Thanks to everyone for coming to AABANY’s 23rd Annual Dinner held on February 29, 2012.  For the second consecutive year it took place at Cipriani Wall Street.  We had over 600 attendees, including members and friends from all across the legal spectrum: attorneys in private practice, from firms large and small, global and local; judges; prosecutors; in-house counsel; and law students.  We were privileged to be joined by representatives of elected officials, Federal, State and local, along with bar leaders from the New York State Bar Association, KALAGNY, SABANY, MuBANY, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Network of Bar Leaders.  We were pleased to be joined by our friends from AALDEF, MinKwon Center and the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4).  We were honored that the a4 President, Ravi Rajan, and a4 Executive Director, Andrea Louie, could be with us last night.

Congratulations to our honorees: Saru Jayaraman, recipient of our Emerging Leader Award; Sam Reeves, recipient of our Diversity Leadership Award; and Susan Blount, recipient of our Corporate Counsel Leadership Award.  Susan presented a wonderful keynote speech.

Congratulations to this year’s MVP Award recipient Ben “the Asian Sensation” Chan.  He gets his own blog post.  Why?  Well … he’s the Asian Sensation.  Need I say more?

Thanks to our MC Obaid Kadwani for keeping things moving along all through the evening.  We were sorry that illness struck Elie Mystal, who was supposed to be a co-MC with Obaid, and we wish a speedy recovery to Elie.

Corky Lee and Steven Wu shot photos all through the dinner and we will put up those photos soon. In the meantime, enjoy some photos from the evening (mostly from the after-party) in the slideshow above. 

If you came and have some feedback to share with us, please use the Comment feature to let us know what you thought about the Annual Dinner.

Collecting Eyeglasses for EYEsee

AABANY and the Prosecutors’ Committee is lending a hand to both Asian Women In Business (AWIB) and EYEsee to collect old eyeglasses for distribution to visually impaired persons in the Third World.

EYEsee describes what donations are being sought –  any pair of old eyeglasses, prescription or non-prescription, sunglasses or not, even clip-ons!  There is a special need for children’s eyeglasses.

There will be a box the Annual Dinner registration table where eyeglasses can be simply dropped off, so if you are attending, please bring your donation to the Dinner or give your donation to a colleague or friend who is attending so that he/she can drop it off on your behalf.  Here’s hoping that we can help out this worthy cause!

Bolstering Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurs in Queens

Bolstering Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurs in Queens

2012 KALCA Summer Public Interest College Internship Program

The Korean American League for Civic Action is accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Public Interest College Internship ProgramThe deadline is March 5, 2012. The Internship is a nine-week program that provides college students and recent graduates an opportunity to learn about our civic and democratic processes from the inside of leading government offices, political campaigns, nonprofits and community based organizations in New York City. There is a scholarship stipend of $2,000 upon completion of the program.

Press Release: AABANY 23rd Annual Dinner

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) will have its Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.  The Annual Dinner has consistently attracted more than 500 attendees from the New York legal community and guests have included prominent federal and state judges, elected officials and dignitaries, and attorneys from large and small law firms, corporate law departments, prosecutors’ offices and government agencies. Read more here.


By now if you haven’t heard about a certain point guard for the Knicks by the name of Jeremy Lin, you should probably stay hidden under that rock you’ve been hiding under.  For the rest of you, AABANY is thinking about organizing a group outing to see Jeremy take the Knicks to the playoffs.  We’re looking at April 17, the game against the Celtics.  Seats will be in the West Balcony, cost is $130 per person.

If you’ve liked AABANY on Facebook or are a member of the AABANY LinkedIn group, please take the poll we’ve set up on those pages to gauge the interest in this excursion.

Here’s the link to AABANY’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/aabany.

Here’s the link to AABANY’s LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1943233&trk=anet_ug_hm&goback=.gmp_1943233

Let us know what you think! (You can also reply to this blog post by hitting the Comments link below).

Jeremy Lin Sports Illustrated

Bingham McCutchen Children’s Education Fellowship

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is seeking applications for the Bingham McCutchen Children’s Education Fellowship in its Disability Justice (DJ) Program. This one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal is generously funded and sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. The fellow’s caseload would focus on systemic advocacy and individual representation to advance the civil rights of children with disabilities in the New York City school system.

Read more here for information on the NYLPI Fellowship.

Reproductive Rights’ Asia Legal Program Needs Pro Bono Attorneys

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ Asia Legal Program is currently seeking pro bono assistance for a range of projects.  The Center is an international non-governmental organization that uses constitutional, comparative and international human rights law to advance women’s reproductive rights. As part of its initiative to litigate cases on behalf of women who have experienced violations of their reproductive rights, the Center will organize the first ever South Asia Reproductive Rights Case Development Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Center is currently seeking pro bono partners to collaborate with in developing these country-specific litigation tools for this training. Please feel free to email sarjai@reprorights.org directly with any questions, or if you might be interested in taking on a project. This sheet provides relevant information about projects currently available.