EJ_Profile_48 editedPresident’s Message – November 2016

We have had an exciting start to our fall season this year, after a fantastic summer hosting the NYC boat cruise, Clovis Point Winery Trip, and kicking off our first voter registration drive.

In September, we led a CLE program entitled “Representing Unaccompanied Minors: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status”, featuring Professor Claire Thomas, Director of Training for the Safe Passage Project, and Marie Elena First, Esq. On September 24, our Queens chapter was well-represented at the WBASNY board meeting in NYC, which included presentations by Queens’ Fay Parris and Lourdes Ventura, our immediate past president and WBASNY Treasurer.

In October, we held our New Member Reception and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Bourbon Street rooftop lounge in Bayside, where we enjoyed a beautiful fall night with old and new friends and heard first-hand from our Cuba Committee about their historic trip to Cuba this past May.  On October 16, Team QCWBA was proud to walk at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Flushing Meadows and continue our support for this cause. Thereafter, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we co-hosted the One Love Escalation workshop at the Queens Criminal Court, raising awareness and providing critical information about relationship abuse.

In the meantime, our voter registration drive initiative pressed on as we collaborated with KACE (Korean American Civic Empowerment) to co-host a drive at the Korean Day Parade in Manhattan. Thereafter, we held our final voter registration in Jamaica at the last stop on the “E” subway train (Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue).  Our voter registration drive committee is proud to announce that our Queens chapter registered 200 voters as a result of their tremendous efforts, well beyond the chapter goal of 55, and we hope that everyone will GO VOTE on November 8.

All members of the Judiciary and dues paid QCWBA members are invited complimentary to our upcoming 2016 Judiciary Night on Wednesday, November 30 at the Queens Theatre.  On this special evening, we will have the great privilege of honoring Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as our keynote honoree, celebrating the members of our Judiciary, and presenting the Faith O’Neal Scholarship winners before kicking into the holiday season with our Queens Bar Holiday Party on December 8.

If you have not already, we invite you to join us or renew your membership today.

Please like and follow us at www.facebook.com/QCWBA and on Twitter @QueensWomensBar, and browse our website for more details, flyers and information about our upcoming events, and feel free to e-mail me at info@qcwba.org with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

-EUN CHONG (EJ) THORSEN