From the NAPABA February 2017 Monthly Update:

The American Bar Association plans to honor Senator Mazie K. Hirono for her efforts to advance immigration reform, to improve access to legal services, and particularly to seek the elimination of discrimination.

Senator Hirono is one of four members of Congress who will receive the ABA Justice Award on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, as part of ABA Day in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Senator Hirono is the only woman and the only person of color who will be receiving the ABA Justice Award this year. She was nominated by four former NAPABA presidents — Wendy Shiba, Ruthe Ashley, Paul Lee, and Amy Lin Meyerson — as well as Margaret Masunaga.

Valuing Our Undocumented Heritage: Stories from the Margins Past & Present

Monday, April 18th from 6 to 8 PM

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Rooms 9205 & 9206
New York, NY 10016

Event Description:
This live storytelling event offers a historical perspective on immigration reform told firsthand by formerly undocumented New Yorkers, as well as expert commentary on the historical roots of immigration policy.

Stories told by recipients of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) will link past and present and speak to the conditions that undocumented Americans face today. Through sharing and connecting these stories, we will create a fuller picture of whose contributions are valued in our society and celebrate the social, cultural and civic contributions of current and formerly undocumented residents to New York City.

The event will include a screening of a short video from Documented cIRCA ’86: Immigration Reform Turns Thirty, a multimedia oral history and public engagement project that celebrates the lives and accomplishments of immigrants who were offered a pathway to legalization through the 1986 IRCA program.

Panelists include:
Stedroy Cleghorne, IRCA recipient, Visual Artist & Professor, FIT
Mouhamed Kaba, West African DACAmented New Yorker
Azadeh Khalili, IRCA recipient, Executive Director of NYC Mayor’s Commission on Gender Equity
Peter Kwong, Distinguished Professor, Urban Affairs & Planning, Hunter College

Co-sponsored by:
Documented cIRCA 86: Immigration Reform Turns Thirty * Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs * CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies * NYC Department of Records and Information Services * Make the Road NY * New York Immigration Coalition


Congratulations to Eve Guillergan!

AABANY member Eve Guillergan was among six distinguished women honored Saturday, April 5th, at New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer’s Annual Open House Celebrating Women’s History Month. 

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves on the board of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Eve received the award for her outstanding community work with bar associations, advocating for immigration reform and immigrants’ issues, and supporting non-profit social service and community agencies with legal services. 

Please join AABANY in congratulating Eve Guillergan on this well-deserved recognition.

Read the 25th Anniversary Dinner Issue of the AABANY Advocate


In this Issue:

  • Margaret Fung: Activist to Executive Director
  • Outgoing President’s Letter
  • Incoming President’s Letter
  • Enhance Your Practice by “Word-of-Mouse” Referral
  • Long, Winding Road to Immigration Reform in 2013
  • Labor and Employment Law Committee Planning Active Inaugural Year
  • Real Estate Committee: Fall & Winter Update

Columbia APALSA Third Annual Conference: On the Shoulders of Giants


The Columbia Asian Pacific America Law Students Association invites you to attend their third annual conference: On the Shoulders of Giants: New Horizons for Asian Americans in Law and Politics.  The conference will be held on Saturday, March 8 starting at 1pm.  Attend one of three panels on Immigration Reform, Minority Identity, and Professional Development or attend dinner with keynote speaker former NYC Comptroller John Liu.  Among the speakers at the conference will be AABANY President Mike Huang, President-Elect Clara Ohr and Board Member Karen Lim, who will be joining Helen Wan (author, The Partner Track) and Vivia Chen (blogger, The Careerist) on a panel entitled “Navigating the Career Ladder: Professional Development Strategies for Asian American Attorneys.”

CLE credit will be offered.  Tickets are available on our
website at