AABANY Receives the NYSBA Bar Leaders Innovation Award for its Anti-Asian Violence Report

On November 30, 2021, the New York State Bar Association presented the Bar Leaders Innovation Award in the Large Bar Association category to AABANY for its report A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19. The award is presented to “recognize Bar Associations for adapting to the needs of their members and the community at large by introducing innovative programs, ideas, and methodologies that benefit everyone involved.”

The Dominican Bar Association (DBA) received an award in the Small Bar Association category in recognition of donating and delivering $10,000 worth of essential foods to at-risk families in the South Bronx. The award was accepted on behalf of DBA by the President, Doralyn De Dios. 

A joint award was presented to the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY), in the Small Bar Association category, and Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), in the Medium Bar Association category, in recognition of program collaboration for members and communities most affected by COVID-19. MuBANY and MMBA started an Affinity Bar Collective which brought together a coalition of about twenty affinity bars (including AABANY) to collaborate on assisting members and communities most affected by COVID-19. President of MuBANY, Sania Khan, accepted the award on behalf of MuBANY and President of MMBA, Anta Cisse-Green, accepted the award on behalf of MBBA. 

In the Medium Bar Association category, the Immediate Past President, Paula Engel, accepted the award presented to the Onondaga County Bar Association for the Bond, Schoeneck & King Series on Race and Justice in Central New York. The series was created to provide legal and non-legal programming aimed at opening a respectful, constructive and healthy dialogue about systemic racism and unequal access to justice in the community. 

In the Large Bar Association category, AABANY received an award in recognition of the report A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19. AABANY president, Terry Shen, and Executive Director, Yang Chen, accepted the award. 

Terry discussed AABANY’s journey on writing the report. In 2020, AABANY embarked on this report in response to the increase in anti-Asian racism and violence. AABANY began to take measures to combat these issues which included a call for local and national leaders to denounce hate crimes and putting on programs to teach attorneys about hate crime. AABANY started the report in mid-2020 and published the report in February 2021. The proposals for change included more education on the history of anti-Asian violence, discrimination, hatred and xenophobia; increased diversity and inclusion in law enforcement and government; and improved collection and classification of data on hate crimes. To advance the implementation of the Report’s proposals, AABANY has formed an Anti-Asian Violence Task Force, which remains active and involves participation by numerous AABANY Committees. Although anti-Asian violence accounts have faded from the media, the Task Force is continuing the fight to turn the tide of hate and violence against the AAPI community.

Terry thanked MuBANY and MBBA for reviewing early drafts of the report. He also gave thanks to Paul, Weiss for co-authoring the report. Yang urged attendees to donate to the Turning the Tide (T3) Project, a joint initiative with AALFNY. 

The New York County Lawyers Association also received an award in the Large Bar Association category in recognition of the COVID-19 Resource Center for lawyers. In March 2020, NYCLA announced the launch of their COVID-19 Resource Center which provided new content on a daily basis, expanded CLE Tuition Assistance Program, and offered low cost and no-cost online CLEs. The award was accepted by NYCLA President, Vincent Chang, a former AABANY President (2007).  

AABANY previously received the Bar Leaders Innovation Award three times. In 2019, AABANY was recognized for its Pro Bono Legal Advice and Referral Clinic program, a collaboration with AALFNY. In 2016, AABANY received the award for its Seventh Annual Fall Conference: Speak Up / Rise Up / Lift Up. In 2013, AABANY was recognized for its trial reenactment, IVA: The Myth of Tokyo Rose, Allegiance on Trial. 

AABANY congratulates all recipients of the award and thanks the New York State Bar Association for this honor and recognition.

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A Day of Giving: MBBA/URI Holiday Event with Domestic Violence Survivors, Dec. 20

Please join the Metropolitan Black Bar Association on Saturday, December 20th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm as we bring holiday cheer, gifts and hope to women and children residing at a domestic violence shelter in Harlem.

This holiday party and toy drive benefits underprivileged families in NYC who are residing at an Urban Resource Institute (URI) domestic violence shelter during the holiday season. URI is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding domestic violence victims and their children. Founded in 1980, URI serves 1,400 individuals annually and provides crisis intervention, counseling, emergency and transitional shelter, legal assistance, job training and community. For additional information regarding URI, visitwww.urinyc.org.

Volunteers and donations are needed! Donations may be  purchased at Amazon.com under the wish list “MBBA Holiday Book and Toy Drive.“  Help brighten the holidays for families in need by donating toys and volunteering to help serve food, play games, and participate in arts and crafts. Share your time, laughter, and talents for a great cause!

Donations may be dropped off at the following courts: 

Civil Court Kings County – 141 Livingston Street, 7th and 10th Floors, Brooklyn, NY
Supreme Court Kings County – 360 Adams Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn NY
Supreme Court New York County – 60 Centre Street, 5th Floor Security, New York, NY
Supreme Court New York County – 80 Center Street, Room 101, New York, NY
Supreme Court New York County – 71 Thomas Street, Room 200, New York, NY

Registrants will be informed of the confidential location of the Holiday Party upon registration.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact the MBBA at info@mbbanyc.org.

Press Release: Joint Minority Bar Judicial Screening Panel

Press Release: Joint Minority Bar Judicial Screening Panel