On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, AABANY’s Membership Committee held its Monthly Membership Mixer at Stout NYC – Grand Central. Over thirty attendees filled a section of the second floor that was reserved for our group, including our President, Brian Song, and many of our board members, as well as recent New York transplant, Michael Wu, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Madewell, Inc. Our membership programs provide opportunities to network and to learn more about AABANY so keep an eye out for our future events including a lantern festival at Citi Field and a Lunar New Year celebration at a New York Knicks game. To learn more about the Membership Committee, go to https://www.aabany.org/page/130 Thanks to Membership Committee Co-Chair Christopher Bae for the write-up and photos.
On Wednesday, June 12, the Network of Bar Leaders held its Presidents’ Dinner, a gathering to honor the Presidents of the Network of Bar Leaders’ member bar associations. The dinner was held at the Golden Unicorn in Chinatown, and AABANY was proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the event.
The program kicked off with opening remarks from New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Then, Hon. George B. Daniels, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, was honored, followed by his presentation of a keynote speech. As a multi-course banquet was served, some thirty-five Presidents from the Network of Bar Leaders’ member associations lined up to be presented with the President’s Awards by Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing, Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.
AABANY congratulates its President Brian Song and all the Network of Bar Leaders’ member association Presidents who were honored and recognized at the Presidents’ Dinner. Many AABANY Board Officers and Directors and Committee Chairs were in attendance to celebrate with Brian Song and other bar association Presidents and leaders in attendance.
On March 20, 2019, our Membership Committee held its last Monthly Membership Happy Hour of the fiscal year at Karaoke City in Midtown Manhattan. A crowd of AABANY members and future members gathered to meet and mingle over drinks, delicious Korean food, and karaoke.
Both Brian Song, President-Elect, and Yang Chen, Executive Director, gave a shout out to David Sohn, Membership Director and Membership Committee Chair, for all his hard work in putting together the Monthly Membership Happy Hours as a unique way to let prospective members learn about AABANY.
We thank the Litigation Committee and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for co-hosting this successful happy hour, with more than 30 attendees. If you are not already a member, we hope your attendance brings you closer to becoming a member or renewing your membership. And thanks to all the members who came out.
The bill passed due to the efforts of everyone involved in the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project. The mission of the project was to recognize, honor and celebrate the military service of approximately 20,000 Chinese Americans who fought in the Second World War.
Chris Kwok, AABANY Board Director, Issues Committee Chair and Asia Practice Committee Co-Chair, participated in the effort to get the legislation passed. Chris served on the Steering Committee of the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project and acted as Legal Counsel to the Committee.
Brian Song, AABANY President-Elect, and Chris Kwok, as AABANY Issues Committee Chair, also advocated for passage of the bill at NAPABA Lobby Day in Washington, DC, during APA Heritage Month in 2018.
AABANY commends Chris Kwok and Brian Song for their efforts and advocacy in support of getting this very important legislation passed.
Former US Attorney for SDNY Preet Bharara brings his podcast “Stay Tuned with Preet” to the world-renowned Apollo Theater on April 26. Preet will interview Bassem Youssef, who has been called “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World.” President-Elect Brian Song will be there. Can we make it an AABANY group outing? If you are interested in helping us from a group, let Executive Director Yang Chen know at email@example.com. Follow the link in the title for more details.
We could not be prouder of our NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40. This year, the list of esteemed attorneys includes our AABANY Past President and Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Linda Lin and our Military & Veterans Affairs Committee Co-Chair Brian Song. Please join us in congratulating these exceptional leaders.
WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected 18 attorneys to receive the 2016 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (BU40 Award). The BU40 Award recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields — be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Asian Pacific American civic or community affairs.
The BU40 Award will be presented on Nov. 3, 2016, during the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego, to the following recipients:
Mark K. Arimoto | Hawaiian Airlines
Hung Chang | Harman International
Anjan Choudhury | Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
John Thomas Fetters | Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.
Kiran Jain | City of Oakland
Edward T. (Ted) Kang | Alston & Bird LLP
Irene Kao | League of Minnesota Cities
Linda S. Lin | QBE North America
Van-Dzung V. Nguyen | Crowell & Moring LLP
Rajiv D. Parikh | Genova Burns LLC
Kirupa Pushparaj | Square Inc.
Manita Rawat | Duane Morris LLP
Yanin Senachai | Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Mansi H. Shah | Merchant & Gould LLP
Brian W. Song | Baker Hostetler LLP
Michael K. T. Tan | ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Nisha N. Vyas | Public Counsel
Greg Wu | United Airlines
“NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40 Award represents what is exciting and fresh about the future of NAPABA and the pipeline of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “As a former BU40 Award recipient, I recognize what an honor and prestige it is to receive this award, and these 18 men and women truly exemplify the spirit of the BU40 Award.”
The 2016 class of honorees continues the BU40 Award legacy of excellence and leadership in both the legal and Asian Pacific American communities. NAPABA congratulates the 2016 BU40 Award winners and looks forward to their future successes.
Please join us in congratulating Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Brian Song on being chosen as a Council of Urban Professionals Fellow. Through the CUP Fellows Program, Brian will complete a rigorous ten-month leadership development experience that includes comprehensive training, events and board placement services that prepare him for impactful civic involvement. To learn more about Brian’s military service and vision for his future in the CUP Fellow Spotlight, click on the link in the title.