October 23, 201

 KALAGNY'S Upcoming Events 

  • How to Go In-House and Succeed (panel discussion, Oct. 23)
  • Mentorship Program Kickoff Reception (October 25)
  • KALAGNY Dinner at NAPABA (November 3)
  • Veterans' Networking Event (November 8)
  • “Suits and Suds” Happy Hour for KCS Suit Drive (November 15)
  • Ethics CLE: Most Common Disciplinary Errors Made by Lawyers (Dec. 18)

 In the News

  • Eunkyong Choi Elected to the American College of Tax Counsel

Other Announcements / Community Events

  • LGBTQ Asian & South Asian Atty Networking Reception (Oct. 24)    

  • Volunteer to Defend Asian American Voting Rights (Training Sessions on Oct. 25; volunteer hours on Election Day)

  • Vision Care USA's 2nd Annual Eye Camp (November 18)

  • Community event: Coalition for Asian American Children and Families: Benefit and Awards Gala (October 25)

  • Job Listings

    * Featured Listing: NYIC Immigration Law and Policy Fellow 



How to Go In-House & Succeed - October 23

KALAGNY is co-sponsoring the Muslim Bar Association of New York's panel discussion on "How to Go In-House & Succeed," on Monday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (200 Park Avenue, Manhattan).  The discussion will focus on the transition into an in-house role and tips on succeeding in the corporate environment.

Panelists include Daniel Cho, KALAGNY Board Member and Senior Counsel at Mitsui Bussan Commodities; Jung Choi of Bristol-Myers Squibb; Stephanie Esposito of Bank of America; and Amin Kassam of Bloomberg.  

RSVP and get tickets here or click where indicated on this flyer (pdf).

Calling all 2017-18 Mentorship Program Participants:
Join us for the Annual Kickoff Reception on October 25!

Event chairsJohn Kim and Julie Cho

As another exciting year of the Mentorship Program begins, the Mentorship Committee invites all of the Program's current participants to take part in the Annual Kickoff Reception on Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at the offices of Troutman Sanders LLP.  The Kickoff Reception is a unique opportunity to begin to build the mentor-mentee relationship, and we ask that all Program participants make every effort to attend.

Many thanks to Troutman Sanders, our generous reception host and sponsor.  The reception will take place at their offices at 875 Third Avenue, Suite 1700, Manhattan (map).

PLEASE RSVP HERE for the Kickoff no later than October 23 at 5:00 p.m. For security purposes, we must submit a complete advance list of attendees to our hosts, and attendees must bring photo ID to the event.  Please note that this reception is open to current Mentorship Program participants only.

Attending NAPABA's Annual Convention?  Let us know!
KALAGNY for Friday Dinner (Nov. 3)
at the Convention!
Event chair:  Chul Pak

Are you attending NAPABA's annual convention this year?  Come and have dinner with your KALAGNY friends on Friday evening (Nov. 3)!  Or just let us know that you attending so that we can stay in touch.  To sign up for the dinner or just to give a heads-up that you'll be at the convention, please click here

Seats at the dinner are limited, so please RSVP by no later than Friday, October 27.  You will receive an email confirming the dinner details and your seat at the dinner.  See you there!

Be a Part of Our Inaugural Veterans and Military Networking Event on Nov. 8!

Please join us at KALAGNY's inaugural Veterans and Military Networking Event on Wednesday, November 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by AABANY, FALA-NY, MBBA, PRBA, SABANY, LeGaL, APALA-NJ, MuBANY, NoBL, the New York City Bar Military Affairs & Justice Committee, NYCLA and other bar associations.

We are honored to have as our distinguished speaker the Honorable Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department; Colonel, Judge Advocate General's Corps; New York Army National Guard; State Judge Advocate, retired.  The event will take place at Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP, 156 5th Avenue #303 (map) (pdf flyer).

Please RSVP by October 31.


"Suits and Suds" Happy Hour for KCS Suit Drive - Nov. 15!
Event chair: Joe Gim
KALAGNY is joining in a suit drive for
The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS), a 501(c)(3) organization supporting Korean immigrants, to support their job training program for low income immigrant community members.  As part of this initiative, Robbie & Co., a premier suit shop located at 147 West 35th Street (Manhattan), will host a happy hour on November 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on their second floor lounge for KALAGNY to benefit KCS.  
Bring your used suits to the happy hour to donate to KCS and get a discount for a new suit from Robbie & Co.'s fall/winter collection!  Enjoy snacks and beer or partake in a game of pool or darts as we gather to benefit needy immigrant families in the New York area. 
Please remember to RSVP!

Ethics CLE:  Most Common Disciplinary Errors Made by Lawyers - December 18
Event chair: Maria Park, Deputy Bureau Chief, Kings County District Attorney's Office

On December 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm, KALAGNY will present a CLE course entitled "Most Common Disciplinary Errors Made by Lawyers in 2016."  The program will give a brief overview of the disciplinary process and discuss numerous 2016 cases where attorneys were disciplined for their misconduct.  During the discussion, rules that govern attorneys in their professional capacity will be reviewed, including Part 1240 (Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters) and Part 603 (Conduct of Attorneys). 

The program will be hosted by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz at its offices at 51 West 52nd Street in Manhattan.  The speaker will be Jun H. Lee, Principal Staff Attorney with the Attorney Grievance Committee, First Judicial Department.   Please RSVP here.


Eunkyong Choi Elected to American College of Tax Counsel

KALAGNY member and NYC Taxpayer Advocate  Eunkyong Choi has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC), a not-for-profit professional association of tax lawyers who are recognized for their excellence in tax practice and professional achievements, and for their dedication to improving the practice of tax law.   Fellows are nominated by their peers for this honor and must satisfy the established criteria and pass a rigorous screening process before he or she becomes a Fellow.  As a member of the College, Ms. Choi will have the opportunity to work together with other accomplished colleagues in tax practice to promote sound tax policy and to engage in thoughtful discussion with the government about matters affecting the tax system.  


Congratulations to Ms. Choi on this very well-deserved recognition!



Celebrate LGBTQ Asian and South Asian Attorneys at an Attorney Networking Reception! - Oct. 24

Each year, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and specialty bar associations across the country co-sponsor attorney networking receptions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. to support LGBT Asian American and South Asian attorneys. 

KALAGNY is co-sponsoring this year's New York reception at Gibson Dunn LLP (200 Park Avenue, Manhattan) at 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24.

Click here to RSVP (required).  Additional details are provided in this flyer(pdf).

Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights on Election Day 2017!

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced barriers in exercising their right to vote.  In election reporting, the news media has consistently overlooked Asian American voters.  Protecting Asian American voters in future elections will require the efforts of fellow citizens who are willing to be present at the polls to observe and assist as voting is taking place.

This Election Day, November 7, 2017, KALAGNY is partnering with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) to protect Asian Americans' voting rights.  We are looking for volunteers to conduct exit polls, assist voters and monitor election activity for Voting Rights Act compliance.  NYC volunteers attend one of the following one-hour training sessions on Oct. 25 or 27:

Wednesday, October 25
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (CLE Training)
425 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017
Dinner, 6-7:30 PM

Friday, October 27
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (CLE Training) - NEW
One Gateway Center, Newark, NJ 07102
Lunch, 12-1:30 PM

Please see this flyer (pdf) for more information and sign up to volunteer at www.aaldef.net.  (Please note that the Oct. 27 Newark training has just been added and is not listed on the flyer.)

If you have additional questions, please contact AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Iris Zalun at 800-966-5946 or votingrights@aaldef.org.

Vision Care USA - 2nd Annual Local Eye Camp - Nov. 18

KALAGNY is a Volunteer Sponsor for Vision Care USA's 2nd Annual Local Eye Camp community event On Saturday, Nov. 18, in Flushing, where 100+ people in the local community will be given free eye exams.  Vision Care USA will also arrange for up to 10 individuals who require cataract surgery but are uninsured and facing financial difficulties to receive the surgery free of charge.  

KALAGNY and Vision Care USA are still seeking volunteers for the 2nd Annual Eye Camp event.  Volunteers would give their time on November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., during which time they would be provided with a brief training and then proceed to assist with the days events.  Volunteers may be asked to help with set up and clean up, greet patients, help with registration, lead eye screenings, escort patients to examination rooms, keep patient files and maintain the order of patient exams.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served and each volunteer will receive a Vision Care t-shirt to take home.   Email kalagny@gmail.com with the subject line "Vision Care" for details on becoming a 2nd Annual Eye Camp volunteer.

To learn more about the Vision Care's Eye Camps and its other work around the world, please visit www.visioncareusa.org.

Community Events

The Coalition for Asian American Children & Families holds its 2017 "Catalyst for Change" Benefit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 25 at espace in Midtown (invitation and sponsorship information here).


FEATURED POSTING:  NYIC Seeks Immigration Law and Policy Fellow  


The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State representing diverse immigrant communities.  With the support of KALAGNY, the NYIC has created a position for an Immigration Law and Policy Fellow.  The Fellow will work closely with NYIC's policy and advocacy staff to convene nonprofit organizations serving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) clients to discuss collaboration and the needs of their communities, analyze trends in immigration policy for their impact on AAPI communities, and collaborate with partner organizations to support Know Your Rights sessions for community members.  The Fellow will also participate in occasional KALAGNY events and update KALAGNY on their work and their findings.


Qualifications:  Applicants should be recent law graduates with an interest in immigration, immigrant rights, and/or public policy (note that while the Fellow might assist with an amicus brief, this position will not involve legal services or law practice).  Some experience working with AAPI communities, on immigration law, and/or public policy advocacy is a strong asset, as is knowledge of Korean, Chinese, or another language spoken in AAPI communities.  In addition, the ideal candidate would possess excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and, of course, a commitment to social justice.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter explaining why this position interests you and why you are the ideal candidate, along with your resume and a brief writing sample to hr@nyic.org with the subject line: Legal Fellow. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged. No phone calls will be accepted about this position.

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