Please join AABANY in congratulating Military & Veterans Affairs Committee Co-Chair Dong Joo Lee on his recent selection to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserves. He will be one of ten Asian-Americans in the entire Navy JAG Corps to be at this rank.
Dong was on active duty for almost seven years, serving in various duty stations including Guantanamo Bay, Korea, and the Pentagon. Upon leaving active duty, Dong remained in the JAG Corps as a part-time reservist and currently drills out of Washington Navy Yard. As a civilian, he worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, clerked at the Eastern District of New York for Judges Dora L. Irizarry and Roslynn R. Mauskopf, and is now a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Dong has been, and continues to be, a great Co-Chair for the MVA Committee and an active supporter of AABANY and other sister bar associations. Congratulations, Dong!
On September 25, 2019, the Academic, Military and Veterans and Membership Committees had a mixer at Atwood restaurant. Non-members learned about AABANY events and committees and how to join! To learn more about the Academic Committee, go to https://www.aabany.org/page/352. To learn more about the Military and Veteran Affairs Committee, go to https://www.aabany.org/page/444. If you are interested in becoming a Member, please sign up on https://www.aabany.org/page/510.
A big thanks to Shawn, owner of Atwood for being a gracious host, and Galvin, a photographer who took our picture!
On March 20, 2019, our Membership Committee held its last Monthly Membership Happy Hour of the fiscal year at Karaoke City in Midtown Manhattan. A crowd of AABANY members and future members gathered to meet and mingle over drinks, delicious Korean food, and karaoke.
Both Brian Song, President-Elect, and Yang Chen, Executive Director, gave a shout out to David Sohn, Membership Director and Membership Committee Chair, for all his hard work in putting together the Monthly Membership Happy Hours as a unique way to let prospective members learn about AABANY.
We thank the Litigation Committee and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for co-hosting this successful happy hour, with more than 30 attendees. If you are not already a member, we hope your attendance brings you closer to becoming a member or renewing your membership. And thanks to all the members who came out.
On February 23, 2019, the Military and Veterans Affairs (“MVA”) Committee and Litigation Committee teamed up to co-host a Laser Tag event at Indoor Extreme Sports in Long Island City. Committee members spent the morning improving their teamwork, coordination, and communication skills by working in squads to engage their adversaries. Mission themes included Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, and Slayer.
Similar future events will likely be planned due to the overwhelmingly positive experience and feedback received from those who joined.
Please join us in congratulating Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Brian Song on being chosen as a Council of Urban Professionals Fellow. Through the CUP Fellows Program, Brian will complete a rigorous ten-month leadership development experience that includes comprehensive training, events and board placement services that prepare him for impactful civic involvement. To learn more about Brian’s military service and vision for his future in the CUP Fellow Spotlight, click on the link in the title.