General Announcements

July 14, 2016

Join a BBQ with KALAGNY's Long Island Committee - July 30, 2016

Enjoy the warm weather, the smell of grass and trees and the sounds of the outdoors.  KALAGNY's Long Island Committee invites you to a relaxing backyard BBQ at a beautiful private home in Manhasset, Long Island.  (Great Neck Long Island Railroad Station.  Transportation sharing options may be coordinated later.)  The event will begin at 4:30 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2016.  Looking  forward to seeing you.  Please RSVP here.

Register Now for NAPABA's Northeast Regional Conference - Hosted by KALAGNY - August 19-21, 2016

Exciting programming and networking events being planned.  Meet lawyers from all over the Northeast.  See the invitation and sponsorship packet here.  

Click here to register or sponsor the conference.

Click here to see the conference page and the latest updates regarding the conference, including program details.  Some of the numerous programs and panelists include the following:
  • A Shot in the Dark:  The Peter Liang/Akai Gurley Tragedy

Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot on November 20, 2014, in Brooklyn's Louis H. Pink Houses, by rookie NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who had entered a stairwell with his firearm drawn. The shooting was declared an accidental discharge; the bullet ricocheted off the wall and Gurley was struck once in the chest and later died from the shot. On February 10, 2015, Liang was indicted by a grand jury on manslaughter, assault, and other criminal charges, and on February 11, 2016, Liang was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct, becoming the first NYPD officer in over a decade to be found guilty of shooting and killing a citizen while on duty. The shooting and trial touched off a firestorm of opinion and protests, and in the post-Ferguson era, the case has added another twist to the intense ongoing debate about race and accountability in policing, as well as the Asian American community’s place in that debate and race relations. 

This panel will explore criminal procedural issues in the context of the Peter Liang trial, such as the indictment and grand jury process, what is the standard for homicide versus manslaughter, and will also look at the civil rights aspect of the case. How did the APA community respond to the tragedy and what can we learn from it going forward?

     Alexander M. Lee, Esq., Principal, The Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee

     Christopher M. Kwok, Esq., Supervisory ADR Coordinator, U.S. EEOC (appearing in individual capacity)

     Jin P. Lee, Esq., Principal, The Law Office of Jin P. Lee

     Sandra Leung, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

     Vinoo Varghese, Esq., Principal, Varghese and Associates, P.C.

     Thomas Ong, Owner, Ong Investigative Group, LLC

  • Ethical Consideration for In-House Attorneys

In-House Attorneys serve dual roles in that they act as both attorneys for their respective companies, as well as clients in working with outside counsel.  As such in-house attorneys have added responsibilities to keenly understand ethical issues both as attorneys and clients.  Seasoned panelists will consider and discuss issues such as who the client is, escalating potential issues/violations, and attorney client privilege/work product from both in-house and outside counsel perspectives. 

     An-Ping Hsieh, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hubbell Incorporated

     Edward S. Cheng, Esq., Partner, Sherin and Lodgen LLP

     Jung Choi, Esq., Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

     Clara Ohr, Esq., Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer, LUKOIL Pan Americas, LLC

  • The ‘Business Case’ for Diversity & Inclusion:  Lessons Learned from In-House, Government, and Law Firm Counsel

Today’s economic climate is one of constant change.  Increased regulatory compliance, technological innovation, low interest rates, and other factors have together created a highly challenging business environment.  In order to remain competitive, companies and law firms are placing a growing emphasis on legal teams that are resilient, creative, and diverse.  Governmental entities are also beginning to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in their recruiting efforts.

This panel discusses the growing awareness that diversity and inclusion are not only helpful, but also critical towards the success of an enterprise.  Senior in-house, government, and law firm counsels will discuss how staffing diverse legal teams has driven superior business results and contributed towards their organizations’ success.  This panel will also discuss unique opportunities that exist for teams that can successfully apply diversity and inclusion to their practices.  Finally, the panel will also discuss how APA attorneys may position themselves to identify and help meet these needs, stepping forward as leaders during this critical juncture.

     Sahang-Hee Hahn, Esq., Assistant vice President and Counsel, MassMutual

     Dwight S. Yoo, Esq., Partner, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

     Austin K. So., Esq., General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, StoneMor Partners L.P.

     Sonia Low, Esq., General Counsel, The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc.

     Jimmy Yan, Esq., Special Counsel to the Chief Investment Officer & Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management, Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

  •  Running for Elected Positions as the Asian Candidate – Lessons Learned

In this panel discussion, we'll have Asian Americans who have won elections (and lost elections); they will discuss their experiences about the process, pitfalls and their successes. 

     James Cho, Esq., Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York

    Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice, Appellate Term, First Department, New York State Supreme Court

    Jun Choi, CEO; former Mayor, Menlo Realty Ventures; Former Mayor of Edison, NJ

See Photos from KALAGNY's 30th Anniversary Gala!

The event was a great success, and we were so delighted to see you!   Thanks to our honorees, our supporters, and our hard working gala committee.  Please see photos from the event here, and a list of our sponsors here.

Want to learn more about what KALAGNY has been up to over the past year?  Please click here to see our Year in Review. 

Yours truly,

2016 KALAGNY Gala Committee Co-Chairs


Sung W. Kim and David S. Sohn

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.

The Law Office of Gary S. Park, P.C. is seeking an associate attorney or legal assistant for its Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey office.  Please e-mail for more information.

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, click here.

In The News 

The Korean Che - A Documentary Project by Joseph Juhn

KALAGNY member Joseph Juhn has started a documentary project concerning Korean diaspora and the Korean identity entitled The Korean Che.  The project will be focused on a family who helped the efforts of Korea's independence and the Cuban revolution.

To view the trailer and to learn more about Joseph's campaign, click here.

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.  This Spring, 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 was honored by the Kings County Criminal Bar Association on April 16, 2016, at its annual Dinner Dance event.

If you have news to share, please email:


Eric B. Lee Honored with the Community Service Award by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano


Above right: Former KALAGNY President Kyun Yi, Eric Lee, and Dana Lee

On May 19, 2016, Eric Lee was honored with the Community Service Award by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.  The ceremony took place at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, New York.  To learn more about Eric B. Lee, a personal injury attorney of Sackstein, Sackstein, & Lee, LLP, please click here.

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 was also honored with KALAGNY's Trailblazer Award at our 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  Earlier this month, Austin was appointed as the General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary  of StoneMor Partners L.P.  Click here for more information.

EJ Thorson Installed as the First Asian American President of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association 

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


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.

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.  Click here for more information.

Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission Newsletter Releases Its Summer Newsletter

Please click here to read the newsletter.  "The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission was established in June 1991 to educate and advise decision makers in the New York Court System on issues affecting both employees and litigants of color; and to implement recommendations developed to address said issues."  (New York Courts Website.)

Other Announcements

Meet Startups with KALCA and KOTRA - July 20, 2016

The Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA), in partnership with the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), will be hosting a Startup & Entrepreneurship Career Panel on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at The Korea Society (950 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022). Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to


1. Bob Wu, Teleport
2. Esther Lee, General Assembly
3. Esther Lim, GORI
4. Nicholas Chung, Paper and Soap

Attend a "Foreign Investments in U.S. Real Estate Part II" Program - July 27, 2016

The program will be held on 27, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the offices of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.  For more information about this exciting program co-sponsored by AABANY and organized by Margaret Ling, a member of KALAGNY, click here.

IAKL Conference - September 29 - October 2, 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.   Registration is now open at IAKL's 2016 Conference website.

2016 NAPABA Convention - November 3-6, 2016


Key Dates:

*Deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend the convention: July 15, 2016 - TOMORROW

Hotel reservations deadline: October 10, 2016

The Charles & Melita Jung Foundation's 2016 Public Interest Scholarship

Public interest attorneys take note!  The Charles & Melita Jung Foundation has awarded scholarships to attorneys working in public interest to attend NAPABA Conventions since 2013, and will continue to do so for this year's Convention in San Diego, CA.  The application deadline is October 7, 2016 (but scholarships will be considered on a rolling basis starting August 19, 2016).

To find out more, click here.

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.

Be a Legal Observer or Provide Pro Bono Support to Protestors on Election Day

The National Bar Association (NBA) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seek volunteer attorneys to serve as legal observers on Election Day, and attorneys who can provide support to protesters or demonstrators who face arrest.  We need your help: Attorneys will serve as Legal Observers to monitor protests and protect the right to peacefully assemble. Legal Observers are expected to attend mass demonstrations, document their experiences, communicate with local law enforcement and elected officials, and help disseminate Know Your Rights materials to demonstrators regarding their rights as peaceful protesters.  The NBA is also recruiting Pro Bono Attorneys to provide counsel for those individuals who may face arrest while peacefully protesting.  To learn more, click here

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