Federal Judicial Internships Available in EDNY, Summer 2023

The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York is accepting applications for Summer 2023 internships.


  • Must be a rising second or third year law student.
  • Must have good grades.
  • Must have good research, writing, and analytical skills, although
    participation in Law Review or a Journal is not a prerequisite.
  • Military and/or other life/career experience is a plus.
  • Must be vaccinated fully against COVID-19 (including a booster shot).

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, interested law students should forward their application package in PDF format via email to [email protected].

Application package must include:

  • One-page cover letter briefly describing your background, why you are interested in a legal career and why you are interested in an internship with Judge Irizarry specifically.
  •  Resume.
  •  Official law school transcript.
  •  One recent writing sample no longer than 10 pages. Journal or research articles will not be accepted.
  •  Two to three letters of recommendation.

The deadline for receipt of materials is February 3, 2023.

Please note that, while these are not paid internships, the Judge will participate in any appropriate sponsored program that provides academic credit or stipends for interns.

If you have questions, please contact chambers at: 718-613-2150

AABANY Hosts Annual Holiday Party in Person at Cohen & Gresser

On Friday, December 9, 2022, AABANY hosted its first in-person holiday party in three years since the COVID pandemic shutdown.

Our wonderful hosts and sponsors, Cohen & Gresser, along with their Counsel, Joanna Chan, welcomed over 120 AABANY Members and friends to a delicious menu of food, featuring cocktail shrimp, kimbap rolls, sushi rolls, sashimi, veggie pancakes, japchae noodles, bulgogi beef, marinated pork, Chicken Alfredo with penne pasta, Junior’s mini-cheesecakes, and macaroons. Cocktails with clever names such as “AABANY Founders” and “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel” were also on offer, mixed by professional bartenders.

President-elect Karen Kim welcomed the guests and shared her theme for her fiscal year, starting on April 1, 2023, which will focus on mental health and wellness for attorneys. Co- Vice President of Programs and Operations Beatrice Leong, who organized the holiday party, encouraged donations to support the Pro Bono Clinic through text to pledge. Attendees responded to the call by donating more than $1,000 to the Pro Bono Clinic.

We also held a gift raffle by drawing business cards provided by the guests. All winners of gifts were then entered into a Squid Games style final in which participants had to cut shapes out of cookies without breaking them. The winner of that game got a gift card valued at $50.

We thank our Annual Holiday Party 2022 sponsors:
● Cohen & Gresser
● Littler
● Fish & Richardson
Special thanks to Membership Director Christopher Bae for ordering the food, and former VPPO David Sohn for his help with the party. Thanks to everyone who came. We hope you all had a wonderful time!

AABANY Academic Committee Hosts Annual Holiday Lunch

The AABANY Academic Committee held its annual Holiday Lunch at Sabai Thai in Manhattan on Monday, December 12. Committee Co-Chairs Elaine Chiu, Catherine Kim, Donna Lee, and Tom Lee were joined by AABANY Board member Francis Chin. They all enjoyed a festive and delicious meal that included Panang Curry, Pad Thai and Pad See Ew.

The conversation ranged far and wide – from the dearth of AAPI judges on the state court bench, to the early closing of KPOP, the Broadway musical, to the pros and cons of multiple choice law school exam questions! They also discussed the American Bar Foundation’s and NAPABA’s 2022 report, “A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law 2.0,” which finds that “Asian Americans remain underrepresented in clerkships and in leadership positions in law firms, state judiciaries, and other public and private sector arenas.” Luncheon attendees noted that AAPI representation in the legal academy would be an excellent addition to a future Portrait Project 3.0!

Thanks to the Academic Committee for upholding this annual tradition. Learn more about them and how to get more involved with the Committee here.

AABANY Members Learn about Lawyering at Amex on November 1

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at American Express? Our members got a glimpse during a visit to Amex’s New York headquarters in November.

On November 1, 2022, Amex and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) hosted a networking event that provided an inside look into what it’s like working in the General Counsel’s Organization at Amex.

The event commenced with opening remarks by Amex’s Chief Legal Officer Laureen Seeger, who shared some of her most memorable experiences working at the company over the past decade. The event shifted to a panel moderated by Amex’s Deputy General Counsel Sarah Dodds-Brown. The discussion included a diverse group of Amex attorneys who spoke about their unique career journeys and gave tips on how to be a competitive candidate for in-house counsel positions. The panel was followed by a networking session where attendees spoke with Amex attorneys on topics including the company’s hiring process, its unique work culture, and what career development looks like at Amex.

The event was a great opportunity for AABANY members to meet members of Amex’s General Counsel’s Organization and learn about Amex opportunities and its diverse, inclusive and supportive culture.

A special thank you to Amex and the attendees for making the event a huge success!

NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of Judge Wesley Hsu to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

WASHINGTON – [On Dec. 21, 2022,] President Joe Biden nominated Judge Wesley Hsu to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

“NAPABA applauds the Biden-Harris administration for nominating Judge Wesley Hsu,” said Sandra Leung, president of NAPABA. “Judge Hsu has been an active leader in NAPABA, helping mentor and uplift AAPI attorneys. In 2005, NAPABA recognized him with its Best Lawyers Under 40 for achieving prominence and distinction with his service to the community. His frequent contributions to our community and vast experience in the law make him uniquely qualified. We urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Judge Hsu.”

In 2017, former governor Jerry Brown appointed Judge Hsu to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Hsu served for 17 years in the Office of the United States Attorney in the Central District of California, notably as the Executive United States Attorney and Deputy United States Attorney. Previously, he worked at a private law firm, and clerked for the Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

“We are thrilled that President Biden has continued to honor his promise of a diverse and representative Judiciary,” said Priya Purandare, executive director of NAPABA. “The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California serves over 19 million people, the most populous federal judicial district, which includes a significant population of the AAPI community. Judge Hsu has spent his career, spanning almost three decades, serving in private practice, government, and as a Superior Court Judge in this district. If confirmed, Judge Hsu is well prepared to serve the people of the Central District of California.”

Judge Hsu is active in his community as a Co-Chair of the California Asian Pacific American Judges Association, a member of the Board of Governors for the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, and Founding Member of NAPABA’s Government Enforcement and Compliance Committee and NAPABA’s Data Security and Privacy Committee. A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Judge Hsu has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount Law School and a writing instructor at the University of Southern California Law School.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), represents the interests of over 60,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) legal professionals and nearly 90 national, state, and local APA bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting APA communities. Through its national network, 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 all backgrounds in the legal profession.