Annual Meeting of Members 2019

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, AABANY held its Annual Meeting of Members at Wachtell Lipton. President James R. Cho called the meeting to order and established quorum. Elections were held for the 2019 Board of Officers & Directors and President James R. Cho presented the Year in Review. President James R. Cho also announced a new initiative to help AABANY law students find summer internship positions.

Executive Director, Yang Chen, presented the report of the Committees and then presented awards honoring several members and committees for their dedication to AABANY over the past year. Immediate Past President Dwight Yoo and President-Elect Brian Song tallied the votes.

The following officers were elected and will begin their term on April 1, 2019:

Sapna Palla

Tiffany Miao
Vice President, Programs and Operations

David Sohn
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Margaret Ling
Development Director

William Hao

Secretary – Vacant

Beatrice Leong
Membership Director

The following candidates were elected as Directors to serve two-year terms starting on April 1, 2019:

Dai Wai Chin Feman

Suzanne Kim

Chris Kwok

Edward Lee

Marianne Chow Newman

Terrence Shen

Andy Yoo

The following awards were presented:

Committee of the Year: The In-House Counsel Committee

For their excellent programming and activities that have benefited AABANY’s members and the community of legal professionals in New York.

Program of the Year: The AABANY Leadership Development Program

For helping to develop future leaders and contributing to the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in New York.

Member of the Year: Edwin Kim

For his exemplary record of service and leadership as Co-Chair of the Student Outreach Committee and Labor and Employment Law Committee and in coordinating volunteers for numerous programs and events.

Congratulations to all the officers and directors who were elected to the Board.

Congratulations to all the honorees for the recognition of their achievements and hard work in 2018.

We would like to thank our members for attending and participating in the annual meeting, and we also thank Edward J. Lee and Wachtell Lipton for hosting the meeting in a beautiful space, treating us to a delectable selection of food and light refreshments.

(Thanks to AABANY Program Associate Dave Singh for the write-up and photos.)

Do You Want to Serve on the Board of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association?

Dear MBBA Members, Supporters, Friends and Colleagues:

The Nominating Committee of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”) is currently seeking candidates for the following positions for the 2015-2016 term:

  • VP of Programs
  • Recording Secretary
  • Board of Directors

Please note that officers are required to serve a term of one year and board of directors to serve a term of three years. If you are interested in being considered for any of these offices, please complete that attached application identifying the specific position(s) sought and provide a copy of your resume or CV and any other supporting materials to [email protected] by Tuesday, July 21, 2015. After your submission is reviewed, you will be informed if you have been selected to interview with the Nominating Committee.

Each candidate must be a member in good standing to serve as an officer or board member of the Association. If you are not a current member, please complete the attached MBBA Membership application and submit payment via mail or submit payment online at You must be an active member to be a viable candidate for consideration. To confirm whether you are a member in good standing of the MBBA, please contact VP of Membership, Tyear Middleton at [email protected].

Should have any questions regarding service on the board or as an officer, please contact the Nominating Committee at [email protected]. For descriptions of officer and director roles, please email [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.


The Nominating Committee of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Press Release: AABANY Congratulates Jean Lee on Her Election to The Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

NEW YORK – May 24, 2013 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) congratulates Jean Lee, Immediate Past President of AABANY, on being elected to the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them.

Click here to read the press release.