2012, Year in Review


KALAGNY Holds Annual Holiday Party

On December 11, 2012, KALAGNY members and friends enjoyed a night of singing at KALAGNY's annual holiday party at MK Karaoke Lounge in the heart of Koreatown. KALAGNY raised $505 for the Food Bank for New York City to support its post-Sandy recovery efforts.

Click here to view pictures from the 2012 holiday party.

KALAGNY Co-sponsored a Program on Building a Successful Law Practice

On December 12, 2012, KALAGNY co-sponsored a seminar on "Building a Successful Law Practice" with the New York State Bar Association.

Women on the Move 2012 CLE

On November 28, 2012, KALAGNY was proud to co-sponsor the Women on the Move 2012 CLE program held at the Concierge Conference Center in Manhattan.

NAPABA Convention; Friday Night KALAGNY dinner

KALAGNY members attended the 24th Annual NAPABA Convention held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. from November 15-18, 2012. The theme was “Reaching Monumental Heights.” KALAGNY congratulates area lawyers who were recognized as being among this year’s class of NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40: Steve Choi (former KALAGNY board member), Rio Guerrero, Blossom Kan, Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal and Vinoo Varghese. KALAGNY Secretary Judy Kim was also sworn in as Northeast Regional Governor. During the convention, KALAGNY hosted a private dinner for members at Proof, a new-American style place in Penn Quarter. Click here to view pictures from the convention.

KCS Anniversary Gala

On November 15, 2012, Korean Community Services of New York held its 39th Anniversary Gala. KALAGNY members attended this posh event at the Tribeca Rooftop/360 in Manhattan.

Cardozo KALSA's Annual Chuseok Event

On November 12, 2012, the Cardozo Korean American Law Students Association (KALSA) held its annual Chuseok festival. KALSA seeks to raise awareness of Korean and Korean-American culture in the Cardozo community, as well as celebrate the Korean Thanksgiving. Free dinner and drinks were served, including several traditional Korean dishes, accompanied by several cultural performances. KALAGNY was proud to sponsor the event.

KALAGNY Supports FACL's Annual Conference

On November 10, 2012, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers held its annual conference. KALAGNY was proud to co-sponsor the conference.

KALAGNY Holds Pro Bono Clinic to Assist with Post-Sandy Recovery Efforts

On November 9, 2012, KALAGNY volunteer attorneys and law students, along with other social service providers, held a pro bono clinic at the Korean American Association of Greater New York in Manhattan. At the clinic, KALAGNY and its partner organizations provided legal support to individuals facing homelessness, unemployment, medical exigencies, business interruption, or a combination of the foregoing.

KALAGNY Proud to Co-sponsor AALDEF's Asian American Poll Monitoring Project

On November 6, 2012, KALAGNY members volunteered to defend Asian American Voting Rights. In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund monitored the 2012 elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination. Volunteers monitored poll sites in Asian American neighborhoods in 14 states. Volunteers also administered a multilingual voter survey.

KACF Gala on November 1, 2012

KALAGNY was proud to sponsor the Korean American Community Foundation's 10th Anniversary Gala on November 1, 2012 at the New York Marriott Marquis

KALAGNY Women's Committee Networking Event

KALAGNY's Women's Committee in association with the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of New York, held Part II of its  Networking Series: WOMEN IN LAW CONNECT II at The Volstead on October 23, 2012.

KALAGNY Co-Sponsors the Rutgers Asian Pacific American Law Students Association's annual MELA Event

On October 25, 2012, Rutgers APALSA held Mela, its annual event that celebrates the achievements of Asian Americans in the legal profession. This year they honored two individuals: The Honorable David F. Bauman, the Presiding Judge of Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County and Ms. Jean Lee, Esq. (Rutgers-Newark ’02), the President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

CAPABA's 12th Annual Dinner

On October 23, 2012, KALAGNY was proud to sponsor the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association's 12th Annual Dinner at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, Connecticut.

KALAGNY Participates in Walk-A-Thon to Help Fight Lung Cancer

On October 21, 2012, KALAGNY members participated in Breathe Deep NYC, an event to support lung cancer research, in Battery Park. Click here for details.

APABA-PA's Annual Dinner - October 12, 2012

KALAGNY was proud to sponsor the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania's Annual Banquet on October 12, 2012 at the Ocean Harbor Restaurant in Chinatown, Philadelphia. This year’s keynote speaker was Director Patricia Shiu of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

KALAGNY's 2012 Mentorship Program Reception

On October 9, 2012, KALAGNY held its 2012 Mentorship Program reception at Kramer Levin. More than 130 attorneys and law students are participating in this year's program. Click here to view pictures from the reception. Click here to view coverage on The Korea Channel (fast forward to 2:41).

MinKwon 2012 Annual Dinner

KALAGNY was proud to sponsor MinKwon's 28th Anniversary Gala, "Embracing Our Communities, Empowering Our Dreams," on October 11, 2012.

KALAGNY General Meeting in Flushing on September 25, 2012

More than 50 friends of KALAGNY attended a general meeting in Flushing on September 25, 2012 at San Soo Kap San restaurant. Guests enjoyed Kalbi and sushi dinner and plenty of drinks. Click here to view picture from the dinner.

KALAGNY Members Attend the 2102 IAKL Conference 

From September 13-16, 2012, KALAGNY members attended the International Association of Korean Lawyers' 20th Annual Conference in sunny LA.

KALAGNY co-sponsors Training Session for  Pro Bono Attorneys

An estimated 100,000 undocumented Asian immigrants are eligible for "Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals" (DACA). A new Department of Homeland Security directive, DACA gives eligible undocumented youth a two-year pause from the threat of deportation and an opportunity to secure a work permit. For many, this will be the first opportunity to legally work and live in this country.

Many of these immigrants are from the communities served by the various Asian bar associations of New York. Taking on a DACA case pro bono is a discrete way to learn basic immigration law and impact the life of undocumented youth.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) seeks pro bono counsel to represent eligible young people applying for DACA. No prior legal experience is required, but pro bono counsel will be required to attend a training prior to taking a case. These cases will help support the work of AALDEF's youth group for undocumented Asian Americans.

On September 5, 2012, KALAGNY co-sponsored a training session with AALDEF for attorneys interested in taking a DACA case at O'Melveny & Myers.

KALAGNY Establishes Paid Legal Fellow Position

KALAGNY, in partnership with the MinKwon Center for Community Action, created a paid part-time KALAGNY Legal Fellow position.

Background. An estimated 100,000 undocumented Asian immigrants are eligible for "Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals" (DACA). A new Department of Homeland Security directive, DACA gives eligible undocumented youth a two-year pause from the threat of deportation and an opportunity to secure a work permit. For many, this will be the first opportunity to legally work and live in this country. Many of these immigrants are Korean.

The KALAGNY fellow will provide legal assistance for Korean immigrant youth seeking to apply for “deferred action” and work authorizations.

Click links below to view coverage in the local media about the KALAGNY Fellow position.

Korea Daily, "Lawyers Association, Deferred Action Assistance"

Korea Times, "Free Services for Deferred Action"

New York Ilbo, "We Help on Deferred Action" (see page 2)

Mock Interview Workshop for Rising 2L Law Students

On August 2, 2012, KALAGNY and AABANY hosted a mock interview workshop to prepare rising 2Ls for the upcoming interview season. The 2012 Mock Interview Workshop was designed to teach rising 2Ls effective interviewing skills specific to the legal profession while providing rising 2Ls with the opportunity to practice interviewing with, and receive feedback from practicing attorneys. The workshop was held at Herrick, Feinstein LLP.


Campaign Finance Laws & Regulations Workshop

On July 30, 2012, KALAGNY, the Asian American Civic Alliance and Korean American League for Civic Action co-sponsored a Community Workshop on Campaign Finance Laws & Regulations. The event held at Herrick, Feinstein LLP featured Daniel Cho, Director of Candidate Services New York City Campaign Finance Board.

KALAGNY Summer Associate/Intern Event

On July 23, 2012, dozens of attorneys and law students attended KALAGNY's “meet and greet” reception for summer associates/interns at 5Bar Karaoke Lounge.


KALAGNY Announces New Board Members For The 2012-13 Term

KALAGNY congratulates the following attorneys who have been elected for a two-year term to KALAGNY's Board of Governors: Bridgette Ahn, Thomas Soohyun Kim, Chul Pak and Maria Park.

KALAGNY's Tae Young Min Winner At "Legal Idol"

The talented Tae Young Min competed on behalf of KALAGNY at the first inter-bar association talent competition ("Legal Idol") on June 7, 2012 at the Federal Courthouse (SDNY) in Manhattan. She performed the modern piano piece -- "Long Vacation-Minami." Ms. Min was one of the prize-winners at the event.

City Bar Honors Don Liu

On June 5, 2012, the New York City Bar honored Don Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Xerox Corporation, at its Diversity and Inclusion Award Lunch. Each year the City Bar honors individual attorneys who have demonstrated commitment to improving diversity within the legal profession and whose actions and activities embody the ideals of the City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles: "To facilitate diversity in the hiring, retention and promotion of attorneys and in the elevation of attorneys to leadership positions within our respective organizations."

KALAGNY's 26th Anniversary Dinner

On June 4, 2012, members and guests attended the sold out 26th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. KALAGNY honored YS Chi, Chairman of Elsevier's Management Committee, and Susan Moon, Vice President, Global Legal Team at Wyndham Exchange and Rentals.

Click here to view more pictures from the gala dinner.

Click here to view coverage in the local Korean media. 

Click here for additional media coverage.

Click here to view the gala program book


Click here to view bios of our honorees and emcee

Post-Gala Celebration

KALAGNY guests sang the night away at the 2012 Gala after party at 5Bar Karaoke Lounge. KALAGNY thanks its after party sponsor Coffee Meets Bagel.

2012 Gala Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Paul Hastings LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Lexis-Nexis/Reed Elsevier

James Cho

Silver Sponsors

Asian American Bar Association of New York

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Citibank Retail

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

De Martini & Yi, LLP

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Kim & Bae, P.C.

Kim & Chang

Law Office of David K. S. Kim, PC

Lee Anav Chung LLP

Orsyn Abstracts

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Wyndham Worldwide

Bronze Sponsors

Clifford Chance US LLP

Fox Horan & Camerini LLP

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Harris Beach PLLC

Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP



Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Wiggin and Dana LLP

Ad sponsors

Epiq Systems

International Association of Korean Lawyers

Korean American Community Foundation

Kobre & Kim LLP

John E. Lawlor, Esq.


US Legal Support

Crowell & Moring LLP


CF Gear

Eve Guillergan

Law Offices of Julia Park, LLC

Mike Lee Agency (State Farm)

Rattet Pasternak LLP

The Chun Group

Themis Bar Review

KALAGNY Congratulates Huhnsik Chung, Partner-in-Charge of Edward Wildman's NY Office

Congratulations to Huhnsik Chung on being named the Partner-in-Charge of Edwards Wildman’s New York office.

KALAGNY Congratulates John Lee on his confirmation as a Federal District Court Judge in Chicago

The Senate recently voted to confirm John Z. Lee to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Lee is only the second Asian Pacific American to serve as an Article III judge in Illinois. Click here to view press release.

KALAGNY Members Attend the 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference

From May 31-June 2, 2012, KALAGNY members attended the 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference hosted by the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey ("APALANJ") at the Trump Taj Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

KALAGNY Co-sponsors New York City Law

Department's Asian American Heritage Month reception

On May 30, 2012, KALAGNY co-sponsored a reception with the New York City Law Department to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Guest speakers included Peggy Kuo, General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and Alan Chang, Deputy General Counsel, Vice President, Legal Affairs of the New York Yankees.

KALAGNY Was Proud to Co-sponsor a Re-enactment of the Vincent Chin Case

On May 22, 2012, KALAGNY co-sponsored a re-enactment of the Vincent Chin case at New York Law School. Click here for details.

Seminar On Starting A Practice In New York

On May 18, 2012, KALAGNY and the New York State Bar Association Law Practice Committee co-sponsored a spring CLE program on "Starting a Practice in New York." Experienced faculty provided participants with a blueprint for starting a practice in New York State. Panelists offered practical tips and advice.

CAPA Event in Dumbo


On May 12, 2012, KALAGNY members participated in the annual CAPA festival in Dumbo.

Korean American Family Service Center Gala

KALAGNY was proud to support the Korean American Family Service Center ("KAFSC") gala on May 11, 2012.

KALAGNY's Joint Networking Event

KALAGNY members participated in the "2012 Business Alliance & Networking" event hosted in partnership with the Korean American Community Foundation ("KACF") and the Korea Finance Society ("KFS") on May 7, 2012 at the exclusive Grand Havana Room,

"Women In Law Connect" Networking Mixer

The KALAGNY's Women's Committee was proud to co-sponsor the "Women In Law Connect" networking mixer on May 3, 2012. Special Guest was Cecilia Loving, J.D., M.Div., author of "The Ten Laws of Unlimited Success Workbook," who facilitated introductions. Event was held at AVA Lounge. Click here to view program brochure.

Karaoke Event Hosted by KALAGNY's Prosecutor's Committee

On May 1, 2012, prosecutors and friends of KALAGNY crooned the night away at the inaugural Karaoke Night event hosted by KALAGNY's Prosecutor's Committee at Radio Star Karaoke. Members learned about the newly-formed National Korean Prosecutor's Association which promotes the exchange of information between prosecutors in Korea and Korean American prosecutors throughout the country and about the National Conference in August. Click here to view pictures.

Financial Seminar for Attorneys Hosted by Wells Fargo

KALAGNY and Wells Fargo held a seminar about first time home buyers, refinancing, commercial mortgages and business credit on April 26, 2012 in Manhattan.

Discounted Immigration Law CLE for KALAGNY Members

KALAGNY in cooperation with the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York offered its members discounts on an Immigration Law CLE course on March 21 and April 18, 2012.

This two-part CLE program was uniquely designed to provide attorneys in all practice areas with a general overview of the laws governing U.S. citizenship & immigration. An experienced panel of practitioners addressed such fundamental topics as the role of the federal government in regulating immigration policy, family and employment-based sponsorship, visa petitions, permanent resident status, deportation, consequences of crimes and naturalization. The panel also highlighted many of the practical aspects and ethical concerns faced by immigration attorneys, as well as those matters specifically related to the LGBT community.

US-Asia Lawyer Cooperation Forum

On April 16, 2012, KALAGNY co-sponsored the U.S.-Asia Lawyer Cooperation Forum. Participants at the U.S.-Asia Lawyer Cooperation Forum, organized by the Asian Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA"), Dacheng Law Offices, and Troutman Sanders LLP, discussed the cooperation opportunities between U.S. and Asian lawyers and related topics under the background of economic globalization. A 50-person delegation of Chinese Lawyers and CEOs attended the forum. The forum was featured as a multi-angle exploration of the optimal strategy for lawyer cooperation in cross border practices and a platform for all participants to share ideas, explore future business and mutual growth potentials. 

KALAGNY's Women's Committee Meeting

KALAGNY's Women's Committee held a meeting on April 12, 2012 at Shilla. The Women's Committee is a group of dynamic women who are dedicated to advancing important women's issues. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee, email us at kalagny@gmail.com.

Korean Consulate Hosts Joint IAKL/KALAGNY Reception

More than 100 guests attended the April 5, 2012 joint KALAGNY-IAKL reception at the posh Korean Consulate in Manhattan. Guests learned about IAKL's upcoming convention in Los Angeles and KALAGNY's June 4th gala dinner. Click here to view pictures from the event.

Private Showing of the Wedding Palace

Don Liu, Secretary and General Counsel of Xerox, Andy Hahn, partner with Duane Morris, and KALAGNY co-hosted a private showing of the Wedding Palace on March 28, 2012. The Director, Christine Yoo, a rising Korean star in Hollywood, attended the private screening and introduced the film. The comedy is about a Korean American wedding – the Korean version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

2012 AABANY Annual Dinner

AABANY Annual Dinner 2012: Leaping to New Heights

On February 29, 2012, KALAGNY members attended the Asian American Bar Association of New York annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.

KALAGNY Lecture Series: A Conversation With Don Liu

On February 28, 2012, Columbia Law School's Korean Law Students Association and KALAGNY hosted a talk with Don Liu (CLS '86), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Xerox Corporation, about Asian Americans in the legal profession. Click here for more information about our speaker.

CLE: What Transactional Attorneys Need to Know about Financial Statements

On February 16, 2012, KALAGNY and AABANY hosted a CLE on "What Transactional Attorneys Need to Know About Financial Statements." KALAGNY Board member John Rogers, Corporate Partner, Herrick, Feinstein LLP, and Jeffrey M. Katz, Partner, BDO Consulting, presented at the CLE. Click here to view pictures from the CLE and reception.

KALAGNY Members Attend The 2012 KAAGNY Annual Gala

On January 13, 2012, KALAGNY members attended the 52d Korean Night Gala & Korean American Day Celebration at the Marriott Marquis hosted by the Korean American Association of Greater New York ("KAAGNY"). Click here to view pictures from the event.

Real Estate Bankruptcy CLE (free for KALAGNY members)

KALAGNY members participated in a free 8-week CLE program on how to represent owners and tenants of distressed property and lenders holding mortgages on distressed property. 

So You Think You Finally Want To Learn Korean...

Click here to learn about a new Korean language program sponsored by the Korean government.

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