AABANY Law Review Board & Staff Positions: Accepting Applications Until Feb. 13

The AABANY Law Review is a journal which provides comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation that impact the Asian Pacific American community, and serves as an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and law students. 

Being an executive board or staff member will be much like being on a law journal in law school, where we will edit and fact check the items we publish. This issue will be our second special edition, featuring four annotated trial reenactments. Staff teams will review the legal and historic resources AABANY has on hand at its partnering law offices to fact check and annotate the reenactments. 

Getting involved in AABANY is a great way to network with not only fellow students, but also practicing attorneys. To apply, please send your resume and a brief statement of interest to Michelle Chan ([email protected]) by February 13, 2015.


After a full day of CLE sessions and other programs, attendees at the NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference enjoyed a cocktail reception, sponsored by Day Pitney. Attendees from AABANY and the northeast affiliates, including from Canada, met, mingled, connected and re-connected over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 

At the reception, the AABANY Law Review, which was launched at the 2011 Fall Conference, presented its first Scholarly Paper Prize to Greg Robinson (Professor of History at l’Université du Québec à Montréal)  for his article, In Defense of Birthright Citizenship: The JACL, the NAACP, and Regan v. King. Prof. Robinson accepted the award and offered brief remarks about his published work, to be released in the upcoming issue of the AABANY Law Review.

Also during the reception, Key Sponsor Hudson Court Reporting and Video and Elite Sponsor Baker Tilly held drawings for prizes. Congratulations to the raffle winners, and thanks to Hudson and Baker Tilly for being such strong supporters of AABANY!

Following the reception, several committees hosted dinners: The Real Estate/Solo Small Firm Committees hosted their dinner at S Dynasty, sponsored by Bank of America. The Litigation/Young Lawyers Committees had a wonderful Italian dinner at Aperitivo. The Bankruptcy/Corporate Law Committees had their dinner at Banc Café, thanks to sponsors UBS and Donlin Recano. Thomson Reuters sponsored the Intellectual Property Committee dinner at Fusia.

Right after the committee dinners, energetic attendees convened at Rare View Rooftop for the afterparty. The attendees enjoyed drinks and each other’s company while admiring panoramic views of the New York City skyline, at least until the rain came down. Not to be deterred by the downpour, guests took the party downstairs to Rare Bar & Grill on the ground floor to continue their post-conference celebration.

We hope everyone who came to the 2013 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference had an enjoyable and productive time. We hope to see you at the 2013 NAPABA Annual Convention in Kansas City in November!

AABANY Law Review Announces Winners of the Scholarly Paper Prize and Student Note Competition

The AABANY Law Review is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural Scholarly Paper Prize and Student Note Competition:

  • Greg Robinson (Professor of History at l’Université du Québec à Montréal) for his article, In Defense of Birthright Citizenship: The JACL, the NAACP, and Regan v. King. The Article tells the story of Regan v. King, in which West Coast nativists brought suit in federal court to disenfranchise American citizens of Japanese origin. The case reaffirmed the birthright citizenship of all Americans (first recognized by the Supreme Court in its 1898 decision Wong Kim Ark) and represents a pioneering instanceof multiracial coalition-building as the NAACP allied itself with the Japanese American Citizens League to fight for their constitutional rights. 
  • Daniel Bowman (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) for his note, Justifying Disparate Impact: Why a Discriminatory Effect Standard is Essential to the Fair Housing Act. Daniel’s note examines the historical development of the disparate impact standard under Title VII and the Fair Housing Act, and considers the upcoming Supreme Court case of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., which will address the question of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. 

In addition to a cash prize, both authors’ pieces will appear in the AABANY Law Review’s winter issue, and Prof. Robinson will be speaking about his paper at the NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference. Congratulations to both, and thanks to everyone who submitted! For more information about the AABANY Law Review, please visit http://www.aabanylawreview.org/ or contact [email protected]

AABANY Law Review Student Note Competition

The AABANY Law Review is pleased to announce its inaugural Student Note Competition. One student note will be selected for publication in the Fall 2013 issue, and the winner will be awarded a $300 cash prize.  Our hope is that the timing of the competition will encourage those students who are writing relevant seminar papers this spring to satisfy their course requirement while also creating an entry for the competition. Students who have written papers in the past are also welcome to submit them for consideration if they have not been previously published. The deadline to submit a piece for consideration is Monday, June 24, 2013. Statements of intent, inquiries, and submissions should be sent to [email protected].

See http://www.aabanylawreview.org/ for additional information.

AABANY Law Review Special Edition: Own Your Copy Now

AABANY Law Review Special Edition

The AABANY Law Review’s Special Edition issue, released at the AABANY fall conference, is available for purchase ($20) on the AABANY website at http://lawreview.aabany.org/current-issue. The issue features annotated reenactment scripts of five historic Asian American trials written by Honorable Denny Chin, Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu, Kathy Hirata Chin, and Vincent T. Chang. These plays have been presented by Asian American bar associations and law schools all over the nation. The issue includes the following reenactment scripts with an introduction and foreword from the authors:

  • The Constitution in a Time of War: The Trial of Minoru Yasui:  Japanese-American lawyer Minoru Yasui defied a curfew order issued under Executive Order 9066 to challenge its legality in court.
  • Building Our Legacy: The Murder of Vincent Chin: Vincent Chin was beaten to death in 1982 in Detroit. When the assailants didn’t even receive jail time, the injustice galvanized the Asian American community.
  • The Massie Cases: Race, Honor, and Justice In Depression-Era Hawaii: Thalia Massie’s allegation that she was raped by a gang of Hawaiians leads to two trials and exposes the racial and political tensions in Depression-era Hawaii.
  • The Trial of Tokyo Rose: United States v. Iva Toguri D’Aquino: Cast as the mythical “Tokyo Rose” who taunted Allied forces on Radio Tokyo, Iva Toguri d’Aquino stands trial for treason following World War II.
  • Race, Color, and Citizenship: Ozawa and Thind: In the 1920s when, by law, only “free white persons” and “persons of African descent” could be naturalized, the Supreme Court addresses where Asians fit in.

Questions can be directed to [email protected].


On Monday, November 19, the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team, led by the Hon. Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin, presented for the second time this year a re-enactment of the Vincent Chin Murder Trial.  The Hon. David F. Bauman, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County, saw the performance at the Eastern Super Regional in Atlantic City back in June and was so moved and riveted by it that he invited the team to present it at the New Jersey Judicial College, held at the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck, N.J., before an audience of New Jersey state court judges.

In the cast were the Hon. Denny Chin, John Bajit, Vincent Chang, Yang Chen, Francis Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, Vinny Lee, Concepcion Montoya, Yasuhiro Saito, Vinoo Varghese, Ona Wang and David Weinberg.

The performance proved powerful yet again, with an especially moving turn by Ona Wang as Jimmy Choi, who held the dying Vincent Chin in his arms that fateful night thirty years ago in Detroit.

The Vincent Chin re-enactment script has been reprinted in a special edition of the AABANY Law Review that includes all the AABANY Trial Re-enactment scripts except for Heart Mountain, which was just performed at the NAPABA National Convention on November 17. (Photos here.) To find out how to obtain your copy go to http://lawreview.aabany.org/current-issue/.

Positions Open with the AABANY Law Review

AABANY Law Review

The AABANY Law Review (ALR) is an annual journal published by attorneys and law students that seeks to inspire discussion and debate on matters of concern to the Asian Pacific American community while providing law students with valuable journal experience. ALR published its inaugural issue in February 2012. More recently, ALR published a special edition containing annotated re-enactment scripts of historic cases involving Asian Americans written by prominent members of the Asian American legal community.

ALR is currently seeking practitioners, law students, and graduates who are interested in contributing to the journal for the upcoming year. We are aiming to publish our second issue in September 2013, which will contain a mix of original content and republications. ALR also has plans to launch its First Annual Student Note competition in early 2013. ALR will provide opportunities for its members to develop and hone their own research, writing, and editing skills.

Whether or not you have ever participated on a journal, we encourage you to apply for one of the open positions:

Executive Managing Editor: Responsibilities include but are not limited to organizing the student note competition, laying the groundwork for an eventual ALR blog, and managing the ALR staff.

Executive Articles Editor:
Responsibilities include but are not limited to soliciting original content from law professors and practitioners, recommending articles for re-publication, and coordinating the cite-checking and Bluebooking of all content going into the journal.

Associate Articles Editor: Responsibilities include but are not limited to reviewing article and note submissions, cite-checking, and Bluebooking.

Online Editor: Responsible for uploading content onto the ALR website and improving the design of the website. Must have web experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit the applicant information form (next page), a resume, and a short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to [email protected] by NOVEMBER 26, 2012.