On June 14, the Pro Bono Monthly Clinic, held on the second Wednesdays of the month at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce offices at Confucius Plaza, our volunteers assisted 23 clients from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Please join us in thanking all our attorneys and translators that evening:


  • Ming Chu Lee
  • Kevin Hsi
  • Barbie Hsu
  • Charles Chen
  • Asako Aiba
  • Jessica Agarwal
  • Beatrice Leong
  • Yifei He
  • Michelle Yeung
  • Shengyang Wu
  • Anita Wu
  • Yee Ling Poon
  • Yijie Song


  • Flora Ferng
  • Jojo Hwang
  • Wei Li
  • Sam Yang
  • Quentin Wong
  • Siyi Luo
  • Yuxian Chen
  • Rosie Wong
  • Xunjie Shi

We would also like to thank Ariana Pabalan, who was the Volunteer Coordinator. If you would like to volunteer as an attorney or interpreter, please email ariana.a.pabalan@gmail.com.



Our March pro bono clinic got some coverage on Chinese TV. Here is a translation of the article that goes with the video. Thanks to GSPI Committee Co-Chair Thalia Huang for the translation.

For more information about the monthly pro bono clinic, contact our Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Sam Lui, Ariana Pabalan and Pauline Yeung-Ha (email addresses in the link).

Chinatown Community Welcomes Groups Providing Free Legal Consultations

March 10, 2017

In New York City, due to language and cultural barriers, many immigrants have questions about US laws. Several legal organizations in the city have started to cooperate with the community organizations to provide legal assistance. One such instance occurred yesterday night as the pro bono legal clinic in Chinatown attracted many participants.

The Executive Director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY (“CCCNY”), Justin Chin-Shan Yu, said: “[The level of interest] shows that Asian really need legal assistance, which includes legal questions about immigration, family, housing, and benefits. The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) can provide bilingual lawyers to answer questions.”

At the legal clinic, ten lawyers of different specializations answered the communities’ questions in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Samuel W. Lui from AABANY said that: “It shows that the community really needs help. They just need some simple and clear legal assistance and advice.”

Many people from the Asian community have concerns about Trump’s new immigration policy and came to consult lawyers.

Samuel W. Lui from AABANY said: “A lot of times clients just need to have a better idea about their rights and benefits. They have many questions, especially under the current immigration policy. Such an event is very important for the community.”

In order to satisfy the needs of the community, CCCNY and AABANY will partner to hold a workshop to explain the new immigration policy and provide free legal consultation on April 17, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Confucius Plaza in Chinatown. [NOTE: AABANY’s understanding is that this event is going to be a community forum to provide information, not free legal consultation.]

Confucius Plaza
Address: 33 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Press Release: Asian American Bar Association of New York Free Legal Clinics Now at Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY, Inc.

January 5, 2017                                                            

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(212) 332-2478

NEW YORK – January 5, 2017 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that it is continuing its pro bono legal clinic in partnership with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY, Inc. (“CCCNY”) at 33 Bowery Street. Launched in December 2015, AABANY’s legal clinics have served members of the Chinatown community free of charge on a variety of legal issues, including housing and immigration.

The pro bono legal clinic takes place on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Appointments are currently walk-in only at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY, Inc. at 33 Bowery, Suite C202. Those seeking legal assistance should arrive by 8pm and bring all documents pertaining to their legal issues. The next pro bono legal clinic takes place on January 11, 2017.

“AABANY is pleased to be able to partner with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to continue providing this service to the Chinatown community,” states Executive Director Yang Chen. “We look forward to assisting community members with their legal questions through the AABANY free legal clinic.”

“The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY is pleased to work with AABANY to continue its outreach to the Chinatown community in need of legal assistance,” states Timothy Wong, Esq., member of CCCNY and AABANY.

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Founded on June 29, 1932, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY has its mission of promoting and supporting the expansion and progress of Chinese commercial pursuits; encouraging international trade with the Far East, and other areas of the world and to advise and assist members and the Chinatown community to solve business problems.


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