On June 21, 2022, the Litigation, Prosecutors’ and Labor & Employment Committees hosted a Litigators’ Happy Hour at the Three Monkeys. Conveniently located in Midtown, law clerks, litigators, prosecutors, and lawyers in various practice areas enthusiastically attended the event after work. A range of platters including buffalo chicken spring rolls, macaroni and cheese bites, and nachos were served for everyone to share. The night was filled with lively conversations among the attendees. Many expressed their continued excitement for more in-person programming and happy hours as part of the hosting committees’ efforts. Litigation Committee Co-Chair, Aakruti Vakharia, reminisced about this year’s Annual Dinner and even shared a few tips with other attendees as to how to stay stylish by securing a free personal shopper from nearby department stores. Others were celebrating successes on their cases, while new members and first-time attendees were welcomed by introducing them to AABANY’s extensive network.
The committees also discussed ideas for programming and events for the upcoming year. Thanks again to everyone who attended the first joint event of the fiscal year from the Litigation, Prosecutors’ and Labor & Employment Committees. We look forward to many more events to come, whether collectively or individually, from these committees. To learn more about the different committees, please visit the Litigation Committee here, the Prosecutors Committee here, and the Labor and Employment Committee here.
Vincent T. Chang, active member of AABANY since 2000 and former AABANY President in 2007, was inducted as the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) on May 28, 2021. In his new role, Vince is prepared to lead NYCLA in supporting diverse communities, reaching out to more young attorneys and law students, and closing the justice gap to serve those in the community who are most in need.
Since high school, Vince gravitated towards pursuing a career in the legal profession. Involved in both his high school and college debate teams, Vince found overlapping aspects between debate and law. In presenting an argument, he noticed both involve research, assembly of evidence, and oral presentation. After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Robert Krupansky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before joining Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in 1989. Being familiar with litigation from his experience in debate and serving as a judicial clerk in a Federal appellate court, Vince chose to practice in litigation. Currently, Vince is a Litigation Partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP in New York specializing in complex commercial litigation matters in the financial industry, including investment banking, hedge funds, and mortgage backed securities.
Outside of his work at the law firm, Vince is an active member of numerous bar associations and organizations, and has served and continues to serve in various leadership positions. To name a few, Vince previously served on the New York State Bar Association Committee of Bar Leaders, on the Board of Directors at Legal Services NYC, and is currently the Vice President of the Asian American Law Fund of New York. Although he might be affectionately called a “Bar Junkie,” Vince did not participate in bar association work until later on in his career.
The first bar association Vince joined was AABANY, and he appreciated both the social and intellectual aspects of the association. He enjoyed the opportunity to learn about different areas of law while also being able to network and meet prominent lawyers. One of his fondest memories of serving as President of AABANY in 2007 was hosting the Annual Dinner because it was a rare event for 500 to 600 AAPI lawyers, including General Counsels and Judges, to all gather in the same room in New York City. This was especially significant because at the time there were at most 400 members in AABANY compared to the 1,500 members AABANY has now.
At AABANY, Vince also played a prominent role in organizing the AABANY Trial Reenactments. With a goal to educate lawyers and the public about the notable trials and cases in U.S. history involving AAPIs, Vince assisted Judge Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin to develop scripts for the productions. Since 2007, Vince has starred as a cast member in numerous reenactments at the annual NAPABA conventions and at other events. He most recently played Fred Korematsu in the “Fred Korematsu and His Fight For Justice” reenactment in November 2019 at the NAPABA convention.
Today, Vince is the first AAPI President of NYCLA, which was the first bar association to admit women and lawyers of color into its membership. He views his role as both an honor and a serious responsibility—an honor because past presidents include esteemed individuals and a responsibility because of his duty to represent AAPIs and serve as a role model. At a time when diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of many bar associations’ and law firms’ missions, NYCLA plans to be more interactive with young lawyers, especially diverse attorneys, by reaching out to law schools, affinity bar groups, and law firms. Vince also plans for NYCLA to remain relevant on public policy issues and respond to them in a timely manner. He hopes that “taking positions that affect diverse communities will make them notice and realize NYCLA is on their side.”
A common theme of Vince’s work is the pursuit of justice to not only improve the legal profession, but to also improve the quality of legal representation for individuals in the community. He has served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to review federal judicial nominees; sat on a NYCLA panel at a public hearing to address the impact of budget cuts on the Judiciary; served on the Disciplinary Committee for the First Department to prosecute disciplinary complaints against lawyers in Manhattan; and worked on other initiatives to minimize the justice gap. Vince plans to continue working on this at NYCLA as “access to justice is a hallmark of what bar associations and NYCLA are aiming for.” One program NYCLA has planned is to support attorneys who represent indigent persons through the Assigned Counsel Plan (18b). Under the proposed program, by increasing the rate at which assigned counsel are paid, there will hopefully be an increase of lawyers interested in doing 18b work, which will further decrease the access-to-justice gap. NYCLA also hopes to revive their Special Masters Program to provide an opportunity for young attorneys to gain experience working with the court system, and to close the gap between court workload and staff gap. At NYCLA’s AAPI Heritage Month Celebration on June 2nd, Vince vowed to continue to uphold NYCLA’s focus on sustaining the rule of law including the importance of practicing diversity, equity and inclusion in furtherance of fairness and justice for all.
Please join AABANY in congratulating Vince on becoming the first AAPI President of NYCLA and for doing all the work he does to support communities. We wish Vince great success in his vital new role as NYCLA President! To learn more about NYCLA, visit its website at https://www.nycla.org/. AABANY members who join NYCLA for the first time are eligible to receive 50% off their annual dues the first year and 25% off the second year. For more details, click here.
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.
In accordance with Section 212 of the Judiciary Law, the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York will submit to the Legislature, the Governor, and the Chief Judge in April 2017 a report evaluating the state’s experience with electronic filing for the commencement of actions and proceedings and the service and filing of papers therein and containing such recommendations for further legislation as are deemed appropriate. The report will also contain an evaluation of the impact of e-filing on litigants (including the unrepresented), practitioners, and the courts. The Unified Court System welcomes the submission of comments about the implementation and impact of the electronic filing program from persons who are interested in or who have been or may be affected by the program, including unrepresented litigants, sole practitioners, 18 B attorneys, other attorneys, representatives of victims’ rights organizations and child protective agencies, criminal and Family Court practitioners, and others in the civil and criminal justice and Family Court communities. Comments received will be posted on the website of the Court System and included in the report. The report will also address such comments.
Comments should be submitted to Jeffrey Carucci, Statewide Coordinator for Electronic Filing, on or before March 23, 2017. Comments should be sent by e-mail or regular mail to one of the following addresses:
Jeffrey Carucci Statewide Coordinator for Electronic Filing NYS Unified Court System New York County Courthouse 60 Centre Street, Room 119 M New York, New York 10007 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The brochure and application for HUD’s Office of General Counsel Legal Honors program for 2015 Law School graduates are now available online here
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 Legal Honors Program. The Legal Honors Program is the hiring vehicle for entry-level attorneys for the Office of General Counsel. Through this program, OGC recruits the most talented and committed law school graduates interested in playing a vital role in helping HUD accomplish its mission to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all.”
Legal Honors is the entry level position for attorneys at HUD. HUD typically hires between 10 and 20 new attorneys each year for its offices in Washington, D.C., and across the United States. At the completion of the 14-month Legal Honors Program, participants who have gained bar admission typically graduate to attorney positions at the agency. Additional information regarding the nature of our legal work and office locations can be found in the brochure. Attorneys at HUD work in a broad range of matters, including program advice, program enforcement, civil rights, litigation, real estate finance and other transactional matters, personnel, labor and procurement. Information about our programs is available at hud.gov.
The application deadline is September 5, 2014, and that is a firm deadline.