On January 30, 2020, AABANY Membership Director Beatrice Leong was interviewed by Reema Khrais on her podcast called “This Is Uncomfortable.” During the interview which was broadcast on NPR, Beatrice shared a very personal story about why she decided to become a divorce lawyer. After graduating from college Beatrice and her long time boyfriend, someone she had been with since the age of 16, got married and moved in together. He worked as a financial consultant, and Beatrice went to law school. However, their relationship took a turn for the worst when Beatrice uncovered his infidelity. After a long back and forth internally, she realized divorce was her only choice. Having graduated from law school, she decided to be her own advocate and joined a family law practice to learn more about divorce law. Beatrice recounted her own consultation with a divorce attorney, found it cold and unsympathetic, and believed that she would make a better matrimonial lawyer, one who understands the emotional trauma that her clients may be undergoing.
AABANY thanks everyone who submitted nominations for the election taking
place at the Annual Meeting scheduled for February 13, 2019. At this
time, we have not received any nominations for the Officer position of
Membership Director. If you are interested in applying for this
position, please submit your nomination materials by no later than 5:00
PM on Friday, December 28.
As set forth in the Bylaws, section 5.4 (g):
The Membership Director shall: (i) receive and process applications or
renewals of membership, and promptly notify acceptance or non-acceptance
of the same; (ii) create and maintain accurate and up-to-date records
of the membership of the Association, including categorizing the Members
into their respective membership categories; (iii) maintain mailing
addresses for each Member and person or organization doing business with
the Association; (iv) advise members when their membership will expire
and request renewal of the same; (v) at the request of the President or
the Board, prepare a list of Members; and (vi) assist the other Officers
in the performance of their respective duties and shall perform such
other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or by the President.
The Membership Director is supported in the above functions by AABANY
staff, and per the bylaws, section 6.05, “shall be the Chair of the
Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall develop
recommendations for programs and services that will meet the needs of
the membership and encourage new Members to join the Association. The
Membership Committee shall assist with the provision of general
membership functions, such as application, renewal, and notice of
expiration of membership.”
To apply for this Officer position, please submit:
(i) a statement of interest declaring your intent to run; and
(ii) a current resume, biography or CV listing your experience and accomplishments and any honors received to date.
As part of item (i), please indicate your experience with AABANY if you
have been an active member, describing any activities that you have
participated in or helped to organize. If you have not been an active
member in AABANY, explain what capabilities, resources, talents, skills,
expertise, experience or any other contributions the Membership
Director. Please also identify any activities indicating a dedication
and commitment to issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American
You may email your application in Word or PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may fax your nomination to (718) 228-7206. If you wish to submit by
regular mail, it must reach AABANY by no later than close of business,
December 28, at the following address: