March 17, 2018      ANNOUNCEMENTS 


KALAGNY'S Upcoming Events 

  • Immigration Custody Response Training (Mar. 19)
  • Community Immigration Outreach Forum (Mar. 24)
  • Women's Leadership Development Conference (Apr. 28)
  • Build a Backpack for Kids with Cancer (Mar. 22)
  • CLE: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (Mar. 28)

 In the News

  • to Honor Joon H. Kim at Annual Gala (May 9)

Other Announcements / Community Events

  • Anti-Trafficking Panel (Mar. 20, register by Mar. 18)

  • KOTRA Attorney Directory
  • NAPABA Call for Programs (deadline: Mar. 26)
  • Job Listings 


Immigration Custody Response Training

CLE, Monday, March 19 (NY credit: pending)

Event chair: Eve Guillergan

Given the recent escalation of immigration enforcement, numerous undocumented immigrant New Yorkers are uncertain about their ability to remain in the United States.  As a result of that uncertainty, many are concerned about the consequences to their children if they (the parents) are targeted for immigration detention or deportation.

On Monday, March 19, attorneys of Her Justice will present a CLE program that will enable pro bono lawyers to help families develop a tailored plan of action in case family members are taken into immigration custody. Participants will learn how to make an individualized assessment of each family’s needs, including compiling important documents and contacts, and advising on options with respect to powers of attorney, custody and guardianship, and Designation of Parental Authority forms to ensure that a responsible adult can make educational and medical decisions for children in case of their parents’ arrest, detention or deportation.

Participants will also receive a brief overview of immigration law, including options for undocumented immigrants, naturalization procedures and information on current trends in the immigration landscape.

To RSVP for this CLE program and/or volunteer for the Community Immigration Forum (see below), please click here.   


Volunteers Needed for Community Immigration Forum

Saturday, March 24

Event chair: Eve Guillergan

KALAGNY has partnered with Her Justice, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE), Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC), Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS), and the Minkwon Center for Community Action to host a Community Immigration Forum. This is a first-of-its-kind workshop event led by Korean-American representatives from the community-based organizations in Queens.

Please sign up to volunteer on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the KCS offices in Bayside, Queens (203-05 32nd Ave, Bayside, NY 11361). We need both immigration attorneys to do consultations and non-immigration attorneys to assist with form intake and to provide information about emergency planning for immigrant families.  The informational flyer for community members can be seen here (pdf) (please note that volunteers should sign up using the link below, rather than via the RSVP information in the flyer).

Workshop Agenda:

  • "Know Your Rights" presentation to advise community members on what to do if stopped by immigration enforcement
  • Immigration options for undocumented individuals
  • Family preparedness in case of immigration detention or deportation
  • Legal advice and consultations from volunteer attorneys on immigration topics including DACA and naturalization

To volunteer for this community forum and/or attend the Immigration Custody Response Training CLE (see 3/19 event, above), please click here.

Women's Leadership Development Workshop

Saturday, April 28

KALAGNY is pleased to host a special Women's Leadership Development Workshop with nationally recognized thought leader Courtney Lynch on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's offices in Manhattan (51 W. 52nd St. b/w 5th and 6th). 

Join KALAGNY and Courtney Lynch, CEO and Founding Partner of leadership development firm Lead Star, as she shares leadership best practices designed to increase your influence in roles of responsibility, build confidence in your ability to lead and produce outcomes that have a lasting impact on your life.  Clients including Google, Facebook and several other Fortune 100 companies have looked to Lead Star for its professional development expertise.  (For a quick introduction to Lead Star, view the firm's video clips here.)

Courtney's energetic, engaging and straightforward presentation is the ideal guide to understanding:

  • A new, refined definition of leadership
  • The key behaviors consistently demonstrated by skilled leaders
  • Next steps for developing your leadership capability
  • How to apply leadership skills to both personal and professional challenges

RSVP here for the workshop.  
Special thanks to our hosts, KALAGNY Governor Edward J. Lee and his firm,Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and to our co-sponsor, James Derry!    

Build a Backpack for Kids with Cancer, Thurs., March 22 

Please join KALAGNY and AABANY for a special fundraiser where we will fill backpacks with toys, arts & crafts supplies, and other goodies for children with cancer.  We supply the bags and the goodies, while you help assemble and decorate the bags.  Our goal is to assemble 100 bags for toddlers/kids, and teens who are served by the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders.  Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund.

  • Thursday, March 22, 6:00 to 8:30 PM @ Ichi Cellar6 E. 32nd
  • Food and open bar for participants. 
  • Suggested Donation:  $50 in advance or $60 at the door (see event flyerfor donation link)

AABANY and KALAGNY will hold a silent auction throughout the evening. Prizes include dinners with Don Liu (GC, Target), Parkin Lee (GC, Rockefeller Group), Michael Wu (GC, Carters), Michael Lewis (GC, Bolla Oil), Michael Rhee (GC, Durst Organization), Jung Choi (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company), and others.

*Donations of special request items would be appreciated.  Please contact Michael Yim ( for a list of special request items.


Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

CLE, Wednesday, March 28 (NY credit: 2 prof. practice)

KALAGNY, AABANY, APALA-NJ, Bank of America, Venable LLP, and AmTrust Title Insurance invite you to a two-part CLE on Wednesday, March 28.  The CLE highlights the potential implications of blockchain technology on areas of legal practice including real estate, IP, securities and tax law.  For more information on the presenters and the topics covered, please see the event flyer here (pdf) or email Margaret Ling at

 IN THE NEWS to Honor Joon H. Kim at Annual Gala

Wednesday, May 9 (our partner in the screening of Geronimo earlier this year) will honor acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and KALAGNY member Joon H. Kim at their annual gala on May 9, 2018 at Tribeca 360.  Activist "Dreamer" Tereza Lee and writer, producer and showrunner Diana Son will also be honored at the event.  Ticket and sponsorship information can be found in the event packet (pdf).


Panel: Anti-Trafficking Initiatives and Immigration Remedies
Tuesday, March 20 (CLE credit pending) Register by March 18

Approximately one half of the immigrant defendants screened in Human Trafficking Intervention Court by Sanctuary for Families self-identify as experiencing (or otherwise present indicia of) a severe form of trafficking.  An equal number share a history of domestic violence that may make them eligible for other forms of immigration relief.  And yet, due to a lack of attorneys available to represent Mandarin- and Korean-speaking clients, many immigrant defendants who might otherwise seek T Nonimmigrant Status (reserved for victims of human trafficking) have no access to immigration relief.

Please join the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and Sanctuary for Families at 6 p.m. on March 20 for a panel with Judge Pamela Chen of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge Toko Serita of the New York City Criminal Court of Queens County to discuss  the ways in which the Asian American legal community can contribute to a solution to the challenges surrounding these issues. This panel, which will take place at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (601 Lexington Ave, Manhattan), will focus on anti-trafficking initiatives for the East Asian community in the U.S. and New York, and remedies under immigration law for trafficking victims.

Please RSVP here by March 18. 

KOTRA Accepting Listings for Attorney Referral Directory

The New York office of KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency), a Korean government-funded agency designed to promote international trade and investment activities of Korean businesses, is compiling a list of Korean-proficient attorneys based in the New York metropolitan area who specialize in intellectual property law, employment law, immigration law, and/or corporate law (either litigation or transactional). 

KOTRA's New York clients, which are mostly small and medium-sized businesses looking to expand in the U.S. market, need legal advice in these areas, and many of them seek referrals through our office.  If you or your firm is interested in being listed in KOTRA New York’s attorney directory, please email Dami Park, Esq. at with your contact information and area(s) of practice.

Call for Programs:  2018 NAPABA Convention
(deadline for submissions: Monday, March 26, 8 p.m.)

NAPABA is seeking program submissions for its 2018 national convention taking place in Chicago on November 8-11.  In addition to the general call, NAPABA is calling for program proposals for the convention's Thursday Specialty Programming. On the first day of the convention (Thursday, Nov. 8), special workshops and programs will be held by NAPABA's committees and networks to provide the skills and knowledge to excel in in one's practice and career.  These workshops are designed as experiential learning opportunities in an immersive and interactive environment that provides an opportunity to interact with experts in the field beyond what may be possible during a general CLE session. This year’s Thursday Specialty Programming tracks, held concurrently, will include:

  • International Law Symposium (International Law Committee)

  • Solo & Small Firm Bootcamp (Solo & Small Firm Committee)
  • Women's Leadership Workshop (Women's Leadership Network)

Click here to submit a program proposal today!  The deadline is Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m.  For more information about NAPABA's 2018 Call for Programs, visit


  • Featured Posting:  Bilingual Staff Attorney (Korean multinational conglomerate; Englewood, NJ office)

KALAGNY members can view the full details of the featured posting and all of our other current job postings by logging in on our website or by clicking here.



...and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

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