General Announcements

October 15, 2015

Reminder to Mentoring Program Participants: Fall Launch Reception for the Mentoring Program is Tonight

To those of you participating in the mentoring program, a special thanks to Troutman Sanders LLPFord & Harrison LLP, and Hudson Reporting, KALAGNY's sponsors for the launch reception tonight. 


Our keynote speaker at the event will be Austin So, Division General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated.  To learn more about Austin So, please click here.  

A Networking Event to Benefit the New York Asian Women's Center - October 21, 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  

Join KALAGNY, AABANY and the NYAWC for a networking event to benefit the domestic violence survivors on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7pm, at the office Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP, located at 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 303.  NYAWC is a 33 year old organization providing a safe haven for women and their children and which provides multi-lingual support programs for families from all cultural backgrounds including shelter services, job training and counseling. 

On this special night we appreciate donations of gently used and interview ready handbags for women survivors who are looking for jobs and are ready to take the next step toward independence.  There will be a reception with food.  The event is free and donations are appreciated but not necessary to attend.  NYAWC is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation and any donations are tax-deductible.  Receipts can be provided upon request.

Special Speakers:

  • The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Term, 1st Department
  • Sarah Flatto, Director, Programs and Outreach, NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan

Please bring your business cards for drawings to win a handmade jewelry piece designed and crafted by Michelle Lee ( and a complimentary weekend stay at the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel in New Jersey.

To RSVP, click here.

KALAGNY Sponsors Chuseok Event with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law's KALSA - October 29, 2015

Join KALAGNY and the Korea American Law Students Association ("KALSA") at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for a Chuseok event on October 29, 2015 at 6:30pm.  The law school is located at 55 Fifth Ave, New York, New York 10003.  Please RSVP for an evening of Korean culture and food.  Space is limited.

To RSVP, click here.

Part II of Litigation Committee's Two-Part Deposition Workshop 


On October 6, 2015, KALAGNY’s Litigation Committee held the second session of its two-part Mock Deposition Workshop PM at the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP.  Members of the Committee took part as examiners, witnesses, and defense counsel to conduct live depositions complete with a mock fact pattern, to be transcribed by a real court reporter. 

To view photos from the October 6, 2015 session, click here.

To view photos from the August 25, 2015 session, 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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KALAGNY has numerous programs and activities. There is something for everyone.

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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.

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

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.

If you have news to share, please email:

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 the petition in support of Adam (#KeepAdamHome), click 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


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 to Host Pro Bono Table at Korean Startup Summit NYC - October 16, 2015

KALAGNY is excited to be a Community Partner of the upcoming Korean Startup Summit NYC on October 16, 2015! In addition, KALAGNY will have a pro bono table at the event.  We believe that this is the largest Korean startup event on the East Coast, and it is being hosted by KOTRA, Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE), the social club GORI, and OKTA.  Hosting the event for the second time, Korean Startup Summit NYC will feature an amazing lineup of entrepreneurs and investors of Korean descent. In addition, 15 of some of the most promising Korean tech startups from Korea has been invited to pitch, alongside U.S. startups.  

Speakers so far include: Miguel Mckelvey: Co-Founder of WeWork; Charlie Kim: CEO & Founder of Next Jump; Sarah Paiji: Co-Founder & CEO of Snapette; Murat Aktihanoglu: Managing Director of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator; Esther Choi: Founder & Chef of Mokbar; Richard Jun: Managing Partner of Bam Ventures; David Lee: Investor & Former Director of Google Asia Pacific; and more.  

Get your tickets today!  Please use this discount code to get a 15% discount: KALAGNYVIP

Startups who are interested in pitching their business should go here.

Minkwon's 2015 Gala Dinner "Our Voice, Our Tomorrow" - October 22, 2015 

The Minkwon Center for Community Action, of which KALAGNY is a sponsor, will be holding its 31st Anniversary Gala Dinner "Our Voice, Our Tomorrow" at Dae Dong Manor, located at 150-24 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, New York  11354

For more information, click here

Council of Korean Americans National Summit & Gala - October 23-24, 2015 in Washington, DC

The Council of Korean Americans' National Summit Summit and Gala will take place on October 23-24, 2015.  This conference will bring together Korean Americans in various areas of business, media and entertainment, politics and advocacy, medical science, and foreign affairs.

To learn more and to RSVP, click here.

LGBT Asian American / South Asian Attorney Networking Reception - October 26, 2015 

You are invited to join networking receptions, to be held on the referenced dates in Washington, D.C., New York City and San Francisco, which will celebrate the diversity within the LGBT and Asian American/ South Asian communities and also provide support to LGBT API attorneys in corporate, commercial, government and public interest practice.

To learn more and to RSVP, click here.

AALDEF to Host Theatre Party For George Takai's Broadway Play "Allegiance" - October 29, 2015

Join AALDEF on Thursday, October 29, 2015 for a special theater party preview of George Takei's new Broadway musical "Allegiance."  Mr. George Takei is the recipient of AALDEF's 1992 Justice in Action award, a well-renowned actor, a social justice activist, and social media icon.  After the performance, Mr. Takei and cast members, including Ms. Lea Salonga and Ms. Telly Leung, will do a special Q&A for the theater party.

To learn more and to RSVP, click here.

NAPABA 2015 Annual Convention (November 5-8, 2015 in New Orleans)

Registration for the NAPABA Convention

·         Register here for the conference (Advance rate deadline: 10/26/2015)

·         Hotel Reservations

·         Travel Discounts

·         Register here for NAPABA's 7th Annual Pitch Sessions for Law Firm Practitioners (Deadline: 9/11/2015)

NAPABA Affiliate Grant Program

NAPABA has launched an Affiliate Grant Program which allows affiliates to apply for funding of up to $3,000 annually for projects related to membership development and pro bono activities.  Eligible projects include advocacy efforts to support APA communities, educational workshops for lawyers and law students, and community outreach efforts.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

To learn more, 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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