This year, AABANY plans to launch its first journal, The AABANY Law Review, with the goals of providing comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation that impact the AABANY community, and serving as an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and law…
Beyond the website, Weekly Announcements and the Advocate, AABANY now has numerous ways to stay connected with its members and community, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and an AABANY blog. AABANY, through its Communications Committee, manages these channels of communication. We can use your help in keeping these channels open and active. If you are interested, come to the Communications Committee meeting on August 4 at Patterson Belknap. Visit this link for more details. To learn more about the Communications Committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPABA’s Entertainment Law Committee together with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) are presenting a seminar on how to distribute your completed film via digital distribution channels such as on-line streaming and video-on-demand. Among the panelists is Theo Cheng, current co-chair of AABANY’s Judiciary Committee and an active member of the Intellectual Property Committee. The event takes place on August 11 at Cardozo Law School. For more details, follow this link.
AABANY is proud to co-sponsor with 14 other bar associations the first Minority Law Student Conference Day taking place on August 3 at Fordham Law School. The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm and includes programs on what to do with your law degree and how to prepare for your interview, with a networking luncheon in between. Follow this link for further details.
AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) is leading an effort to train non-immigration lawyers how to assist victims of immigration fraud. Federal, state and local authorities have been cracking down on “notarios” and others engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, resulting in many immigrants needing pro bono assistance from lawyers who can help them with their matters. The two-day intensive training session at the City Bar takes place on August 17 and 18 in the evenings. The training session is the first step of a major clinical initiative to connect underserved immigrants with appropriate pro bono legal assistance. If you are interested, follow this link for additional details and the registration form. Registration deadline is August 12.
As shown in our quarterly report, the months covering May through June have been filled with events, programs and activities put on by AABANY and its committees. AABANY also participated in or co-sponsored a wide variety of events during that time. Thanks to everyone who made these events possible, particularly our hardworking and dedicated Committee Chairs who planned and organized them. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the events. To help AABANY maintain a high level and quality of benefits and programs, we invite you to fill out our survey and give us feedback at this link: http://bit.ly/aabany_survey.
On July 27, AABANY, together with nine other APA groups, took part in a press conference held at MinKwon Center in Flushing, Queens, to announce the formation of ACCORD, the Asian American Community Coalition for Re-districting and Democracy.
AABANY is a community sponsor for “The Learning” at AAIFF, a documentary about four Filipino women who leave their families and homes behind to teach in the inner city schools of Baltimore. Follow the link to find out about the discount code for AABANY members who wish to see the film. Also, tell us by August 5 if you would be interested in joining a group to see the film on August 14.
This year, AABANY has been working together with the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) on a number of programs, and with the arrival of summer, we thought it would be good to bring together Asian American artists and Asian American lawyers. It took place last Thursday at Angels & Kings, a bar in the East Village. Approximately 50 to 60 people came out to socialize, drink and make new connections.
The bar had a stage by the entrance, and a4 got two performers to entertain the crowd. The first was Rick Ebihara, a member of the Slant Performance group, who played guitar and sang. The next was Rich Kameda, a professional magician. Rich also walked around during the happy hour and did close-up magic for anyone who was interested. In one of the illusions, Rich changed a bunch of singles into hundreds. That one got a lot of lawyers’ attention.
It was a wonderful and enjoyable evening, and it was good to hang out with another part of the APA community – not that there’s anything wrong with hanging out with APA lawyers; it’s just that a change of pace from time to time is welcome.
Thanks to Andrea Louie, Executive Director of a4, and her staff who helped put the event together with Liza Sohn, Student Outreach Committee co-chair. We had so much fun, we might do it again soon. Stay tuned. Here are some photos from the evening.
Last Wednesday, July 20, at White & Case, more than thirty law students from a variety of law schools, including many outside of New York, from states as far away as Maine and Missouri, attended the Mock Interview Workshop hosted by AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee. More than twenty attorneys volunteered their time to help law students sharpen their interview skills by engaging in mock interview sessions with practicing attorneys.
The evening began shortly after 6 pm with a panel discussion that included the Hon. Marilyn Go, United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York, Sylvia Chin, Partner at White & Case and former AABANY President, and Lily Lu, Partner at Arnold & Porter. To accommodate all the students and the schedules of the attorneys, some of the mock interviews began even as the panel discussion was taking place. The mock interview sessions continued until 9 pm, with each interview lasting thirty minutes, to allow time for both the mock interview and feedback from the attorneys.
Thanks to all the panelists and the volunteer attorneys for taking the time to help law students with their interviewing skills. Thanks to Sylvia Chin and White & Case for hosting the event. Thanks especially to the Student Outreach Committee co-chairs Ben Chan and Liza Sohn for organizing this event. They note that “many of AABANY’s student members are the first in their family to attend law school and this workshop was a rare opportunity for them to have a practicing attorney review their resume and prepare them for legal interviews.”
We wish all the students the best of luck with their upcoming interviews and we hope that they found the Mock Interview Workshop to be helpful. For some photos from the event, go here. To learn more about the Student Outreach Committee, go to this link on the website or e-mail the committee co-chairs, Ben and Liza, at email@example.com.
For those who missed this workshop, you may want to try the one being given by KALAGNY on Monday, August 1, starting at 6 pm at the offices of Herrick & Feinstein. Even if you already went to the AABANY workshop, it never hurts to practice your interview skills multiple times. Practice makes perfect! More details at this link.