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The local paper for Downtown wn PAYING EXTRA FOR A CORNER TABLE WEEK OF JULY P.10 OTDOWNTOWN.COM 31 2014 OurTownDowntown @OTDowntown CHINATOWN LAWYER TO HEAD N.Y. STATE BAR Q&A Glenn Lau-Kee was elected the 117th president of the state bar association last month tion of New York from 1997-1999. Lau-Kee will serve a one-year term as State Bar president. In an interview at his office on Broome Street, Lau-Kee talked about his career and his hopes for the future of his profession. BY MARY KEKATOS When did you first begin practicing Glenn Lau-Kee, a partner at the law? Lau-Kee will serve as bar association president for one year. downtown law firm Kee & Lau-Kee, assumed the office of president of the New York State Bar Association, making him the group’s 117th, and first Asian-American, president. Lau-Kee’s father, Norman Lau Kee, who founded the firm in 1956, is a long-established Chinatown lawyer, and his son has made quite a name for himself over the years. Lau-Kee has been a member of the State Bar Association for 15 years, serving and chairing several committees, and was the president of the Asian American Bar Associa- And what has been your history with the bar? For many years I served in the House of Delegates and then some years later, the State Bar had an Executive Committee with a plan to increase diversity by adding two diversity seats. It was a 10-year program that I was a part of and I stepped down after two years. I had a lot of people ask me, “Why would What made you decide to become an you do that?” And it’s because I attorney? Did it have anything to do wanted the seat to keep rotating. with your father or was it of your own This was all about increasing divolition? versity and giving people a chance My father never urged me to be- to serve on the committee. come an attorney. The story actuSo I came back after a year and I ally goes that a group of us just ran for an at-large seat, and eventudecided to take the LSATs. It was Well, I was first admitted to the bar in 1975 and I went over to Coudert Brothers. I was an associate in Hong Kong for a year and then, when I came back in 1977, I joined my father at his firm and I’ve been here ever since. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 THIEVES GOT INTO 1K STUBHUB ACCOUNTS NEWS NYC officials say that a Russian-led international crime ring is behind the breach into the popular ticketing website’s operations BY JENNIFER PELTZ Some of the hottest tickets in town -- to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts -- went to an international ring of cyber thieves who took over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts to fraudulently buy tickets and resell them. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case, which involved more than 3,500 tickets and at least $1.6 million in unauthorized purchases of sought-after seats, Manhattan District Attorney CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 never something I wanted to do from early on. I graduated from Yale in 1971 and actually got a letter asking me to go Vietnam. I could have gone, but I was exempted and went to law school instead. In Brief SUSPECT KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH COPS A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a Greenwich Village smoke shop, officials said Monday. The suspect, wedding photographer Charles Richard Mozdir, was recently featured on a CNN show about fugitives. He was wanted in a San Diego case and charged with five counts of lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, according to a criminal complaint. Officials didn’t disclose details of the injuries sustained by the two U.S. Marshals and a New York City detective, but Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters all three were in stable condition. The shootout between Mozdir and a fugitive apprehension task force happened just after 1 p.m. in the West Village not far from New York University in a highly trafficked tourist area bounded by jazz clubs, restaurants, a subway station and basketball court. BALDWIN, LABEOUF SHARE A ROLE -DEFENDANT Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts. Both stars appeared in courtrooms a few blocks apart for separate disorderly conduct cases. LaBeouf is charged with disrupting a Broadway performance, while Baldwin was accused of getting belligerent with police who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street. “Looks like you have a short fuse,” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin.

Our Town Downtown July 31st, 2014

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