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April 27, 2016


Election Date and General Membership Meeting is Tomorrow - Tasting Notes for On-Site Whiskey Tasting Available Now




KALAGNY's Elections and annual membership meeting will take place from 7 - 9:30 PM, on April 28, 2016 at Newman Ferrara LLP, located at  1250 Broadway # 27, New York, NY 10001.  Invite your friends!  All are welcome to this event, including non-members and non-attorneys, but only eligible members may vote.  Votes must be cast between 7-9 PM.   To read more about the elections, click here.  To see the ballot, click here.  RSVP here

KALAGNY's Board voted to present the Proposed Amended By-Laws to our  membership for adoption. If you are a dues-paid member, you will be eligible to vote on this adoption at the annual meeting.    The above link provides the current By-Laws as well as the proposed By-Laws.  Please review and cast your vote  on April 28, 2016 during our General Membership Meeting and elections. 


Some Highlights of the Event:


  • **On-Site Whiskey Tasting**.  A bourbon and rye tasting will be held at the event.  Learn about different types of whiskeys, and how grain type and aging methods affect flavor.   Become a connoisseur, or refine your palate.  Be able to talk knowledgeably about whiskeys and appreciate the beautiful craft of whiskey making.
  • American whiskies.  Why are they all the rage?  Compare the soft, subtle flavors of a wheat whiskey against the spicier notes of rye whiskeys and the sweet flavors of a bourbon.  
  • THIS JUST IN: Tasting notes and instructional cards are now ready for review, and will also be distributed at the event.   Read them now and come prepared for the tasting, by clicking HERE to access the tasting notes.
  • More Tasty Beverages and Food.  Additional beverages, including champagne and craft beers, and a light dinner will be served. 
  • Great Raffle Prizes.  Free raffle tickets to be distributed to attendees.  
  • Free KALAGNY memberships, jewelry, pashmina scarves, beauty products, a 2015 NY Jets Football Laser Inscribed with Team Signatures, ...

                                     

  • Convenient location.  Venue in Koreatown, Manhattan.
  • Hear News About Our 6/8 Gala.
  • More Exciting Activities In the Works.  
  • All are welcome.  Bring non-KALAGNY folks who will have a chance to win free memberships.  Help us expand the KALAGNY family and bring your non-attorney friends.  Tell your friends to meet up with you at our meeting, or meet new friends!

Click here to RSVP before registration closes.  If you have any questions or cannot access the registration link, please e-mail kalagny@gmail.com.


Thanks to our venue sponsor Newman Ferrara LLP. 


 


 Join Us at a Launch Meeting for KALAGNY's Brand New New Jersey Committee - May 12, 2016




KALAGNY is excited to launch a New Jersey Committee, which will host a spring happy hour on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Crown Restaurant and Lounge at 243 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ.  Please join us and meet other members who live and/or work in New Jersey.  Limited open bar will be served until 7:30 p.m.  If you are coming from Manhattan, New Jersey Transit Bus Lines 166 and 751 stop in front of the restaurant.  To RSVP, click here


 KALAGNY Presents "Giving Back: Volunteering and Careers in Non-Profit Law" - May 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM




How do you give back?  Are you thinking of volunteering? Do you want to work for a non-profit?  Centered in increasing participation and creating a pipeline of Korean-American leaders in the non-profit and public service sector, this panel brings together inspiring Korean-American leaders from varying backgrounds and experiences who are making a difference in unique ways.  The panelists will address topics which include careers in non-profits and foundations, serving the community through pro-bono work, how KALAGNY members can take on leadership roles, and the impact of the Korean-American professionals in the non-profit law and public service.  The event will begin at 6:30 PM at Kobre & Kim LLP at 800 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022, with a reception, followed by a panel discussion, and more networking.


Light dinner to be served.


Thanks to our sponsor and friend, Kobre & Kim LLP.

Moderator:

  • Eugena Oh, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Governance Officer, The National "I Have a Dream" Foundation

Panelists:

  • Grace E. Park, Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society
  • Grace H. Shim, Executive Director, MinKwon Center for Community Action

 KALAGNY's Long Island Committee Expands to Queens - Thursday, May 19, 2016 



By popular demand, KALAGNY will extend its Long Island Committee to Queens! We welcome anyone who lives or work in Long Island/Queens to sign up here.  Please save the date for our next event, which will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Details TBD!


Register Now for KALAGNY's 30th Anniversary Gala - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 


Don't forget to register for our 30th Anniversary Gala at Capitale in the Bowery on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  Please click here to view the official invitation.  Click here to register for the event and to sponsor KALAGNY.  Want to learn more about what KALAGNY has been up to over the past year?  Please click here to see our Year in Review.


We are also pleased to announce the evening's honoree.


Keynote Honoree

Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan

Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department


Trailblazer Honoree

 Photo (c) AABANY. Photo credit: Corky Lee 

Austin K. So, Esq.

Division General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated


Public Service Honoree

 

Ambassador Gheewhan Kim

Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York


This year's theme is "Halfway to Hwangab: Celebrating the Past 30 Years and the Next 30 Years to Come."  “Hwangab” is a Korean word that denotes the celebration of one’s 60th birthday and is considered the most important birthday milestone.  Traditionally in East Asian cultures, reaching one's 60th year of life was a significant accomplishment and cause for rejoicing in longevity.  In KALAGNY's 30th year, our “halfway” point, we honor our past and present leaders and members for their founding efforts, sacrifices and transformative contributions that have made us the flourishing organization we are today.  Together, we look forward to another exciting period of growth, service to the community, and collaboration across generations of Korean-American attorneys and diverse colleagues.


Scholarship Application Deadline - April 15, 2016


KALAGNY is seeking the submission of applications from its law student members for its annual scholarship.  The award will be presented to the winner at KALAGNY’s upcoming 30th Anniversary Gala.  The scholarship will be given to the law student member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and support for KALAGNY and the Korean American community in Greater New York, and who exhibits dedication to the use of his or her legal knowledge and skills to further this commitment and support.   Applications are due by April 15, 2016.  For more details, please click here


Yours truly,

2016 KALAGNY Gala Committee Co-Chairs

  

Sung W. Kim and David S. Sohn


Save the Date - KALAGNY to Host NAPABA's Annual Northeast Regional Conference - August 19-21, 2016




We are also accepting program ideas!  The deadline for submitting CLE/programming panel ideas is April 29, 2016.  Please click here to see the submission form.


KALAGNY Monthly Pro Bono Clinic



Our monthly pro bono clinics are held in Manhattan and Flushing on the First Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm. 

Please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors in need of legal counsel.

Manhattan @ Korean American Association of Greater New York ("KAAGNY")

149 West 24th Street, 6th Floor, NYC (between 6th and 7th Avenues) (map)

Flushing @ Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York ("KCS")
35-56 159th Street, Flushing (map)

The KCS office is located a couple blocks away from the LIRR's Broadway stop.


KALAGNY, MinKwon & AABANY:
Pro Bono DACA Renewal Clinics

If you wish to volunteer, click here.


MAKE KALAGNY YOUR KALAGNY

Join KALAGNY Today




KALAGNY has numerous programs and activities. There is something for everyone.
Check out what we have been up to.  Join today.


Job Announcements


All Job Postings - Check Out New Postings!

Click here to view our latest job postings.  



Note: you must be a dues-paying KALAGNY member to access the member's only-section of our website that includes our job postings.


If you are interested in a career with the City of New York, click here.


Associate Attorney Opportunities


The Law Offices of Veronica S. Jung, PLLC is seeking a part-time litigation associate for its New York City office.  Interested applicants can review the description here.


Michael Lee is also looking for a junior real estate associate. Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to mllawfirm@gmail.com if you are interested in applying.


NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) Internship/Externship/Fellowship Opportunities


The New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is seeking to host rising second and third year law student interns, as well as  post-graduate fellows, for the 2015 Fall Semester.  Selected candidates will be exposed to a variety of tasks in administrative and municipal law, such as observing administrative proceedings and working with administrative law judges, drafting decisions and proposed rule changes, researching and writing legal memoranda, and assisting in civil court proceedings.


Candidates selected will have the opportunity to work in the nation’s largest administrative tribunal, gaining exposure to some of New York City’s many important regulatory agencies.  This learning experience will immerse candidates in city life, exposing them to the inner-workings of New York City government.

For a Fellowship opportunity, click here. For an Internship opportunity, click here.


Please direct all inquiries to internships@oath.nyc.gov.


Prudential's Latest Open Legal and Compliance Positions in NJ, CT, TX


Click here to view Prudential's job postings.


New York Life Insurance Company - Advanced Planning Consultant 


New York Life Insurance Company is seeking an Advanced Planning Consultant who will focus on supporting our Korean Market Agents, General Office Management, and life and investment product consultants in a point of sales capacity.


Please submit all resumes and inquiries to koreanmarket@newyorklife.com.


**To see other jobs, including volunteer court attorneys positions with Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, Associate Justice of the Appellate Termclick here.


In The News 


Check Out a NY Times's Article About The Honorable Danny K. Chun



Justice Danny K. Chun presiding over mock oral arguments during a March 30, 2016 litigation committee workshop hosted by KALAGNY.


In a recent article, the New York Times featured Justice Danny K. Chun, who is a former KALAGNY honoree, and a beloved member and supporter of KALAGNY.  Just last month, the judge presided over mock oral arguments made by KALAGNY members during a litigation committee workshop.  In the article, which pertained to the sentencing of Officer Peter Liang, the New York Times reported that Justice Danny K. Chun was considered to be a thoughtful, diligent, and evenhanded member of the bench.  His Honor is quoted by Chad Sjoquist,  as having said during a Fordham Law Career Day, that "[i]f you want to sit at a desk all day and make lots of money, go work at a firm. But if you want to do something interesting and something that matters, become a D.A."  Chad Sjoquist is a KALAGNY board member, a former prosecutor, and a friend of Justice Danny K. Chun.  Read the article here.  


Justice Danny K. Chun will be honored by the Kings County Criminal Bar Association on April 16, 2016, at its annual Dinner Dance event.


The Economist Quotes Andrew T. Hahn

 

 


On October 3, 2015, the Economist quoted Andrew T. Hahn, a member of KALAGNY's Leadership Advisory Council, and a litigation and employment law partner at Duane Morris LLP in an article entitled "The model minority is losing patience".  He briefly discusses his own empowerment through becoming a legal professional.  The Economist quotes Mr. Hahn as saying: "I used to be a Twinkie, or maybe a banana—yellow outside, white inside—but once I hit the legal profession, I became a radical.”  The article discusses the long-standing history of (and persisting) discrimination against Americans of Asian descent and immigrant communities in the United States.  


To view the Economist article, click here.


If you have news to share, please email: kalagny@gmail.com.


Congratulations


Austin So featured as a 2016 Rising Star by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association



Austin So was featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Diversity & the Bar in the article "Meet the 2016 Rising Stars and the LMJ class of 2007."  Austin will be also be honored with KALAGNY's Trailblazer Award at our 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


EJ Thorson Elected to Become the First Asian American President of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association 



Eun Chong (EJ) Thorsen serves as a board member of KALAGNY.  Ms. Thorsen holds various leadership positions within the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert ("JALBCA"), the St. John’s School of Law Alumni Association, and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at the Queensborough Community College.  Appointed by the Honorable Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, EJ serves on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts.  In addition, she is serving on Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s 2015 New York State Commission on Statewide Discipline. This year, the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York will honor Ms. Thorsen as a 2016 Rising Star of the Queens chapter.  EJ is an attorney with the general civil litigation practice at Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP representing domestic and international clients in disputes and litigation matters affecting families and businesses in the areas of matrimonial and family law, commercial and employment litigation, and surrogate’s court matters and guardianships.


Advocacy Alert

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act


On August 6, 2015, we witnessed the passing of a landmark 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Let's continue making strides, achieve equality and voice our concerns.


Citizenship for Adoptees: The Plight of Adopted Koreans in America


Adam is an adoptee from Korea, who is facing deportation, and his story is, unfortunately, not unique. We are in contact with our sister bar, The Korean American Bar Association of Washington, which is diligently working with Adam's attorney, Lori Walls, Esq., from the Washington Immigration Defense Group and a group of grassroots adoptee activists and allies to advocate on his behalf. As we learn more about Adam and his situation, and of others similarly situated, we will continue to update you at KALAGNY's newly formed Advocacy Alert Page.


To see a recent New York Times article about Adam, click here.


To sign  petitions in support of Adam (#KeepAdamHome)click here and here


To call your legislators to amend the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 to support all non-citizen adoptees like Adam to be granted U.S. Citizenship, click here.


In the meantime, we ask you to learn about Adam and others like him. If you wish to join KALAGNY's effort, please email us at kalagny@gmail.com.


UPDATE:  Adam's hearing has been postponed until July 12, 2016, nearly 4 months away.  Adam will likely have great difficulty finding work without a green card, and every move he makes will be scrutinized and subject to cross-examination at any hearing.  The Adoptee Defense Fund (ADF) is the one legal defense fund that has been established by the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), a 501(c)(3) organization, for Adam and adoptees similarly situated.  Presently, the ADF is focused on supporting Adam's legal fees and mental health counseling.  NAKASEC is administrative ADF without any fees, so 100% of contributions will go to supporting Adam.  Any remaining ADF funds will be applied to the many, many other adoptees in situations similar to Adam's circumstances.  To assist Adam individually, a Chase Quickpay account has been established for direct online donations to Adam's family.  Additionally, checks can be written to Adam and sent to his family.  For more information on how to provide funds, please e-mail kalagny@gmail.com.


Resources


Amici Legal Podcast Series Launched


The New York State Unified Court System launched the “Amici” podcast. A series created to share with the legal community and the public at large information about the courts, the legal profession and the criminal justice system.


Podcasts currently available include an interview with William Leahy, Director of the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, and a conversation regarding the Uniform Bar Exam with Diane Bosse, Chair of the New York State Board of Law Examiners. Both the audio and written transcript of each podcast are available.


Attorneys Involved in Judicial Election Campaigns

Please click here for a notice from the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center regarding mandatory training to all attorneys involved in judicial election campaigns and all judicial candidates. Please click here for the 2014 Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook.


NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty


The New York City Bar seeks recommendations for potential speakers and faculty members for its annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.)  We encourage you to share this form with your colleagues who may be interested in speaking at future events.


The form can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/1arrXuz (or for those who have trouble accessing the online form, you can submit the attached PDF to Clare Plunkett at cplunkett@nycbar.org.)

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio to diversity@nycbar.org with the subject "Call for Speakers."


Questions can be directed to Clare Plunkett at cplunkett@nycbar.org.


Pilot Project in the Commercial Division, NY County - Request for Candidates to Serve as Special Masters


Please click here to see a letter from Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti seeking experienced commercial litigators who are no longer practicing to serve as Voluntary Special Masters for this new program.


Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel:  Call for Speakers


The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is seeking attorneys for its pro bono panel.  Attorneys seeking to learn more about this opportunity may refer to the Court's March 1, 2016 announcement and its plan and application, which are available on our website.  To view the official announcement, please click here.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31, 2016.


New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF):  Call for Comments


Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks is seeking comments addressing the New York State Courts Electronic Filing Program.  


Eastern District of New York, Alternative Dispute Resolution Department:  Call for Mediators


The Alternative Dispute Resolution Department of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is seeking mediators with substantial knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Please click here for more information and to apply.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 6, 2016.


Southern District of New York - Criminal Justice Act Panel:  Call for Speakers


The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is seeking attorneys for its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel.  Please click here to view the application on the court's website.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29, 2016.


Other Announcements


IAKL Conference (September 29 - October 2, 2016)


The IAKL 2016 annual conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 29-October 2, 2016 at the J.W. Marriott, Washington, D.C.  


2016 NAPABA Convention (November 3-6, 2016)

  

Key Dates:

Hotel reservations deadline: October 10, 2016

Registration opens: June 15, 2016

KALAGNY to Co-Sponsor AALDEF's Asian American Exit Poll Event - Tuesday, November 8, 2016




KALAGNY and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund ("AALDEF"), a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans, and other sponsors, will take part in an exit poll for the 2016 Presidential Election.  The Presidential Election is a very important election, and the first without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act in 50 years.  Join KALAGNY and AALDEF to take part in this historic event!


For more information, please click here and here.


To sign up, please click here.


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