NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan (MFJC) Advanced Training Offerings: April/May 2018

NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan (MFJC) Advanced Training Offerings: April/May 2018

Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy

Applications are now available for the fifth annual Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) in Minneapolis on June 25-27, 2017. The CBLA is a collaborative effort among the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and NAPABA. The CBLA will strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs.

The CBLA is intended for up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years and have served as officers of a NAPABA affiliate and/or chair/co-chair of a NAPABA committee.

Apply by Friday, May 12

  • Applications can be found here.
  • Deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. EDT.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a brief essay of 250-500 words, a CV/resume, and two letters of recommendation.

More information about the program can be found on the CBLA website. Please contact CBLA Steering Committee member Gary Zhao with any questions at or at 312.894.3377.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association | 1612 K St. NW, Suite 510 | Washington, D.C. 20006 |


May 24, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

Did you know that NAPABA is offering lawyers — whether in-house, law firm, government, public interest, or academia — a day-long leadership training program on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., directly following NAPABA’s Lobby Day?

NAPABA is partnering with Ascend, a national non-profit organization for Asian Pacific American business professionals, to provide mid-to-senior level NAPABA members with key insights about the attributes, behavioral patterns, and core competencies needed to reach executive level positions. This pilot program will be presented by two experienced Ascend trainers and seeks to empower NAPABA members with the leadership tools necessary to reach and succeed at the highest levels of the legal profession.


  • Must be a NAPABA direct member (Attorney, Gold, or Platinum level). Not a direct member? Click here to become a direct member today.
  • Must have at least 5-10 years of experience in the legal field.
  • Must register by 5 p.m. EDT on April 12, 2017.

Registration Fee

NAPABA is happy to offer the workshop at a special rate of $200 ($400 off the original price!).


NAPABA has secured a room block at the Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol at $239/night (taxes & fees applicable). Book your room by April 21 to take advantage of this special rate!


For complete workshop information, visit our website.


May 24, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

Directly following NAPABA’s Lobby Day, we are offering lawyers — whether in-house, law firm, government, public interest, or academia — a day-long leadership training program on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

NAPABA is proud to partner with Ascend, a national non-profit organization for Asian Pacific American business professionals to provide high-potential managers and senior professionals with key insights about the attributes, behavioral patterns, and core competencies needed to reach executive level positions. This innovative program has been adapted for lawyers and will be presented by two experienced Ascend trainers.

Registration Requirements
All direct NAPABA members with 5-10+ years of experience are invited to participate at a special rate of $200. The first 30 applicants who register by the deadline of April 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT, or until the workshop is at capacity, will be accepted into this special pilot program.

To become a direct member (Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum), please click here.

Click here for complete workshop information and to register.

On Friday, February 24, AABANY, together with the Korean American Lawyers Association of New York (KALAGNY), the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA-New York), the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY) and the Migrant Center, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, presented a Writ of Habeas Corpus Training to a full house at San Damiano Hall at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi on West 31st Street.

The course covered the recent Executive Orders on immigration and provided training on filing habeas corpus petitions. Among the speakers was Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Amanda Bernardo.

For more photos from the event, click on the embedded Facebook post above from FALA-New York.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this important and timely program, and thanks to KALAGNY for spearheading the organization of this event.

Practising Law Institute’s “Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview”

Online Seminar

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

Join expert faculty as they provide basic training on habeas petitions for detained immigrants.  

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Nuts and bolts of filing a motion for temporary restraining order
  • Legal standard for TROs
  • Nuts and bolts for filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus
  • Common legal claims for habeas petitions          

This important free briefing is offered in response to community demand and the great need for training on this topic.  For a more in-depth discussion of habeas and immigration, please register for PLI’s three-hour Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants program on March 3rd in San Francisco and live webcast.


Holly S. Cooper, UC Davis School of Law
Matthew H. Green, Law Offices of Matthew H. Green

UPDATE:  In light of PLI’s comprehensive seminars on 2/2 and 3/3, FALA New York, AABANY and their sister bar associations will not be hosting habeas petition trainings.  Be sure to reserve your spot with PLI today!

2016 Presidential Town Hall & Voter Protection Training

Join NAPABA and its partners to elevate the voices of the Asian Pacific American community and protect voting rights. Be a part of the 2016 National Asian American and Pacific Islanders Presidential Town Hall in Las Vegas and learn how you and your affiliate can host voter protection trainings and monitor elections.

1)      2016 Presidential Town Hall | Aug. 12 | Las Vegas

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and the Asian American Journalists Association are co-hosting the 2016 Presidential Town Hall, which NAPABA is joining as a National Partner.

  • Since 2008, the Town Hall has served as a non-partisan forum for Asian Pacific  Americans to discuss issues relevant to our communities and ensure that our concerns are addressed and by campaigns and the media. By giving presidential candidates a forum to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the Town Hall has become one of the few spaces that allows candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs.
  • Reserve your seat, book a room, and learn more HERE.

2)      NAPABA Voter Protection Training (CLE) | Aug. 13 | Las Vegas

As part of the 2016 Presidential Town Hall community programming, NAPABA will be offering a CLE about non-partisan voter protection and poll monitoring. Participants will learn from experts from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA  about how to monitor elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, including ensuring language access, and how to prepare other attorneys to engage in voter protection work. The CLE is free and open to the public.

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 | 2-5 p.m. PDT
  • Registration information coming soon.

3)      Host a Voter Protection Training

Teach your members how to protect the rights of voters, including individuals who are limited English proficient, on election day. NAPABA affiliates interested in hosting voter protection trainings in their communities may apply for Affiliate Grant programs to help cover costs associated with the trainings. Partner with advocacy organizations such as AALDEF and Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates (AAJC, ALC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles) to help provide technical assistance to voters.

  • Apply for an Affiliate Grant and learn about partner organizations HERE.

2016 04 28 – NY Mentoring Event

2016 04 28 – NY Mentoring Event

DACA & DAPA Trainings – Be Sure You’re Ready to Help!

Registration is now open!

A judge in Texas may have delayed the implementation of Administrative Relief, but he hasn’t stopped it! We need to continue preparing our communities so that when the court injunction is lifted, as many people can be ready to apply for expanded DACA or DAPA as possible.

The time is now to learn how to be fully prepared – to engage in outreach, respond to questions, and to learn how to pre-screen for eligibility and prepare cases for legal review. Since community groups are the trusted first point of contact for many immigrant New Yorkers, it is our aim to empower you with the tools and trainings needed to make sure you are ready for Administrative Relief.

To that end, we have developed a series of trainings for community partners. We encourage you to select a training that best suits your organization’s capacity and ability to work on Administrative Relief (specifically expanded DACA and DAPA):

Community Ambassador Training (3 hour training):
This is the ideal training for partners looking for a basic understanding of what President Obama’s November Executive Actions means and for instruction on how to educate our immigrant communities through public education, workshops and referrals. This training will teach groups how to answer basic questions on Administrative Relief, offer informational workshops, and help direct community members to local Community Navigators and legal service providers. We will discuss the difference between administrative relief and immigration reform, the substance of DACA and DAPA, and ways to prepare today.

Examples of participating organizations may be small CBOs that may not want to participate as full Community Navigators, or may be large social service agencies not set-up to provide immigration services but that interact with immigrants daily.

Upcoming Ambassador Trainings:

  • Rockland County: April 17th from 2pm to 5pm at the Rockland County BOCES Conference Center (65 Parrott Rd., Bldg. 10, West Nyack, NY)
  • New York City, Brooklyn: April 21st from 9am to 12pm at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Main Branch, (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY)
  • New York City, Manhattan: May 5th from 9am to 12pm – Location TBD
  • Westchester County: May 8th from 10am to 1pm at the White Plains Public Library (100 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY)
  • Suffolk County: Tentatively May 22nd in Central Islip.
  • Nassau County: Tentatively June 12th in Garden City.

Community Navigator Training (full day training):

This is the ideal training for partners seeking to engage more deeply by conducting pre-screenings and referrals as well as by assisting in case preparation and document collection. This workshop will cover the basic track’s content but will also include an in-depth exploration of what role “community navigators” or non-attorneys can play in administrative relief preparation, the benefits of seeking BIA recognition and accreditation, and what requirements we expect for expanded DACA and DAPA. Groups will leave able to conduct basic eligibility pre-screenings, make direct referrals to legal providers, and help community members collect documents to submit with their application.

Examples of Participating organizations may be small to medium-sized CBOs looking to take a more active role in preparing communities for administrative relief, or organizations with limited legal capacity looking to play an expanded role in administrative relief that stresses community preparedness.

Upcoming Navigator Trainings:

  • New York City, Manhattan (& via livestream): April 1st from 9am to 5pm at New York Law School (185 W. Broadway, New York, NY)
  • Westchester County: May 19th from 9am to 5pm at Neighbors Link (27 Columbus Ave, Mount Kisco, NY)
  • Dutchess County: June 5th from 9am to 5pm at Catholic Charities Community Services Office for New Americans (218 Church St. Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Suffolk County: Tentatively July 10th

We are currently planning our calendar for further trainings later this Spring, including more outside of New York City.

All trainings will include access to a Community Provider Toolkit, and ongoing technical assistance and training opportunities from the NYIC.

Visit for future dates, locations, resources and additional information.

Beyond our partnerships for these trainings, all workshops and materials will be jointly conducted and released by the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium, a partnership of immigrant-serving providers, community-based non-profits, state and local government agencies, and other stakeholders jointly convened by the New York State Office of New Americans and the New York Immigration Coalition. The aim of the Consortium is to ensure a coordinated strategy to reach, educate, and assist every New Yorker eligible for administrative relief. For more information about NYIAC and Administrative Relief please

Should you have any questions, particularly around which training might be most ideal for your organization, please contact:Betsy Plum at or (212) 627-2227, x240.