March 15, 2016

KALAGNY Law Student Scholarship Applications - Due by April 15, 2016

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 Women's Committee Presents - Perfecting Your Brand - March 21, 2016

KALAGNY's Women's Committee will hold "Perfecting Your Brand" with personal stylist and consultant Michelle Lee, on March 21, 2016, at the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP, located at 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor.  The event is free for KALAGNY members and $20 for non-members.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP by by March 17, 2016.

Prosecutorial Discretion for Kinds on the Children's Docket - March 21, 2016 at NYLS

KALAGNY, the Safe Passage Project and the New York Chapter of AILA Litigation Committee will hold a training on prosecutorial discretion.  The event is free and open to the public.  Light snacks will be provided.  

Registration is required for admittance to New York Law School.  Advance registration is required for CLE credit.

To learn more and to RSVP, please click here.

Join the KALAGNY's Litigation Committee at a Mock Oral Argument Workshop - March 30, 2016

KALAGNY's Litigation Committee will hold its first ever Mock Oral Argument Workshop, on March 30, 2016 from 7-9 PM at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor (between 52nd and 53rd Streets), New York, NY 10019.  Judge Danny Chun of the Kings County Supreme Court will hear oral arguments based upon a mock fact pattern as presented by two of the Committee's members.  We invite litigators at all levels, as well as non-litigators, and law students, to come, observe and learn valuable strategies and tips from Judge Chun and other practicing litigators on what it takes to give effective oral arguments.  Dinner will be provided.  Space is limited, so please RSVP.

To RSVP for the workshop, please click here.

Sign Up to Join KALAGNY at a Real Estate Committee Launch Meeting - March 31, 2016

KALAGNY will hold a launch meeting for the real estate committee, a sub-committee of the Tax/Corporate Committee.  The meeting will start at 7 PM at Newman Ferrara, LLP, located at 1250 Broadway, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  Attendees will discuss plans for the sub-committee and will have an opportunity to meet and greet other real estate law practitioners.    A light dinner and refreshments will be served.  

Please click here to RSVP.

"Getting to the Top of the House" - Save the Date - April 7, 2016

KALAGNY’s In-House Counsel Committee announces a panel event: “Getting to the Top of the House.”

Please save the date for an interactive discussion on how to transition into leadership roles both in-house and in law firms. This panel is intended for mid-level attorneys interested in moving into more senior roles and also for experienced attorneys considering making the move from law firms to in-house and vice-versa. The panel will include a Q&A session and will be followed by a networking reception.

Food and refreshments will be provided and networking opportunities will take place after the event.  Organized by Thomas Kim and Dan Cho, the Co-Chairs of KALAGNY's In-House Committee.

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

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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 Opportunity

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.

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 

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.

KALAGNY Joins with APA Bar Association in NAPABA Letter to Senate Leaders Re Supreme Court Seat

KALAGNY has joined in with (54) national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations in a joint letter from NAPABA to Senate leadership, urging the Senate to uphold their constitutional duty by holding a fair hearing and timely vote on any Supreme Court nominee.  Members are urged to raise awareness of and promote discourse regarding the ramifications of maintaining a vacant seat on the Supreme Court. 

The Hill Publishes an Op-Ed By NAPABA President Jin  Y. Hwang


On February 19, 2016, the Hill published NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang's article entitled "The Time is Right for an Asian Pacific American Supreme Court Nominee."  Ms. Hwang's article argues for the nomination and confirmation of an Asian-American to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  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 alitigation 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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EJ Thorson to be Honored as a 2016 Rising Star of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

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.

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

Congratulations to KALAGNY's board member, Eve Guillerganwho 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 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


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 our March 1, 2016 announcement and our plan and application, which are available on our website.  To view the official announcement, please click here.  The deadline to apply is Friday, April 29, 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.  

Other Announcements

KALCA's Annual Gala - March 18, 2016

Korean American League for Civic Action's ("KALCA") 16th Annual Gala will be this Friday, on March 18, 2016. The theme for the evening "A Call to Action", and will highlight KALCA’s mission which is to increase civic participation in the AAPI community through advocacy, education and mobilization.  Honorees will include the following: 

  • Austin K. So, Division General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated, Community Service & Leadership Award
  • Jannie J. Chung, Councilwoman at Borough of Closter, New Jersey, Public Service & Leadership Award
  • Juliet K. Choi, Chief of Staff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Featured Keynote Speaker  

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.

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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