FALANY’s and LEGACY’s Legal Advocate Mentorship Project: Apply to be a Mentee or Mentor Today!

The Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY), in partnership with LEGACY | NY, is proud to announce its inaugural Legal Advocate Mentorship Project (LAMP). FALANY and LEGACY invite college students and young professionals to apply to be a part of this exciting program. Applicants need not have a firm commitment to a legal career; all we are looking for are individuals who are intellectually curious, open-minded, and committed to giving back to the community. We also invite lawyers and other legal professionals to apply to contribute to LAMP – legal professionals can serve as Mentors, host Mentee events, lead workshops, and more.

Through mentorship and experiential learning, LAMP will introduce young Filipino Americans and Southeast Asian Americans to the wide spectrum of career options in the law.  LAMP will span the duration of the Spring 2015 semester, from late January to April. LAMP seeks to alleviate the underrepresentation of Filipino and Southeast Asian Americans in the legal profession by cultivating the next generation of lawyers in these communities.

LAMP is founded on three pillars: (1) Mentorship, (2) Community, and (3) Immersion. First, LAMP will enable Mentees to meet with Mentors, legal professionals, on a one-on-one basis so that they can learn more about the practice of law in an intimate, safe space. Second, Mentees will meet every two weeks as a group to hear from speakers, participate in workshops, and develop a robust community among themselves. Third, LAMP will set up immersion trips so that Mentees can observe the practice of law in real-time; trips will include visits to open court sessions, meetings, and other events.

Apply to be a Mentee by January 9, 2015 at http://bit.ly/applytolamp.

Legal professionals can apply to be a Mentor by January 9, 2015 at http://bit.ly/mentorforlamp.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to christopher.lapinig@gmail.com or kristinajoyas@gmail.com.

From FALANY: Panel on Minority Attorneys’ Perspectives on Friday, March 28, 2014

There will be a panel on March 28 hosted by Sedgwick LLP and Fordham University School of Law to address different career paths from a minority attorney’s perspective.  Anna Mercado, one of FALANY’s Steering Committee members, will be a panelist.  The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Two Brookfield Place (formerly Two World Financial) at 225 Liberty Street in Battery Park City (Sedgwick’s offices).  After the presentation, light refreshments will be served and an opportunity to network.

Please RSVP to Dirk Haarhoff (dirk.haarhoff@sedgwicklaw.com) and cc: Anna Mercado (amercado@phillipslytle.com).  If you are an attorney, please note that on your RSVP. 

FALANY Announces #PINOYRELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT

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The Pinoy Relief Fund, Live Nation and Alvarez & Marsal have announced that they will host a Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert on March 11, 2014, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Doors open at 6:30 P.M., and the concert starts at 7:30 P.M.  Tickets to the event are on sale now through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Pinoy-Relief-Benefit-Concert-tickets/artist/1960921.

The all-star event will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Pentatonix, Plain White T’s, A Great Big World, Jessica Sanchez, DJ Poet Name Life, and Charice, as well as special guest participation by Dr. Mehmet Oz, apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Dante Basco and EGOT award winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

FALANY members are trying to order tickets to sit together.  Please let Vincent Roldan (vincent.roldan@gmail.com) or Noel Vales (noelvales@yahoo.com) know if you are interested in joining.  Also, just prior to the event, FALANY will be meeting for a casual happy hour with Rudy Figueroa, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC and President of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA), who will be visiting from Chicago.  The location and time is TBD so please look out for further updates on this.

For more information, please contact Vincent Roldan vincent.roldan@gmail.com or Noel Vales noelvales@yahoo.com.

More Law Firms Support Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

More Law Firms Support Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

From our Friends at FALAFNY – Report on Typhoon Yolanda: How You Can Help the Victims in the Philippines

As many of you know, the Philippines was recently devastated by what the many have referred to as “the perfect storm,” a “super typhoon,” and “one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded.”
 
It has been a little over a week since Typhoon Haiyan (or Typhoon Yolanda, as it is known in the Philippines) made landfall in the Philippines, and yet the needs of the victims in its path have not abated.  Many remain without shelter, food, water, or medication. According to CNN, as of November 15:

  • more than 3,000 are dead
  • 9 million are affected, 4 million of whom are children
  • 2.5 million are in need of food despite 40 tons of food packs having been distributed
  • $300 million in immediate relief is needed.

The Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY), along with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA/NJ), encourage you to consider helping relief efforts in any way you feel appropriate.

See upcoming fundraising events here.
See locations for donation drop-offs here.

Please keep in mind that due to the magnitude of the devastation and the limited manpower available on the ground, financial contributions to aid agencies are most welcome, rather than donations of consumer goods.
 
If you wish to make a financial donation, we suggest the following organizations for your consideration, both of which have 501©(3) status:

  • University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (“UPMASA”). UPMASA is a non-profit organization comprised of medical professionals who graduated from the University of the Philippines.  They are accepting donations until December 11 to support their medical mission to the worst affected areas in the Philippines.  The funds will be used to provide acute and prophylactic care to those most in need.  Donations may be made through their website: www.upmasanational.org.
  • Gawad Kalinga (“GK”) is a non-profit organization founded in the Philippines.  It has been at the forefront of ongoing relief efforts. GK is collecting donations to assemble food packs. One food pack costs $5 and will feed a family of four for 3-4 days.  The organization is also collecting donations for the infrastructure rehabilitation and rebuilding of the affected areas.  Donations can be made through their website: www.gk-usa.org/donate. Checks may also be mailed to Gawad Kalinga USA, 13860 Stowe Drive, Poway, CA 92064, Memo: Typhoon Haiyan.

Also attached to this email is a list of upcoming fundraising events in the area and a list of drop off locations for donations in kind (canned goods, blankets, clothing).
 
We encourage you to inquire with your employers regarding donation-matching programs.  The following companies have established such programs:

  • Allstate (dollar-for-dollar match for donations made through Dec. 6; a 15% match will be available thereafter)
  • McGuireWoods (dollar-for-dollar match of donations made to the Red Cross by its employees up to $50,000)
  • Sprint (dollar-for-dollar match of donations made by its employees and retirees up to $25,000)
  • Verizon (dollar-for dollar match of donations made by its lawyers and staff up to $25,000)

We thank you for the time you have taken to read this message and for any help you might be able to give.  Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact FALANY at: FALANY2013@gmail.com.

FALANY presents “Inuman at Pulutan”

“INUMAN AT PULUTAN”

Drinks and Tapas … Philippine-style

Midtown Loft and Terrace, 267 Fifth Avenue (at 29th St), New York NY 10016

14 November 2013, Thursday

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm VIP Hour (by invitation only)

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Open to Public (tickets for sale)

We’re bringing the flavors of our 7,107 islands to the island of Manhattan.

Inuman at Pulutan is back! Launched just last year, this fun Philippine food and drinks event has become a much-anticipated party for New Yorkers who appreciate Filipino food and for Fil-Ams who long for the flavors they grew up with. Last year’s event was also a pleasant discovery for foodies who got their first introduction to the flavors of the Philippines.

We’re bringing you Inuman at Pulutan again and this time in a bigger event venue to make room for everyone who wants to enjoy modern interpretations of Philippine food prepared by New York-based chefs and restaurants, accompanied by San Miguel Beer and cocktails from Destileria Limtuaco. Join us and find out why It’s More Fun in the Philippines!