The newly formed Asian American Judges Association of New York (AAJANY) met with their Asian American colleagues on the federal bench on April 23 and were hosted by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin (back row, left) for a tour of the courthouse.

AAJANY was formed to address issues affecting Asian American judges, staff and litigants in the state courts, to promote more diversity within the bar and the judiciary, and to advance the inclusion of judges of Asian descent at all levels of the state court system.

Pictured, from left to right, are Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Gilbert Hong; Eastern District Magistrate Judge Marilyn Go; Chin; Eastern District Judge Pamela Chen; Kings County Family Court Judge Lillian Wan; Southern District Judge Lorna Schofield; Appellate Term, First Department Justice Doris Ling-Cohan; Eastern District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto; Queens Criminal Court Judge Toko Serita; Kings County Housing Court Judge Lydia Lai; Kings County Housing Court Judge Laurie Lau; Queens County Supreme Court Judge Leslie Purificacion (seated); and Kings County Family Court Judge Dean Kusakabe.

AAJANY is sponsoring “How to Become a State Court Judge—from an Asian Pacific American perspective,” at 6 p.m. on April 29 at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, 14 Vesey St.