(NY, NY) The Joint Minority Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel recently interviewed and rated judicial candidates for the Civil Court of the City of New York and the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Interviews were conducted by representatives of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Dominican Bar Association, LGBT Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of New York.

The Committee convened to determine whether candidates were qualified for the judicial office using a three-tiered rating system of “qualified,” “well qualified,” and "exceptionally well qualified."  A candidate was rated “Qualified” if the candidate satisfied the basic criteria to be considered a viable candidate for the judicial position sought. A rating of “Well Qualified” was given if the candidate met the basic criteria and demonstrated a level of skill, experience, sound judgment, and excellence in his or her professional career, which would sustain or improve the quality of the bench or judicial position sought. An “Exceptionally Well Qualified” rating reflects that the candidate has fulfilled the requirements necessary for a “Well Qualified” rating and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments. The ratings were decided during a closed-door vote after review of the each candidate’s background, professional ability, experience, character, judicial temperament, and other pertinent qualities. The Panel’s findings were as follows:

New York Supreme Court – Bronx County
Hon. Larry S. Schachner – Exceptionally Well Qualified

New York Supreme Court – Kings County
Hon. Desmond A. Green – Exceptionally Well Qualified

New York Supreme Court – New York County
Hon. Peter H. Moulton – Exceptionally Well Qualified

Judge of the Civil Court, 1st Municipal District, Bronx County
Lucianna Locorotondo – Well Qualified
Armando Montano – Well Qualified

Judge of the Civil Court, Kings County
Hon. ShawnDya L. Simpson – Exceptionally Well Qualified

Judge of the Civil Court, New York County
Dakota Ramseur – Well Qualified

Judge of the Civil Court, 2nd Municipal Disctrict, New York County
Hon. Kathryn E. Freed – Exceptionally Well Qualified
Hon. Marcy S. Friedman – Exceptionally Well Qualified
Adam Silvera – Well Qualified

For more information contact R. Nadine Fontaine at [email protected].

Shared with us from Guerrero Yee LLP. Rio Guerrero is a Partner at the firm and is also co-chair of our Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Congrats, Rio!

In this “NYC Chika in the City” segment on the program “Adobo Nation,” Rio discusses the rebirth of Brooklyn and what it is like as a second-generation Filipino-American building a law firm and raising his family in New York City. Rio and his family had a great time shooting it. We hope that you enjoy it!

From our friends at KALAGNY: Pro Bono Clinics

KALAGNY’s Pro Bono Clinics

Volunteer Today, Help Us Help Our Community

KALAGNY is pleased to announce the start of our monthly pro bono clinic in New York City. This is in addition to our ongoing monthly pro bono clinic in Flushing. Please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors in need of legal counsel.

Clinic details are as follows:

New York City – 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 20137 -9 p.m.
@ Korean American Association of Greater New York (“KAAGNY”)
149 West 24th Street, 6th Floor, NYC (between 6th and 7th Avenues) (map)

Wednesday, November 6, 20137-9 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 20137-9 p.m.

Flushing – 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 20137-9 p.m.
@ Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (“KCS”)
35-56 159th Street, Flushing (map)

Tuesday, December 3, 20137-9 p.m.

New York City & Flushing – 2014

First Tuesday of Every Month, 7-9 p.m.
@ KCS (Flushing)

We are recruiting attorneys with a minimum of five (5) years experience related to a specific area of law including but not limited to: Immigration, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Labor & Employment, Estate Planning, Family Law, General Litigation, etc. We are also recruiting law students to assist administratively and linguistically. To participate, you must be a KALAGNY member in good standing. Bilingual Korean & English is preferred but not mandatory.

If you wish to help us help our community, please click here to register to 

KALAGNY’s Pro Bono Committee Chair will contact you once you register. Please do not show up to volunteer at our clinic without an invitation. Thank you!

Kyun Yi, KALAGNY President

Curtis Chin, who made the documentary “Vincent Who?” about the murder of Vincent Chin and its continuing relevance today, is in New York filming his latest project, called “Tested,” which follows a group of 8th graders preparing to take the test that will give them the chance to attend one of New York City’s specialized high schools.

Curtis has less than a month to raise $20,000. Help him reach his fundraising goal! Check out the video trailer and if you want to support his project, find out more on his Kickstarter page at

From CUP: Meet the Candidates for New York City Comptroller


The Council of Urban Professionals  

Cordially Invites You to Attend Our  
New York City Comptroller Forum 
Eliot Spitzer
Former Governor of New York
Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President 
CUP is a nonpartisan non-profit organization, that works to connect, empower, and mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

8:30am – 10:00am 
Hosted By: 


630 5th Avenue,14th Floor
(Between 50th & 51st Streets)
New York City


For more information, please contact: 
Taylor Biancone, Program Associate
About the Council of Urban Professionals:

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) connectsempowers, and mobilizes the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Founded in 2007, CUP is a 21st century leadership development organization with over 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000, and 65 corporate partners spanning the financial services, law, media & entertainment, digital & technology, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, and non-profit and public sectors. Through a series of forums, leadership development programs, and peer networks, CUP empowers aspiring diverse professionals to develop connections, opportunities, and expertise that best position them for top leadership positions, resulting in transformative impact on our communities.

For more information about CUP, visit
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On October 3, 2012, Citi Commercial Bank and AABANY hosted a successful CLE dinner event: “Understanding the Foreign Purchaser in New York City.” The event took place at The Holiday Inn in Soho and was attended by 65 attorneys and real estate professionals. Thanks to the support of David Lau, Senior Vice President of Citi Commercial Bank. Distinguished panelists included AABANY Chairpersons: Margaret Ling, Esq., Chair of the Real Estate Committee; Pauline Yeung-Ha,Esq., Co-Chair of the Solo/Small Firm Practice Committee; Tsui Yee, Esq., Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee; Michael Rudder, Principal of The Rudder Group and Grace Chan, Vice President of The Corcoran Group. Panel Moderator was Wendy Yu, Esq., Co-Chair of the Solo/Small Firm Practice Committee. The subject matter focused on many interesting facets of the foreign purchaser acquiring NYC property and included discussions of estate tax issues; EB-5 Visas; representing the foreign purchaser in a contract of sale; the state of the office condo market in NYC; and the relevancy of feng shui. The event was so well received that Citi and AABANY will plan future events to further focus on the subject matter.