Carlton Chen (CAPABA) Shares Views on AABANY Annual Dinner 2012

Carlton Chen (CAPABA) Shares Views on AABANY Annual Dinner 2012

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Thanks to everyone for coming to AABANY’s 23rd Annual Dinner held on February 29, 2012.  For the second consecutive year it took place at Cipriani Wall Street.  We had over 600 attendees, including members and friends from all across the legal spectrum: attorneys in private practice, from firms large and small, global and local; judges; prosecutors; in-house counsel; and law students.  We were privileged to be joined by representatives of elected officials, Federal, State and local, along with bar leaders from the New York State Bar Association, KALAGNY, SABANY, MuBANY, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Network of Bar Leaders.  We were pleased to be joined by our friends from AALDEF, MinKwon Center and the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4).  We were honored that the a4 President, Ravi Rajan, and a4 Executive Director, Andrea Louie, could be with us last night.

Congratulations to our honorees: Saru Jayaraman, recipient of our Emerging Leader Award; Sam Reeves, recipient of our Diversity Leadership Award; and Susan Blount, recipient of our Corporate Counsel Leadership Award.  Susan presented a wonderful keynote speech.

Congratulations to this year’s MVP Award recipient Ben “the Asian Sensation” Chan.  He gets his own blog post.  Why?  Well … he’s the Asian Sensation.  Need I say more?

Thanks to our MC Obaid Kadwani for keeping things moving along all through the evening.  We were sorry that illness struck Elie Mystal, who was supposed to be a co-MC with Obaid, and we wish a speedy recovery to Elie.

Corky Lee and Steven Wu shot photos all through the dinner and we will put up those photos soon. In the meantime, enjoy some photos from the evening (mostly from the after-party) in the slideshow above. 

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