AABANY’s Membership Committee Hosts Inter-Bar Association Summer Family Day

On June 4, 2022, AABANY’s Membership Committee hosted an Inter-Bar Association Summer Family Day with the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY) and the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY). Over fifty members and their friends and families gathered at the Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center in Brooklyn to participate in spirited sports games and enjoy snacks and refreshments. 

Three full courts were available for AABANY, KALAGNY, and SABANY to utilize, as well as many seating areas on the courts, and an upstairs conference room overlooking the courts. With the AC on high, it was a great way to escape the heat and socialize with other members.

The teams kicked off the afternoon of fun with an engaging game of half-court basketball, before some members pivoted to a lively game of volleyball. In both sports, new alliances were formed, and very quickly, the games went from competitive in nature to collaborative and centered in team building for all those involved, even spectators. Following volleyball, a rallying game of dodgeball ensued, before the afternoon wrapped up with prizes and raffles. Throughout the afternoon, AABANY, KALAGNY, and SABANY members also enjoyed sandwiches, chips, and beverages while networking in the upstairs conference room featuring a full-glass wall overlooking the exciting sports games below. What a truly spectacular way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Shoutout to the Membership Committee for organizing such a fun social event and to our sister bar associations KALAGNY and SABANY for co-sponsoring. Make sure to sign up for upcoming AABANY events at aabany.org/events.

AALDEF Young Professionals Committee & Cardozo APALSA Present: LINSANITY Screening & Filmmaker Q&A


AALDEF Young Professionals Committee & Cardozo APALSA 

LINSANITY Screening & Filmmaker Q&A

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 – 8:30 PM
Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue (@12th St., Moot Court Room)
$10 tickets

For more information: [email protected]
RSVP required by 3pm March 4th for all non-Cardozo students. 

Following the panel, please join us for a post-screening party!
Happy hour specials all night.
Le Midi Bar & Restaurant
11 East 13th St. (btwn 5th Ave. & University Pl.)

AALDEF YPC and Cardozo APALSA present:  “The documentary that began filming long before Linsanity became a pop culture reference. American’s favorite unlikely sports hero.” Please join us for an AALDEF 40th Anniversary presentation of the award-winning film LINSANITY followed by a special panel discussion with director Evan Jackson Leong and AALDEF Staff Attorney Thomas Mariadason.  Donations to benefit AALDEF’s Educational Equity Program.  Post-screening party with happy hour specials at Le Midi Bar & Restaurant, 11 East 13th Street (btw 5th Ave. and University Place).   Can’t make it? You can still support AALDEF by clicking here to make a donation!

“Director Evan Jackson Leong embarked on this documentary before Jeremy Lin was a household name, following the future star as he struggled to find his place in a league where Asian American players are few and far between. More than just a film for basketball addicts, Linsanity serves as an insightful study of the way we perceive race in America and shows what is possible if someone believes in himself.” – Sundance

The Young Professionals Committee is dedicated to fostering the next generation of AALDEF supporters.  Through social and networking events and other programming, the Young Professionals Committee aims to raise awareness about AALDEF’s wide range of efforts on behalf of the Asian American community.

Apex for Youth: Volunteer to be a Role Model for Youth this Fall!

Volunteer to be a Role Model for Youth this Fall!

Make a difference in the lives of underserved children in our community. 

Volunteer now or tell your friends about these opportunities to help.

Educational Programs

Reading to Children (10 Needed Now!) – Read to 1st & 2nd graders to grow their love of reading and improve their English skills.  Meets on Saturdays in Lower Manhattan from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Tutors for Math & English (20 Needed Now!) – Help 4th graders get into middle school by tutoring them for their statewide English and Math exams.  Meets on Saturdays in Lower Manhattan from 10am – 12pm.  

SAT Prep Teachers (10 Needed) – Help students get into college with a higher SAT score!  Meets 1.5 hours on Saturdays in Lower Manhattan from 10am – 11:30am or 11:30am – 1pm

Arts, Theater & Basketball

Art Mentors (10 Needed) Mentor children who have been affected by domestic violence through digital art therapy.  Meets on Saturdays from 10am-3pm from Oct. – Jun.   Mandarin language volunteers needed.

Theater Instructors (20 Needed Now!) – Direct 3rd – 5th graders who speak English as a second language to perform in a theater production and improve their English skills.  Meets on Saturdays in Elmhurst Queens from 12-3pm or in Lower Manhattan from 10-12pm.  

Basketball Coaches (10 Needed) – Coach elementary school students and teach them the game of basketball.  Meets on Saturdays in Lower Manhattan from 10:30am – 1:30pm or 12pm – 2pm.


One-on-One Mentors (20 Needed) – Mentor a 13-18 year old student to provide guidance and introduce him or her to new experiences.  Meet with mentees twice a month.

To volunteer, contact us at [email protected] or 212-748-1225 ex.105

No prior experience necessary.  Volunteers can sign up as a sub if they cannot attend all the sessions.

AABANY hits the hardwood, joins Asian-rec basketball league FastbreakNYC

This article was written by Will Wang, editor-in-chief of the AABANY Advocate and co-chair of the Communications Committee:

After lengthy discussion about potential interest amongst members in playing basketball together, in early 2011 Communications Committee Co-chairs & AABANY directors (and Binghamton University alums) William Ng and William Wang decided to put together a basketball team and enter a recreational division of FastbreakNYC, an Asian-American focused recreational basketball league.


In the AABANY basketball inaugural season, the team included Kirkland & Ellis associate Jason Chien, Ng (NYC Law Dept), Wang (Patterson Belknap), Allan Fajardo (in house counsel at M.D. Sass), Jeremy Kim (a securities litigator from Jaffe & Asher), and the E.D. of MinKwon, Steve Choi.  In addition, a few “ringers” or non-lawyers were part of the team as well.  One of the team’s best players was Jonathan Chen, a Ph.D./M.D. student at Cornell Medical.  

After an 8 game regular season, AABANY excelled in the playoffs and eventually succeeded in a championship run to win the division’s championship in exciting fashion. See:

http://fastbreaknyc.com/?l=c2&s=n&nx=36&ny=4& for more info on the championship game.   One of FastbreakNYC’s team benefits are an advanced website that tracks statistics and provides game previews, recaps and boxscores.  There are even weekly highlight videos. 

The league has different levels of competition and is a program run by its parent organization, the Dynasty Project, a New York 501©(3) that initiates and supports innovative programs that enrich local Asian-American communities through athletics. The Dynasty Project focuses on youth athletics in underprivileged Asian American communities through a diverse array of programs including sports leagues, camps, educational efforts, volunteer work, employment opportunities and community outreach events as an alternative to the pitfalls often found in these communities. AABANY members have the pleasure of getting some exercise, healthy competition, and also supporting a worthy community organization. 

The Dynasty Project recently hosted a sports clinic at the Chinatown YMCA for local youth.  The program was called ASPIRE.  For more info on the Dynasty Project, see: http://www.dynastyproject.org/  

Currently, the AABANY team is in the midst of defending its championship, and are scheduled to play in the Summer/Fall semifinals on Thursday September 29th, at 9pm at Lycee Francais (75th Ave and York).   The league runs games mostly at either Lycee Francais, Martin Luther King High School in the Upper West Side, or the Chinatown YMCA, at Bowery and Houston.  Games are weeknights and occasionally Sunday afternoons.  For more info, see: http://fastbreaknyc.com/stage/