General Announcements

August 9, 2016

Reminder to Mentoring Program Participants - Interview Workshop is on Thursday - August 11, 2016

The Interview Workshop will start at 6:00 at Sedgwick LLP's New York Office located at 225 Liberty Street, Brookfield Place, 28th Floor, New York, NY.    If you have registered, please remember to bring your ID for security.  The Interview Workshop will start with an informal networking reception with pizza and beer, as well as brief remarks from KALAGNY.  The mock interviews will commence at 7:00 PM,  For those that will be arriving later, please be sure to arrive prior to 7:00 PM.  Each mentee will have two mock interview sessions.  The first at 7:00 PM, and the second at 7:30.  

Join the New Jersey Committee This Friday for a Delicious Wine Tasting - Friday, August 12, 2016

The New Jersey Committee is hosting a wine tasting and trivia night on Friday, August 12, 2016.  Please join us and meet other KALAGNY members in New Jersey.  A selection of wines and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and prizes will be awarded.  The event will be held at the Kim & Bae, P.C., located at 2160 Central Rd #303, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 at 6:30 PM.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  If you are traveling from Manhattan, the office is only several blocks from the George Washington Bridge and can be reached by taking the GWB Bus Terminal shuttle.  Thanks to our generous venue sponsor, Kim & Bae, P.C.!

Please Join the Immigration Committee for a Special Screening of Alvin Tsang's "Reunification" - Sunday, August 14, 2016

Contribute to the development of Asian-American immigration history making.  Please join us for a networking event in Queens, on Sunday August 14, 2016, at 11:30 AM.  We will meet for lunch in Flushing and then enjoy a film screening of Alvin Tsang's Reunification at the Flushing Library auditorium.  There will be a Question and Answer session with the director, Alvin Tsang.  Eve Guillergan, the Chair of our Immigration Committee will give brief remarks.

Learn more about the movie here and also get your tickets here.

Please RSVP with us here.  The movie is free and lunch is partially subsidized.  Thanks to the Immigration Committee for sponsoring this exciting event.

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.   **The conference page has important updates about Saturday's dine around options (including dinner at  Hop Lee Restaurant), and Sunday's social event at the Biergarten (at the Standard Hotel).**

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

Watch the American Political Process at Work.  Participate in a KALAGNY Sponsored Candidates' Forum! - August 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Before the September 13th State primary election, hear the candidates of State Senate District 16 speak on issues affecting the Queens community (Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, and Elmhurst).  The candidates S.J. Jung and Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (incumbent) will present their positions on various issues, at the Flushing Queens Library on August 23, 2016, at 6:30 PM.  (Doors will open at 6 PM.)  If elected, S.J. Jung will be the first Korean-American Senator in the New York State Senate.  The event will be moderated by Richard Lui, a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News.  

This is a non-partisan event. No campaign paraphernalia will be allowed.   To learn more, click here.

Join the Real Estate Committee at a Special Program Devoted to Environmental Due Diligence - September 22, 2016

Please join the KALAGNY Real Estate Committee on Thursday September 22, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Newman Ferrara LLP, located at 1250 Broadway, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  We will learn about the various aspects of Environmental Due Diligence from James P. Cinelli, an Environmental Engineer and Principal with Liberty Environmental, Inc., a full-service consulting firm he co-founded in 2004.  

This program describes the evolution of environmental due diligence over the years, provides an overview of the ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standard practice, and provides examples of environmental conditions commonly found at commercial properties. Additionally, the program will provide a summary of the New York City E-Designation Program and the impact it has on property transactions and the site development process. It will also briefly describe other City environmental programs that promote redevelopment, including the Brownfield  Incentive Grants, Green Property Certification, Voluntary Cleanup Program, and Clean Soil Bank.  

Mr. Cinelli is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states, and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Joseph’s University.

Kindly RSVP to no later than September 15, 2016 to reserve your seat!

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 which 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 if 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.

Check Out These Open Law Clerk Positions with a Newly Appointed Magistrate Judge!

Katharine Parker, chair of the City Bar’s Disability Law Committee and partner at Proskauer Rose, has been appointed to be a federal magistrate judge in the SDNY (pending completion of the background check).  She will be hiring two law clerks to start in approximately late October or early November.  Specifically, Ms. Parker is seeking good candidates who may be litigation attorneys and who have been practicing at a firm for a year or two (not right out of law school) and are looking to get the experience of being a law clerk for a year.  Interested attorneys can reach out to her directly at

Prudential's Latest Open Legal and Compliance Positions in NJ, CT, TX

Click here to view Prudential's job postings.

**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 crowd funding 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 ofJustice 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:


Don Liu Shoots into the Fortune 50

This month, Don will begin his new role as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Target Corporation, a Fortune 50 company.  See more here.  Previously, Don was the General Counsel, Secretary and Corporate Senior Vice President of Xerox Corporation, where he was responsible for all of Xerox's legal and government affairs.  Other previous positions have included roles at Toll Brothers, IKON Office Solutions, and Aetna Healthcare.  Before going in-house, Don worked at  Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and at Richards & O’Neil.  Don is a champion of diversity, and served as the Keynote speaker at KALAGNY's annual gala in 2011.  Other of his professional accomplishments and affiliations include his service on a variety of boards, such as serving as the former chairman of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).  The Don H. Liu Scholars Program, Inc. seeks to cultivate and inspire future Asian American leaders within the legal profession through the use of scholarships to law students, and is named after Don.  He received a B.A. from Haverford College, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.  

The Democratic National Committee Unanimously Elects Congresswoman Grace Meng as a Vice Chair

New York Representative Grace Meng represents New York's 6th Congressional district in the New York City borough of Queens.  Last week, she was elected to serve as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.  This district includes the Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens and Maspeth neighborhoods. Previously, she served in the New York State Assembly.   Born and raised in Queens, Congresswoman Meng graduated from Stuyvesant High School, and received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.  Congresswoman Meng is the first Asian American from New York State to serve in Congress.  She has sponsored a number of successful bills.  Earlier this year, she sponsored a bill which removed the term "Oriental" from all federal law.  The bill was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law this past Spring.

Austin So Becomes the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary  of StoneMor Partners L.P., a Publicly Traded Company

Early last month, Austin joined StoneMor Partners L.P., a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as its General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary.   He also serves as the company's Chief Compliance Officer.  Previously, Austin was Division General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Heraeus Incorporated, part of the Heraeus Group, a Fortune Global 500 manufacturing conglomerate, leading a team of lawyers in Germany, China and the U.S.  Before going in-house, Austin practiced both litigation and corporate transactional law at top New York law firms, including Cravath, Linklaters and Akin Gump. He has also had his own law practice.  Austin was recently voted a Rising Star by the MCCA and was a Trailblazer Honoree at KALAGNY's annual gala.  Austin received his A.B. from Harvard and his J.D. from Penn Law.

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.

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

Help the Portrait Project! Conduct a Survey - Deadline - August 12, 2016

You are invited to participate in a research study designed to examine the experiences of Asian Americans in the legal profession. An effort led by Justice Goodwin Liu, the Portrait Project is aimed at providing a descriptive account with an eye toward illuminating the incentives and choices that influence the career paths of Asian American law students and lawyers. Its goal is to provide an empirical grounding for broader conversation within and beyond the Asian American community about the unique challenges and opportunities Asian Americans face in the law profession and possible directions for reform.  Read more and fill out this quick, anonymous survey by August 12, 2016 at this link.

Join the 71st Annual Anniversary Korean Independence Day Celebration at City Hall - Monday, August 15, 2016

Join New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and members of the City Council at a Korean Independence Day celebration, on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM. Click here to see more information and to RSVP by August 11, 2016.

Join the Legal Outreach Attorney Mentor Program! - Deadline is August 31, 2016

Connect. Impact. Inspire.  Legal Outreach prepares urban youth from underserved neighborhoods in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as a tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education.  Legal Outreach wants you! Volunteer with Legal Outreach as an Attorney Mentor!  CONNECT with a NYC high school student, positively IMPACT their lives, and INSPIRE them to pursue higher heights!  See here for more information.  To apply to be a mentor or for more information click here! Applications are due by August 31, 2016. If you have questions, please

Participate in the E.D.N.Y.'s Mediation Advocacy Training - September 14, 2016

The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ADR Department is conducting a Mediation Advocacy Training on September 14, 2016 for attorneys interested in participating in the EDNY Mediation Advocacy Program [MAP].  The EDNY MAP matches pro se litigants with limited scope pro bono counsel for employment discrimination mediations.  The September training offers attorneys interested in participating in MAP with a basic overview of employment law, tools for working with pro se parties, and mediation advocacy skills.  Attorneys who participate in the Mediation Advocacy Training are eligible to provide pro bono representation to EDNY pro se litigants in matters of employment discrimination.  The duration of an average MAP representation is six weeks from the first meeting with the pro se party to the completion of the mediation.   To learn more and register, please 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.

Accept a Paid Position as a Election Day Interpreter

The Board of Elections (BOE) is recruiting Chinese and Korean interpreters for Election Days on September 13 and November 8. The Board will also provide outreach supplies and more information.  Let's make sure that there are enough Korean interpreters in Queens, and enough Chinese interpreters in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn!  Click here to learn more.

2016 NAPABA Convention - November 3-6, 2016


Key Dates:

Early Bird Registration Deadline to Attend the Convention: August 26, 2016 (Register here.)

Board Elections Ballot Deadline: September 9, 2016

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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