On Saturday, Nov. 7, the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team, led by Hon. Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin, took to the stage at the NAPABA National Convention to perform “Vietnamese Fishermen v. KKK.” Set in the aftermath of the Fall of the Saigon, when Vietnamese immigrants arrived in the Gulf Coast and became fishermen, the case recounts their experience as targets of terrorizing tactics from the Ku Klux Klan designed to drive them out. The Vietnamese fishermen fought back with a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction against these actions.
The AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team played to a capacity crowd that was fully engaged from start to finish. The cast included no less than seven Past Presidents of AABANY: Hon. Denny Chin, Andy Hahn, Vincent Chang, Yang Chen, Robert Leung, Jean Lee and Clara Ohr.
During the post-performance discussion, one of the audience members stated that he was a young boy in New Orleans during the time of the events being re-enacted, and he appreciated learning about the case. He also shared that over the past three decades, progress has been made to improve relations between Asian Americans in the local fishing industry with the general community of fishermen in the Gulf Coast.
The Vietnamese Fishermen re-enactment is the ninth case presented by the AABANY Trial Re-enactment Team. Thanks to Judge Chin and Kathy Chin for leading us in yet another successful and impactful trial re-enactment. Stayed tuned for information about the New York premiere.
In the meantime, save the date for the re-enactment of last year’s “Justice Denied: Wards Cove v. Atonio” at the New York City Bar Association on Dec. 7. Free for AABANY members. To register go to http://bit.ly/wardscove120715.
- Janicelynn J. Asamoto
- Vincent T. Chang
- Yang Chen
- Theodore K. Cheng
- Francis H. Chin
- Andrew T. Hahn, Sr.
- Kathy Hirata Chin
- Jean Lee
- Lauren U.Y. Lee
- Robert Leung
- Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto
- Concepcion A. Montoya
- Clara J. Ohr
- Vinoo Varghese
- Jessica C. Wong
- Michael Yap
The slideshow presentation featuring historical photographs is courtesy of David Weinberg of Jury Group. Thank you!
(Thanks to AABANY Program Associate Simone Nguyen for photos from the rehearsal and performance.)
Here is a fourth album of photos from the 2015 Fall Conference, Charting New Frontiers, held at Cleary Gottlieb on Saturday, September 19. This album contains photos from the cocktail reception and the committee dinners held by the Real Estate, Tax and In-House Counsel Committees. Thanks to Anna Chen, AABANY Legal Intern, and Simone Nguyen, AABANY Program Associate, for the great photos.
Here is a third album of photos from the 2015 Fall Conference, Charting New Frontiers, held on Sept. 19 at Cleary, Gottlieb. This set includes shots from the Inaugural Diversity Career Fair and the Cocktail Reception at which Rocky Chin received this year’s Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award. Thanks to Pei-Ching Chang for these terrific photos!
Here’s a slideshow of some additional photos from the 2015 Fall Conference, Charting New Frontiers, held at Cleary Gottlieb on Sept. 19. It proved to be our biggest and best yet, with nearly 400 attendees, including speakers, employers and job seekers for the first Diversity Career Fair, and law students coming for the student-oriented programs. Thanks again to everyone who attended and took part in this year’s Fall Conference. Thanks to Ping Zhou for the wonderful photos.