Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Pro Bono Training

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) 
 Pro Bono Training
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An estimated 100,000 undocumented Asian immigrants are eligible for “Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). A new Department of Homeland Security directive, DACA gives eligible undocumented youth a two-year pause from the threat of deportation and an opportunity to secure a work permit. For many, this will be the first opportunity to legally work and live in this country.

  Many of these immigrants are from the communities served by the various Asian bar associations of New York. Taking on a DACA case pro bono is a discrete  way to learn basic immigration law and impact the life of undocumented youth. 

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is seeking pro bono counsel to represent eligible young people applying for DACA. No prior legal experience is required, but pro bono counsel will be required to attend a training prior to taking a case. These cases will help support the work of AALDEF’s youth group for undocumented Asian Americans.

  

If you are interested in taking a DACA case through AALDEF, please join us for the training on:

Wednesday, September 5 from 6pm-7pm

at O’Melveny & Myers, 7 Times Square

To register for the training, please email AALDEF at: events@aaldef.org

For more information about what this new directive means for Asian American communities, see our legal alert.

Generously Co-sponsored by:
 
Asian American Bar Association of New York  
 Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
Muslim Bar Association of New York  
South Asian Bar Association of New York

SABANY Fundraiser for Victims of the Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting

From our friends at SABANY:

SABANY Fundraiser for Victims of the Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Vermilion, 480 Lexington Avenue (b/t 46th and 47th Streets)
Suggested donation: $20
 
Please join SABANY for a fundraiser to support the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh community.  All donations will go to a fund established for the victims of the shooting, the injured police officer, and their families.  Vermilion has generously agreed to co-sponsor the fundraiser and will donate a portion of all bar sales to the fund. 
 
A staff member from the Sikh Coalition will speak at the event.  
       
For more information on the fund, or to donate if you cannot make it to the event, please visit the fund website.

Women in Law Connect on May 3

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, over fifty women participated in the “Women in Law Connect” networking event, co-sponsored by the Women’s Committees of AABANY, SABANY, MBBA, and KALAGNY. Women exchanged business cards over shrimp cocktails and drinks at the chic AVA Lounge in mid-Manhattan. Attendees included general counsels, associates at private law firms, solo practitioners, consultants, and public interest and government attorneys. Attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunity to network and share their knowledge and experience.

The event, an initiative of AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair Liza Sohn, linked together women’s committees of four co-sponsoring bar associations. The effort was led by Liza Sohn and Vinny Lee, AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chairs, Lisa Khandhar, SABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Shannon Chang Hanson, KALAGNY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Nadine Fontaine, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) president-elect, and Verena Powell, board member of the MBBA. Special thanks to Lian Kuang for her assistance and to all the participating bar associations. (Photo, L. to R., Liza Sohn, Verena Powell, Vinny Lee.  Photo courtesy of L. Sohn.)

Women in Law Connect