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Glenn Lau-Kee of Manhattan (Kee & Lau-Kee) today was named president-elect designee of the New York State Bar Association.
The House of Delegates, the association’s governing body, elected Lau-Kee during its Annual Meeting in New York City. He will begin a one-year term as president-elect on June 1, 2013, and a one-year term as president on June 1, 2014.
Current President-elect David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody) will assume the presidency on June 1, 2013, succeeding Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City).
Glenn Lau-Kee is president-elect of the 76,000-member New York State Bar Association. Lau-Kee is a partner of Kee & Lau-Kee. He concentrates his practice in real estate and business law.
A 13-year member of the State Bar Association, Lau-Kee was a member-at-large of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Membership Committee. He is a member of the Business Law, Health Law and Real Property Law sections. He received the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award in 2010.
Lau-Kee was a member of the Task Force on the State of Our Courthouses and the Special Committees on Legal Specialization, Multijurisdictional Practice and Sarbanes-Oxley Issues.
He is a vice-chair of the board of the Greater New York City YMCA and a board member of the Fund for Modern Courts, The New York Bar Foundation and US-Asia Institute. He served as president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York from 1997-1999 and was appointed by former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice, and the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System.
A resident of Westport, Connecticut, Lau-Kee graduated from Yale College and Boston University School of Law.
Norman Lau Kee ’55 and his son, Glenn Lau-Kee, were named recipients of the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award by the New York State Bar Association. The annual award recognizes lawyers who demonstrate commitment to legal excellence, community, and mentoring. The award, presented by the State Bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, honored the father and son for their outstanding record of public service and their dedication to providing New York City’s Chinatown community with exceptional legal services.
After graduating from Fordham Law, Norman Lau Kee founded the family law firm Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC, and, in so doing, became the third Chinese-American lawyer to practice in Chinatown. The Lau Kee family has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community, including helping found Chinatown’s YMCA in the 1970s and the US-Asia Institute in 1979. Norman Lau Kee is a recipient of the Greater New York City YMCA Order of the Red Triangle. He is a former chairman of the Federal Advisory Commission to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The New York State Bar Association today announced Norman Lau Kee and, his son, Glenn Lau-Kee (Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC) as this year’s recipients of the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award. The annual award recognizes lawyers who demonstrate commitment to legal excellence, community and mentoring. The award, presented by the State Bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, honored the father and son for their outstanding record of public service and their dedication to providing New York City’s Chinatown community with exceptional legal services.
“Norman Lau Kee and Glenn Lau-Kee have made a real difference for Asian-Americans and the legal profession as a whole with trailblazing leadership, a deep commitment to the public good, and a distinguished record of excellence,” said Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Chair Vincent J. Syracuse of New York (Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP). “In the spirit of the Honorable George Bundy Smith, we are pleased to honor their contributions to our profession and the entire community.”