In the News: AABANY Co-Sponsors Reenactment of Supreme Court Cases Ozawa & Thind

On May 23, 2019 AABANY co-sponsored a reenactment of the Supreme Court cases Takao Ozawa v. United States (1922) and United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923) in the Ceremonial Courtroom at 225 Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn. The two historical cases describe the exclusionary immigration policies that prevented Asian immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens. The reenactment scripts were written by longtime AABANY members Kathy Hirata Chin and her husband, the Hon. Denny Chin. The event was jointly sponsored by the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) and was held in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, during the month of May. The event was covered by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on the history of these reenactments, “The Chins began writing and performing these reenactments 12 years ago, and every year they create a new performance based on a different case. Judge Chin explained that they look for cases of importance historically and that still resonate today.”

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Congratulations to Judge Pamela Chen

Congratulations to Judge Pamela Chen, U.S. District Court Judge at the Eastern District of New York, on being honored by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and the Asian American Judges Association of New York during an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration held at the Brooklyn Bar Association building at 123 Remsen Street in downtown Brooklyn on Monday, May 13. We were joined by many State and Federal Court judges who came out to celebrate with Judge Chen. We even had a lion dance, which may have been the first time this Chinese tradition was observed at the Brooklyn Bar Association.

In 2012, President Obama nominated Judge Chen to serve as a Federal District Court Judge in the Eastern District of New York. The United States Senate confirmed her nomination on March 4, 2013, and she became the first Chinese-American female Article III judge outside of California and the second-ever Chinese-American female federal judge in U.S. history, continuing to add to the rich legacy of the Second Circuit and New York State.

As AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen Stated: “During May, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and it is a most fitting tribute that we recognize and honor a distinguished jurist like Judge Chen, who has been a champion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Judge Chen has been an active AABANY member for many years, and we proudly followed Judge Chen’s path to the bench and her rise over the years, and congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.”

Please join AABANY in congratulating Judge Pamela Chen.

Join Social Security For a Call on Mental Illness in the AAPI Community – Thursday, May 23, 2019

From Everett Lo, Project Manager, Social Security Administration:

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), recognizing the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States.  May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, when we shine a light on mental health.  No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, Social Security is there for you and your family, providing financial protection and vital services for all Americans, including AAPIs.

The 2019 APAHM theme, Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other, affords a unique opportunity to work together to ensure access to Social Security’s programs and benefits for AAPIs experiencing mental illness.  Please join us for an informative call as we discuss Mental Illness in the AAPI Community, and How Social Security Can Help, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. You must register by Monday, May 20, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EDT to participate in this call. Registrants will receive conference call dial-in information in a separate email on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Leading advocates in AAPI mental health will share personal insights, and representatives from Social Security will explain how we evaluate mental illness for Social Security Disability benefits, including resources available to help you.

We hope you can participate in this important call.  You may learn more about how Social Security is with AAPIs through life’s journey on our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders page. For more information, contact Everett Lo, Project Manager, Social Security Administration, Everett.Lo@ssa.gov

AABANY Congratulates Hon. Randall T. Eng

Congratulations to Hon. Randall T. Eng, retired Presiding Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, on receiving the Charles W. Froessel Award from Queens County Bar Association at its Annual Dinner held on May 2 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This award celebrates Justice Eng’s achievements as a legal professional and honors his contributions to the Queens County Bar Association.

Justice Eng was born in Guangzhou, China, and was raised in New York City. He received a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1972. Upon graduating from law school, Justice Eng served as an assistant district attorney in Queens. In 1983, Justice Eng was appointed to the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor Edward I. Koch. In 1988, Justice Eng was appointed to serve as an Acting Justice of New York State Supreme Court. In 1990, Justice Eng was elected to stay in the position and was re-elected in 2004. Between 2007 and 2008, Justice Eng was appointed to serve a short term as Administrative Judge of the Criminal Term of Queens County Supreme Court, and he served in this role until he was elevated to the Appellate Division in 2008. In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Justice Eng to lead the Second Department as the presiding justice, where he oversaw one of the busiest judicial departments in the country. This appointment made Justice Eng the first Asian American to serve as a presiding justice in New York State. Justice Eng retired from the bench and joined Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. as Of Counsel in January 2018.

Over his long and prolific legal career, Justice Eng has received numerous honors, including AABANY’s Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award in 2017, OCA-NY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award in 2016, the highest honor bestowed by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, of which AABANY is an affiliate.

As AABANY President Brian Song stated: “AABANY congratulates Justice Eng on receiving the Charles W. Froessel Award from the Queens County Bar Association,” states AABANY President Brian Song, “It is yet another well-deserved recognition of Justice Eng’s achievements as a prominent jurist who has led the way for generations of attorneys and judges to follow his example. During May, when we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it is a most fitting tribute that we recognize and honor the milestones and achievements of role models like Justice Randall Eng. None of us would be here today were it not for Justice Eng and other APA judges and lawyers who led the way.”

Please join AABANY in congratulating Hon. Randall T. Eng .

Celebrate APA Heritage Month with AABANY

AABANY is a proud co-sponsor of the following events in celebration of APA Heritage Month, and we invite you to join us at one or more of them in May. If you have any questions, contact us at main@aabany.org.

Time/Location

Event

May 13

6:00 pm

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association APAHM Celebration

Location:

123 Remsen Street Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and the Asian American Judges Association of New York are celebrating APA Heritage Month. The Honorable Pamela K. Chen, EDNY, will be the Special Honoree at the celebration. For more information, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1229319

May 14

8:30 am – 12:15 pm

AABANY Co-Sponsors: The Fight for Justice: 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. US

Location: Robert H. Jackson Center 305 E. 4th Street Jamestown, New York

AABANY’s classic trial reenactment is making a return in celebration of APA Heritage Month as well as the 75th anniversary of the Korematsu decision. We are honored to have invited Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu; John Q. Barrett, Professor at St. John’s University School of Law; Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Thomas Loftus, Justice Jackson’s Grandson. For more information, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1231073

May 15

5:30-8:30PM

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Alice in Chinatown: Chol Soo Lee and His Fight for Freedom

Location: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 200 Liberty Street New York, New York 10281

Led by the Honorable Denny Chin, AABANY’s trial reenactment team will celebrate APA Heritage Month by retelling the story of Chol Soo Lee, a young Korean American who was wrongly accused and imprisoned for a gangland murder in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The effort to free him represented the beginning of Asian American activism in the 1970s. For more information, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1229620

May 22

4:30-7:30 pm

AABANY Co-Sponsors “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

Location:

Four Gateway Center 100 Mulberry Street Newark, New Jersey 07102

AABANY will join APALA-NJ, McCarter & English and KALAGNY for a networking reception and a screening of the documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which tells the story of the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s resilience against injustice when their bank was the only one pursued by prosecutors in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. For more information, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1229311

May 22

5:30-8 pm

“Murder of Vincent Chin” Trial Reenactment

Location:

White & Case LLP 1221 6th Ave New York, New York 10020

White & Case presentes a reenactment of “Building Our Legacy: The Murder of Vincent Chin,” one of AABANY’s best known and most performed reenactments. From AABANY’s Trial Reenactments website: “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.” For more information, go to https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1214265

May 29

6:00 pm

AABANY Co-Sponsors: Breaking Through: A Look Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling

Location:

Lowenstein Sandler

1251 Avenue of the Americas

17th Floor

New York, New York

Please join the Diversity and Leadership Network and AABANY in celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The DLN will host an informative conversation with guest speakers, including the Honorable Justice Jeffrey K. Oing, Lawson Huynh, Associate at Lowenstein Sandler, Blossom Kan, Assistant General Counsel for MetLife, and Sonia Low, General Counsel of Jacob J. Javits Center, about the challenges and successes of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the legal profession. For more information, go to

https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1238912

May 30

6:00- 8:00 pm

AABANY Presents: Annual Judicial Reception Hosted by Judiciary Committee

Location:

The Surrogate’s Courthouse

Courtroom 503

31 Chambers St

New York, New York

The Judiciary Committee hosts its Annual Judicial Reception to honor newly inducted, currently sitting and retired Asian American, Pacific Islander and South Asian judges. For more information, go to

https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1227878

 

AABANY APA Heritage Month Events

In celebration of APA Heritage Month, AABANY is presenting or co-sponsoring several events this month, and we hope to see you at one or more of them. Follow the links for more details. Note the registration deadlines, where applicable.

Monday, May 7

AABANY Presents: Being Out and API at Work, an APA Heritage Month Roundtable Discussion

6:30-8:30PM, Proskauer Rose LLP, 11 Times Sq, New York  10036

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 5

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1099099


Tuesday, May 15

AABANY co-sponsors: Here to Stay: The Asian-American Immigrant Experience

6:30-8:00 pm, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, New York  10021

TICKETS ON SALE NOW with discount code for AABANY

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1097879


Thursday, May 17

AABANY Presents: In Celebration of APA Heritage Month – A General Counsel Panel and Reception

6-8:30 pm, Arnold & Porter, 250 W 55th St, New York, New York  10019

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 14

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1079512


Sunday, May 20

Join AABANY at the 39th Annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mott St., from Canal to Chatham Square, New York, NY

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1099561


Tuesday, May 22

AABANY co-sponsors: An Evening of Celebration of Asian Americans in Public Service

6-8:30 pm, Venable LLP, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, NY

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 18

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1100000


Tuesday, May 22

AABANY Co-sponsors: Special Advance Screening of “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

6:30-9:30 pm, NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 17

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1108729


Thursday, May 31

AABANY Presents: The 2018 Judges’ Reception

6:00 – 8:00 pm, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Courtroom 504,

40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 23

http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1099497