General Announcements

February 16, 2016

KALAGNY Announces Law Student Scholarship

KALAGNY is now 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 on June 8, 2015, at Capitale in New York City.  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.

KALAGNY's Brown Bag Seminar “United Nations and the Future of the Korean Peninsula”

On January 29, 2016, KALAGNY presented an exclusive presentation and interactive discussion with Ambassador Hahn Choong-Hee, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York, and Chair of the 47th Session of the United Nation Commission on Trade Law ("Uncitral").  Ambassador Hahn engaged us with his stories of working as a diplomat and with the United Nations, the state of Korea today and its potential reunification, and human rights issues in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (“North Korea”).  The program included an interactive dialogue and a tour of the Permanent Mission.  Ambassador Hahn is a career diplomat, and has held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea.  To view photos from the event, please click here.

50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act

On January 28, 2016, KALAGNY held a reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 at a private loft in Chinatown, Manhattan.  Members of the Bench and public officials gave personal accounts of their or their families' immigration to the United States.  We thank our honored guests, including the Honorable Danny K. Chun, the Honorable Marilyn Go, the Honorable Peggy Kuo, the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, the Honorable Kevin McGrath, Jr., and Assistant District Attorney James Lin (Homicides, New York County District Attorney's Office).  Andrew T. Hahn, a member of Duane Morris acted as the emcee during the evening.  To view pictures from the event, please click here.

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.


Pro Bono DACA Renewal Clinics

If you wish to volunteer, click here.


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All Job Postings - Check Out New Postings!

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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.

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

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

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

In The News

MCCA Appoints Jean Lee as New President & CEO

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has appointed Ms. Jean Lee as the Association’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Lee is the first Asian American to head the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.  KALAGNY honored Ms. Lee as a Trailblazer at its annual gala in 2015.  Ms. Lee is currently Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  She has a dozen years of relevant industry experience in the legal profession, which includes her work as a member of the Global Legal Diversity Committee at JPMorgan Chase.  Ms. Lee served as President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York in 2012 and continues serving on its Board of Directors to this date.   Ms. Lee will officially begin her tenure in mid-March.

Jhanice V. Domingo Elected to Partnership at Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC

Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC has announced that Ms. Jhanice V. Domingo had been elected as a Partner with the firm's matrimonial department.  Ms. Domingo is the Immediate Past President of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey and President-Elect of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association.  She also serves as Vice President of the Legal Section of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Korea American Family Service Center and its Benefit Committee.

J. John Kim Elected to Partnership at Pashman Stein

Pashman Stein P.C. has announced that Mr. J. John Kim had been elected to the firm's partnership.  Mr. Kim Mr. Kim engages in a broad-based complex commercial litigation practice, with a focus on contract disputes, commercial torts, products liability, RICO civil litigation, civil conspiracy, fraud, securities litigation, financial services litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, legal malpractice, accountants' liability, regulatory enforcement and special investigations.  Mr. Kim previously served in the United States Army (Reserves) and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and a current member of the Pershing Rifles Military Honor Society Alumni Network.

Brian W. Song Elected to Partnership at Baker Hostetler LLP's New York Office

Baker Hostetler LLP has announced that Mr. Brian W. Song has been elected to its partnership.  Mr. Song's election breaks new ground for the firm's New York office, as Mr. Song is the first Asian American and first Korean American elected to Partnership at the same.  Mr. Song has served as co-chair of the firm's New York Office's diversity committee and will be a partner in their litigation practice group.  Mr. Song represents clients in complex commercial litigation and criminal matters in state and federal courts.  Brian has particular experience in the areas of securities litigation and white collar crime, where he has represented clients in connection with investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).  Previously, Mr. Song served active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps; Mr. Song then continued his military service as a Major in the Army Reserve. Brian advised the Chief Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and senior Army leadership on issues related to government contracting, military construction, military justice, and operational issues in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The New York Times Publishes Op-Ed by Austin So


On December 23, 2015, the New York Times published Austin K. So's op-ed on the absence of Asian-Americans in the dialogue on diversity.  Responding to Sheen S. Levine's editorial, which was published on December 9, 2015, Mr. So cautions that excluding Asian-Americans from the dialogue "results in mainstream ignorance of important issues" - despite a long-standing presence in this country.

To view the New York Times article, click here.

The Roanoke Times Publishes a NAPABA Op-Ed By NAPABA President Jin  Y. Hwang


On November 25, 2015, the Roanoke Times published NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang's article addressing Roanoke Mayor David Bowers' comments concerning Syrian refugees in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris.  Ms. Hwang's article "Fear and intolerance don't make us safer," draws attention to Mayor Bowers' attempt to justify restricting assistance by reference to the alleged need to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II.   

To view the article, 
click here.

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.

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KALAGNY's Board Member, Eve Guillergan, Selected to Co-Chair NAPABA's Solo and Small Firm Network

Congratulations to KALAGNY's board member, Eve Guillergan, who has been selected to serve as a Co-Chair to NAPABA's Solo and Small Firm Network for the 2015-2016 bar year.  Ms. Guillergan will co-chair the Network with Sara Sakagami  and Charles Jung.  Ms. Guillergan has been a New York Immigration Lawyer since 1993. She concentrates her practice in the area of U.S. immigration and naturalization laws. She graduated from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, in 1992 and has been working in the immigration field since then. 

Christina Nguyen Awarded the NAPABA Law Foundation scholarship at NAPABA's 2015 Convention:  NAPABA Rising

On November 7, 2015, KALAGNY's own Christina Nguyen was awarded the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation's nationwide scholarship which is awarded to select law students who have demonstrated their resolve to benefiting and serving the Asian Pacific American community.  Ms. Nguyen is a returning member of KALAGNY's Annual Gala Planning Committee, and a 3rd year law student at St. John's University School of Law.

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

UPDATE:  Adam's hearing has been postponed until July 12, 2016, nearly 6 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


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: (or for those who have trouble accessing the online form, you can submit the attached PDF to Clare Plunkett at

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

Questions can be directed to Clare Plunkett at

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.

Other Announcements

KALAGNY Co-Sponsors Ms. JD Event:  Superwomen JDs - Friday, February 19, 2016

KALAGNY is joining forces with Ms. JD to present their 8th Annual Conference on Women in the Law.  The event will be held at NYU School of Law, located at 40 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

For more information, please click here.

To sign up, please click here.

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.

Potential Expansion of Mandatory E-Filing in Kings County

Effective March 1, 2016, new tort actions and proceedings may be subject to mandatory e-filing.  The period for public comment closed on February 6, 2016.

For more information, please click here and here.

The Korea Society

For additional information on The Korea Society, click here.

KALAGNY Officers

Bridgette Ahn, President
Eun Chong (EJ) Thorsen, Executive VP
Karen Kim, VP of Membership
Jay Min, VP of Communications
Iris Jun, Treasurer

Yosef Lee, Secretary

KALAGNY Governors

Dan Cho
Eve Cho Guillergan
Gene Kang
Sung Kim
Thomas Kim

Chul Pak
Maria Park

Chad Sjoquist

Suyon Yi
Michael Yim
Kenneth K. Yoon

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