2017 in Review     

KALAGNY's Annual Holiday Party

December 1, 2017

We were pleased to have so many friends join us for our Annual Holiday Party, held this year at Spoon Table & Bar in Manhattan.  The venue was at capacity, which of course meant maximum merriment.  Best of all, we were able to combine the festive side of the holiday with the giving side, with attendees bringing toys and winter clothing for children served by the Korean American Family Service Center.  Thanks to Iris Jun, our Treasurer, whose efforts made it all possible, and thanks to all who made it out - hope to see you again at our next event!

2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at NYU Law School

November 20, 2017 
This year's holiday season kicked off with an extra helping of good cheer at KALAGNY's 2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at NYU Law School’s Vanderbilt Hall. Nearly 200 law students and attorneys attended this year’s event, which featured an exquisite spread of Korean fare. KALAGNY’s immediate past president, Bridgette Ahn, who chaired the event last year, reminded us with her remarks how grateful we are for every opportunity to gather together in friendship with a shared sense of purpose.


Our sincere thanks to NYU Law’s APALSA - and especially to Andy Kim, Jocelyn Shih, and Kirstie Yu - for organizing the event and making us all very optimistic about the future of our organizations. Special thanks as well to HMart Manhattan for their extremely generous and timely sponsorship again this year. Thanks finally to Brian Yarzab and Jay Min, Co-Chairs of KALAGNY’s Student Outreach Committee, whose tireless efforts ensured that everyone could relax and have seconds...and thirds...and fourths....  

KALAGNY Hosts Its First
Veterans and Military Networking Event!
November 8, 2017

On November 8, 2017, members of at least four branches of the U.S. armed forces (next time, Coast Guard better represent!) and a dozen bar associations attended the Veterans and Military Networking Event hosted by KALAGNY.  In the Q&A session with our featured speaker, Justice Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the App. Div., 2nd Dept. (fielding questions from Iraq veteran, Army Reserve Soldier, KALAGNY member and law firm partner Brian Song), we were given insights from the perspective of a lifetime of exemplary service.  Attendees then spoke of their own military service and participation in organizations and committees dedicated to veterans, and discussed the ongoing need for pro bono services for veterans and legislative proposals designed to assist in the transition from active duty.


KALAGNY would like to thank Justice Eng, our gracious hosts at Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP and our co-sponsors at AABANY, FALA-NY, MBBA, PRBA, SABANY, LeGaL, APALA-NJ, MuBANY, NoBL, NYC Bar Military Affairs & Justice Committee, and NYCLA who joined us wholeheartedly in bringing this event together.  We hope this event will be the first of many of its kind.


Finally, we are grateful to all of our veteran and current service member attorneys.  Your sacrifices and dedication set an example for any member of our profession who seeks to perform, to the utmost degree, the duties of a citizen and an officer of the court.  Thank you.

2017-18 Mentorship Program Kickoff Reception

October 25, 2017

Mentorship Program Co-Chairs Julie Cho and John Kim organized this year's Mentorship Program Kick-Off Reception, graciously hosted by Troutman Sanders LLP on October 25.  A diverse crowd of mentors and mentees, ranging from seasoned attorneys to newly minted associates, as well as a large contingent of law school students, gathered to network and discuss mentorship over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.  Remarks and advice were given by long time KALAGNY member and former committee co-chair Grace Yang.  The Mentorship program has grown tremendously over the last few years, with more than 250 participants this year.  Over 100 of those participants attended the Kick-Off Reception.  The Mentorship Committee thanks everyone for their participation and support and looks forward to another great year!

KALAGNY's Annual New Jersey Picnic
September 16, 2017

Thanks to Gene Kang for organizing KALAGNY's Annual New Jersey Picnic at Carpenter's Grove. And thanks to Donovan Cho and Charles Cho for their grilling skills. Friends and family of all ages enjoyed good food, great company, including former and current KALAGNY leadership, perfect weather, beautiful views and the petting zoo from Eyes of the Wild!

Mentorship Program's Annual Interview and Resume Workshop
August 28, 2017

The Mentorship Program Committee (Co-Chairs, Julie Cho and John Kim) held its annual Interview and Resume Workshop on August 28.  The evening, which was hosted by Duane Morris LLP, kicked off with a meet and greet for mentors and mentees, followed by opening remarks by Andy Hahn of Duane Morris and Michael Yim of Sedgwick LLP to provide some insight into the interview process.  Each mentee engaged in two mock interviews, each with a different senior attorney.  After each interview, the senior attorneys gave feedback on interview style, approach to questions, and the resume.  (There appears to be have been at least one mock interview that will lead to the real thing!)  The Mentorship Program Committee thanks everyone who participated, and looks forward to another successful program later this year.

Click here to learn more about our Mentorship Program.

KALAGNY Wins the First Annual Minus One Norebang Karaoke Showdown vs FALA-NY!

August 16, 2017

On August 16, 2017, history was made at Karaoke City.  KALAGNY's crew of belters, crooners and N'Sync-style dance machines brought their A+ game and took home the trophy from the First Annual MON Karaoke Showdown against FALA-NY's no-holds-barred karaoke superstars!

Many thanks to our event chairs, Iris Jun and Rose Yan, our intrepid KALAGNY singers, all of our dedicated volunteers, but most of all, to our friends at FALA-NY for being such great competitors and so much fun every step of the way!

We're already planning the Second Annual, so stay tuned!

Meet and Greet with Seoul Bar Association
August 11, 2017

On August 11, KALAGNY officers met with a delegation from the Seoul Bar Association that had just arrived in NYC for the ABA Annual Meeting.  The meeting took place at the offices of Kobre & Kim, and was joined by the firm’s co-founder, Steve Kobre.  Among other topics, the attendees discussed the current legal market in Korea and some of the factors underlying recent changes in legal practice.  We look forward to continuing the discussion with our colleagues in Seoul.  Special thanks to Kobre and Kim for hosting. 

Mini-Facials and Margaritas
July 30, 2017

KALAGNY's Women's Committee thanks Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP for hosting our "Mini-Facials and Margaritas" event!  Jennifer Song talked about some amazing skincare products and attendees enjoyed sampling, having mini-facials and unwinding with margaritas and food from Tacombi.

2017 KALAGNY Central Park Picnic

(a.k.a. A Moveable Feast)

July 29, 2017

Thanks to Karaoke City for hosting KALAGNY's Annual Picnic on Saturday, July 29!  Despite the drop in temperature (and no rain!), everyone enjoyed seeing old friends, making new friends and having fun with games and good food.  KALAGNY officers and Board members (Iris Jun, Jay Min, Suyon Yi, Chul Pak and Michael Rhee), 2017 Gala Planning Committee Senior Chair, David Sohn, as well as Denise Sharperson (Assistant General Counsel and Director of Diversity Initiatives, New Jersey State Bar Association) joined in on the fun. 


Thanks to James Lee for organizing a terrific gathering, Iris Jun for finding our venue and Jay Min for helping out.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at our NJ Picnic in September!


Congratulations to Karen Kim, our President-Elect and to Our Election Winners

A big thanks to all of you who attended our annual meeting and elections on April 6, 2017, and helped make the evening a success!  We had a great time at our sponsor's firm, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP.  


Congratulations to Karen Kim, who was elected to become President in the upcoming term starting in July 2017.  Ms. Kim, who is currently Vice President of Memberships for KALAGNY, has a practice which focuses on corporate law, real estate matters, trademark law and commercial litigation at Menaker & Herrmann LLP.  She advises architecture firms and architects on complying with state and board requirements and new legislation. In addition, she was recently selected as an honoree at the Star Network’s Annual “Power Women in Business Awards and Networking” Event. The event honors top Queens businesswomen for their outstanding leadership and their contributions to the community.  She was also recently appointed by the Honorable Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, to serve on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts.


The full slate of those elected at our annual meeting are below.  We are delighted to welcome Inie Park and Brian Yarzab, the newest members to join as officers to our leadership.



President – Karen Kim

Executive Vice President – EJ Thorsen

Vice President of Communication – Inie Park

Vice President of Memberships – Brian Yarzab

Secretary – Jay Min

Treasurer – Iris Jun

Newly-Elected Governors (6):

Dan Cho

Eve Guillergan 

Gene Kang

Edward Lee 

Suyon Yi

Kenneth Yoon

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