In the News: AABANY’s trial reenactment of “Fred Korematsu and His Fight For Justice”

On January 30th, AABANY co-sponsored and celebrated New York City’s 2nd annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, hosted by the New York County Lawyers Association at 14 Vesey Street. The event was covered by NHK World Japan.

Lawyers in New York have reenacted the legal battle of a second-generation Japanese-American who challenged the constitutionality of the US internment policy during World War Two.

To see the video and to read the full article, click on the image below.


In the News: Judge Pamela K. Chen Rules New York Ban on Nunchucks Unconstitutional

On December 14, 2018, AABANY member Judge Pamela K. Chen, of the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York, made news with her decision in Maloney v. Singas. Judge Chen held that a 44 year old New York state law banning nunchucks is unconstitutional. In her ruling, Judge Chen stated that the ban violated both the Second Amendment and State Constitutional right to bear arms.

Judge Chen noted, “The centuries-old history of nunchaku being used as defensive weapons strongly suggests their possession, like the possession of firearms, is at the core of the Second Amendment.”

To read the full New York Times article, go here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/19/nyregion/nunchuks-ban-overturned-new-york.html


To read the full decision, go here: https://reason.com/assets/db/15451588294642.pdf

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Our March pro bono clinic got some coverage on Chinese TV. Here is a translation of the article that goes with the video. Thanks to GSPI Committee Co-Chair Thalia Huang for the translation.

For more information about the monthly pro bono clinic, contact our Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Sam Lui, Ariana Pabalan and Pauline Yeung-Ha (email addresses in the link).

Chinatown Community Welcomes Groups Providing Free Legal Consultations

March 10, 2017

In New York City, due to language and cultural barriers, many immigrants have questions about US laws. Several legal organizations in the city have started to cooperate with the community organizations to provide legal assistance. One such instance occurred yesterday night as the pro bono legal clinic in Chinatown attracted many participants.

The Executive Director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY (“CCCNY”), Justin Chin-Shan Yu, said: “[The level of interest] shows that Asian really need legal assistance, which includes legal questions about immigration, family, housing, and benefits. The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) can provide bilingual lawyers to answer questions.”

At the legal clinic, ten lawyers of different specializations answered the communities’ questions in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Samuel W. Lui from AABANY said that: “It shows that the community really needs help. They just need some simple and clear legal assistance and advice.”

Many people from the Asian community have concerns about Trump’s new immigration policy and came to consult lawyers.

Samuel W. Lui from AABANY said: “A lot of times clients just need to have a better idea about their rights and benefits. They have many questions, especially under the current immigration policy. Such an event is very important for the community.”

In order to satisfy the needs of the community, CCCNY and AABANY will partner to hold a workshop to explain the new immigration policy and provide free legal consultation on April 17, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Confucius Plaza in Chinatown. [NOTE: AABANY’s understanding is that this event is going to be a community forum to provide information, not free legal consultation.]

Confucius Plaza
Address: 33 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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