Art Exhibition by Siyan Wong: Five Cents a Can: Making the Invisible Visible

Former AABANY Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-Chair Siyan (Joane) Wong is holding an art exhibition entitled: “Five Cents a Can: Making the Invisible Visible” at the New York Arts Center (78 Bowery, Manhattan) from November 10 through December 1, 2019.

Siyan’s oil paintings of people who collect cans to survive (“canners”) together with a sculpture built of thousands of gold cans, other conceptual art pieces of the tools used by the canners, and video installations made in collaboration with filmmaker and artist Alvin Tsang will be on display. The exhibition is being held to shed light on the powerful story about the people who occupy the lower strata of our current society.

Siyan, a New York City based artist, focuses on the working poor, the homeless, women and the elderly. As a workers’ rights lawyer, her contact with everyday working people informs her empathy and artistic vision. She is committed to finding help for the canners, and fifty percent (50%) of the proceeds from the sale of her paintings will be set aside for the benefit of the canners.

We encourage AABANY members to attend the exhibition and support Siyan in this noble cause.

Please contribute via Siyan’s Kickstarter Campaign at: sible-art-exhibit.

Siyan will be holding a Press Conference on November 10, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the New York Arts Center.

For more information, you can connect with Siyan at [email protected].

AABANY Presents Pathways to Government Service and Public Interest Career Panel

On October 29, 2019, AABANY’s Government Service & Public Interest Committee, Career Placement Committee, Student Outreach Committee, and New York Law School’s APALSA teamed up to present Pathways to Government Service and Public Interest Career Panel.

Panelists included:

Mihea Kim, Staff Attorney, Homicide Defense Task Force, The Legal Aid Society;
Hon. Donald Leo,  New York City Criminal Court Judge, New York Supreme Court;
Nelson Mar, Senior Staff Attorney, Education Law Unit, Bronx Legal Services 
Kin Ng, Bureau Chief of the Red Zone Trial Bureau, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office;
Won Shin, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York

Moderator: Hon. Grace E. Lee, Administrative Law Judge, New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

The panelists shared what experiences led them to their current position in the public interest/government sector. Fun tidbits were also revealed — two of the panelists litigated cases against each other, while two other panelists went to high school together. Attendees and panelists enjoyed friendly banter and discussion after the panel. 

We thank the Government Service & Public Interest , Career Placement, and Student Outreach Committee Committees for hosting this panel. To learn more about the GSPI Committee, go here. To learn more about the Career Placement Committee, go here. To learn more about the Student Outreach Committee, go here.

AABANY October Membership Mixer

AABANY ended October with our Monthly Membership Mixer at Atwood. We were excited to see a lot of new faces as recent law school graduates and practicing attorneys met with some of our members and learned more about our organization. Thank you to all those who made it out and check out our calendar at for a full schedule of our exciting upcoming events.