On April 26, 2023, AABANY’s Student Outreach and Tax Law Committee hosted a virtual panel: “What Do Tax Lawyers Do?” This event ran from 6:30-7:30pm EST on Zoom with remarks from Shu-Ping Shen (Tax Committee Co-Chair). The panel was moderated by Alex Lao (Pace Law) and Sharon Yang (Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Fordham Law), and featured the following panelists:
Karen Kim (Partner – Mayer Brown LLP)
Najah J. Shariff (Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tax Division – U.S. Attorney’s Office)
Ms. Urvi Doshi Sood (Vice President of Taxes and General Tax Counsel – Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Sarah Choi (Associate General Counsel – NY Life Insurance Company)
Panelists shared what drew them into their respective fields, interview tips and advice to be resourceful, self-starting junior associates. The main takeaways include: tax law touches a wide range of fields, panelists highly encourage gaining some understanding of tax law or accounting and be proactive as a junior associate by asking questions and picking up additional assignments. The event concluded with a Q&A and light mingling among panelists and students.
Students interested in gaining experience in tax law should check out the externship program at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Students should apply to the Tax Division. Assignments may include legal research, writing pleadings, trial preparation, observing trials and other court proceedings. Interested students can learn more about the program here.
AABANY thanks the Student Outreach Committee, Tax Law Committee and SOC Co-Chair William Lee (Associate, Mayer Brown LLP) for organizing the event.
Special thank you to our sponsors, Mayer Brown LLP and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
To learn more about the Tax Committee, click here. To learn more about the SOC, click here. To learn more about upcoming AABANY events, click here.
On February 21, 2023, AABANY’s Student Outreach & Bankruptcy Committees hosted a virtual panel discussion to inform students about different career pathways for bankruptcy attorneys. The event ran from 6-7pm virtually on Zoom. The panel was moderated by Student Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Sharon Yang and Charlene Hong and featured the following panelists:
· Courina Yulisa (Dorsey & Whitney LLP)
· Patrick Chen (Morgan Stanley)
· Jacqueline Tran (Law Clerk to SDNY Bankruptcy Judge Sean H. Lane)
· Annie Wells (U.S. Trustee Program, Department of Justice)
Panelists discussed the difference between bankruptcy and restructuring and the unique characteristics of bankruptcy as a legal practice. In particular, the panelists highlighted how litigation and transactional skills overlap within a bankruptcy practice group at a firm. The discussion also covered the day-to-day of a bankruptcy law clerk, the various hats an in-house counsel must wear, and the role of a government attorney in the U.S. Trustee Program. The main takeaways included the importance of seeking various internships and opportunities to gain exposure to bankruptcy practice, and the value of networking with bankruptcy attorneys to understand their various roles.
AABANY thanks the Student Outreach and Bankruptcy Committees for organizing the event and all panelists, moderators, and students who attended. To learn more about the Student Outreach Committee, please click here. To learn more about the Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Committee, please click here.
On July 5, 2022, AABANY’s Student Outreach Committee hosted a virtual panel discussion to provide advice for the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) process and biglaw firm recruiting. The event, part of the Student Outreach Committee’s Pre-OCI Series, ran from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm on Zoom. The panel was moderated by Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair Long Dang (Columbia Law School ‘22, Summer Associate ‘21 – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP) and featured the following panelists:
Charlene Hong (Cornell Law School ‘23, Summer Associate – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz)
Victor Roh (Harvard Law School ‘21, Consultant – Boston Consulting Group)
Sharon Yang (Fordham University School of Law ‘23, Summer Associate – O’Melveny & Myers LLP)
Panelists discussed strategies for structuring a successful bid list, how to ask for interview opportunities, and shared their insights on networking. The main takeaways included prioritizing individual values, building professional relationships early on, and being proactive with respect to reaching out to recruiters and upperclassmen. The discussion was followed by a Q&A session, where audience members asked questions about extracurricular activities and tips on answering common interview questions. Panelists graciously stayed after the event’s end time to answer additional questions from the engaged audience.