release: AABANY Launches Online Educational Resource for Reenactments of Historical Trials Involving Asian Americans

NEW YORK – January 6, 2016 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is excited to announce that it has launched an online educational resource for its historical trial reenactments. Since 2007, under the leadership and directions of Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Kathy Hirata Chin, Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, AABANY has produced and performed a series of trial reenactments based on notable trials and cases involving Asian Americans. Performed by a core team of AABANY members at the annual conventions of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), each dramatic program utilizes the format of a reenactment of an historic trial or appeal. We invite you to visit reenactments.aabany.org to relive and to learn about important aspects of American history that have too often been overlooked, ignored, or forgotten.  Read the full press release here.

Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation Scholarships

Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to
offer five scholarships of $2,000 each.  The scholarships are open to
law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service,
including but not limited to a commitment to serving the API community.
Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic
achievement, and desire to practice law in the Southern California area.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.  The application and instructions are also available at http://www.jabaonline.org/scholarships/

Vietnamese American Bar Association Of Northern California Public Interest Fellowship Program

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) Law
Foundation (VLF) Public Interest Fellowship Program will fund one
$50,000 award to a recent law graduate or new attorney for the duration
of one year to provide legal services and advocacy for the
under-served and marginalized communities.                

VLF Fellowship Program seeks to increase access to legal services on
critical issues and improve the quality of legal services delivered to
under-resourced populations, including but not limited to the Vietnamese
American community.

Applications can be found here, and are due on Jan. 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. PST.