At the AABANY Annual Meeting that was held on January 24, the Student Outreach Committee presented the video above, created by SOC co-chair Liza Sohn, as part of its report given at the meeting. It’s a wonderful slideshow of a very active and productive year for the SOC. Way to go, Ben and Liza (co-chairs).
Thanks to all the AABANY members and friends who joined us on Friday night, January 20, to catch David Henry Hwang’s latest play, Chinglish, which played at the Longacre Theater on Broadway.
Members of the New York chapter of NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and their friends also held a theater outing to see Chinglish that same night, and we got together with them before the show at Hurley’s, a bar next door to the Longacre Theater, for a pre-show networking reception.
The show featured a talented cast of mostly Asian American actors, telling the story of a hapless American businessman trying to close a business deal in China. He encounters linguistic and cultural barriers along the way, resulting in numerous comedic incidents.
At the show’s conclusion, playwright David Henry Hwang joined the cast for a talkback, and both the AABANY and NAAAP groups got to stay and ask questions of Mr. Hwang and the cast.
Following the talkback, members of our two groups took photos with Mr. Hwang and got autographs from him and the cast on Chinglish posters that we all received. After that, we headed next door to Hurley’s for a post-show hangout. We got to meet some of the cast members there and also got to mix and mingle with each other.
Thanks to Lily Fan, an AABANY member and one of the show’s producers, for helping to bring about this wonderful evening. Sadly, Chinglish will have its final performance on January 28. It’s a funny, well-written and well-performed show, so if you have a chance to catch it before it leaves New York, go!
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2012 for Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) 5th Anniversary Leadership Gala @ Espace, NYC
For sponsorship information, please contact Samantha E. Erskine, Director of Development, at email@example.com or (646) 619-5187.
Download CUP’s 2012 Overview Sheet
Download CUP’s 5th Anniversary Leadership Gala Registration Form
WSJ: Vinoo Varghese Secures Plea Deal in Art Fraud Case
AABANY Director and criminal defense attorney Vinoo Varghese appeared in a Wall Street Journal story on January 13 about his client Richard Silver who took a guilty plea in a case involving forged appraisal documents for fake Damien Hirst prints. Not mentioned in the article is the excellent result that Vinoo obtained for his client who was looking at a possible 7-year prison term. Vinoo negotiated that down to 60 days in a vocational program or 12 weekends in jail.
The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.
Dodyk Fellows will participate in a variety of high-impact legal and policy matters at NCLEJ and assist in developing new matters and areas of work. Candidates with expertise or interest in specific issues are encouraged to inquire about pursuing that work through the Fellowship.
Get more details on the Fellowship here.
You can see a video launching the Dodyk Fellowship in which a recent Skadden Fellow at NCLEJ describes her experience (go to www.nclej.org). A description of a recent Equal Justice Works Fellowship at NCLEJ may be seen at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/node/2058.
Lunar New Year at the Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the Year of the Dragon on Saturday February 4 with performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.
All programs, including performances in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, are free with Museum admission. The cafeteria will be celebrating Lunar New Year with a traditional Chinese menu including soy sauce chicken, pork buns, and Napa cabbage with garlic and ginger. All visitors are welcome.
Visit the Met’s page for a complete schedule of events.
a4 Festival: Locating the Sacred
The Asian American Arts Alliance will hold an information session for its upcoming twelve-day event, “Locating the Sacred Festival”, on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, from 6:30PM to 8PM, at 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. AAARI of several outreach partners for the Locating the Sacred Festival.
“Locating the Sacred” is a twelve-day, twenty-event festival coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) that brings together artists and spaces in New York for creative explorations of the “sacred.” The festival showcases the diversity and talent of the Asian American community, which now constitutes more than 1 million people in New York (13% of the population) and is the most rapidly growing cultural group in the city. The festival aims to promote artists as agents of change, demonstrating the power of art and culture to unleash imagination, break down barriers, and connect communities together for the greater good.
a4 will produce three pillar events: an opening, a closing, and a panel discussion series. For the other festival events, a4 will act as an umbrella, matching artists with space hosts in an attempt to generate creative collaborations across ethnic, religious, geographic and aesthetic boundaries. These events will benefit from the festivalʼs “stamp”, from underwriting for artist fees of up to $2,000 depending on the scope of the project, and from the exposure from the festival’s citywide PR and marketing campaign.
To RSVP for the info session and details on how to apply as an Artist or Space host, please visit http://aaartsalliance.org/page/locating-the-sacred#JOIN%20US
The Council of Urban Professionals is hosting a conversation with president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Geoffrey Canada, moderated by Omar Wasow on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at J.P. Morgan Chase, 270 Park Avenue – 2nd Floor.
You can purchase a ticket at this link. Read more here about CUP.
Hofstra Law School is hosting the local regional version of the National Trial Competition (NTC) and is looking for attorneys and judges to volunteer their time. CLE credits will be available to all those who serve as “presiding judge” or “evaluator.”
The competition will be held on February 9-11, 2012, at the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY. There will be a total of 33 trials over the three days in February, each requiring a presiding judge and at least two other individuals to serve as evaluators, to score the performances of the student competitors, three volunteers per trial for 33 trials.
Following is the schedule of trials:
Thursday, Feb. 9, 1:00 pm: Preliminary Round 1 (nine trials)
Friday, Feb. 10, 9:30 am: Preliminary Round 2 (nine trials)
Friday, Feb. 10, 2:30 pm: Preliminary Round 3 (nine trials)
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:30 am: Semifinal Round (four trials)
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:30 pm: Final Round (two trials)
If you have any questions about the NTC or would like to discuss the competition, please contact Jared Rosenblatt by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.