AABANY and MinKwon Present Free Legal Clinic 10/29
AABANY members, here’s your chance to give back to the community. Volunteer to help members of the Asian American community in Queens with their legal issues in immigration, housing, labor and foreclosure. The event takes place at MinKwon Center’s offices in Flushing, Queens, from 11 am to 5 pm. Registration deadline is October 26. For more details, click on the link in the title or click here for the flyer.
Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
The Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) will present an hour long documentary about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star. AAARI will screen this special presentation on October 21 from 6 to 8 PM at 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000. Read more here.
Ascend National Convention 2011
From the Ascend National Convention flyer:
The Ascend National Convention is the premier Pan-Asian business conference. Leaders and senior executives attend and participate from a wide cross-section of the Pan Asian business community. This year’s theme: “Competing in a Borderless World”, October 28-31, provides in-depth perspectives on the leadership opportunities and pitfalls of the rapidly changing global environment.
Click here to download a copy of the event flyer.
In addition, Ascend will be hosting a picnic in Central Park on Saturday, 10/22. The picnic would be a good opportunity to learn more about Ascend and meet some of its members. Ascend includes many Asian American professionals in the corporate sector and AABANY members who wish to network with Asian American professionals might wish to attend. Click here for more information.
The Unique Challenges of Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities
The New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence invite you to “The Unique Challenges of Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities" on Monday, October 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, 2nd Floor Art Gallery, Harlem, New York. Click here for more information on this event. Click here to read more about what’s happening at the The New York State Division of Human Rights.
AALDEF: Eleven States Must Now Provide Asian American Voters with Bilingual Ballots
From AALDEF’s Oct. 12 press release announcing important updates to jurisdictions across the country that are required by law to provide bilingual ballots:
For the first time South Asian languages were covered, in four jurisdictions, as well as Korean in New Jersey and Chinese in Massachusetts. The determinations also found a significant expansion in the number of jurisdictions required to provide Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese assistance.
Chinese and Filipino ballots must be provided in four more districts each, Indian and Vietnamese ballots must be provided in three more districts each, Korean ballots must be provided in one more district, and Bangladeshi will be required for the first time in Hamtramck city in Michigan.
“We’re ecstatic that more Asian Americans will be able to exercise their right to vote – and that the voting process will accommodate an increasingly diverse electorate,” said Glenn D. Magpantay, Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).
To read the full text, click on the link in the title.
Board Member Vinoo Varghese has been invited for the third consecutive year to join the faculty of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Taking place during the first two-weeks of January 2012, ITAP reaches its 29th consecutive year of teaching future lawyers trial advocacy skills. We commend Vinoo for his commitment and dedication to training law students to be trial lawyers. Please join us in congratulating Vinoo on this honor.
WSJ: Senator Schumer Makes His Mark on NY Fed Cts
Published in the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 7.
Mr. Schumer, who has a law degree, said he seeks three criteria in a candidate: an excellent legal résumé—as he put it, “no political hacks"—a sense of moderation and diversity.
"When you get all three, that’s the Triple Crown,” he said.
For full story, click on the link in the title.
NY City Bar Event on Minority Women Litigators: 10/25
From the NY City Bar website:
Are there experiences unique to minority women litigators? Our panel will discuss the paths of minority women lawyers as they navigate their way through the courts, law firms and other arenas. The panelists will discuss successful strategies that they have utilized, the role of mentors and sponsors, and how they can recognize and overcome any challenges that arise.
- Honorable Margarita López Torres, Surrogate, Kings County (moderator);
- Christine Chung, Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP;
- Seetha Ramachandran, Deputy Chief, Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice;
- Ghillaine Reid, Gibbons, P.C.
For more information, including how to rsvp, click the link in the title.
USCIS Announces Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative
On October 11, 2001, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an initiative on its website:
WASHINGTON – US. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas joined the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Pittsburgh to announce “Entrepreneurs in Residence." This new innovative initiative will utilize industry expertise to strengthen USCIS policies and practices surrounding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs and workers with specialized skills, knowledge, or abilities. Mayorkas announced the initiative at the Jobs Council’s High Growth Entrepreneurship Listening and Action Session at AlphaLab in Pittsburgh before the Council’s Quarterly meeting with President Obama.
Click here to read more on the USCIS website.