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Special Announcement

January 8, 2016

Happy New Year from the KALAGNY Family!  

Let's toast to a new year and many great times to come.  And thank you for helping KALAGNY end 2015 on a celebratory note.  On December 16, 2015, KALAGNY held its 2015 Holiday Party at The Spot Karaoke & Lounge.  T'was a night filled with great food, drinks, and fun with fellow attorneys. 

To view the pictures, click hereTo view the Korea Times article, click here.

50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act - January 26, 2016

We invite you to a reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.  Members of the Bench and other public officials will give personal accounts of their or their families' immigration to the United States.  

The reception will be on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30 PM. (See flyer here.)  The venue will be in a beautiful private loft in Chinatown, Manhattan and will be disclosed to attendants, closer to the date of the event.   Please RSVP here.  Space is limited and priority will be given to dues paid members of KALAGNY.  RSVPs will be confirmed shortly before the event.

Join KALAGNY for a Brown Bag Seminar Entitled “United Nations and the Future of the Korean Peninsula” - Friday, January 29, 2016 from Noon to 4 PM

KALAGNY presents an exclusive presentation and 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").  We will visit the beautiful Permanent Mission to the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.  Read about the Permanent Mission here, and see the schedule and additional program information here.  The current Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York, is Ambassador Oh Joon, who is KALAGNY's 2015 Gala Keynote Speaker and Honoree.  

Ambassador Hahn will engage 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 will include an interactive dialogue and a tour of the Permanent Mission, which is at 335 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017.  Please RSVP here, space is limited and priority will be given to dues paid members. Support KALAGNY by becoming a dues paid member today, if you have not already done so.  

Ambassador Hahn is a career diplomat, and has held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea.  His areas of expertise include North Korean nuclear affairs, nuclear non-proliferation, regional architecture surrounding the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, North American, European and African affairs, as well as public diplomacy.  Ambassador Hahn received an M.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in French from Seoul National University and studied at University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in its training program. To read more about Ambassador Hahn’s illustrious career, please click here.  

Meet yKan Members at a Makgeolli Making Event: January 26, 2016

KALAGNY is holding a joint event with the young Korean American Network ("yKAN"), over a Makgeolli (rice-wine) making workshop.  The event will be at 6:30 PM on January 26, 2016, at NY DokSeoSil, located at 312 5th Avenue, in Manhattan, on the 5th Floor.   yKan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization of 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean-Americans who strive for the advancement of all Korean-Americans in mainstream American society.  Its mission is to elevate Korean-American professionals by fostering educational programs, community service, and networking opportunities.  

Instruction will be led by Jisung Chun, who has studied intermediate Korean drink brewing, as well as beer, mead, cider brewing at Susubori Academy (one of the most renowned brewing institutions in Korea).  An admission fee of $62.49 will cover the cost of instruction, materials, pajeon, and takju or makgeolli for drinking.  A limited supply of early bird tickets are available at a discounted price.  Please join KALAGNY, yKan, and Ms. Chun by registering here. 

Honoring the Survivors & Breaking News: Korea and Japan Settle Dispute Over Comfort Women Issue


                        The Glendale Comfort Women Peace Monument

Breaking News: Korea and Japan have resolved their dispute over the "Comfort Women" issue.   As part of the resolution, Japan offered a public apology and a one-billion yen ($8.3 million) compensation to Korean women who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during WWII.  Read more here and here.  

KALAGNY has played an integral part in the ongoing open discussion about this atrocity faced by the "Comfort Women." We hope to educate our members and our community  so as to prevent any like incidents from arising in the future.  

Law Students:  Applications for the Don Liu Scholars Program are Due on January 10, 2016 (Deadline Extended)

The Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc. (“Program”) seeks to identify, cultivate and inspire future Asian American leaders within the legal profession, in order to address the single most important reality facing Asian American professionals today – the barrier to advancement.  

Don H. Liu is general counsel and secretary for Xerox. To learn more about Don H. Liu, our 2011 Honoree and Keynote Speaker at our annual gala, click here.  The program will award each Scholar with a $15,000 scholarship.  To learn more about scholarship, click here.  

** UPDATE:  The Program will now grant not just two, but three scholarships of $15,000.  In addition, starting with the 2015 application cycle, the Program will extend its geographic scope to include law schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  To accommodate the additional law schools, the application deadline for the 2016 Scholars has been extended to January 10, 2016. **

Eligibility - to be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Asian descent;
  • Be enrolled full-time as a 1L in a New York City metropolitan area law school**;
  • Be among the first in their immediate family to pursue a graduate or professional degree;
  • Have demonstrated exceptional academic and leadership accomplishments or show promise through work and/or other activities;
  • Have demonstrated financial need; and
  • Intend to practice in the New York City metropolitan area following graduation.
Required Application Materials:
  • A completed application form (updated application: click here);
  • Two essays addressing the topics in the application form;
  • An official copy of your undergraduate transcript;
  • A statement from your law school certifying that you are enrolled as a full-time 1L;
  • Résumé;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A copy of your official financial aid package from your law school, two years of your family’s most recent tax returns (even if you are declared to be financially independent), and a statement (no more than a paragraph) describing your financial need (with any supporting documents); and
  • The Personal Certification form, signed and notarized.

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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