Press Release: Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Free Legal Clinics Now Moved to Asian Americans for Equality in Chinatown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2016
Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director (212) 332-2478

Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Free Legal Clinics Now Moved to Asian Americans for Equality in Chinatown

NEW YORK – July 21, 2016 – 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 Asian Americans for Equality (“AAFE”) at 111 Division 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 AAFE’s 111 Division Street location. Those seeking legal assistance should bring all documents pertaining to their legal issues. The next pro bono legal clinic takes place on August 10, 2016.

“AAFE has a four decade history of serving the Asian American community and enriching the lives of those in need. AABANY’s pro bono clinic is relatively new, and we look forward to a productive relationship with AAFE serving the community by providing access to free legal services,” states Yang Chen, Executive Director of AABANY. “We also thank the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association for previously hosting this monthly clinic.”

AAFE’s Director of Programs, Flora Ferng, says, “AAFE is excited about this new partnership with AABANY because it will allow us to continue to serve the communities and its residents in a meaningful way.”

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

A translation of this press release in Traditional Chinese can be found here. A translation of this press release in Simplified Chinese can be found here.


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).

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all of those who are in need. Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed in the past four decades to become one of New York’s preeminent housing, social service and community development organizations. AAFE is committed to preserving affordable housing throughout New York and to providing new opportunities for the city’s diverse immigrant communities. Its research, advocacy and grassroots organizing initiatives help to shape government policy and to effect positive change. At its heart, AAFE embodies the hopes and dreams of New York’s many vibrant immigrant communities, and helps turn those dreams into reality.


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Press Release: AABANY Launches Pro Bono Legal Clinics at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2015

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

NEW YORK – December 8, 2015 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that its Pro Bono & Community Service Committee will be launching monthly legal clinics free of charge to the community in conjunction with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (“CCBA”) starting on December 9, 2015. This free legal clinic will take place the second Wednesday of every month at the CCBA Chinese Community Center, Inc. at 62 Mott Street, New York, New York, 10013. Community members seeking legal advice can call (212) 226-6280 to make appointments.

In keeping with our theme this year of “Charting New Frontiers,” this is the first monthly legal clinic that AABANY is presenting. Co-chaired by June Lee, Samuel Lui, and Vina Ha, AABANY’s Pro Bono & Community Service Committee works with AABANY’s membership and not-for-profit community groups to bring free and low-cost legal services to the Asian Pacific American, immigrant, and other New York City communities. Law students and attorneys interested in volunteering should contact June Lee at june.lee@aabany.org.

“AABANY is excited to support this initiative and collaboration with the CCBA, one of the leading local community organizations in New York City,” states William Wang, AABANY President. “Our bar association is committed to pro bono service and encourages our members to take advantage of this opportunity to serve members in our community who are in need of legal services but may be restricted by cultural, financial or linguistic barriers.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, 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).

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Upcoming Pro Bono Opportunities with AABANY

AABANY SCRIE/DRIE CLINIC: Dec. 2

Assist elderly and disabled tenants complete applications for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE).  These programs offer a lifeline to vulnerable populations who risk losing housing.  Volunteers will receive training before assisting applicants.  Bar admission and language skills are not required.  To participate, please click here to register.

When: December 2 at 2:00PM
Where: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (62 Mott St. 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10013)


AABANY Housing Part Petition Clinic: Dec. 16

Assist tenants suffering from lack of heat or other emergency conditions draft pro se petitions against landlords for housing repairs.  Volunteers will receive a brief training before assisting tenants.  Bar admission and language skills not required.  To participate, please click here to register.

When: December 16, 2015 at 6:00PM
Where: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 2nd Fl. (62 Mott St. 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10013)


Queens Legal Services (QLS) Housing Part Petition Clinic

Assist tenants suffering from lack of heat or other emergency conditions draft pro se petitions against landlords for housing repairs.  Clinics will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every other month from 6:00PM – 8:30PM.  Bar admission not required.  Language skills not required, however the ability to speak Spanish or other languages may be useful.  To participate, contact Heejung Kook (hkook@lsny.org).

2015 Dates: October 28; December (TBD)

2016 Dates: February 24; April 27; June 29; August 24

Where: Central Astoria (2569 38th St., Ground Fl., Astoria, NY 11103)