Thank you for your interest in the NAPABA's 2016 Northeast Regional Conference hosted by the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.   It was a great event and we appreciate your support!

The conference included a full day of CLEs with 3 tracks (see below), with the Honorable Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department delivering his remarks at our luncheon as the Keynote Honoree on Saturday, August 20, 2016.  Other activities included a welcome reception on Friday, August 19, a cocktail reception at the New York Law School Rooftop Lounge on Saturday, August 20, and lunch and fun at the Biergarten at The Standard, High Line on Sunday, August 21.

Friday, August 19

Evening Welcome Reception (Sponsored by Yoon & Kim LLP)
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
335 E 45th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10017

6:30-8:30 PM
Catered by Bann Restaurant in NYC

Click here to learn more about our speaker at the Welcome Reception,

D. Stephen Mathias

Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations

Saturday, August 20 at New York Law School (see below for the detailed conference schedule)

8:15am - Registration (bagels and coffee/tea provided)

9:00am - 11:40am - CLEs

  • Session 1: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Session 2: 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM

11:45am-1:30pm - Luncheon and Plenary Session with Keynote Honoree, Hon. Randall T. Eng

1:35pm-5:30 - Continued CLEs

  • Session 3: 1:35 PM – 2:50 PM
  • Session 4: 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
  • Session 5: 4:25 PM – 5:40 PM

6pm-8pm - Cocktail Reception at New York Law School Rooftop Lounge

Catered by Bennie's Thai Cafe

8pm - Dinner at Hop Lee Restaurant, 16 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

Click here for more information and to reserve your seat at Hop Lee by Monday, August 15!

10:30pm - Late Night in NYC at Karaoke City, 22 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Click here to learn more about our Conference Keynote Honoree,

the Honorable Randall T. Eng

Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department

Sunday, August 21


Biergarten at The Standard, High Line

848 Washington Street

New York, NY 10014

Before you head to the Biergarten for farewell drinks to close out the conference weekend, feel free to indulge in the wonderful views of the Hudson River offered by the High Line, which is an innovative urban park built on an elevated out-of-use railroad trestle over 10th Avenue.

You may also wish to grab a quick bite at Le Pain Quotidien Meatpacking (14th St & 9th Ave) or settle in for a classic NYC diner breakfast at Bubby's High Line (Gansevoort St & Washington St).

NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference 2016 | Program

Detailed Conference Program

Friday, August 19

Friday Welcome Reception

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, 335 E. 45th St., New York, NY 10017

Saturday, August 20

Registration and Bagels at New York Law School

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Session 1

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Ethical Considerations for In-House Attorneys

In-house Attorneys serve dual roles in that they act as both attorneys for their respective companies, as well as clients in working with outside counsel.  As such in-house attorneys have added responsibilities as they try to to keenly understand ethical issues both as attorneys and clients.  Seasoned panelists will consider and discuss issues such as who is the client, escalating potential issues/violations, and attorney client privilege/work product from both in-house and outside counsel perspectives.

An-Ping Hsieh

Senior Vice President and General Counsel,  Hubbell Incorporated

Edward S. Cheng

Partner, Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Jung Choi

Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Clara Ohr

Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer, LUKOIL Pan Americas, LLC


Running for Elected Positions as the Asian Candidate – Lessons Learned

In this panel discussion, we'll have Asian Americans who have won elections (and lost elections); they will discuss their experiences with the process, the pitfalls and their successes.

James Cho

Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District

of New York

Hon. Doris Ling Cohan Justice

Appellate Term, 1st Department, NY State Supreme Court

Jun Choi

CEO, Menlo Realty Ventures; Former Mayor of Edison, NJ

Hon. Ron Kim

NYS Assemblyman, NYS Assembly District 40

Understanding the Foreign Real Estate Investor and How S/He is Changing the United States Landscape

This panel will discuss how to represent a Foreign Real Estate Investor Client in their capacity as Purchaser, Seller, or Developer. The attorneys will address the issues of due diligence, forming entities for their clients; understanding the Inbound/Outbound Tax issues including FIRPTA and other considerations of being a Non-Citizen owning and selling real property. Discussion will also focus on money wiring; government restrictions and monitoring of money laundering. Knowing your foreign client and representing them in their best interests. The attorneys and realtors on this panel will talk about their true experiences and share the challenges of representing the foreign buyer, seller and developer. They will discuss the Foreign Investor Development Projects and the types and level of investment and real estate development.

Margaret Ling

Attorney at Law

Katie Kao

Managing Real Estate Broker, North America Real Estate Investment Group

Lisa Lim

Partner, Akerman LLP

Robert Moy

Partner, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP

Raymond Moran

CEO, MG Global Valuation LLC


Session 2

10:25 AM – 11:40 AM

Law and Disruptive Technologies

The panel will discuss the implications of government action or inaction as it relates to disruptive and emerging technologies. For example, how a single decision from the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission creating a separate category called E-Hail led to a loss of 20 billion dollars in valuation for medallion owners. The panel will discuss the effect of California DMV’s rules on autonomous vehicles and the challenges for public entities on how to govern autonomous vehicles. Further, there will be a discussion on Drone technology, FAA rules and the privacy concerns attendant thereto. As it relates to Privacy, there will be a discussion on Big Data, the effect of different regulatory frameworks on privacy rights. Lastly, the panel will end with a review on BitCoin and newer CryptoCurrencies. There will be a discussion of the resultant concerns over reliability, government oversight and accountability as well as a discussion over Blockchain's role.

Steve Madra

The Madra Law Firm

Joah Sapphire

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Founder and President, Global Dynamics Group

Suhna Pierce

Associate, Morrison & Foerster

Tracee E. Davis

Of Counsel, Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP

James Jalil

Partner, Thompson Hine; Chair of India Desk, Chair of CryptoCurrency Practice


NAPABA’s Judiciary Roundtable

Meet with NAPABA leaders for an informal and off-the-record discussion about NAPABA’s ongoing efforts to diversify the judiciary.  Topics will include the status of current Asian Pacific American federal judicial nominees, how NAPABA supports its members through the nomination and confirmation process, and what you can do to continue increasing the number of Asian Pacific American judges nationwide. This roundtable is intended to be an information sharing session and attendees will be invited to talk about the judicial nominations work that NAPABA affiliates are engaged in around the country.

Jin Hwang

President, NAPABA; Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Vincent Eng

Principal & CEO, Veng Group

Hon. Peggy Kuo

Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

William Wang

Assistant Attorney General, Office of the New York State Attorney General


Performing Zealous Advocacy – For Your Client, And For Yourself

in Litigation

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” For litigators, our ultimate stage is the courtroom. And in the drama (or comedy) that unfolds, litigators are often subject to stereotypes, prejudices, and tropes just as any character in a play. In what roles are APA attorneys typically cast? Minor characters or foils? What does it take to be cast as a major character? How do we adapt our acts to our audience – client, judge, or jury – or to our venue – deposition room, negotiation table, or courtroom? What are the pitfalls for starlets on the rise? How can APA attorneys work within social constructs – imposed or self-made – to effectively advocate for their clients and ultimately for their own professional development?

Beatrice Hahn

Associate, Gibson Dunn

Brendan Wong

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Eric G. Fikry

Partner, Blank Rome

Susan L. Shin

Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Stella M. Tsai

Partner, Archer & Greiner P.C.


Plenary Session (Floor 2, Event Center)

11:50 AM – 1:30 PM

Remarks:                KALAGNY President Bridgette Ahn and NAPABA President Jin Hwang

Keynote Address: Honorable Randall T. Eng,  

Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department


Session 3

1:35 PM – 2:50 PM

A Shot in the Dark:  The Peter Liang/Akai Gurley Tragedy

Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot on November 20, 2014, in Brooklyn's Louis H. Pink Houses, by rookie NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who had entered a stairwell with his firearm drawn. The shooting was declared an accidental discharge; the bullet ricocheted off the wall and Gurley was struck once in the chest and later died from the shot. On February 10, 2015, Liang was indicted by a grand jury on manslaughter, assault, and other criminal charges, and on February 11, 2016, Liang was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct, becoming the first NYPD officer in over a decade to be found guilty of shooting and killing a citizen while on duty. The shooting and trial touched off a firestorm of opinion and protests, and in the post-Ferguson era, the case has added another twist to the intense ongoing debate about race and accountability in policing, as well as the Asian American community’s place in that debate and race relations. 

This panel will explore criminal procedural issues in the context of the Peter Liang trial such as the indictment and grand jury process, what is the standard for homicide versus manslaughter, and will also look at the civil rights aspect of the case. How did the APA community respond to the tragedy and what can we learn from it going forward?

Alexander M. Lee

Principal, The Law Offices of Alexander M.Lee

Christopher M. Kwok

Supervisory ADR Coordinator, U.S. E.E.O.C. (appearing in individual capacity)

Jin P. Lee

Principal, The Law Office of Jin P. Lee

Sandra Leung

Board Member, Treasurer, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund

Vinoo Varghese

Principal, Varghese and Associates, P.C.

Thomas Ong

Owner, Ong Investigative Group, LLC


NAPABA Lobby Day 101

As lawyers, we are uniquely qualified to advocate for justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans, regardless of our practice areas or experience levels.  But how do you communicate your ideas and move your legislators on the issues? Attendees will learn about techniques and tips to lead effective meetings with their elected officials. Drawing on experiences from working with legislators and participating in NAPABA’s Annual Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., the panelists will share the successes and challenges of advocating for the rights of the APA community with policymakers.

Jin Hwang

President, NAPABA and Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Navdeep Singh

Policy Director, NAPABA

Rahat Babar

Assistant Section Chief, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

Sophia Lee

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Trends Affecting Corporate Legal Practices

The program will discuss current financial trends which have been affecting the flow of corporate legal work, including market trends, regulatory trends, and corporate investments.

John Rogers

Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Osamu Watanabe

General  Counsel, Moelis & Company

Kenneth Chin

Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Gregory Pan

Assistant Principal Counsel, Marvel Entertainment

Jasmine Ball

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton


Session 4

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

The ‘Business Case’ for Diversity & Inclusion:  Lessons Learned from In-House, Government, and Law Firm Counsel

Today’s economic climate is one of constant change.  Increased regulatory compliance, technological innovation, low interest rates, and other factors have together created a highly challenging business environment.  In order to remain competitive, companies and law firms are placing a growing emphasis on legal teams that are resilient, creative, and diverse. Governmental entities are also beginning to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in their recruiting efforts.

This panel discusses the growing awareness that diversity and inclusion are not only helpful, but also critical towards the success of an enterprise.  Senior in-house, government, and law firm counsels will discuss how staffing diverse legal teams has driven superior business results and contributed towards their organizations’ success.  This panel will also discuss unique opportunities that exist for teams that can successfully apply diversity and inclusion to their practices.  Finally, the panel will also discuss how APA attorneys may position themselves to identify and help meet these needs, stepping forward as leaders during this critical juncture.

Sahang-Hee Hahn

Assistant Vice President and Counsel, MassMutual

Dwight S. Yoo

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Austin K. So.

General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, StoneMor Partners L.P.

Sonia Low

General  Counsel,  The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc.

Jimmy Yan

Special Counsel to the Chief Investment Officer & Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management, Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

Immigration, the Economy and EB-5 Application - Present and Future

The Immigrant investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. Based on the methodology described regarding the “Economic Impact of EB-5 Spending” report, we estimate spending associated with EB-5 regional center investors contributed $3.58 billion to U.S. GDP and supported over 41,000 U.S. jobs in FY2013 1.

However, recently some developers and regional centers have been charged with fraud for alleged misuse of investor money raised through the EB-5 Program. Also SEC charges unlicensed broker/dealers in EB-5 program. We will discuss what is the role of EB-5 in the U.S.? Why does EB-5 financing require SEC oversight? What are the recent trends in EB-5? How are Regional Centers affected by these trends? Have there been any actions taken by regulatory agencies? How much have these actions been influenced by recent cases? Finally, what are areas of EB-5 are targeted for reform, and why is it important that EB-5 has risen to a focal point in the discussion for reform? Also will discuss the emerging trend: Broker-Dealer participation in EB-5 financing/ the EB-5 Integrity Act of 2015.

Rachel Jiyoung Yoo

Principal Attorney, Law Office of Rachel J. Yoo

Margaret W. Wong

Managing Partner, Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC

Elaine M. Calderon

Managing Attorney, The Calderon Law Practice PLLC

Omar Hakim

Associate Attorney, Mona Shah and Associates

Min Chan

Managing Partner, Corporate Counsel, Century New York City Regional Center, Chan Law Firm


How to Get the Job of Your Dreams!

In today’s economy, it can be difficult to land a job, never mind the job of your dreams. We will discuss how to create a game plan and make it happen!  We will talk about how to avoid the bamboo ceiling through networking, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and learning how to market yourself in a way that is authentic to you.  And we will discuss interviewing tips, using recruiters and elevator speeches.

Scott Sebastian

Assistant Vice President and Counsel, MassMutual Financial Group

Daniel S. Jo

Attorney, Silver Golub & Teitell LLP

Adeline Park

Vice President and General Counsel, PetVet Care Centers

Tanya Bovée

Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C. Hartford

Session 5

4:25 PM – 5:40 PM

Fundamental Topics in Intellectual Property, Advertising and

Marketing Law

Intellectual property, marketing and advertising law comprises some of the most dynamic subject matter in the law. This panel discusses fundamental topics in these practice areas, and then shifts into current trends in the same. This well rounded panel will be for in-house attorneys and private practitioners, whether or not their daily practice focus is on intellectual property, advertising and marketing law.  Our discussion will include in-house attorney perspectives on managing intellectual property portfolios and legal budgets. Our panelists will also touch upon new opinions or cases to watch, as well as regulatory changes affecting advertising and marketing law.

Bridgette Y. Ahn

Law Office of Bridgette Y. Ahn

Ben Hur

Associate, Ropes & Gray LLP

Jane Chuang

Partner, Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP

Peter Kang

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Joe Khanna

Vice President & Senior Managing Counsel, Mastercard

Suemyra A. Shah

Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Peter Tu

Vice President, Legal, Signum Biosciences, Inc


#BrandingInSocialMedia #StrategiesThatWork

The focus of this panel discussion will be about corporate branding (large or small firm), individual branding and using social media to promote your legal practice.  It will be geared for audiences who are new to using social media as well as those fully engaged and how to make even better use of this tool in our digital and electronic society.

Pui Chi (PC) Cheng

Partner, Law Offices of Cheng & Associates PLLC

Sun E. Choi

Founding Member & Managing Partner, DC Metro Law, LLC

Paula T. Edgar

Owner and Principal, PGE LLC

Brandie Knox

Principal and Creative Director, Knox Design Strategy

Rosemarie Yu

Principal, Rosemarie Yu, LLC


Cocktail Reception

5:40 PM – 8:00 PM

New York Law School, Rooftop Lounge, Floor 5

Dinner Option at Hop Lee Restaurant

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

16 Mott Street

Late Night at Karaoke City

10:00 PM – Late Night

22 West 32nd Street, New York, NY

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