Thanks to everyone who came out to the Fall Conference on Saturday, September 15, at Gibson Dunn. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to hold a conference, and we had well over 200 attendees, including speakers, Board members, Committee Chairs, volunteers, and numerous participants for eight CLE programs, the all-day Trial Advocacy Program, the pitch sessions, the In-House Counsel Forum and the Judicial Forum.
During the luncheon, Debra Wong Yang, Gibson Dunn Partner from the Los Angeles office, welcomed all the attendees. Wells Fargo Senior Economist Anika Khan flew in from Charlotte, North Carolina, to give an informative and engaging presentation about the current economic outlook in the United States.
After a long day, many attendees stayed for the cocktail reception, at which the 2012-13 AABANY Mentorship Program was officially launched, with some mentors and mentees for this year’s program meeting face-to-face for the first time. Cynthia Tomm, Development Coordinator for the MinKwon Center, our community partner, addressed the audience to talk about the work MinKwon has been doing in the community and to seek attorneys to volunteer their time in support of those efforts, especially with the recently-announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Jason Leung and Jin Hwang, NAPABA Northeast Regional Governors, were on hand to encourage everyone to register for the NAPABA National Convention in Washington, DC in November.
We thank the Fall Conference Planning Committee, the program organizers, the panelists and moderators for many months of hard work. We thank all the volunteers who helped things to run smoothly from early in the morning and into the evening.
We thank our sponsors Wells Fargo, Hudson Reporting and Holtz Rubenstein Reminick for their generous support. We thank Gibson Dunn for hosting the event and for donating so many resources to make the conference a success.
For those who still had energy left to go to the after-party, it was held at Chelsea Manor, and we thank Skadden for sponsoring the after-party.
We hope everyone had an enjoyable time at the Fall Conference (and afterwards), and if you have any feedback to share, please post it here on the blog or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.