Congratulations to Karen Yau

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at the 40th anniversary gala for Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) Brooklyn Community Services, held at Affable Eatery in Brooklyn, Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair Karen Yau was honored for her work in support of the community. Many AABANY members and leaders came out to celebrate with Karen, including Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Pauline Yeung-Ha and Asako Aiba, Government Service and Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Kevin Hsi, AABANY Director of Technology and Professional Development Committee Co-Chair Francis Chin and Executive Director Yang Chen. Karen’s family, including her parents, were also in attendance.

AABANY also congratulates the other honorees at the gala dinner:

  • Dr. Gabriel Rincon, DDS
    Board of Trustees Chairman, The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
  • Elizabeth Culkin, Principal, PS 176K
  • Hewett Chiu, Executive Director, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    President and CEO, Academy of Medical and Public Health Services

Karen, in her acceptance speech, accepted the award on behalf of the Pro Bono Clinic, which has grown in number of clients served and number of volunteers participating, and which started serving clients in Brooklyn last month, in September. The next Brooklyn Pro Bono Clinic will take place on November 21. Please help us spread the word. More details here: If you are able to volunteer there, contact Asako Aiba at [email protected].

Institute for Retired Professionals Admissions Information Session

From Rica Fujihara, Institute of Retired Professionals:

ARE YOU RETIRED OR NEAR RETIREMENT?  Do you enjoy stimulating discussions? Exploring new creative and intellectual interests?

Join us at the Institute for Retired Professionals at The New School.  Become part of a peer-learning community; enroll in study groups focused on history, literature, science, writing and the arts.  Lead a study group on topics that interest you.  We are members from a wide range of careers who share the excitement of learning together.  We welcome different voices which reflect the racial and ethnic tapestry of our beloved city. Our next Admissions Information Session will take place on November 4 at 3:30pm, followed by refreshments.  It will be held at 6 E. 16th Street (between Union Square West and Fifth Avenue.)

AABANY members who are interested in attending can register by sending an email to [email protected].

To learn more about the Institute for Retired Professionals, click here.

To see a Fox 5 New York segment on the Institute for Retired Professionals, click here.

Congratulations to Poonam Gupta on Being Selected to Receive The Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award

Please join us in congratulating Poonam Gupta, AABANY Immigration Committee Co-Chair and Counsel and Director of Immigration Services at White & Case LLP, on being selected to receive The Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award.

Every year, The Legal Aid Society recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations, and other professionals who have volunteered their time and talent to provide exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers.

Poonam will be presented the award on Monday, October 28, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street, New York, NY.