On Friday, December 9, 2022, AABANY hosted its first in-person holiday party in three years since the COVID pandemic shutdown.
Our wonderful hosts and sponsors, Cohen & Gresser, along with their Counsel, Joanna Chan, welcomed over 120 AABANY Members and friends to a delicious menu of food, featuring cocktail shrimp, kimbap rolls, sushi rolls, sashimi, veggie pancakes, japchae noodles, bulgogi beef, marinated pork, Chicken Alfredo with penne pasta, Junior’s mini-cheesecakes, and macaroons. Cocktails with clever names such as “AABANY Founders” and “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel” were also on offer, mixed by professional bartenders.
President-elect Karen Kim welcomed the guests and shared her theme for her fiscal year, starting on April 1, 2023, which will focus on mental health and wellness for attorneys. Co- Vice President of Programs and Operations Beatrice Leong, who organized the holiday party, encouraged donations to support the Pro Bono Clinic through text to pledge. Attendees responded to the call by donating more than $1,000 to the Pro Bono Clinic.
We also held a gift raffle by drawing business cards provided by the guests. All winners of gifts were then entered into a Squid Games style final in which participants had to cut shapes out of cookies without breaking them. The winner of that game got a gift card valued at $50.
We thank our Annual Holiday Party 2022 sponsors: ● Cohen & Gresser ● Littler ● Fish & Richardson Special thanks to Membership Director Christopher Bae for ordering the food, and former VPPO David Sohn for his help with the party. Thanks to everyone who came. We hope you all had a wonderful time!
On July 12, 2021, AABANY Membership Director Beatrice Leong was interviewed by Stefanie O’ Connell Rodriguez on Real Simple Magazine‘s “Money Confidential” podcast. During the interview, which was broadcasted on all major podcast streaming sites, Beatrice, who is a divorce lawyer, discussed the benefits of obtaining a prenuptial agreement before marriage.
The interview talks about the practicality of a “prenup” and the stigmas tied to obtaining one. To hear more about prenups, click on the following links:
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 email@example.com.
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: