AABANY congratulates My Chi To on her appointment as Executive Deputy Superintendent of the Insurance Division at the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). In this role, she will oversee more than 1,400 insurance companies with $4.7 trillion in assets. My Chi To is an AABANY member and was a Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, in the Restructuring Group and Global Insurance Practice.
According to the DFS Press Release which announced her appointment in November,
My Chi was awarded the Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. She also received the Best Lawyers Under 40 Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. An advocate for women in law and business, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the U.S. 30% Club, a group of business leaders focused on improving the representation of women at all levels of U.S. organizations, including corporate boards. My Chi will join New York state’s Committee for the Advancement of Women in Leadership in Financial Services, which was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in September.
She received an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She received an LL.L. and LL.B. in Civil Law and Common Law from the University of Ottawa and was a law clerk to the Hon. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court of Canada.
The CUP Fellows Program is a transformative, one-year leadership development experience for early-to-mid career professionals of color across sectors who are deeply committed to supporting their communities through impactful contributions to the nonprofit and public sectors.
The CUP Fellows Program workshops and speakers provide participants with insight into the challenges and opportunities in the civic sector, and encourages participants to harness their power and relationships to create meaningful change, through board service, political engagement, volunteerism, public-private partnerships, etc.
The target participant profile includes self-motivated professionals of color from all sectors (public, private and nonprofit) with 5-10 years of professional work experience, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and a desire to acquire new skills and information to maximize their civic impact.
AABANY Board Member Brian Song is a former CUP Fellow, and if you are interested in learning more about the program from him, feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the link in the title for further details about the CUP Fellows Program and how to apply.
In an interview with Bloomberg last week, former AABANY President Andy Hahn examined the obstacles that face Asian Americans in the law, from high attrition rates and underrepresentation to pervasive stereotypes and biases. On the heels of Justice Goodwin Liu’s study, “A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law,” the interview explored Andy Hahn’s own experiences, from his time as an army lawyer to his tenures as president of both AABANY and NAPABA, and how those roles have made Andy intimately familiar with the challenges of Asian Americans in the law. Despite large growth since the 1990s, the Asian American legal community faces gross underrepresentation today, from clerkships and judgeships to partner and management roles. This has led Andy to his own “crusade” to galvanize Asian Americans into participating in the law. Follow the link in the title to read the full article published in Bloomberg Law.
Andy’s work as a leader in the legal profession has not gone unnoticed, as the New York Law Journal recently honored him with the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award. To read the press release congratulating him for this achievement, click here.
Here is the intro video for Glenn Lau-Kee when he was honored back in April during the Museum of Chinese in America’s Celebration of Community Heroes. The video mentions Glenn’s leadership as AABANY President (1997-98) and as the first Asian American President of the New York State Bar Association (2014-15). AABANY Executive Director Yang Chen appears in the video, along with other community leaders, to salute Glenn and his contributions to not just the Asian American community but the larger community as well. Thank you, Glenn, for all that you do. You are truly an inspiration to us all and a genuine Community Hero. Congratulations, again!
Applications are now available for the fifth annual Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) in Minneapolis on June 25-27, 2017. The CBLA is a collaborative effort among the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and NAPABA. The CBLA will strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs.
The CBLA is intended for up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years and have served as officers of a NAPABA affiliate and/or chair/co-chair of a NAPABA committee.
The American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Fellows program has 20 fellowships available for diverse bar leaders. This is a great leadership development opportunity at the ABA and is geared towards young lawyers. For more details, follow the link in the title. Application deadline: May 1, 2017. Thanks to Sylvia Chin for letting us know about this program.
Did you know that NAPABA is offering lawyers — whether in-house, law firm, government, public interest, or academia — a day-long leadership training program on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., directly following NAPABA’s Lobby Day?
NAPABA is partnering with Ascend, a national non-profit organization for Asian Pacific American business professionals, to provide mid-to-senior level NAPABA members with key insights about the attributes, behavioral patterns, and core competencies needed to reach executive level positions. This pilot program will be presented by two experienced Ascend trainers and seeks to empower NAPABA members with the leadership tools necessary to reach and succeed at the highest levels of the legal profession.
Must be a NAPABA direct member (Attorney, Gold, or Platinum level). Not a direct member? Click here to become a direct member today.
Must have at least 5-10 years of experience in the legal field.
Must register by 5 p.m. EDT on April 12, 2017.
NAPABA is happy to offer the workshop at a special rate of $200 ($400 off the original price!).
NAPABA has secured a room block at the Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol at $239/night (taxes & fees applicable). Book your room by April 21 to take advantage of this special rate!
Directly following NAPABA’s Lobby Day, we are offering lawyers — whether in-house, law firm, government, public interest, or academia — a day-long leadership training program on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
NAPABA is proud to partner with Ascend, a national non-profit organization for Asian Pacific American business professionals to provide high-potential managers and senior professionals with key insights about the attributes, behavioral patterns, and core competencies needed to reach executive level positions. This innovative program has been adapted for lawyers and will be presented by two experienced Ascend trainers.
Registration Requirements All direct NAPABA members with 5-10+ years of experience are invited to participate at a special rate of $200. The first 30 applicants who register by the deadline of April 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT, or until the workshop is at capacity, will be accepted into this special pilot program.
To become a direct member (Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum), please click here. Click here for complete workshop information and to register.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP is proud to announce its Future Leaders Program. A handful of talented, diverse young people will have the opportunity to work alongside attorneys, managers and staff in our New York office as interns. The week-long program will offer our Future Leaders internship in the Legal group or the Management/Administration group.
Those interested should have a high level of maturity and demonstrate an interest in leadership in your community. Applicants will be asked to indicate their preference in either the Legal group or the Management/Administration group, provide two references and a short essay. Applicants should be high school seniors in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year or currently enrolled in a college degree program. In exceptional cases, we will consider law students.
The week-long program will occur on August 21 – August 25, 2017. In addition to receiving mentoring and attending social events, participants will receive a stipend and commuting expenses.
Applications, including reference letters and essays should be sent no later than April 28, 2017 to: email@example.com.
For more information, please visit the link in the title.
Many thanks to Litigation Committee Co-Chair Dai Wai Chin Feman for sharing this opportunity with us.
Preet Bharara starts from “first principles: Are we doing the right thing, and are we doing it for the right reasons?” – Joon Kim, Acting US Attorney, SDNY.
At the 2015 AABANY Annual Dinner, Charting New Frontiers, we presented the Public Service Leadership Award to Preet Bharara, for his extensive and well-known dedication and commitment to public service as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and in the many years before then. In accepting the award, Preet gave a moving and inspiring speech filled with good humor and the spirit of pride and professionalism in public interest and public service that has characterized his distinguished and storied career. Our usually raucous crowd listened in rapt silence for the entire length of his remarks and rose up in an enthusiastic standing ovation at their conclusion.
Preet, thank you for your leadership and your service, for Charting New Frontiers, for daring to Speak Up, Rise Up and Lift Up, and for serving as an exemplary role model as we seek to Take Charge, Lead Change in the coming weeks and months.