Law.com published New York City Bar Association Executive Director Bret Parker’s Letter to the Editor on March 31, 2020. Mr. Parker wrote the letter in response to an editorial in The American Lawyer on the law firm’s role in the time of crisis. The editorial noted that in times of crisis, clients will undoubtedly turn to their law firms for help.
However, at the same time, Mr. Parker stressed that it is important for law firms, attorneys, and members of the legal profession to also have a place to turn. That is where bar associations come in.
Although the New York City Bar Association’s building is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Association is still very active and continuing its Lawyer Assistance Program for those in the legal community suffering from mental health or substance issues. The Association is also working on pro bono projects for small business and continuing its legal referral service remotely.
Mr. Parker’s Letter to the Editor noted that during this challenging time, many bar associations are working hard to provide their members with a place to engage, learn, and collaborate. For example, he mentioned the efforts of the Asian American Bar Association of New York to combat the rise in anti-Asian rhetoric and bias incidents that have resulted from the labeling of the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.”
To read the full letter, click on the link below.
The New York Law Journal featured “Child Care Must Be a Men’s Issue for True Equality,” a letter to the editor by Doris Ling-Cohan, AABANY member and Associate Justice for the Appellate Term, First Department.
Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan recalls the time she and her husband had to juggle child care responsibilities and their professional responsibilities. She notes what Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, that in order for there to be true equality for women child care cannot just be viewed as a women’s issue by society.
To read the full article, click here.
Susan L. Shin Letter to the Editor: Asian-American Voices
AABANY President Susan L. Shin’s Letter to the Editor about Michael Luo’s Op-Ed and follow-up article has been published in the New York Times. Here is an excerpt:
I commend your prominent featuring of “An Open Letter to the Woman Who Told Us: Go Back to China,” by Michael Luo, an editor at The New York Times, and “Readers Respond to the Racist Insults Shouted at a Times Editor” (Race/Related series, Oct. 11).
The response to Mr. Luo’s open letter indeed “tapped into a deep reservoir of emotions held by many Asian-Americans” about the racism they have experienced and continue to endure.
To read the full letter, follow the link in the title.
Thank you, Susan, for speaking up about the latest anti-Asian American incident that has been publicized in the press.
The Lack of Asians in Hollywood and on Broadway
Austin So has written another Letter to the Editor about the lack of diversity and inclusion for Asian Americans. This time, he speaks about whitewashing and Hollywood in response to Keith Chow’s “Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Asian Actors.” As stated by Austin,
Once again, Asian-Americans are excluded from the diversity dialogue. And that has real impact, as we see with the casting of white actors to play the main characters, who are Asian, in “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell.”
Check out what he has to say by clicking the link above.