Training for Election Voter Hotline

As you know election day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is fast approaching and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee (MBBA-CRC) is working hard to ensure that everyone who desires to vote is armed with the correct information to make their vote count!

As attorneys, we are well equipped to answer voters’ questions and it is incumbent upon us to protect the right to vote. Our vote is a vote that many fought long and hard to be counted. We are asking our members to stand up and donate their legal minds to ensure that all who desire to vote in this historical election will have the opportunity to vote.

Please joing MBBA and The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law to educate voters via the Election Protection hotline on Monday, November 5, 2012 and Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

We will train for the hotline on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Proskauer Rose LLP, Eleven Times Square, New York, NY. If this date is not suitable for your schedule, we will have other training dates. However, we strongly urge you to train on that date so that we can train as a collective.

Please register for the training at Once you have registered for the training, we ask that you email Cenceria Edwards- Chair MBBA-CRC at [email protected] confirming your attendance.

Upon completion of the training, you will be able to register with the MBBA team for the hotline shifts for November 5, 2012 and November 6, 2012. The shifts are between 3-5 hours.

If you should have any questions regarding this training, please email Cenceria Edwards at [email protected].

Help the MBBA make a difference and protect this constitutional right. Protect the vote!

KALCA and the MinKwon Center team up for 2012 Voter Engagement

KALCA is collaborating with the MinKwon Center to coordinate 2012 Voter Engagement activities such as registering voters, phone banking, door knocking, and conducting voter education workshops, and we need your help.  If you are able to volunteer a few hours of your time during the duration of now until November, we need people to assist us with calling registered voters and going door-to-door to remind them to vote. We will also need volunteers to help us with setting up and organizing our outreach programs and workshops during which we hope to educate people about the voter registration process and the importance of casting their ballot. 

Saturday, October 27, time TBA, Door knocking in Flushing, Queens
Come join the KALCA Steering Committee members, interns, and volunteers as we partner up with the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, Queens to go door-knocking on residents’ homes.  In community politics, door-knocking plays an essential role in raising voter awareness and encouraging people to go out and vote. Spend half a day learning what it takes to be an effective community organizer and make an impact in this election!
Please RSVP to [email protected] to sign up today

Voter Protection Volunteers Needed in PA

Are you interested in being a Voter Protection Volunteer for the presidential re-election campaign in Pennsylvania? Even though the Voter ID law has been enjoined, the need for a robust voter protection effort is now more important than ever. There will be confusion at the polls and the law may be misapplied on Election Day. Legal volunteers are necessary to help defend the right to vote for all eligible voters.  In particular, we are looking for Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Khmer speakers.

Pennsylvania attorneys or law students, please sign up online at For out-of-state attorneys and law students, please instead sign up here: In order to confirm you for Election, we need you to sign up online! This will also ensure that we have all the information we need to advise you about training sessions, which will take place the week of October 22nd, and assign you to a polling place for Election Day.

Ellen Zeng
OFA-PA AAPI Vote Director
OFA-PA Deputy Voter Protection Coordinator
[email protected]

(408) 386-6638

Legal Outreach Volunteering Opportunity

Sheila Bautista, AABANY member and prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s office, shares the following volunteer opportunity with us:

Since 1983, Legal Outreach has provided underserved minority students in New York City with the academic support and mentorship they deserve.  As rising ninth graders, students begin the program by participating in the Summer Law Institute, a five-week program that concludes with a mock trial in front of a real judge in a real courtroom.  In high school, students participate in Legal Outreach’s College Bound program, a rigorous college preparatory track of after-school tutoring, Saturday writing classes, SAT preparation, mock trials and debates, life skills courses, internships, and mentoring from staff, law students, and professional attorneys.

Legal Outreach is currently seeking to recruit volunteer attorneys to serve as mentors to students participating in its Constitutional Law Debate program, one of the key components of the College Bound Program.  This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a rewarding program with proven results—100% of Legal Outreach students graduate high school in four years, compared to 59% of New York City students.  Over 99% of Legal Outreach graduates have matriculated at four-year colleges and 68% percent matriculate at highly selective colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, University of Michigan, Smith, and Wesleyan.

One of Legal Outreach’s defining goals is to increase diversity within the legal profession. According to the American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard 2010, the percentage of minority lawyers at large firms dropped for the first time in recent memory this past year, now standing at only 13.4%.  The raw number of Asian-American lawyers dropped the most, by 556 attorneys.  While the proportion of minorities enrolled in law school and employed in the legal profession has always been low compared to minority representation in the overall population, this negative trend needs to be combated.  By providing minority students with an early-intervention program to bolster academic preparation and vision, Legal Outreach is working to raise these numbers. Legal Outreach has been recognized by the American Bar Association as an outstanding pipeline diversity program and by American Lawyer as “arguably the legal profession’s best example of an early-intervention pipeline program—and one of the few with a long-term track record.”  In fact, nearly 15% of our College Bound students go on to become practicing attorneys. 

To learn more and apply to volunteer with Legal Outreach, please visit our website at or e-mail Ariel Joseph, Esq. at [email protected].

KALCA Volunteering Opportunity

Want to get involved with the NYC community?  Then join KALCA as we volunteer for God’s Love We Deliver, a non-religious non-profit organization that provides healthy and balanced meals and nutritional counseling for people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.

 Volunteer will help prepare meals in the kitchen.  Your time and your care can really make the difference in these people’s lives.

 When: Sunday, September 16, 1:30pm-4:30pm.

Where: Soho at 166 Avenue of the Americas (@ Spring Street).

 Please RSVP by 8/31 to Esther Hong at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.

AALDEF Volunteer Opportunity – Voter Registration Drives

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. This summer, AALDEF will be conducting a series of street-based voter registration drives in various neighborhoods in New York City and East Brunswick, New Jersey. We need your help to register Asian Americans to vote. Volunteers with Chinese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, or Punjabi language skills are especially helpful, though not necessary.

All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help. There will be a short training for all volunteers on rules to know when conducting voter registration drives. If your organization is interested in participating in one or more registration drives this summer, please contact AALDEF Voting Rights Organizer, Chi-Ser Tran, immediately at [email protected] with the date(s) of choice and the number of volunteers your organization will be able to provide. Please direct all questions to Chi-Ser.

The voter registration drive schedule is:

____Thursday, June 28, 2012: Elmhurst, Queens (5-6:30 pm)

____Friday, June 29, 2012: Richmond Hill, Queens (5-6:30 pm)

____Saturday, June 30, 2012: East Brunswick, New Jersey (11-3pm)

____Tuesday, July 3, 2012: Flushing, Queens (5-6:30 pm)

Thank you! We look forward to working with you this summer!

AALDEF seeking Nepali Volunteer Interpreter


Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

For Summer 2012 and Fall 2012, AALDEF seeks undergraduate or graduate volunteers who are fluent in both Nepali and English to participate in client legal meetings as interpreters.  Volunteers will gain valuable experience working alongside AALDEF attorneys in client advocacy and community education, and receive close supervision in a legal environment.  A minimum time commitment of 5 hours per week is highly desired.

Interested volunteers should contact AALDEF staff attorney Shirley Lin at [email protected] by June 18 (Summer 2012) or July 31 (Fall 2012).


AALDEF’s Economic Justice project seeks a volunteer interpreter who is fluent in Malayalam to conduct a 2 ½-hour consultation between AALDEF attorneys and a potential client in the coming week.  The consultation may take place at AALDEF’s New York office during the afternoon in a workweek, or by telephone during the weekend.  Interested volunteers should contact Jennifer Weng at [email protected] regarding their availability.


AALDEF seeks a volunteer fully fluent in Mandarin to accompany an attorney on an initial legal visit in a medical setting within New York City.  The meeting is flexible, but must take place sometime between 4pm and 8pm, during the workweek (Mon. Jan. 9th through Fri. Jan. 13th).

Ideally, the volunteer is conversant with terms involving the judicial system, but a preliminary review of the terms to be used may be arranged.  If interested, please contact [email protected].