KALAGNY Elections: Call for Nominations


Elections are for President, Executive Vice President*, Vice President of Communications^, Vice President of Membership, Treasurer, Secretary (Officers) and seven (7) Governor positions on the KALAGNY Board. All positions are for two-year terms, except one (1) Governor position which is for a one-year term°. Terms commence July 1, 2017. To view KALAGNY’s current By-Laws, click here.

*The Vice Presidential Candidate with the most votes will be designated as Executive Vice President.
^Assist President with website, email, social media and all outbound communications.
°The Governor Candidate with the 7th most votes will be designated for the one (1) year term.


Only those members in good standing who have been admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction are qualified to run for an elected position. A member in “good standing” is defined as those members (a) whose membership has not been suspended or revoked as of the Election Date, and (b) who have paid in full their membership dues as of the Record Date.


The KALAGNY Nominations Committee is now accepting applications for the available positions listed above. If you are interested in seeking one of the available positions listed above, please submit your Statement of Interest along with your resume to [email protected] no later than January 30, 2017, 11:59 PM.  Please add the word “Election” to the subject line of your e-mail.  Late submissions will not be considered. Please be sure to identify the available position you are seeking.

The Nominations Committee will consider all applications and will provide a recommended slate of candidates for each of the available positions listed above.


Record Date – January 13, 2017. You must be a paid member by the Record Date to be eligible to seek election and to vote in the election.

Submission Date – January 30, 2017. Your Statement of Interest along with your resume must be submitted to [email protected] no later than January 30, 2017, 11:59pm.  Please add the word “Election” to the subject line of your e-mail.

Distribution Date – February 20, 2017. Information regarding the slate of Officers and Governors selected by the Nominations Committee will be circulated by the Distribution Date. The slate will be posted on the KALAGNY website.

Ballot Date – March 20, 2017.  Ballot form will be made available on the KALAGNY website. Members wishing to vote will have to hand in their ballots in person by no later than 8:00 PM on the Election Date. You may not cast your vote by proxy.

Election Date & General Membership Meeting – April 6, 2017.  KALAGNY Elections and annual membership meeting will take place on the evening of April 6, 2017. Venue will be announced. All are welcome to this event but only eligible members may vote.

Light dinner and refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Asian Americans say Obama had impact on them – USA – Chinadaily.com.cn

Asian Americans say Obama had impact on them
– USA – Chinadaily.com.cn

NAPABA Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Arguments in Key Cases Involving Trademarking of Racial Slurs and Racial and Religious Profiling

For Immediate Release
Jan. 18, 2017

For More Information, Contact:
Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
202-775-9555; [email protected]

WASHINGTON — Today, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases — Lee v. Tam and Ziglar v. Abbasi — that will have a significant impact on racial and religious minorities.

In Lee v. Tam, the Court will consider whether Simon Shiao Tam’s application to trademark the name of his band, “The Slants,” was properly rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  In a decision by the Federal Circuit, the appellate court found Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which prohibited “disparaging” trademarks such as “The Slants,” to be unconstitutional under a facial challenge brought by Tam.

“Racial slurs should not be recognized as commercial speech through federally-protected trademarks,” said NAPABA President Cyndie M. Chang. “Freedom of speech does not require that the government allow racially derogatory terms to be trademarked so that a trademark owner can have exclusive rights to use and monetize such terms.”

NAPABA previously filed an amicus brief in Lee v. Tam when it was before the Federal Circuit and joined a brief — along with the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Native American Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar Association — to urge the Supreme Court to support the constitutionality of Section 2(a). NAPABA also joined an earlier-filed amicus brief in the related case, Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc., before the Fourth Circuit regarding the Redskins trademark.  

Ziglar v. Abbasi concerns the rights of individuals who were detained as terrorism suspects in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, based solely on the basis of their race, religion, immigration status, or national origin and whether they have the rights to sue former high-level Bush administration officials who were involved in ordering the racial and religious profiling that led to their detention.

“The diverse group of amici in Ziglar v. Abassi highlights the importance of resolving the issue of the ability of individuals to seek specific redress from the government when their civil rights have been violated through racial or religious profiling,” Chang continued. “We expect the Court to carefully consider the amicus briefs and arguments made today in making their decision.“

NAPABA joined 27 national and local organizations, including bar associations (such as NAPABA affiliates Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania), religious organizations, and civil rights groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in this case.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or [email protected].

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association | 1612 K St. NW, Suite 510 | Washington, D.C. 20006 | www.napaba.org

2017-18 ABA Presidential Committee Appointments

NAPABA Endorsements Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

NAPABA needs your help and involvement to ensure that Asian Pacific Americans are represented in the ranks of the American Bar Association leadership. We encourage you to self-nominate for a Presidential Committee Appointment by the ABA deadline of Feb. 22, 2017.

In addition to your self-nomination, NAPABA will be recommending candidates for appointments to committees, commissions, and other ABA entities for the upcoming bar year. To be considered for a NAPABA endorsement, you must submit a request to NAPABA by 12 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

We look forward to receiving your applications and value your participation in this process. For more information on submitting a NAPABA endorsement request, please click here.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association | 1612 K St. NW, Suite 510 | Washington, D.C. 20006 | www.napaba.org

Fellowship Application

Fellowship Application

AABANY is Proud to Announce that We Are Participating in the Empire State Immigrant Defense Fund

What Is the Empire State Immigrant Defense Fund?

On January 9, Governor Cuomo presented the 12th Proposal of the 2017 State of the State Agenda to launch the “New York Promise” Agenda – a sweeping, unprecedented package of reforms to advance principles of social justice, affirm New York’s progressive values, and set a national standard for protections against all forms of discrimination. 

One of the objectives of the Agenda is the “We Are All Immigrants” Initiative which is being launched to expand opportunity and empower immigrants in New York. It features a comprehensive package of proposals, including the Empire State Immigrant Defense Fund. Governor Cuomo will launch this first-in-the-nation, state-led, public-private legal defense project to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to representation and due process, regardless of their citizenship status. This initiative will be administered by the State’s Office for New Americans in partnership with advocacy organizations, major colleges and universities, law firms, and legal associations around the state.

For more information, click HERE

How Can AABANY Members Participate?

AABANY members and supporters are highly encouraged to reach out to our Immigration and Nationality Law Committee to let the Committee Co-Chairs Amanda Bernardo, Poonam Gupta and Susan Akina know about your interest in getting involved. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help our immigrant communities in New York.

AABANY Diversity & Inclusion CLE Requirement Support Letter to Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin

AABANY Diversity & Inclusion CLE Requirement Support Letter to Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin