Seven national bar associations today released a joint statement denouncing the rising number of incidents involving anti-Asian discrimination and racist remarks related to the coronavirus and COVID-19.
Calling for unity in these challenging times are the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), the National LGBT Bar (LGBT Bar), the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA), and the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America).
“Unfortunately, the emergence of the coronavirus has led to an increase in acts of hate and discrimination targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The legal community stands united against hate. The current situation calls for unity and support—not acts of division and words that sow fear,” said NAPABA President Bonnie Lee Wolf.
The FBI has warned about a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes related to the coronavirus. Numerous community organizations have documented that acts of discrimination and bias are increasing, including incidents involving stereotypes and xenophobic language.
President Wolf continued, “Thank you to our sister bars who issued their own messages of support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community when they saw these acts of hate and discrimination on the rise. A special thank-you to ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, HNBA President Irene Oria, NAWL Executive Director Karen Richardson, LGBT Bar President Wesley Bizzell, NNABA President Robert Saunooke, and SABA North America President Aneesh Mehta for joining me in the video statement to launch this campaign. We encourage other bar associations, law firms, and organizations to join us in denouncing discrimination. We stand together. We stand against hate.”
This Friday, July 13th, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will be holding a webinar for attorneys who would like to learn more and help separated parents and children.
The ABA Commission on Immigration, ProBAR, CRSJ and Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) present this webinar for attorneys who wish to learn more about representing families separated by the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Our experts will discuss how separated families have been processed at the border, forcibly separated, prosecuted and detained, causing grave suffering to parents and children and obstacles to their legal claims. Our experts will discuss each step in the process and explain the complicated legal proceedings that apply to parents caught at the border and children who have been rendered “unaccompanied” by government action. Lawyers across the country have expressed interest in helping these families. Many of these families remain divided today despite the President’s Executive Order that allegedly ended the practice but failed to include a procedure for reuniting families unless they agree to waive all claims and accept removal. This is not due process. Join us to learn more about how to effectively represent these families and permit those who fear persecution to apply for asylum as required by law.
Join the NAPABA Board for dinner in Vancouver, British Columbia! Coinciding with the ABA Annual Meeting, the NAPABA Board & Member dinner will take place on Friday, Feb. 2, from 7–10 p.m. The dinner is a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with NAPABA leadership and to meet other local affiliate members. The registration fee is $55. Follow the link in the title to register. Deadline: Jan. 30.
At the Trial of Two Pizzas, to be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City starting on August 10, an old rivalry will be put to rest at last. Both New York thin crust pizza and Chicago deep dish pizza are well-loved, but only one can be the best. Presided by AABANY-member Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, the Trial of Two Pizzas will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday, August 10th.
The Trial of Two Pizzas is included in the CLE in the City Series, as part of the ABA Annual Meeting. Both ABA and non-ABA members can sign up for just $25 per program, and every program comes with access to the Trial of Two Pizzas on August 10th.
Beyond the Trial of Two Pizzas, CLE in the City participants can partake in programs from twelve ABA tracks on topics ranging from family law to the United Nations, from Thursday, August 10th to Friday, August 11th. Earn up to 4.5 CLE credits, meet lawyers from around the world, and benefit from programs held at top law firms and venues throughout Manhattan. AABANY will be performing a reenactment of the Heart Mountain Draft Resisters Trial on August 10th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM at Fordham Law School as part of CLE in the City.
Each year, the NAPABA Awards Committee reviews the pool of well-qualified NAPABA members and selects an individual to be nominated on behalf of NAPABA for the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award. Most recently, NAPABA nominated Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen and Peggy Nagae, both of whom were honored with this prestigious award in 2015 and 2017, respectively. The Awards Committee now seeks nominee recommendations for consideration of the 2018 award.
The Committee is looking for NAPABA members who have:
achieved professional excellence in their fields;
served as role models in overcoming hardships or barriers and achieved success and excellence in the legal profession;
influenced racially and ethnically diverse individuals to pursue and/or to succeed in legal careers;
opened doors, broken down barriers, or otherwise promoted the full and equal participation of racially and ethnically diverse individuals in the legal profession; and
worked with or on behalf of racially and ethnically diverse lawyers from racial or ethnic groups other than their own.
Please e-mail nominee recommendations to NAPABA Membership Manager AuriaJoy Asaria at email@example.com by5 p.m. EDT on May 22, 2017. You will be notified if the NAPABA Awards Committee selects your recommendation for nomination.
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The American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Fellows program has 20 fellowships available for diverse bar leaders. This is a great leadership development opportunity at the ABA and is geared towards young lawyers. For more details, follow the link in the title. Application deadline: May 1, 2017. Thanks to Sylvia Chin for letting us know about this program.
Social media plays a significant role in today’s society and has changed how we market law practices and access information. Effective and ethical lawyering means navigating the dangers that lurk for lawyers on social media, and also the multitude of electronic tools that may seem appealing and helpful in our zeal to obtain the best results for our clients. A misstep comes with a disciplinary price tag. Attendees will learn do’s and don’ts, helpful tips and guidance regarding the ethics of self-promotion on the internet, LinkedIn endorsements, investigating and manipulating online data and evidence, astroturfing, Web bugs, and Internet scams involving settlement funds.
Date and Time Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 4 p.m. EDT
Moderator | Judy M. Lam (Litigation Partner, Kumagai Law Group, Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship recipient and Diversity Committee, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility)
Speakers | Wendy Wen Yun Chang (Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson; member, ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility) and Ellyn Rosen (Deputy Director of ABA Center for Professional Responsibility)
This webinar is the result of collaborative efforts of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and NAPABA. Applicable ethics rules will be discussed and cited by rule number during the presentation. Code words will be used to monitor attendance during the live webinar. NAPABA headquarters will provide attendance certificates to members for attending the webinar. It is up to individual members to determine whether the webinar qualifies for credit (and what kind) in their state.
We wish you Happy Veterans Day tomorrow! To all veterans, thank you for serving and protecting our country. To all those who can, take up ABA’s call to action to volunteer in support of our veterans. Spread the word!
If you’d like to get in contact with AABANY’s own Military & Veterans Affair Committee, email Co-Chair Brian Song at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Day: A Call for Lawyers to Serve
by Linda A. Klein, President, American Bar Association
America’s lawyers join the rest of the nation on Veterans Day to honor those who have served to protect and preserve our democratic rule of law. We are indebted to those who have worn the military uniform, along with the family members and caregivers of veterans for all they endure to support those who defended our country.
The American Bar Association has long championed the legal rights of those who answered the call of duty, and this year we established the Veterans Legal Services Initiative through which we will expand on the outstanding work the ABA already does to help veterans. As part of this initiative, this year?s National Pro Bono Celebration has been extended to Veterans Day, with more events encouraged for May around Memorial Day. Please click here to find the nearest pro bono opportunity.
To honor Veterans Day, we call your attention to the following ABA programs and encourage you to volunteer on behalf of or otherwise support those who have protected the freedoms we cherish:
The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty (www.ambar.org/homeless) conducts programs and advocates on behalf of homeless veterans, who comprise a significant segment of the homeless population. Volunteer lawyers can sign up for an ABA project in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans comply with child support obligations.
The Veterans Claims Assistance Network (www.abavcan.org) pilot project assisted the wounded and disabled veterans who must wait too long to receive the disability benefits they have earned. Working in close cooperation with the Veterans Administration, the ABA recruited volunteer lawyers to help veterans complete their claims packages for expedited review by the VA?at no cost to the veteran. Having now completed the pilot phase, ABA is now raising funds to relaunch the project as a nationwide initiative.
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project (www.militaryprobono.org) accepts case referrals for civilian pro bono lawyers from military lawyers on behalf of junior-enlisted personnel and their families. A related initiative, Operation Stand-By, enables military lawyers to seek case advice from volunteer civilian lawyers. Volunteer lawyers can sign up for either project on the Military Pro Bono Project website.
ABA Home Front (www.abahomefront.org) is a source of easy-to-understand information on a variety of legal topics military families face every day. The website also provides a directory of legal services. Lawyers seeking pro bono opportunities can sign up on the website.
Learn more, give your support. To learn more about the ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative, please visit www.ambar.org/veterans and sign up for pro bono events at www.celebrateprobono.org . Please note that we cannot do this critically necessary work without the financial support of our individual and corporate donors; please click here to learn how you can join them and consider designating your gift to veterans legal services.
I invite your involvement in our veterans programs and welcome your comments and suggestions. Thank you.