General Announcements

June 14, 2016

Thanks for Joining KALAGNY's 30th Anniversary Gala!

The event was a great success, and we were so delighted to see you!   Thanks to our honorees, our supporters, and our hard working gala committee.  We will email photos from the event soon.  

Want to learn more about what KALAGNY has been up to over the past year?  Please click here to see our Year in Review. 

Yours truly,

2016 KALAGNY Gala Committee Co-Chairs


Sung W. Kim and David S. Sohn

Once Again!  Third Korean Startup Summit NYC 2016 and KALAGNY Pro Bono Table - All Day Tomorrow, June 15, 2016

Join the third Korean Startup Summit NYC from 10 AM to 5 PM at Microsoft's Building (11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036).  The event will also highlight companies started by Korean and Korean-American founders from South Korea and the United States.  To learn more and to join the event, please click here.  See the schedule here.  KALAGNY will also host a pro bono table from 2-4 PM at the Summit.  If you are a corporate, immigration or intellectual property law attorney and wish to join the pro bono table, please email (volunteer requests to be confirmed).  All pro bono attorneys will get *free admission* at the event.

Meet a Real Estate Developer and Visit Sky Garage Condominiums (Unique Residences with Parking Spots "in the Sky") - June 28, 2016

The real estate sub-committee presents a special field trip to a very unique residential development.  You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from real estate developer and attorney, Margarette Lee, principle of YoungWoo & Associates, LLC on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 PM.   KALAGNY will meet and tour their Sky Garage Condominiums, located at 200 11th Avenue.  The New York Post describes one unit as follows: 

A handful of celebs including Robert Pattinson and Lady Gaga have been seen touring this $20 million, three-bedroom, 3½-bath, 3,598-square-foot penthouse at 200 11th Avenue. The building, which is also home to Nicole Kidman, is famous for a very unique feature: each apartment comes with a parking spot and residents have access to a special car elevator that takes them to a "sky garage" on their floor. How's that for paparazzi-proof?

See a video here for more information.  This event is coordinated in partnership with the New York County Lawyers' Association.  Seating is limited so please RSVP through Kristin Leigh Jordan, chair of our real estate sub-committee to our Tax and Corporate Committee, at

Register Now for NAPABA's Northeast Regional Conference - Hosted by KALAGNY - August 19-21, 2016

Exciting programming and networking events being planned.  Meet lawyers from all over the Northeast.  See the invitation and sponsorship packet here.  

Click here to register or sponsor the conference.  Early bird registration ends on July 1, 2016.

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.


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.comif you are interested in applying.

The Law Office of Gary S. Park, P.C. is seeking an associate attorney or legal assistant for its Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey office.  Please e-mail for more information.

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 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.  This Spring, 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 was honored by the Kings County Criminal Bar Association on April 16, 2016, at its annual Dinner Dance event.

If you have news to share, please email:


Eric B. Lee Honored with the Community Service Award by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano


Above right: former President Kyun Yi, Eric Lee, and Dana Lee

On May 19, 2016, Eric Lee was honored with the Community Service Award by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.  The ceremony took place at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, New York.  To learn more about Eric B. Lee, a personal injury attorney of Sackstein, Sackstein, & Lee, LLP, please click here.

Board Member Michael Yim joins Sedgwick LLP as a Partner

Michael Yim concentrates his practice in non-compete/trade secret, wage and hour, and cross-border executive mobility and compensation.  In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Michael is a long-time supporter of KALAGNY and presently sits on KALAGNY's Board of Governors.  Please see his attorney profile here.

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 was also 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

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

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

KALCA Government/Law Career Panel - Tomorrow Evening, June 15, 2016

Join KALCA at a Government/Law Career panel tomorrow, on June 15th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at Kobre &  Kim LLP, at 800 Third Avenue, New York, NY.  Light refreshments to be served. 

The panel will be moderated by our former President, James Cho, Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division of Eastern District of Brooklyn, New York.  Panelists will include Judge Gilbert Hong, of the Criminal Court of Kings County, Jimmy Yan, Special Counsel to the Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management & Chief Investment Officer, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Christopher Kwok, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator, U.S. Equal Employment Commission, and Yi Foo, Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Attorney General's Office.  Please RSVP to

Joint Bar Association Happy Hour at the Dark Horse Tavern - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

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.   Registration is now open at IAKL's 2016 Conference website.

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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