On May 20, 2021, City & State published an Op-Ed written by President Terry Shen and Past President Linda Lin of the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
In the Op-Ed, President Shen and Past President Lin describe how a wave of Anti-Asian violence swept across New York City in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the city government’s lackluster response to these incidents has not been enough to protect the AAPI community. According to the article, stronger Asian-American representation in New York’s courts can help to solve these issues. The article also highlights Kathy Hirata Chin, the only Asian-American candidate for the New York Court of Appeals, arguing that her appointment would be a landmark step towards greater racial diversity, justice, and equity. As stated by President Shen and Past President Lin: “Our government must be diverse to fulfill Lincoln’s vision of a nation ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ The need in our city and state is urgent and necessary.”
William Ng, President-Elect of AABANY, was recently featured in Binghamton University’s April 2021 Alumni Newsletter. In the article titled “Alumnus Leads Bar Association, Combats Racism,” William discussed AABANY’s mission of ensuring meaningful participation of Asian Americans in the legal profession. He also highlighted AABANY’s leadership in addressing the rise of hate and violence against the Asian American community. As President-Elect, William looks forward to prioritizing fundraising and ramping up virtual programs to position AABANY for success in a post-pandemic environment. Speaking about his time at Binghamton, William ’04 credits his experience serving in the Student Association and as a Student Conduct Board Member to furthering his interest in law.
The newsletter also acknowledges other Binghamton alumni who have served or currently serve on the AABANY Board:
Yang Chen ’87, Executive Director
Linda Lin ‘00, Past President
William Wang ’00, Past President
Bobby Liu ’93, Former Board Member
Christopher Bae ’10, Secretary
Beatrice Leong ‘06, Membership Director
To read the full article on Binghamton University’s Alumni Newsletter, click here.
AABANY is proud to announce that last week James R. Cho, Immediate Past President and Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of NY, and Linda S. Lin, Past President 2011 and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at QBE North America, were presented with the 2019 CUP Law Catalysts award at the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) 10th Annual Lawyers Forum and Law Catalyst Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony was held at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP on November 12, 2019.
The CUP Law Catalyst award honors and celebrates the accomplishments of diverse legal professionals who are achieving extraordinary professional success while making significant and impactful contributions to their community.
James and Linda’s dedication to promoting diversity in the legal profession, their leadership as Past Presidents at AABANY, and service to the overall Asian American community make them highly deserving and outstanding recipients of this recognition.
This is not the first time that AABANY members have been honored with the CUP Law Catalysts award. Below is a list of ABBANY members previously recognized by the Council of Urban Professionals:
November 2018 Alice Hsu, AABANY Member
November 2016 Steve Chung, Past AABANY Board Member Sonia Low, Past AABANY Board Member
October 2015 Austin So, Past In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chair
October 2014 Jean Lee, Past AABANY President 2012
October 2013 Dwight Yoo, Past AABANY President 2017
October 2012 Vincent Chang, Past AABANY President 2007
Please join us in congratulating James, Linda, and all the
other AABANY members that have received this tremendous honor.
Also, please join us in congratulating the other 2019 CUP Catalysts in Law:
Adam Banks, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Tia Breakley, Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Compliance Officer – The Infrastructure Group, The Blackstone Group Sarah Dodds-Brown, EVP & Managing Counsel, American Express Stuart Downing, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Chinyere Ezie, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights George Fatheree III, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Karen Hsu Kelley, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Jessica Lee, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP Clarence A. Nesbitt, General Counsel, National Basketball Players Association Marianela Peralta, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Allegis Global Solutions, Inc. Pamela Rosado, Senior VP and Chief Counsel-Litigation, MetLife Kimberly Spoerri, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Camelia Valdes, Prosecutor, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office
We could not be prouder of our NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40. This year, the list of esteemed attorneys includes our AABANY Past President and Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Linda Lin and our Military & Veterans Affairs Committee Co-Chair Brian Song. Please join us in congratulating these exceptional leaders.
WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected 18 attorneys to receive the 2016 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (BU40 Award). The BU40 Award recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields — be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Asian Pacific American civic or community affairs.
The BU40 Award will be presented on Nov. 3, 2016, during the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego, to the following recipients:
Mark K. Arimoto | Hawaiian Airlines
Hung Chang | Harman International
Anjan Choudhury | Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
John Thomas Fetters | Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.
Kiran Jain | City of Oakland
Edward T. (Ted) Kang | Alston & Bird LLP
Irene Kao | League of Minnesota Cities
Linda S. Lin | QBE North America
Van-Dzung V. Nguyen | Crowell & Moring LLP
Rajiv D. Parikh | Genova Burns LLC
Kirupa Pushparaj | Square Inc.
Manita Rawat | Duane Morris LLP
Yanin Senachai | Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Mansi H. Shah | Merchant & Gould LLP
Brian W. Song | Baker Hostetler LLP
Michael K. T. Tan | ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Nisha N. Vyas | Public Counsel
Greg Wu | United Airlines
“NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40 Award represents what is exciting and fresh about the future of NAPABA and the pipeline of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “As a former BU40 Award recipient, I recognize what an honor and prestige it is to receive this award, and these 18 men and women truly exemplify the spirit of the BU40 Award.”
The 2016 class of honorees continues the BU40 Award legacy of excellence and leadership in both the legal and Asian Pacific American communities. NAPABA congratulates the 2016 BU40 Award winners and looks forward to their future successes.
Thank you to AABANY Past President Linda Lin for sharing this information on Asian American history. Click on the link above to access PDFs for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Timeline and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Facts & Figures.
This diversity-management resource offers insight to evolving workplace diversity, featuring a detailed timeline of Asian American events and the relevant demographics you need to know.
President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution in 1978 that declared May 4–10, 1979, as the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. This was later extended by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to a month-long celebration. The month commemorates the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant, a fisherman named Nakanohama Manjiro, or “John Mung,” to the United States on May 7, 1843, and marks the transcontinental railroad’s completion on May 10, 1869.
ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK APPLAUDS
CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENT OF LINDA S. LIN TO DISTRICTING COMMISSION
NEW YORK – May 4, 2012 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) welcomes the news that City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Minority Leader James Oddo announced eight appointments to the Districting Commission on May 3. The Districting Commission meets once every ten years following the decennial census. Based upon changes in the population of the City, Council district lines are redrawn to accommodate shifts in population within the City.
“I am pleased to announce the Democratic Caucus appointments to the Districting Commission,” said Speaker Quinn. “These five individuals together with the appointees of Mayor Bloomberg and the Council’s Minority Caucus will take on the important task of redrawing our electoral districts fairly. I want to thank them for their leadership, for the challenging work they will do, and for their service to our City. ”
Among the Council appointments is:
Linda S. Lin
Ms. Lin is a senior attorney with Liberty International Underwriters and a former Associate of the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Ms. Lin is the Immediate Past President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. She is the former law clerk for U.S. District Judge Dora L. Irizarry. She is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and Binghamton University. She resides in Forest Hills, Queens.
“AABANY is pleased that the City Council has appointed our Immediate Past President Linda Lin to this important position,” said AABANY President Jean Lee. “Linda has been following the redistricting issue closely and is well-informed about the impact that properly drawn district lines will have on the civic engagement of under-represented populations, including the Asian American community. With the explosive growth of the Asian American population in New York City over the past decade, we hope that the City Council Districting Commission will draw lines taking into account this significant demographic shift. We applaud the City Council on its appointment of Linda Lin. We believe she will prove to be an asset to the City Council Districting Commission.”
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).