January 31, 2017

Summary of KALAGNY's Upcoming Events 

  • March with KALAGNY at a Lunar New Year Parade - February 4, 2017
  • Join KALAGNY at a Robing Ceremony for Judge Judy Kim - February 16, 2017
  • Meet New York City's Tax Advocate Eunkyong Choi - February 21, 2017 
  • Save the Date - KALAGNY's 31st Anniversary Gala - June 15, 2017

KALAGNY Co-Sponsoring a Writ of Habeas Corpus Training 

Are you concerned with the rights of prisoners and detainees?  A Writ of Habeas Corpus may be used to challenge a wrongful or improper imprisonment or detention.  Please indicate your interest in a training devoted to filing a Writ of Habeas Corpus here, or e-mail KALAGNY's board member and Immigration Committee Chair, Eve Guillergan, at Eve@knowyourvisa.com for information.

Come March with KALAGNY at a Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens - February 4, 2017

Come march with KALAGNY and the Korean American Association of Queens, New York (KAAQ) on Saturday, February 4, 2017, starting at 10 AM, and join the celebration of the robust Korean culture and people!  Come for the Parade, then have lunch with us.  We will meet in front of the 109th Police Precinct, on Union Street in Flushing, Queens.  RSVP here.  Join us rain, snow, or shine!  

If you wish to help with parade planning and and float making, KAAQ is looking for volunteers! You can reach KAAQ at (718) 359-2514 or at info@kaaq.org.

Join KALAGNY at a Robing Ceremony Honoring Judge Judy Kim, the First Korean American Judge in New York State - February 16, 2017

We welcome you to a special robing ceremony honoring Judge Judy Kim, the first elected Korean-American judge in the State of New York.  Read our announcement about the Judge's election here.   The reception will held at Kobre & Kim LLP, 800 Third Avenue, New York, NY, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on February 16, 2017.  

Many thanks to our sponsor, Kobre & Kim LLP.  

See the flyer here. RSVP here.  Space is limited and preference will be given to dues paid members of KALAGNY.  

Meet New York City's Tax Advocate Eunkyong Choi - February 21, 2017 

KALAGNY Corporate and Tax Committee invites you to a meet and greet reception on February 21, 2017, at Ichi Cellar (6 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016), starting at 6:30 PM. In attendance will be New York City's Tax Advocate Eunkyong Choi, from the Office of the New York Taxpayer Advocate.  See the event flyer and RSVP here.  

In June 2016, Eunkyong Choi became head of The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent office within the New York City Department of Finance set up to help New York City residents with property and business tax problems after they have found difficulty in fixing them on their own.

Although the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent office, Ms. Choi works very closely with the property and business divisions of Department of Finance to better identify systemic issues in the department, to help enhance communications to taxpayers and to improve community outreach.  Ms. Choi holds an LL.M in Taxation and J.D. from Washington University School of Law School in St. Louis Missouri.    Read more about Ms. Choi in this press release.

Save the Date for KALAGNY's 31st Anniversary Gala - June 15, 2017 

Please save Thursday, June 15, 2017 for our 31st Anniversary Gala at Capitale in the Bowery.  

Yours truly, 


David Sohn & Iris Jun

2017 KALAGNY Gala Committee Co-Chairs 

KALAGNY Monthly Pro Bono Clinics

Our monthly pro bono clinics are held in Manhattan and Flushing on the first Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 PM.  

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.


Join KALAGNY Today

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 which includes our job postings.

Positions with the Office of Attorney General, the State of New York

The Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York is hiring for multiple positions, including volunteer Assistant Attorney General positions.  Please click here to learn more.

In addition, the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will host a Lateral Attorney Open House at its Manhattan office, located at 120 Broadway, on January 31st,  starting at 6:30 PM.   This event is specifically for attorneys with two (2) or more years of practice experience.  The format will be table talk with attorneys from each of the OAG’s practice divisions available to discuss their important and impactful work, as well as OAG career opportunities.   Online registration for this event is required.

Positions with the City of New York

If you are interested in a career with the Law Department of the City of New York, click here.  The Department has multiple open positions.

Rivkin Radler is Filling Multiple Associate Attorney Positions

Click here to learn more.

Law Office of David K.S. Kim is Searching for an Associate

​A leading full-service immigration law office is looking for a full-time, Korean/English bilingual, associate attorney or law clerk. JD from an accredited law school in the U.S., or an equivalent education and work experience (e.g., LLB or Bachelors in Law from an accredited college in Korea, and an LLM from an accredited law school in the U.S.) required. 2-5 years of experience in immigration law would be ideal, though not required. Associate position requires bar admission and good standing (NY preferred, but any state is acceptable) and appearances in various courts and agencies related to immigration. Both positions require extensive document review (English and Korean legal and business documents) and legal research and/or writing in both Korean and U.S. law related to immigration such as criminal, corporate, real estate and tax, as well as heavy client contacts. Interested candidates should email the following to kim@dkskimlaw.com: cover letter, resume, one legal writing sample in English (must be an unedited version); and one writing sample in Korean (need not be a legal writing sample; however, it must be a writing sample written in college level Korean).  Only those candidates selected for the interview will be contacted.  

SK Hynix Seeks Junior In-House Counsel 

SK Hynix  is seeking a junior in-house counsel with 0-3 years of experience in Bundang, Korea.  Applicant must be licensed in the United States and be bilingual in both Korean and English.  Deadline: January 31, 2017.  Contact: seongho.park@sk.com/ jiyoung5.kim@sk.com

Law Students: Learn about the Reed Smith / BNY Mellon Diversity Fellowship Program 

Are you interested in a career in financial services litigation?  The Reed Smith / BNY Mellon Diversity Fellowship Program provides an award in the amount of $5,000 and a 2017 summer associate position.  Candidates must be a diverse, first- or second-year law student interested in pursuing a career in financial services litigation.  See here for more info.  

Law Students: Read About the Bristol-Myers Squibb Diversity & Inclusion Law Department Summer Internship Program

Bristol-Myers Squibb's Internship program is designed to ensure interns gain valuable industry and functional experience, work on challenging assignments, and partner and network with Bristol-Myers Squibb employees, while learning about our company. Read more about the program here here and here. See the application here.

Law Students: Learn More about the McGuire Woods / NAPABA Law Foundation Law Clerkship (Summer 2017) 

Click here to learn more.

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.

Member Highlight

KALAGNY Welcomes Its Newest Board Member, Edward J. Lee

Edward J. Lee is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ed’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets transactions. He also advises companies on takeover defense and shareholder activism-related matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across many industries, including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, telecom, media and advertising, technology and digital, industrial, energy, private equity, and banking, investment advisory and other financial institutions.  He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree, and from Harvard Law School with a J.D. degree.  

In The News 

Congratulations to Eve Guillergan, KALAGNY's Board Member, Upon Becoming the First Korean American Elector in New York State

Eve Guillergan, a board member of KALAGNY, was one of the 538 members of the electoral college nationwide who met and voted for President and Vice President on December 19, 2016.  The New York electoral college met at the State Capitol building in Albany. Ms. Guillergan was one of those New York electors, and the only Asian Pacific American elector in the entire electoral college.

Casting a vote alongside Ms. Guillergan was former President Bill Clinton, another New York electoral college member.   Each of New York's 29 electors cast paper ballots for President and Vice President.  The proceedings included a ceremony overseen by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

To see a video of Ms. Guillergan at the proceedings, seconding Mayor Bill de Blasio's motion to print and bind the proceedings of the electoral college, click here.  Thank you for your amazing public service Ms. Guillergan!

Congratulations to Our Former Board Member, Thomas Kim, Upon Becoming the President of the Korean American Association of Queens New York

Many congratulations to our former board member, Thomas Kim, upon becoming the President of the Korean American Association of Queens New York (KAAQ).  We look forward to Mr. Kim's Presidency!

Mr. Kim, a general partner at the Law Offices of Kim & Cha, LLP, focuses his practice on personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, and real estate investment structuring and transactions.  Mr. Kim is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, New Jersey, and the United States District Courts in New Jersey, Eastern District of New York, and Southern District of New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Kim has a J.D. degree from Syracuse University, College of Law, and a M.A. degree in Political Science from New York University. 


Congratulations to Michael Rhee Upon Being Promoted Vice President and General Counsel to the Durst Organization

Michael Rhee joined The Durst Organization in 2012 and has overseen the closings of numerous real estate acquisitions.  In the last year, Mr. Rhee oversaw 1 million square feet of transactions in The Durst Commercial portfolio which included leases signed by SS&C at 4 Times for 135,000 Square and RSM for 95,000 Square feet as well as Take-Two Interactive Software for 61,383 square feet at 1133 Avenue of the Americas.  In addition to the legal aspects of the company’s transactions, Mr. Rhee provides legal support to the entire organization; its 13 million square feet of commercial property, 1,950 residential units and 1,200 employees.  See the press release. See the Durst Organization website here.

EJ Thorsen Voted to the Partnership of Vishnick Mc Govern Milizio LLP

Congratulations to Eun Chong (EJ) Thorsen upon becoming the first female and Asian American partner of Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP.  Ms. Thorsen serves as Executive Vice-President  of KALAGNY, and as President of the Queens County Women's Bar Association.  Ms. Thorsen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert ("JALBCA"), and the St. John’s School of Law Alumni Association.  Ms. Thorsen also received St. John's University School of Law's Recent Graduate Award at the school's alumni luncheon on January 27, 2017.  Appointed by the Honorable Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, Ms. Thorsen serves on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts.  By appointment of the former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Ms. Thorsen serves on the New York State Commission on Statewide Discipline.   She is a civil litigator 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.


Join the EDNY Mediation Panel - Applications Due on March 17, 2017

The EDNY ADR Department is accepting applications to join the EDNY Mediation Panel. Mediators with substantial knowledge in one or more of the following areas of law are encouraged to apply: 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, Construction, ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Debt Collections Act, the Hague Convention, Maritime/Admiralty, and Personal Injury. The EDNY Mediation Program is run under Local Civil Rule 83.8. See here for the rule.  Find more info here

KOTRA New York IP-DESK Presents IP Dispute Legal Fee Subsidy Program

Any Korean company with a business registration number in Korea, which incurs legal fees for any issues pertaining to intellectual property disputes can apply for the program. KOTRA will subsidize 50% of the company's legal fees for up to $10,000.  Types of issues/work covered under the program: drafting of an infringement memo, a cease and desist letter response to allegations of infringement, intellectual property dispute consultation, freedom to operate memo, and an opinion memo and maintenance monitoring.

Any law firm / private practice with Korean companies as clients (small and medium size only, not conglomerates) should encourage those clients to apply to the program for legal fees incurred relating to an intellectual property dispute. Contact: Joseph Juhn (juhn.kotra@gmail.com) / Joanna Han (joannahan.kotra@gmail.com).

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.

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: http://bit.ly/1arrXuz (or for those who have trouble accessing the online form, you can submit the attached PDF to Clare Plunkett at cplunkett@nycbar.org.)

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio to diversity@nycbar.org with the subject "Call for Speakers."

Discount Code to Join the New York City Bar Association

KALAGNY members qualify to join the New York City Bar at a discount, if you will be first time member of the New York City Bar Association. Please go to our membership portal by logging in as a member to access the code and to learn more.

New Jersey State Bar Association Offers Membership Discount for KALAGNY Members

Please go to our membership portal to obtain the information packet.  

In addition, the New Jersey State Bar Association's Diversity Committee  has planned an afternoon at the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick on Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 pm to see the play "Beyond The Oak Trees." With this play, Crossroads marks Black History Month with the daring story of the famed abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, from a modern perspective. For more information, please email Denise M. Sharperson, Assistant General Counsel/Director of Diversity Initiatives at the NJSBA at dsharperson@njsba.com.  

Other Announcements

Call for Judges for High School Mock Trial Tournament by the New York State Bar Association - Deadline on February 1, 2017

More than 90 schools from all five boroughs will meet at one of three courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens from February 28th to April 26th. Serving as a judge requires a time commitment of a few hours on a weekday evening, and prior knowledge of the case and tournament rules. Information about this year’s case, tournament rules, scoring guidelines and more can be found at here and here. Volunteer judges who are members in good standing of the New York State Bar Association and are also admitted to the New York State Bar for at least two years are eligible for up to three (3) CLE credits for their service.

If you are interested in serving as a judge, please complete this application and submit to mocktrialjudges@gmail.com or fax to (212) 580-5918 no later than February 1, 2017. 

AABANY's Annual Meeting and Gala - February 15 and 22, 2017

AABANY's Annual Board Meeting and Gala are on February 15 and 22, respectively.  Learn more here and here.  

James R. Cho, KALAGNY's Former President is running for the position of President of AABANY.  Please join KALAGNY in supporting Mr. Cho, by joining AABANY's annual meeting and casting a vote for Mr. Cho!

Path to the Bench with the Honorable Denny Chin of the Second Circuit - Sponsored by KALAGNY - February 16, 2017

Join KALAGNY and the Muslim Bar Association at a special program featuring a program entitled "Path to the Bench with the Honorable Denny Chin of the Second Circuit" February 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036.  RSVP here.    

Women's City Club of New York Presents a Lunch with Legislators - February 16, 2017

The luncheon will feature Senator Klein and Senator Savino and will be held at 12:30 PM on February 16, 2017 at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, 50 W 40th Street, Room 401, New York, NY. See here for more info or e-mail Padma Seemangal at pseemangal@wccny.org for more info.  

YWCA of Queens 39th Annual Gala

The YWCA of Queens was founded in 1978 in response to the needs of the rapidly growing Asian immigrant community when a “latch key” child caused a kitchen fire, confirming the need for a community after school program. Nine women from the YWCA of Korea, some of whom were previous volunteers and staff, joined forces to help young parents care for their children as they adjusted to the new ways of life.  The YWCA's annual gala is on March 16, 2017 at 6 PM at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368.  See here to read more.

Korean American Family Service Center's Annual Gala - April 28, 2017

The Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a leading, non-profit organization committed to preventing and ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and relationship abuse, and creating a violence-free society.   Its annual gala, at Cipriani's on 42nd Street, is on April 28, 2017. Early bird pricing ends on March 31, 2017.  See here for more info.


  • NAPABA Appointments to the ABA

NAPABA will be recommending candidates for appointments to committees, commissions, and other ABA entities for the upcoming bar year. To be considered for a NAPABA endorsement, you must submit a request  to NAPABA by 12 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

  • NAPABA In-House Mentoring Program - Deadline to Apply is February 3, 2017

The NAPABA In-House Counsel Network’s mentoring program is accepting applications for in-house counsel (including attorneys working for the public sector, academic institutions, and non-profits) to participate as a mentee and/or mentor.  See here for more info.

  • NAPABA Lobby Day and Executive Training - May 22-24, 2017

NAPABA Lobby Day 2017 will be held in Washington, D.C., from May 22-23, 2017. NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. Learn more here.

Directly following NAPABA's Lobby Day, NAPABA will offer attorneys (whether in-house, or in law firms, government, public interest, or academia positions) a day-long leadership training program on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Click here to learn more.

  • Northeast Regional Conference - September 8-10, 2017

Save the Date for the NAPABA Northeast Regional Conferencehosted by APABA-PA, in Philadelphia, PA.  More details to come.  

  • 2017 NAPABA Convention - Save the Date - November 2-5, 2017
For more information on how to submit a program proposal, please visit NAPABA's Call for Programs page. The Call for Programs will close on March 20, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT.  NAPABA is also looking for speakers interested in serving on a CLE panel at the 2017 NAPABA Convention. Lend your expertise and add your name to the speaker database! For more information and to join, please visit the Call for Speakers page. Have an idea for a plenary topic? For more information and to submit an idea, please visit NAPABA's Call for Plenary Topics page.

KALAGNY's board member, Eve Guillergan (eve@knowyourvisa.com), co-chairs NAPABA's Solo Small Law Firm Network, and may be e-mailed with topic ideas.  

KALAGNY Officers

Bridgette Ahn, President
Eun Chong (EJ) Thorsen, Executive VP
Karen Kim, VP of Memberships
Iris Jun, Treasurer
Jay H. Min, Secretary

KALAGNY Governors

Dan Cho
Eve Cho Guillergan
Edward Lee
Gene Kang
J. John Kim
Yosef Lee
Chul Pak
Maria Park
Suyon Yi
Kenneth K. Yoon

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