Important Information for Those Interested in Attending the Diversity Career Fair and Expo (DCF) at the 2016 AABANY Fall Conference

If you are planning to attend the DCF please note the following:

  1. The DCF is being held in conjunction with AABANY’s Fall Conference at Skadden, on Saturday, September 24. To attend the DCF you must first be registered for the Fall Conference. You must also complete an intake form. DCF is scheduled to take place from 2 pm to 5 pm. More details here on the Fall Conference website.
  2. The early bird registration deadline is today, September 9. Registration closes on September 16. Due to capacity limits, we cannot accept registrations after September 16.
  3. If you are an AABANY member who has not paid to attend the Fall Conference, you can attend DCF – and only DCF – for free. You may not attend any of the programs at the Fall Conference, including the lunch session and the cocktail reception at the end of the day.
  4. To register to attend DCF for free as an AABANY member, contact Margaret Langston at margaret.langston@aabany.org, so that she will have your name on a list that we can give to Skadden for building security. You must notify Margaret by no later than September 16.
  5. If you are not an AABANY member, you can join online and pay the appropriate membership fee at http://www.aabany.org/?page=J2.  Once you have done that, follow the instructions above in paragraph 4.
  6. If you are not an AABANY member and you are not interested in joining but you wish to attend DCF, then you must register for and pay to attend the Fall Conference at http://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=820602. Note the deadlines above at paragraph 2.
  7. If you wish to apply for onsite interviews, we have extended the deadline to apply to September 14. To apply, you must submit applications for on-site interviews to resume@aabany.org and comply with these Pre-Screening Requirements. In the subject line, please list 2016 DCF, your name and the employers that you applying to (e.g., “2016 DCF – Jane Doe – Brooklyn and Queens DA”). You must do so by September 14, to give us enough time to review your application and match you for interviews. Either a member of the Career Placement Committee or the employer will notify you if you are selected for an interview.
  8. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your resume to resume@aabany.org by Monday, Sept. 12. In the subject line, please list 2016 DCF, your name and “Informational Tables.” Your resume will be included in a resume book that will be circulated to participating employers.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

That’s a wrap!

AABANY’s 6th Annual Fall Conference, Charting New Frontiers, was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and we couldn’t have asked for a better event. Thank you to everyone who made it. Thank you to all those who made it possible, including our sponsors, the wonderful staff at Cleary and those on the Fall Conference Planning Committee. Highlights below.

How much experience do you really need to go in house? #aabanyfc15

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Overflow for the lunch session is in the cafeteria. #aabany15fc #clearygottlieb

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Make sure to get your CLE attendance sheet stamped on the way out of the lunch room. #aabanyfc15

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If you want to win two tickets to #platebyplate, use the #aabanyfc15 hashtag!

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The inaugural Diversity Career Fair is off to a great start!

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Touching the NYC Skyline at AABANY’s 2015 Fall Conference #aabanyfc15

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#TeamAABANY #aabanyfc15

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Rocky Chin, 2015 Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer: “Nothing done is done alone.” #aabany15fc

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Trailblazer Rocky Chin addresses the crowd during the Cocktail Reception. #aabany15fc

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2015 Fall Conference Registration Closes on Sept. 16: Register NOW

The Sixth Annual AABANY Fall Conference: Charting New Frontiers is next Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Cleary Gottlieb Hamilton & Steen (One Liberty Plaza)! It features our Inaugural Diversity Career Fair & Expo, engaging panels such as our video presentation “Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting,” law firm pitch sessions, and more. For more information, click here.

Registration closes at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. No registrations will be accepted onsite. Unless you are registered by the deadline, your name will not be given to Cleary for its security list. To register, click here.

The Membership and Fall Conference Registration Combo Package is still in effect until Monday, September 14, 2015. If you know any non-members or expired members who would like to join or renew their membership and do so as part of the Fall Conference, click here and contact fall.conference@aabany.org.

The Law Student Group Rate for the Fall Conference is also valid, but please contact fall.conference@aabany.org before noonon Monday, September 14, 2015. For more information, click here and contact fall.conference@aabany.org.

If you would like to register for our highly recommended Trial Advocacy Program (TAP), please register by tomorrow,September 12, 2015. TAP provides the rare opportunity for young attorneys to develop their trial skills by conducting their own openings, directs, cross-examinations, and closings. For more information about TAP, click here.

We look forward to charting new frontiers with you!

Press Release: AABANY Presents Kicking Glass, Video About Asian American Women Attorneys, at Annual Fall Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
September 11, 2015

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

NEW YORK – September 11, 2015 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that their 6th Annual Fall Conference: Charting New Frontiers, taking place on Saturday, September 19th at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, features Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting during the luncheon plenary session. Addressing the important question of what it means to be an Asian American female attorney, Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting is a groundbreaking follow-up program to AABANY’s video first presented twenty years ago at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) Convention in 1995. 

The first Kicking Glass video in 1995 discussed the position of Asian American women in the legal profession and featured several Asian American women lawyers who discussed the hurdles they faced, the successes they achieved, and what success meant to them. Among the issues addressed in the video were the “Asian woman” stereotype, how to get recognition for one’s work, parity in the workplace, and achieving a work/life balance. Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting examines those same questions twenty years later, exploring both how far Asian American female attorneys have advanced and how much more progress needs to be made. Kicking Glass: Two Decades and Counting features both women from the 1995 video and other Asian American women attorneys in different stages of their legal careers. 

Following the video will be a panel discussion to elaborate on the perspectives of those attorneys and identify what challenges remain. Sapna Palla, Esq., AABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chair and Partner, Wiggin and Dana, LLP, will moderate. Scheduled to appear as speakers for this panel are:

  • Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, New York State Supreme Court Judge, Appellate Term, First Department
  • Sandra Leung, General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb & Co.
  • Clara Ohr, Legal & Compliance Officer, LUKOIL Pan Americas LLC
  • Ryan Park, Associate, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
  • Saira Haider, Associate, Axinn, Veltop & Harkrider LLP

“AABANY commends our Women’s Committee for undertaking this important project,” states William Wang, AABANY President. “It brings to the fore persistent issues affecting Asian American women lawyers in New York. While recognizing that some positive change has occurred over time, it forces us to confront the lack of progress since the first Kicking Glass video was produced over two decades ago. The serious discussion that the present video inspires may provide the first steps towards making further progress so that in the near future we can be celebrating the glass being shattered rather just being kicked.”

“The AABANY Fall Conference’s theme of charting new frontiers is the perfect backdrop for addressing how Asian American women lawyers can chart their own new frontiers,” states Sapna Palla. “We look forward to a stimulating discussion on concrete ideas for advancement so that the shattered ceiling is the norm, not the exception.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.


The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Press Release: AABANY Honors Rockwell ‘Rocky’ Chin with Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
September 11, 2015

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

NEW YORK – September 11, 2015 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) is proud to announce that Rockwell ‘Rocky’ Chin will receive the Norman Lau Kee Trailblazer Award this year at AABANY’s Sixth Annual Fall Conference on September 19, 2015, to be held at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Named for Norman Lau Kee, a revered legal and community pillar of New York City’s Chinatown for decades, this Trailblazer Award honors an accomplished leader in the legal profession of Asian Pacific American (APA) descent or dedicated to APA issues who has carved a path for others to follow, served the community as a mentor and role model, and has made a lasting impact on the APA community through his or her dedication and commitment. 

Rocky is an attorney and a community activist. He has extensive experience working with the Asian American community and civil rights issues. 

His work in the Asian American community has included: creating and teaching some of the first Asian American studies courses in the country; creating a bilingual childcare program for immigrant families; and coordinating the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in New York City. Rocky was a founding member of AABANY’s Board of Directors in 1989. He has also played an integral part in the early formation of organizations such as Asian American Law Fund of New York and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Rocky also served as President of the Asian American Arts Alliance.

Rocky’s experience in civil rights spans decades. He has held several leadership positions, such as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Community Relations at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. He has helped New York City make significant strides in the areas of immigration, labor, and disability rights.  

Rocky served as Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity at the New York State Division of Human Rights from April 2007 through April 2015. He is currently the EEO investigator at the New York State Insurance Fund. 

“In the more than quarter century since AABANY was founded, very few who are still active in AABANY today can claim that they were there at the beginning. Rocky Chin is one of those rare individuals,” says William Wang, President of AABANY. “Through his community activism and involvement, Rocky has not only blazed a trail for us; he reminds us of AABANY’s roots in the community and continues to promote AABANY’s community ties. Rocky will never let us forget that we must continue to advocate for APAs and other under-represented groups in New York. With the Trailblazer Award we honor and recognize Rocky’s leadership, achievements and lasting legacy.”


For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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