AABANY Celebrates 2021 Virtual Gala

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, AABANY hosted its 2021 Virtual Gala: Uniting for Justice and Equity. 

The event kicked off at 6 pm with a Pre-Gala Virtual Cocktail Reception on Remo attended by sponsors and special guests, including prominent General Counsels and judges. At 6:30 pm, all Virtual Gala attendees were invited to enjoy a piano concert featuring AABANY Member Renee Yao.

The Virtual Gala started at 7 pm and Kate Siahaan-Riggs, NYC-based actor, stand up comic, and writer, served as emcee. Throughout the gala, AABANY held a text-to-donate fundraiser to support Portrait Project 2.0, the second phase of the Portrait Project study which is researching why Asian Americans are underrepresented in top leadership positions across all sectors of the legal profession and how it can be addressed.

This year AABANY was proud to honor:

Frank H. Wu, President of Queens College, the City University of New York, with the AABANY Impact Award

Sneha Desai, Deputy General Counsel Litigation of BASF Corporation, with the AABANY Women’s Leadership Award

Kirkland & Ellis LLP with the AABANY Law Firm Diversity Award

Ed Lee, AABANY Board Director and Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, accepted the Law Firm Diversity Award on behalf of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Honoree Sneha Desai delivered an acceptance speech, stressing the importance of individuals in leadership and influential positions to make positive change in diversity and inclusion. The Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, hosted a fireside chat with honoree Frank H,. Wu to discuss his career and the work he has accomplished.

In addition, we were also pleased to present the 2021 class of Don H. Liu Scholars: Narissa Ganpat, Minji Kim, and Minh Eric Le.

The Gala concluded with a tribute to Asian American photojournalist and historian Corky Lee who passed away in January due to COVID-19. Corky had taken photos of our past Annual Dinners from its earliest days until 2020.

We thank all of the AABANY Virtual Gala Planning Committee members and volunteers for their hard work in making this year’s celebration a huge success. 

We extend sincere thanks to all of our sponsors. Their generous sponsorships make it possible for us to pursue our mission to advance the interests of the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community and the communities we serve and support our many activities and signature events throughout the year. 

Lastly, we thank everyone that attended the 2021 Virtual Gala and celebrated with us. Our Virtual Gala was streamed on Vimeo which reports that the gala drew 1,400 views. To watch the gala on You Tube, click here or on the image at the top of this blog. To view the Virtual Gala program book, click here.

Yen Chu, Chief Legal Officer at Equinox Holdings, Will Be Presented with the Women’s Leadership Award at the 2020 AABANY Annual Dinner

AABANY is excited to announce that Yen Chu will be presented with the Women’s Leadership Award at the 2020 AABANY Annual Dinner being held on February 26, 2020, at Cipriani Wall Street.

Yen D. Chu currently serves as Chief Legal Officer of Equinox Holdings, Inc., a global integrated fitness, wellness, and hospitality company, with a portfolio of brands/business interests in Equinox, Equinox Hotels, SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, PURE Yoga, Furthermore (a digital lifestyle magazine), and Equinox Media. She leads the Equinox legal department, and during her tenure, Ms. Chu has led business innovation and growth with the launch of new ventures and businesses, including Equinox Hotels, Equinox Media, and Equinox Explore.

Before joining Equinox, Ms. Chu spent over a decade as a vital member of the senior leadership team and advisor to the Board of Directors of Ralph Lauren Corporation. She also nearly a decade at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as a corporate attorney. Additionally, she has also been a champion of diversity and inclusion, dedicating her time and voice to multiple organizations that focus on advancing and empowering women, people of color, first-generation students, and other underrepresented groups, particularly in the legal profession.

Ms. Chu graduated from Columbia Law School and is currently a Board Member of the Columbia Law School Association.

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Dinner. For more information and tickets, click here on the following link: https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1223619

AABANY CONGRATULATES THE HONORABLE DORIS LING-COHAN ON RECEIVING NAPABA 2017 WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK – September 18, 2017. The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) congratulates the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan on being honored with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) 2017 Women’s Leadership Award. The Women’s Leadership Award, which will be presented on November 4, 2017 at the 2017 NAPABA Convention in Washington, D.C, recognizes Justice Ling-Cohan’s barrier-breaking career, her commitment to the advancement of women and Asian Pacific Americans, and her role as a force for change and progress in the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community.

A native New Yorker, Justice Ling-Cohan’s professional career is a narrative of service to the law, the community, and the disadvantaged. Justice Ling-Cohan served as a legal services attorney and Assistant Attorney General before joining the bench. Justice Ling-Cohan was the first APA public official to be elected in the Chinatown district in 1995, the first APA woman elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2002, and the first APA woman appointed to an appellate court in New York State in 2014.

Justice Ling-Cohan is a pioneer, not only for women and APAs, but also for justice and social equality. In her 2005 ruling in Hernandez v Robles, Justice Ling-Cohan became the first trial judge in the state to rule in favor of marriage equality, a stand for social justice long before it entered popular favor. Justice Ling-Cohan’s commitment to fairness and to uplifting the vulnerable in our society make her leadership exemplary.

Inspired by the experiences of her youth, when her immigrant mother endured a confusing and upsetting Family Court hearing after being assaulted in Brooklyn, Justice Ling-Cohan has dedicated her professional life to promoting equal access to justice. Her efforts have been recognized by the National Law Journal, New York Post, and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. One of the many ways that Justice Ling-Cohan gives to the community is through Womankind, an organization she helped to found, committed to serving APA women suffering from domestic violence. Justice Ling-Cohan makes it clear that inequalities and injustice can be effectively addressed, and inspires us to take up that fight.

“Justice Ling-Cohan is a Founding Board Member of AABANY and prior Vice President,” states AABANY President Dwight Yoo. “In the over 27 years since she helped to found the organization, AABANY has witnessed first-hand Justice Ling-Cohan’s commitment to women and the APA community. Justice Ling-Cohan’s historic rise to the bench as an APA woman, her dedication to women’s issues, her tireless pursuit of justice, and her support of the APA community make her an ideal candidate to receive NAPABA’s 2017 Women’s Leadership Award. We commend NAPABA on recognizing Justice Ling-Cohan with this prestigious and well-deserved honor.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. AABANY is a New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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