In an interview with Bloomberg last week, former AABANY President Andy Hahn examined the obstacles that face Asian Americans in the law, from high attrition rates and underrepresentation to pervasive stereotypes and biases. On the heels of Justice Goodwin Liu’s study, “A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law,” the interview explored Andy Hahn’s own experiences, from his time as an army lawyer to his tenures as president of both AABANY and NAPABA, and how those roles have made Andy intimately familiar with the challenges of Asian Americans in the law. Despite large growth since the 1990s, the Asian American legal community faces gross underrepresentation today, from clerkships and judgeships to partner and management roles. This has led Andy to his own “crusade” to galvanize Asian Americans into participating in the law. Follow the link in the title to read the full article published in Bloomberg Law.
Andy’s work as a leader in the legal profession has not gone unnoticed, as the New York Law Journal recently honored him with the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award. To read the press release congratulating him for this achievement, click here.
Joon H. Kim, who was honored at AABANY’s Annual Prosecutors Reception, was recently profiled by Bloomberg Business’s “Bharara’s Deputy Wall Street Cop Brings CV Pairing Citi, Gotti,” by Greg Farrell and Patricia Hurtado. The article points out how Joon’s unique background as white collar defense attorney and mob prosecutor may be exactly what high-profile U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara needs during the final phase of his tenure. As quoted in the article, [Benjamin Lawsky] said “He’s not afraid to say, even to a good friend like Preet, that this is a good idea or not a good idea.”
Theo Cheng, Co-Chair of AABANY’s Judiciary Committee, shares this link from the December 12 New York Law Journal which describes the work of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee in helping to screen highly qualified candidates for New York’s family, criminal and civil courts. This article should be of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about New York’s judicial system and the role of the Mayor and his committee in selecting candidates to the bench.
Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Theo Cheng shares a link from the Dec. 12 New York Law Journal on the legacy Mayor Bloomberg is building through his judicial appointments. The article should be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about New York’s judicial system and the role played by the Mayor and his committee in the selection process.