Family & Elder Law Committee Hosts Second General Interest Meeting

On June 10, AABANY hosted another general interest meeting, this time over Zoom, to discuss the formation of a  Family & Elder Law Committee. AABANY members Beatrice Leong, S. Yan Sin, and May Wong, who all practice matrimonial law, said they proposed creating this committee because they noticed a lack of Asian Americans in the field.

Despite AABANY’s history of over 30 years as a bar association, there have been no committees dedicated to matrimonial law, family law or elder law. The Family & Elder Law Committee aims to focus on issues pertaining to divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence, guardianship, estate planning, abuse/neglect, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and a host of other areas. As a committee focused on specific areas of law, the group would be able to provide support to the general membership – and even those who may not be  AABANY members –  by connecting them with lawyers who specialize in these fields and with other resources. The committee would also serve as a way to raise awareness about these areas of law which are more directly related to helping individuals.

During the webinar, Beatrice, Yan and May shared a short presentation detailing the goals and benefits of their proposed committee, as well as giving an overview of  what family law and elder law entail. The webinar co-hosts also addressed the new challenges that have surfaced due to COVID-19 and detailed the ways they were adapting to the changes in the legal field. 

Also in attendance was Pauline Yeung-Ha, an elder law and estate planning attorney who also supports the formation of this new committee. Elder law focuses on helping older adults with the preservation of wealth during one’s lifetime, aiding the elderly in issues related to health care, government benefits, guardianship and more. Estate planning, on the other hand, is centered more around the distribution of assets after one’s death. The two fields intersect heavily, Pauline said, requiring both extensive legal knowledge and the skill set of a social worker. With COVID-19, especially because of its tremendous toll on the older population, her work has been even more difficult than normal, filled with lots of urgent situations often regarding healthcare proxies or home attendants. 

Following the presentation, the hosts opened up the webinar for a brief Q&A session, where they each explained what drew them to the type of law they practice and why they continue to be so passionate about their field. Although working at separate firms, Beatrice, Yan, and May agreed that being able to guide someone through the most difficult times in their lives — both on a legal and personal level — is what makes their jobs so fulfilling. Bringing knowledge in from a variety of fields, including social work and psychology, has allowed people to entrust them with their most valuable assets: their family and their money. 

Pauline shared a similar sentiment, also noting how underserved elder law and estate planning tends to be. She particularly likes the fact that her job allows her to help people, and often requires her to piece together a puzzle from a host of incomplete stories, ultimately aiding older adults financially, while also connecting with and supporting them through a very emotional, sensitive process. The attorney-client bond has been so strong that Pauline still goes out to dimsum with some of her past clients.

To learn more about this committee-in-formation, or to find out how you can get involved with establishing it,  please contact Beatrice Leong ([email protected]), S. Yan Sin ([email protected]), May Wong ([email protected]), or Pauline Yeung-Ha ([email protected]). 

First General Interest Meeting Held for Proposed Family and Elder Law Committee

Over 20 people attended the first general interest meeting of the proposed Family and Elder Law Committee on January 21 at Kleyman Law Firm. The Family and Elder Law Committee seeks to provide legal practitioners and the community with valuable resources, networking opportunities, and CLE workshops that address issues related to divorce, custody, support, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, long-term care planning, advanced directives, and guardianship.

The Family and Elder Law committee hopes to provide an outlet to support the members that practice in these fields and provide guidance to other attorneys who do not. Participating members of the committee can learn from experienced family, matrimonial and elder law attorneys regarding these issues. There will be many opportunities to advocate, volunteer, take on pro bono cases and network with legal professionals in these fields.

We were honored to have Alvin Tsang, who wrote and directed his documentary film about immigration and divorce, Reunification, join us. We hope to co-sponsor the screening of his film in March/April. We discussed many great ideas of having mediation trainings, holding workshops on Know Your Rights, and  reaching out to other not-for-profit organizations for sponsorship and collaboration. Your inputs are greatly appreciated and we hope to implement them moving forward.

For more information, please contact Yan Sin – sinsengyan(a)gmail.com; Beatrice Leong – leongbeatrice(a)gmail.com; and May Wong – maywong.esq(a)gmail.com.

Last but not least, many thanks to Beatrice Leong and her firm, Kleyman Law Firm, who lent us the space for this inspirational meeting and Yan Sin for providing the Maury show souvenirs for our raffle winners!  

GSPI and Pro Bono Joint Committee Dinner

On March 28, the Government Service and Public Interest (GSPI) and Pro Bono Committees enjoyed some traditional Chinese delicacies at Bite of Hong Kong in Chinatown. The committees gathered for a joint year-end celebration to thank and recognize members and volunteers that made the Pro Bono Clinics, trainings, panels, and other activities a success this past year.

Thank you to everyone who attended the dinner. Thanks also to our Committee Chairs for their leadership: Kevin Hsi, Beatrice Leong and Jonathan Hernandez (GSPI); and Karen Yau, Pauline Yeung-Ha, Judy Lee and Asako Aiba. To learn more about the Pro Bono Clinic and get involved, click here. To learn more about the GSPI Committee, go here. To learn more about the Pro Bono Committee, go here.

NAPABA Convention 2016

NAPABA committee and network events are a great way to engage with members in your network and practice areas. NAPABA committee and network leaders welcome you to their business meetings, receptions, and dinners. Events are open to all Convention attendees unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Nov. 3 | NAPABA Committee/Network Social | 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Kick off the Convention by meeting with NAPABA committee/network leaders and active members to learn how to maximize your NAPABA membership through involvement in a NAPABA council, affinity network, substantive law committee, and/or service committee. For a full listing of committees and networks, click here.

Thursday, Nov. 3 | Dinners | 8–10 p.m. (additional fees apply)

  • Joint International & Entertainment Law Committees Dinner
  • Solo & Small Firm Network Dinner (generously supported by Met Life)
  • Women’s Leadership Network Dinner
  • Young Lawyers/First Time Attendee Dinner

Friday, Nov. 4 | Business Meetings | Various times (see schedule)

  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights Committee
  • Civil Rights Committee
  • Corporate Transactions Committee
  • Government Enforcement & Compliance Committee
  • Insurance Law Committee
  • Pro Bono & Community Service Committee
  • Real Property Committee
  • Regional Conference Committee
  • Trusts & Estates Committee

Friday, Nov. 4 | Receptions | 5–6 p.m.

  • In-House Counsel Reception (generously supported by Prudential)
  • Insurance Law Committee
  • Joint Corporate Transactions, Real Property, and Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights Committees
  • Real Property Committee
  • Solo & Small Firm Network
  • Women’s Leadership Network

Friday, Nov. 4 | Dinners | 8–10 p.m.

  • Judicial Council Dinner (Private event open only to bench officers)
  • Partners/In-House Counsel Dinner (Private event only open to Partners Directory Members and in-house attorneys. Registration information will be available in August.)

Saturday, Nov. 5 | Business Meetings | Various Times (see schedule)

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Intellectual Property Committee
  • International Law Committee
  • Judicial Council
  • Leadership Advisory Council
  • Mass Torts Committee
  • Partners Network
  • Solo & Small Firm Committee
  • Women’s Leadership Network
  • Young Lawyers Network

Saturday, Nov. 5 | Receptions | 5–6 p,m.

  • Intellectual Property Committee (generously supported by Mayer Brown and IMS ExpertServices)
  • International Law Committee

Click here for a full schedule of committee/network events and all Convention events.  

Early-bird registration for the 2016 NAPABA Convention closes on Aug. 26. NAPABA members save an additional $200 off the non-member rate. Not a member? Become a member today and save!

Congratulations to Margaret Ling!

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Margaret Ling, who has actively served AABANY as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee and as a Director on the Board, has been newly appointed as Co-Chair of the Asia Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association. We look forward to the bond that Margaret will help foster between the two organizations. Thank you to Vincent Chang for his invitation to bring Margaret to NYCLA, a New York legal community with over 9,000 members. 

Please join AABANY in congratulating Margaret for her well-deserved appointment. 

AABANY Congratulates Rio Guerrero

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AABANY congratulates Rio Guerrero, Founding Chair of AABANY’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, on recently being appointed to serve as a Co-Chair of the NAPABA Immigration Committee. Also, as a 1998 Brooklyn Law School alumni, Rio has been invited as a guest speaker for the April 4th APALSA 25th Annual Dinner at Brooklyn Law School.