January 29, 2018      ANNOUNCEMENTS 

KALAGNY'S Upcoming Events 

  • Litigation Committee Event - Exit Escape Room (January 31)
  • Lunar New Year Event (February 8)
  • CLE: EB-5 and Tax Considerations (February 21)
  • CLE: Due Diligence and Residential Real Estate Contracts (February 27)

 Other Announcements / Community Events 

  • KALAGNY Pro Bono Clinics (February 6)

  • 2018 KALAGNY Gala:  Call for Nominations and Planning Committee Meeting

  • Congratulations to Chul Pak and Michelle Lee, KAAGNY's 2018 Person of the Year!

  • Community Events
  • Job Announcements


Litigation Committee's Inaugural Event at Exit Escape Room NYC - January 31

Event Chairs: John Kim, Jihyun Choi and Philip Kim.

A message from KALAGNY's Litigation Committee Co-Chairs:

The Litigation Committee will be holding its first meeting with us, your new Co-Chairs, at Exit Escape Room NYC (246 West 38th Street, 7th Floor, Manhattan) on January 31.  Meet old and new friends to discuss all things litigation and solve the age-old riddle:  How many attorneys does it take to exit a room?

Participants will make their way through the “The High Speed NYC” room or “The Mission” room (more details available here: https://www.exitescaperoomnyc.com).

The Escape Room challenges will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Food will be served, and for those who cannot join us for the Escape Room games, we will be going out for light food and drink afterwards as well.

Please note, each Escape Room has a preset maximum capacity, so please RSVP here if you haven't already.  If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the Litigation Committee Co-Chairs directly or email kalagny@gmail.com.

We looking forward to seeing you there!

John, Jihyun and Philip

Lunar New Year Reception with NYCLA, AABANY and FALA-NY - February 8

Join us for a Lunar New Year Reception to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog with the New York County Lawyers Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York!  The event will be hosted by NYCLA's Asian Practice Committee at the NYCLA Home of Law (14 Vesey Street, Manhattan) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 8.

Food and wine will be served.  See the flyer (pdf) for more information and to RSVP for the event.  We hope to see you there!

EB-5 and Foreign Investments in the U.S.:  Inbound Real Estate and Tax Considerations
  - CLE, February 21 (NY: 1.5 prof. practice)

AABANY's Real Estate, Tax, Solo and Small Firm, Immigration and Asia Practice Committees have organized a panel discussion on real estate and tax considerations in EB-5 Visa Applications.  KALAGNY is co-hosting the CLE, along with Venable LLP and MacGregor Abstract at the offices of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (1 Penn Plaza, 30th Floor, Manhattan) on February 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Please see the flyer (pdf) for information on the panel speakers. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Margaret Ling, Co-Chair, AABANY Real Estate Committee, at margaret.ling@aabany.org

Don't Sign Just Yet:  Due Diligence and Residential Real Estate Contracts  - CLE, February 27 (Ncredit: 1.0 ethics)

Speakers from MacGregor Abstract, Cohen & Frankel LLP and Seiden Schein LLP will discuss aspects of due diligence when entering into residential real estate contracts.  On February 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., KALAGNY, AABANY's Real Estate and Solo and Small Firm Committees and MacGregor Abstract are co-hosting this CLE with Flushing Bank at its 99 Park Avenue office in Manhattan.  Please see this flyer (pdf) for more information on the panel. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Margaret Ling, Co-Chair, AABANY Real Estate Committee, at margaret.ling@aabany.org.


Manhattan and Queens Pro Bono Clinics – Tues., Feb. 6, 2018

KALAGNY's pro bono clinics are held in Manhattan and Queens on the first Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 PM.  The next clinics will take place on February 6, 2018 at the locations listed below. 

Please spread the word to family, friends and neighbors in need of legal counsel.  A Korean-language flier describing our services can be found here (pdf).

  • Manhattan @ Korean American Association of Greater New York ("KAAGNY") - 149 West 24th Street, 6th Floor, NYC (between 6th and 7th Avenues) (map) 
  • Queens @ Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York ("KCS") – 203-05 32nd Avenue, Bayside, NY  11361 (map)

For more information, including on how to volunteer, please go to "Pro Bono Clinics" on the left sidebar on our home page or simply click here.


Call for Nominations:  2018 KALAGNY Gala Honorees

KALAGNY is seeking nominations for outstanding leaders in the legal community to be recognized at KALAGNY's 32nd Anniversary Gala, which will take place on June 21, 2018.

KALAGNY invites you to submit an application on behalf of individuals with strong professional achievements, as well as involvement in the Korean/Asian American community.  If you would like to nominate a candidate for KALAGNY's consideration, please complete this nomination application.  

The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Please visit KALAGNY's website & click on the links for Galas in previous years (see left column) for more information on past honorees.

If you have any questions, please email kalagny@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Chul Pak and Michelle Lee, KAAGNY's 2018 Person of the Year!

Heartfelt congratulations to Chul Pak (currently serving on our Board of Governors) and Michelle Lee, who were both named Person of the Year by the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY) at the 58th Annual Korean American Night Gala.  We are thrilled that KAAGNY chose Chul and Michelle in recognition of their tremendous contributions to the Korean American community.  Congratulations to you both!

Community Events

Please be sure to check out the calendar on KALAGNY's homepage for a listing of upcoming community events, including the following events:


KALAGNY members can find details of how to apply for the following positions and view all of our other current job postings by logging in on our website or by clicking


 > Entry-Level Litigation Associate (Law Firm, Princeton, NJ)
 > Junior- to Mid-Level Real Estate Associate (Law Firm, Manhattan)

 > Tenured, Tenure-Track and Contract Teaching Positions (Law School, Manhattan)

 > Executive Agency Counsel and Blake Fellow (Government Agency, Manhattan)


KALAGNY offers its members numerous programs and activities - something for everyone.  Join today.

KALAGNY Officers

Karen Kim, President
Eun Chong (EJ) Thorsen,
Executive VP
Inie Park, VP of Communications
Brian Yarzab, VP of Memberships
Iris Jun, Treasurer
Jay H. Min, Secretary

KALAGNY Governors

Dan Cho
Eve Cho Guillergan
Edward Lee
Gene Kang
J. John Kim
Hon. Judy H. Kim
Chul Pak
Maria Park
Michael Rhee
Suyon Yi
K. Yoon

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