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    Dwight Yoo (AABANY Member): Catalyst Spotlight

    What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
    I am a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a global law firm. My practice focuses on capital markets and other corporate transactions, principally in the insurance and banking industries. My parents are first-generation immigrants; neither was a lawyer. After a brief experience as a paralegal at a law firm (after one year in Korea after college) to confirm my interest in law, I attended law school. I was a summer associate at Skadden and have been at the firm my entire legal career.

    What is the biggest challenge of your work?
    To succeed at the top level of legal service, I need to provide solutions (not just answers) fast, efficiently and ethically. Executing complex deals under tight deadlines while being available and on point 24/7 is gratifying, but takes stamina.

    What is your proudest achievement?
    Perhaps not my proudest achievement ever, but recent and of which I am proud. Since the New Year, I committed to being more present with my daughters in the early morning and walking the older one to pre-school each school day. Outside of travel or the occasional immovable meeting, I have been able to re-arrange my schedule to make it work daily. I owe a significant amount of thanks to my accountability group, comprised of a small number of professionals, each from a different company. The group was formed last year to advocate for each other professionally and to hold each member accountable to his or her near-term goals.  They certainly helped keep me on track.

    What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
    I try to adopt the best qualities of every person I meet or with whom I work. I nearly always see a trait or way of doing things that I want to adopt.

    Where do you see yourself in ten years?
    Still at Skadden. Our daughters, however, will then be teenagers. I plan to enjoy every minute until that time.

    What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?
    Do what you are passionate about.

    Did you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else? How has that experience changed you?
    I have several mentees, including at the firm, through bar associations and at other organizations. I also sponsor select associates. The successful mentor and sponsor relationships have been two-way streets. I have gained as much value from the relationship as I have given. Recently, I received feedback from an associate whom I sponsor that was as honest, incisive and behavior-changing as any I have received during my career.

    — 3 months ago

    CUP Conversations 2014 - Don Liu, AABANY Member, General Counsel, Secretary & Vice President at Xerox

    — 3 months ago

    WE blog @AABANY: AABANY Announces NAPABA Election and Endorsements. →


    Dear AABANY Members & Friends,

    As you may know, AABANY is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”). All dues paying members of AABANY as of August 1, 2013 are NAPABA members and have the right to vote in the upcoming NAPABA election.

    Certain NAPABA…

    — 1 year ago with 1 note

    #endorsements  #napaba  #elections 


    The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) urges the United States Congress to reinstate the enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Section 4, that were invalidated this past Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by the United States Supreme Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes

    WE blog @AABANY: 2013 NAPABA Convention Scholarship Application Deadline: August 30, 2013 →


    NAPABA strives to keep the Convention affordable for our members and offers one of the best values among legal education conferences. NAPABA also maintains a scholarship fund to help further defray costs for attendees through full or partial registration waivers, travel stipends, and lodging…

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes

    NYSBA President-elect Glenn Lau-Kee speaking on New York State Conference of Bar Leaders Spring 2013 Workshop, “Partners for Diversity: Improving Participation and Retention in Bar Associations,” in the first panel, “Diversity Trends: What Progress Are We Making within Bar Associations?” The workshop was held at Patterson Belknap on April 19.

    NYSBA President-elect Glenn Lau-Kee speaking on New York State Conference of Bar Leaders Spring 2013 Workshop, “Partners for Diversity: Improving Participation and Retention in Bar Associations,” in the first panel, “Diversity Trends: What Progress Are We Making within Bar Associations?” The workshop was held at Patterson Belknap on April 19.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note

    #glenn lau-kee  #nysba  #new york  #state  #conference  #bar leaders  #diversity  #trends  #workshop 
    Mandarin/Cantonese translators needed for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Other Legal Assistance

    Brooklyn Jubilee is providing free legal services to Coney Island residents, primarily concerning FEMA, housing, public benefits, and insurance questions.  We need Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu and Russian interpreters all week long, but primarily on Saturdays.  Interpreters will assist attorneys and paralegals conducting new client intake.

    No legal expertise is required for this volunteer position.  This opportunity is not limited to attorneys and law students.  Brooklyn Jubilee is in critical need of translators in order to better serve the Chinese-speaking community, so please consider volunteering and inviting any of your non-lawyer friends who have Chinese language skills!

    Intake hours are 10-3 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  Intake hours are 2-7 on Thursday.  Interpreters would be appreciated for 2-3 hours of the intake session any day of the week, but especially on Saturdays.  Please contact Executive Director Sandhya Reju Boyd at director@brooklynjubilee.org if interested in volunteering.

    Brooklyn Jubilee also provides opportunities for legal volunteers, which requires attendance at a training (next one is scheduled for 2/23).  A follow-up announcement regarding that opportunity will be forthcoming soon.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes

    #Hurricane Sandy  #disaster  #relief  #FEMA  #brooklyn  #jubilee  #translators  #mandarin  #cantonese  #interpreters  #volunteer 
    33rd Annual AAPI Heritage Festival at DUMBO

    quoted from aabany

    Lotsa people here at #DUMBO for AAPI Heritage Festival. Come and join us! http://t.co/JBj3y2hL
    — 2 years ago

    WE blog @AABANY: NAPABA Press Release: Nomination of Hon. Jacqueline H. Nguyen →



    NAPABA Contact: Emily Chatterjee (202) 775-9555

    September 23, 2011

    AAJC Contact: Leonie Campbell-Williams (443) 803-1465


    WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the National…

    — 2 years ago with 46 notes

    #NAPABA  #aajc  #jacqueline h. nguyen  #9th cir.  #judiciary  #nomination 


    NEW YORK – September 19, 2011 – President Linda S. Lin officially announced the formation of the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s (AABANY) first law review, The AABANY Law Review, at AABANY’s Second Annual Fall Conference held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP.  President Lin states, “This undertaking represents a first-of-its-kind endeavor by AABANY, and we hope that it will provide a platform for important works of legal scholarship on issues that matter to the Asian Pacific American community.”

    The AABANY Law Review will provide comprehensive analyses of law and commentary on groundbreaking cases and legislation that impact the Asian Pacific American community, and serve as an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and law students.  President Lin also introduced Jen Yue Connor Yim, who will serve as the law review’s first Editor-in-Chief.  Mr. Yim is an associate at the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.  He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and served as Production Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.  “Our team is very excited to take part in a publication that will foster intellectual and meaningful discourse on relevant legal issues that directly and indirectly affect the Asian Pacific American community,” says Mr. Yim, Editor-in-Chief.   Mr. Yim will lead a team of three executive editors and fourteen articles editors. 

    To read the full press release, click on the title of this post.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note

    #AABANY Law Review  #President Linda S. Lin  #Fall Conference  #Skadden  #Connor Yim  #Editor-in-Chief  #legal issues  #Brooklyn Law School  #Law Review