August 04, 2022 Newsletter

Asian American International Film Festival: Hybrid Festival

August 03-13, 2022

The Asian CineVision (ACV), hosts of the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), is extending KALAGNY members a 20% discount on tickets to the AAIFF45Hybrid Festival. Use code AAIFF45_KALAGNY at checkout to receive the discount.  AAIFF is running from August 3, 2022 - August 13, 2022. 

Films at the AAIFF include the documentary FREE CHOL SOL LEE, which which excavates the essential story of 1970s San Francisco, when 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. Sentenced to life, he spends years fighting to survive until investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement that would unite Asian Americans and inspire a new generation of activists. 

Another notable documentary playing at the AAIFF is CHOSEN, where the filmmakers follow and document the journeys of the 5 Korean Americans who ran for US Congress in 2020. 

KALAGNY’S Prosecutors Committee Presents: Careers After the DA’s Office Series

August 25, 2022 at 6:30pm

KALAGNY's Prosecutors Committee presents, Careers After the DA's Office, featuring Judge Giyang An, New York City Criminal Court.. This event is free for KALAGNY members (current prosecutors only) and $60 for non-members. Please register at Spots are limited so register today! 

KALAGNY'S Mentorship Program
Deadline: August 31, 2022

Registration deadline for the 2022-2023 Mentorship Program has been extended to August 31, 2022. Please REGISTER HERE.

For those who register, we plan to kick off the new program year with a welcome reception in September 2022. For now, please register so that we can gauge the number of participants and begin mentor group pairings. We also ask that all mentees submit a brief statement of interest so that we can best match mentees with mentors.

Also, please be on the lookout for an announcement on date and registration for our resume review and interview workshop.

KALAGNY Pro Bono Clinic

Are you interested in becoming a pro bono volunteer? We are recruiting attorneys with a minimum of five years' experience related to a specific area of law, such as (but not necessarily) Immigration, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Labor and Employment, Estate Planning, Family Law, General Litigation, etc.  We are also recruiting law students to assist administratively and linguistically. Bilingual Korean and English proficiency is preferred, but not mandatory.  To volunteer, you must be a KALAGNY member in good standing. 

Please email with any questions or to sign up to volunteer.

KALAGNY x AABANY Membership Drive
Deadline: August 31, 2022

This summer, KALAGNY has partnered with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) to offer our members a special promotion. For a limited time, members of one bar association will receive 50% off membership dues to join or renew their membership with the sister bar association. This discount applies for attorneys in private practice.

Additionally, as a special KALAGNY promotion, membership dues are FREE for AABANY non-profit/government attorneys and AABANY law students so take advantage of this special promotion today. Register here to receive your membership discount code. 



KALAGNY invites its members to join in AABANY's legal referral and information service (LRIS) to handle the growing and urgent needs for legal assistance of Korean Americans in the metropolitan New York region.

Asian Americans are often underrepresented or forego legal representation to handle their legal needs due to cultural and linguistic barriers. To address this problem, AABANY launched its LRIS specifically designed to assist Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants to retain experienced, vetted and insured lawyers who strive to handle their legal matters, understand their culture and communicate in their native language.  The LRIS is one of only a few such ABA-recognized legal referral services in the United States that seeks to handle the legal affairs of AAPI clients in their own language, and is the only one to provide dedicated, separately monitored language telephone lines staffed with intake coordinators with language capabilities to respond to inquiries from the Asian American public. AABANY has dedicated phone lines in English, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. Inquiries can be made by calling these numbers and either leaving a message or speaking with an LRIS Intake Coordinator.

KALAGNY encourages its members to participate in the LRIS. Attorneys that are selected to one of the various practice area panels will be eligible to receive legal referrals through the program. We hope that the participation of Korean-speaking attorneys will serve the growing needs of the Korean American community by providing much needed legal representation. AABANY has agreed to waive the initial panel membership fee for KALAGNY members.  For further information and to complete an application for panel membership, please go to, or send an email

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