2019 NAPABA Regional Conferences

Save the Date!

Central Regional Conference

August 23-24
Hotel Alexander
Indianapolis, IN

Hosted by:
Asian American Bar Association 
of Indiana

Book Your Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at Hotel Alexander at a discounted rate. The room block will be available until July 26 at 5 p.m. ET or until the block has sold out. 

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Special Guest Speaker George Takei

The NAPABA Central Regional Conference will include a viewing of the film, And Then They Came For Us, followed later in the evening by special guest speaker George Takei, which will include a book signing of his new book, They Called Us Enemy. Copies will be available at the conference. 

Northeast Regional Conference 

September 21
Fordham Law School for NYC
New York, NY

Hosted by:
Asian American Bar Association
of New York

Book Your Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at Empire Hotel at a discounted rate. The room block will be available until Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. ET or until the block has sold out. 

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Apply to the NAPABA 2019 Leadership Advancement Program!

 Apply today for the 2019 Class!
Washington, D.C. | July 19-21, 2019

NAPABA’s Leadership Advancement Program is a year-long program to develop mid-career Asian Pacific American attorneys’ leadership skills, while providing an opportunity to foster genuine relationships with peers within the profession, especially between in-house counsel (IHC) and law firm attorneys. This year, the first part of the program will be held in Washington D.C. The program will commence with a weekend of team-building and leadership training from Friday, July 19 through midday Sunday, July 21. The first two days will consist of leadership assessments, training on understanding and improving your leadership style, team building, and better understanding your career vision to help support you in pursuing career goals, including addressing the unique hurdles facing Asian Pacific Americans. The last half-day is devoted to launching team-based community projects that will allow participants to forge meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. 

NAPABA’s Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) is distinct from the In-House Counsel Summit (IHC Summit). NAPABA’s LAP is a professional and personal development program for mid-career IHC and law firm attorneys through leadership skills development, candid and open dialogue, and relationship-building. The IHC Summit is offered only to IHCs looking for professional leadership development and opportunities in association with NAPABA 20/20 initiative focused on career advancement for APA in-house counsel.

Applications for NAPABA’s LAP program will be accepted through May 13 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Apply now!


Enrollment in the program is limited to 24 participants, with an even balance between IHC and law firm attorneys. All NAPABA members are encouraged to apply, although the selection committee will focus on the following criteria this year:

  • Law firm candidates: this year’s program will prefer candidates with between six and 10 years of experience
  •  In-house candidates: preference for a minimum of three to four years of IHC experience, with six to 10 years of overall practice experience

NAPABA will provide the trainers, program materials, venue, and in-program meals. If accepted, attendees will be expected to commit $100 as a program fee and provide their own travel to Washington, DC and accommodations, if required.

Tentative Schedule

Fri., July 19 
Leadership Assessment and Team Building: The program will consist of leadership exercises, assessments, and team-building. 

Sat., July 20
Leadership Training: The program will consist of leadership training sessions aimed at helping attorneys achieve the highest level of leadership and success in law firms and corporations. 

Sun., July 21
Community Project (Half-day): Participants will design a community project that will encourage team-building and leadership development throughout the year.  

To learn more about NAPABA’s Leadership Advancement Program, please visit https://www.napaba.org/page/19_LeaderWorkshop or email Leadership Advancement Program Chair, Charles Jung

Congratulations to Sylvia Chin and White & Case on Pro Bono Award from Women’s World Banking

AABANY congratulates White & Case and Sylvia Chin on being recognized by Women’s World Banking for their pro bono work on behalf of the organization over four decades, since its founding. The award was presented on April 4 at Women’s World Banking’s 40th anniversary celebration in New York.

According to the media release, “In 2018, White & Case’s global pro bono practice provided more than 120,000 hours of legal services focused on access to justice, promoting the rule of law, and serving organizations with social and environmental missions. Women’s World Banking has been a recipient of White & Case’s pro bono legal services since our founding.”

For more information, visit White & Case’s website at 

Sylvia is a Past President of AABANY (1994-96) and is current President of AALFNY, AABANY’s 501(c)(3) affiliate. Please join us in congratulating Sylvia and White & Case on their well-deserved honor and recognition for their pro bono work on behalf of women across the globe.

2019 Lobby Day | Deadline Extended!

Deadlines Extended to Thursday, April 25!

Join us for NAPABA’s annual Lobby Day hosted in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. from May 20-21, 2019. This event brings NAPABA members from across the country to meet and discuss with members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance and help promote NAPABA’s mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for APAs.

Registration | DEADLINE NOW APRIL 25, 2019
Registration includes a webinar training prior to Lobby Day as well as onsite training the day of, so that all participants are prepared for meetings with congressional members and staffers. For more information about the 2019 Lobby Day, visit our page.

Congressional Reception | May 20, 2019
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, NAPABA will be hosting a Congressional Reception. The reception will bring together Lobby Day participants, members of Congress and their staff, and leaders in the APA community. This event is open to the the public.

The official 2019 Lobby Day hotel, the Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, is at the heart of Washington DC and  walking distance of the Federal Center SW Metro Station, and the newly built Wharf.

You may also call Hyatt’s reservations department at 1-800-993-4031 and ask for “NAPABA Group” or Group Code “G-NAPA”  Rate: $239 king plus applicable taxes & fees.

If you have any questions about any of the events above, please email Oriene Shin at [email protected].

More 2019 Lobby Day information can be found here.

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Trends in Long Island Real Estate Development – IDA Zoning and Land Use

On April 11, 2019, the AABANY Real Estate Committee successfully presented a CLE and networking event entitled “Trends in Long Island Real Estate Development – IDA Zoning and Land Use.” Over 60 attorneys and real estate professionals were in attendance. The event was held at the Omni Building in Uniondale and was co-sponsored by AABANY, KALAGNY, Forchelli Deegan Terrana, Flushing Bank, and Big Apple Abstract Corp.

The panelists were:

  • Margaret Ling, AABANY Development Director and Real Estate Committee Co-Chair
  • Daniel Deegan, Partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana
  • Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana
  • Rose Liu, Director of Finance & Research at Colliers International
  • Herbert Agin, CEO of Colliers International

The speakers led an insightful discussion on the following topics: title insurance, the key facets of Industrial Development Agencies (IDA) in Nassau and Suffolk County, zoning, variances, and municipal regulations in Long Island and how they have a significant impact on the success of real estate projects.

In addition, Rose Liu discussed the latest statistics involving real estate development projects in Long Island and Herbert Agin shared the latest updates on the Lesso Holdings development project in Westbury, Long Island.

The key takeaway of the event was that there are a lot of real estate development opportunities for investors in Long Island, but for the project to be successful, you need to have the right people on your team to navigate the rules and regulations surrounding real estate developments.


NEW YORK – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) congratulates Glenn Lau-Kee, Partner at Lau-Kee Law Group PLLC and former AABANY President (1997-99), on receiving the American Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors solo and small firm attorneys who are widely accepted by their peers as having significant lifetime distinction, exceptional achievement, and distinction in an exemplary way. Mr. Lau-Kee and his fellow awardees will be honored on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the ABA Solo and Small Firms Award Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Mr. Lau-Kee began his legal career as an associate in the Hong Kong and New York offices of Coudert Brothers LLP where he worked on bank financing, leasing, and corporate acquisition transactions. In 1977, he became a partner at Kee and Lau-Kee PLLC where he has developed a thriving real estate and bank financing practice.  He was also a partner at Koo Larrabee Lau-Kee & Lane LLP for six years.

Aside from practicing real estate and business law, Mr. Lau-Kee has spent much of his legal career tirelessly serving the Asian American community of New York City. He helped found the Chinatown YMCA, as well as the US-Asia Institute. For his long-standing service to the YMCA, he received the Order of the Red Triangle, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Along with his father, Norman Kee, Mr. Lau-Kee received the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award in 2010, recognizing their outstanding record of public service and commitment to providing exceptional legal services to the Chinatown community in New York City. In 2017, Mr. Lau-Kee was honored as a Community Hero by the Museum of Chinese in America.

Mr. Lau-Kee made history as the first Asian American President of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) for the 2014-15 term. He continues his involvement with NYSBA as a member of the Business Law, Health Law and Real Property Law sections. Mr. Lau-Kee has also been an active member of New York County Lawyers Association (“NYCLA”) since 2000, serving on the Board of Directors until 2004 and serving on various task forces and committees until 2010. He also served on the Board of Directors for the NYCLA Foundation and the New York Bar Foundation, which function as the charitable and philanthropic arms of their respective organizations.

Mr. Lau-Kee has been an active leader in AABANY for over twenty years.  He served as President from 1997-1999 and on the Board of Directors from 1994-2000.  He has served on the Nominations Committee, contributing to the promotion of future leaders for AABANY.

Mr. Lau-Kee is a graduate of Yale College and Boston University School of Law.

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 a New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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Invitation to NY/NJ Regional Network – Federal Listening Session – Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating the national theme, “Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other,” the New York/New Jersey Regional Network of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will host a listening session for Asian American and Pacific Islander-serving agencies and organizations on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor GSA Conference Center, Rooms A and B, New York, NY  10278.  Please join regional executives representing the federal agencies comprising the Regional Network as they provide you up-to-date information about their respective programs and services, and listen to your suggestions on how they may engage better with their communities, as well as any concerns or issues you may wish to raise.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Everett Lo at [email protected] by close of business Friday, May 2, 2019, providing the name(s) and email address(es) of your participant(s), to whom a building access letter will be issued by return email.

Participating federal agencies include:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • General Services Administration
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Small Business Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Office for Civil Rights
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Customs and Border Protection
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Community Relations Service
  • U.S. Department of Labor
    • Employee Benefits Security Administration
    • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • Wage and Hour Division
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
    • Internal Revenue Service
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Veterans Benefits Administration
    • Veterans Integrated Services Network

We look forward to speaking with you, and engaging in a thoughtful dialogue to ensure that our communities are aware of the programs and benefits available from our Regional Network.  Thank you.

Thank you to Everett Lo for sharing this information. Please direct all inquires to him at [email protected].

NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan Advanced Trainings

The NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan (MIFJC)’s Advanced Training series includes a variety of topic-specific trainings for service providers, community leaders, and city agency staff who are working with populations directly or indirectly affected by intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and/or elder abuse.

All trainings listed below are free and located at the MFJC 80 Centre Street 5th Floor New York, NY 10013. For more information, please email Indhira Castro at [email protected].

Please click on the link below to register for the sessions you wish to attend. If you plan to attend more than one of the scheduled sessions, you must select each one. Once the training is no longer listed or available to select, it has reached maximum capacity of participants.

Register Here!

Title IX Protections for Survivors of IPV & Gender-based Violence

Wednesday, April 17th

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Facilitated by: Legal Momentum

Disability & Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday April 17th

1:00 – 3:30 PM

Facilitated by: Barrier Free Living (BFL)

Animal Abuse & Intimate Partner Violence

Friday, April 19th

10:00-12:00 PM

Facilitated by: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Grounding & De-escalation Techniques for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Friday, April 26th

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Facilitated by: NYC Health and Hospitals