General Announcements

April 13, 2016

Election Date and General Membership Meeting - April 28, 2016

KALAGNY's Elections and annual membership meeting will take place from 7 - 9:30 PM, on April 28, 2016 at Newman Ferrara LLP, located at  1250 Broadway # 27, New York, NY 10001.  Invite your friends!  All are welcome to this event, including non-members and non-attorneys, but only eligible members may vote.  Votes must be cast between 7-9 PM.   To read more about the elections, click here.  To see the ballot, click here.  RSVP here

KALAGNY's Board voted to present the Proposed Amended By-Laws to our  membership for adoption. If you are a dues-paid member, you will be eligible to vote on this adoption at the annual meeting.    The above link provides the current By-Laws as well as the proposed By-Laws.  Please review and cast your vote  on April 28, 2016 during our General Membership Meeting and elections. 

Some Highlights of the Event:

  • On-Site Whiskey Tasting.  A bourbon and rye tasting will be held at the event.  Learn about different types of whiskeys, and how grain type and aging methods affect flavor.  
  • More Tasty Beverages and Food.  Additional beverages, including champagne and craft beers, and a light dinner will be served. 
  • Great Raffle Prizes.  Jewelry, pashmina scarves, free KALAGNY memberships, ...
  • Hear News About Our 6/8 Gala.
  • More Exciting Activities Being Planned.

Click here to RSVP.  If you have any questions or cannot access the registration link, please e-mail

Thanks to our venue sponsor Newman Ferrara LLP. 

 Join Us at a Launch Meeting for KALAGNY's Brand New New Jersey Committee - May 12, 2016

KALAGNY is excited to launch a New Jersey Committee, which will host a spring happy hour on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Crown Restaurant and Lounge at 243 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ.  Please join us and meet other members who live and/or work in New Jersey.  Limited open bar will be served until 7:30 p.m.  If you are coming from Manhattan, New Jersey Transit Bus Lines 166 and 751 stop in front of the restaurant.  To RSVP, click here

Register Now for KALAGNY's 30th Anniversary Gala - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 

Don't forget to register for our 30th Anniversary Gala at Capitale in the Bowery on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  Please click here to view the official invitation.  Click here to register for the event and to sponsor KALAGNY.  Want to learn more about what KALAGNY has been up to over the past year?  Please click here to see our Year in Review.

We are also pleased to announce the evening's honorees.

Keynote Honoree

Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan

Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department

Trailblazer Honoree

 Photo (c) AABANY. Photo credit: Corky Lee 

Austin K. So, Esq.

Division General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated

Public Service Honoree


Ambassador Gheewhan Kim

Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York

This year's theme is "Halfway to Hwangab: Celebrating the Past 30 Years and the Next 30 Years to Come."  “Hwangab” is a Korean word that denotes the celebration of one’s 60th birthday and is considered the most important birthday milestone.  Traditionally in East Asian cultures, reaching one's 60th year of life was a significant accomplishment and cause for rejoicing in longevity.  In KALAGNY's 30th year, our “halfway” point, we honor our past and present leaders and members for their founding efforts, sacrifices and transformative contributions that have made us the flourishing organization we are today.  Together, we look forward to another exciting period of growth, service to the community, and collaboration across generations of Korean-American attorneys and diverse colleagues.

Scholarship Application Deadline - April 15, 2016

KALAGNY is 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.  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

Yours truly,

2016 KALAGNY Gala Committee Co-Chairs


Sung W. Kim and David S. Sohn

Save the Date - KALAGNY to Host NAPABA's Annual Northeast Regional Conference - August 19-21, 2016

We are also accepting program ideas!  The deadline for submitting CLE/programming panel ideas is April 29, 2016.  Please click here to see the submission form.

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.

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.  Just last month, 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 will be honored by the Kings County Criminal Bar Association on April 16, 2016, at its annual Dinner Dance event.

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.

If you have news to share, please email:


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 will be also be honored with KALAGNY's Trailblazer Award at our 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

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.

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 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

KALAGNY Sponsors NYCLA’S Real Property Section's Spring Cocktail Reception - April 21, 2016

The event will occur on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Newman Ferrara, 1250 Broadway, in Manhattan. Light Bites, Bourbon, and Soju to be served.  RSVP to Kristin Jordan at by April 13, 2016.  KALAGNY members are welcome to attend.

IAKL Announces Conference Date (September 29 - October 2, 2016): Call for Programs Deadline - April 15, 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.  IAKL invites you to submit program ideas by April 15, 2016 to

2016 NAPABA Convention (November 3-6, 2016):  Call for Programs Deadline - April 15, 2016


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is accepting program proposals for the 2016 NAPABA Convention, which will be held in San Diego, California from November 3-6.  NAPABA is welcoming program submissions on topics that celebrate the diversity of NAPABA and which will provide practical solutions and advice for attendees' future development and advancement.  The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5  PM EDT.


How to Submit a Proposal:

1. Visit the Call for Programs webpage.

2. Click submit at the bottom of the page and create a username and password to view the submission guidelines.

3. NAPABA recommends a program endorsement or co-endorsement by a NAPABA Committee or Network. Contact a NAPABA Committee or Network chair to have your program endorsed. Please note that you are not required to seek an endorsement.  

Other 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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