On May 5, 2022, AABANY held a kick-off event for Fiscal Year 2023 at Allen & Overy. The new Fiscal Year began on April 1. Vice President of Programs and Operations Beatrice Leong, together with Executive Director Yang Chen, provided an orientation for new co-chairs and vice-chairs and a refresher for returning chairs on information and resources available to them to facilitate their work organizing programs and events for AABANY members and the broader community. (VPPO Joe Eng was unable to attend due to pressing work obligations.)
The 2023 cohort of Committee leadership learned best practices for being a leader of AABANY and learned how to plan and host events. AABANY’s Committee Chairs are ready to put on exciting events, panels and CLEs that all members look forward to.
After the orientation, the attendees got to meet each other and mingle at Faces & Names Bar and Lounge, a few blocks north of Allen & Overy’s offices.
We thank Allen & Overy for donating their beautiful space and for being a strong sponsor of AABANY. We also thank our Committee leaders for their dedication to AABANY. Special thanks to Kevin Hsi, Co-Chair of the Government Service & Public Interest Committee for his photos of the event.
AABANY is proud to announce the appointments of three new Co-Chairs of the Issues Committee for the 2015-2016 term!
Christopher Kwok is the Supervisory Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator for the Mediation Program at the US EEOC – New York District Office. Mr. Kwok graduated from UCLA Law School, where he served on the Asian American Pacific Islander Law Journal, and from Cornell University, where he majored in Government and minored in Asian American studies. He is also a graduate of Stuyvesant High School.
Song Kim is a Staff Attorney and former Kirkland and Ellis Fellow of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she represents victims and survivors of human trafficking on immigration and civil matters. Song is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and the University of Southern California, where she received her B.A. in Sociology.
Yan Cao is a Skadden Fellow at South Brooklyn Legal Services where she represents low-income clients on student debt matters. She is a 2013 graduate of NYU Law School where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and served as the first Asian-American Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review. After graduating, she clerked for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Yan grew up in Gainesville, Florida and lives in Brooklyn.
AABANY’s Issues Committee examines and considers a variety of issues that impact, directly or indirectly, the APA community and provides recommendations to AABANY’s Board on whether or not the association should, consistent with its mission, take action on the issues, and if so, in what way and to what extent. AABANY’s Issues Committee continues to seek motivated legal talent to join this committee in expanding AABANY’s activity in accordance with its stated mission of advocating for the APA community.
AABANY is excited to work with the new Co-Chairs and looks forward to a collaborative year!