October 2018     ANNOUNCEMENTS 


KALAGNY's Upcoming Events

  • Annual Partners/In-House Golf Outing (October 1)
  • Pro Bono Clinics (October 2)
  • Korean Day Parade (October 6)
  • Mentorship Program Kickoff Reception (October 10)
  • Network of Bar Leaders to Induct Bridgette Ahn as President and Eve Guillergan as Legislative Liaison (October 11)
  • Annual Flushing/Long Island Dinner (October 16)
  • CLE:  Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (October 17)
  • CLE:  Real Estate Fraud and Title Claims (October 24)
  • 2nd Annual Writing Workshop (October 25)
  • Career Development Workshop (October 29)
  • CLE:  Due Diligence and Residential Real Estate Contracts (October 30)
  • 2nd Annual Veterans and Military Networking Event (November 5)
Other Announcements
  • 2nd Annual MON Karaoke Showdown Results
  • KALAGNY Hosts Its 2nd Annual In-House/Partners Golf Outing
  • KALAGNY at the 2018 Korean Day Parade
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Assoc. (MCCA) Diversity Gala (Oct. 3)
  • NAPABA Elections (Oct. 9) and KALAGNY Endorsements
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action Annual Gala (Oct. 18)
  • NYS Office of the Attorney General Recruitment Event (Oct. 24)
  • Korean American Civic Engagement (KACE) Annual Gala (Oct. 25)
  • Job Postings


Manhattan and Queens Pro Bono Clinics

Tuesday, October 2
Clinics Chair: Suyon Yi

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 October 2, 2018 at the locations listed below. 

Please spread the word to family, friends and neighbors in need of legal counsel.  A Korean-language flyer 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.

March with KALAGNY at the K-Town Korea Day Parade!
Saturday, October 6

Take part in one of our fondest traditions by marching beside the KALAGNY banner at the Korea Day Parade TOMORROW (Saturday, Oct. 6), starting at 11 a.m. in Manhattan's K-town!  Come for the Parade, join the celebration of Koreans and Korean culture past and present and then join us for lunch! 

Kindly RSVP here so we'll know you'll be joining us - rain or shine!  The parade group will meet at the northwest corner of 38th Street and 6th Avenue (in front of Alma Bank/Soupman).  We'll also send the details to everyone who RSVPs in time for the event.

We are also looking for a few fantastic volunteers to be the face of KALAGNY at our Korea Day booth.  Please let us know in the comments section of your RSVP (at the link above) if you'll be helping out.  Hope to see you there!

2018-19 Mentorship Program Registration and Kickoff Reception

Extended Program Registration Deadline:  Sunday, October 7
Kickoff Reception: Wednesday, October 10

A Message from Program Chairs John Kim and Julie Cho:

Hello to all. 
The registration deadline for KALAGNY's 2018-19 Mentorship Program has been extended to Sunday, October 7.   We are excited for another year with both new and returning participants Forming mentor-mentee bonds is a long-term commitment, and will create lasting benefits.

This year's Program begins with a reception on Wednesday, October 10.  Be sure to register for the Program and RSVP separately for the reception.   

  • Registration:  Please click here to REGISTER for the Program by no later than October 7, 2018 Please note that participants from previous years must re-register for this year's Program.
  • Kickoff Reception:  The Mentorship Committee invites all of the Mentorship Program's registered participants to participate in the Annual Kickoff Reception on Wednesday, October 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the offices of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (250 W. 55th St., Manhattan).  The Kickoff Reception is a fun opportunity to begin to build the mentor-mentee relationship right off the bat, and we ask that all Program participants make every effort to attend. 

Please RSVP HERE for the Kickoff Reception no later than Monday, October 8 at 5:00 p.m. We look forward to meeting all of this year's mentors and mentees at the Kickoff!

Network of Bar Leaders Installation Ceremony: Bridgette Ahn, President and Eve Guillergan, Legislative Liaison

Thursday, Oct. 11

KALAGNY Leadership Advisory Committee Presiding Chair and immediate past President Bridgette Ahn has been elected President of the Network of Bar Leaders (NoBL), a coalition of 50 diverse member bar associations dedicated to bringing together the leadership of the diverse bar associations of the greater New York metropolitan area.  KALAGNY Governor Eve Guillergan will also be serving NoBL during the 2018-2019 term, as its Legislative Liaison. 

This year's NoBL Installation Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Museum of Korean American Heritage (MOKAH, 149 W. 24th St., 6th Fl.).  The installation will be conducted by the Honorable George B. Daniels, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Keynote Speaker will be Barbara D. Underwood, Attorney General of the State of New York.

Please click here to see the invitation.  Click HERE to RSVP for the event.

KALAGNY’s Annual Flushing/Long Island Dinner

Tuesday, October 16
Event Chair:  Suyon Yi

KALAGNY cordially invites you to our annual Flushing/Long Island Dinner on Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Butcher’s Cut BBQ in Flushing, Queens (146-13 Northern Blvd., between 146th and 147th, across from Burger King).

Lot parking is available behind the restaurant, which is also a 9-minute walk from the Murray Hill stop on the LIRR Port Washington Line (you must be in one of the last 4 cars of the train).

The annual dinner is complimentary for dues-paid KALAGNY members and $40 for non-members.  Space is strictly limited, with priority given to dues-paid members.  Please RSVP by clicking here.

CLE: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Wednesday, Oct. 17 (Credit: 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias)
Event Chair:  Margaret Ling

On Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m., KALAGNY and AABANY's Real Estate, Solo & Small Firm and Labor & Employment Law Committees will present a CLE discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  The event takes place at Flushing Bank in New Hyde Park (map) and includes a networking portion.  Light refreshments will be served.  Click here to see the event flyer (pdf).

Please contact Margaret Ling at margaret.ling@aabany.org for more information.

CLE: Taking a Bite of the Big Apple - Real Estate Fraud and Title Claims
Wednesday, Oct. 24 (Credit: 1.0 Professional Practice)
Event Chair:  Margaret Ling

Join KALAGNY and AABANY's Real Estate and Solo & Small Firm Committees on Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Flushing Bank's Manhattan office on 99 Park Avenue (map) for a CLE panel discussion on real estate fraud and title claims.  Click here for the event flyer and a list of speakers (pdf)

Please contact Margaret Ling at margaret.ling@aabany.org to RSVP for this event.

Second Annual Writing Workshop
Thursday, October 25

Event Chairs: Christopher Bae and
Jay Min

On Thursday, October 25, join KALAGNY and a distinguished panel at Fordham Law School (map) for a workshop and discussion aimed at developing critical writing skills for practicing litigators.  After a short reception (starting at 6:30 p.m.), participants will take a guided tour of the packet materials before concluding with a panel discussion featuring three important perspectives.  Topics will include common pitfalls and helpful tips for composing your briefs, memos, letters, e-mails, and much more!

Distinguished Panelists:

  • Judge Denny Chin, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Professor Thomas Lee, Leitner Family Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law
  • Jin Hee Lee, Deputy Director of Litigation, NAACP's Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

As space is limited, please register by clicking here.  (Once the workshop is full, waitlist priority will be given to KALAGNY members in good standing.)

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), The Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA),
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA New York), Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY), Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York County Lawyers Association Asian Practice Section (NYCLA), Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) and South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY).

Career Development Workshop - "Do What You Love: Creating a Thriving and Fulfilling Career"

Monday, October 29

Join us on Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. at the offices of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP (600 Lexington Ave., 8th Fl.) for a career development workshop that focuses on the question: How can we create a thriving and fulfilling career doing what we love? Led by career coach, podcast host, author, and lawyer (and KALAGNY member) Celina Lee, this program is designed to help you identify your core values and gain clarity in your goals so you can make positive progress in your career.  Click here (pdf) for a more detailed description of the program and Celina’s full bio.

If you wish to attend this program, please click here to register.  Special thanks to KALAGNY Governor James Lee and his firm, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, for hosting this event!

CLE:  Please Don't Sign the Contracts Yet -
Due Diligence and Residential Real Estate Contracts

Tuesday, October 30 (Ncredit: 1.0 ethics)
Event Chair:  Margaret Ling

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., KALAGNY, AABANY's Real Estate and Solo and Small Firm Committees and Big Apple Abstract will present a CLE on aspects of due diligence when entering into residential real estate contracts.  The CLE will take place at Flushing Bank in Queens (164-20 Northern Blvd., Flushing).

Please see this flyer (pdf) for more details and click here for the registration link.  Please contact Margaret Ling, Co-Chair, AABANY Real Estate Committee, at margaret.ling@aabany.org with any questions.

2nd Annual Veterans & Military Networking Event - "Diversity in the Military: Then and Now"

Monday, November 5

Please join us at KALAGNY's 2nd Annual Veterans & Military Networking Event on Monday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Museum of Korean American Heritage (MoKAH) (149 W. 24th St., 6th Fl., Manhattan).  Through this annual event, KALAGNY hopes to expand and strengthen a network of and for our veteran and military members.  The event also provides an opportunity to spotlight and thank each of our veteran and military members and their families for their service and sacrifice.  This year, the event includes two networking sessions and a panel discussion on "Diversity in the Military: Then and Now."

Please click here to RSVP no later than Thursday, November 1.  As space is limited, priority will be given to veteran and military members of the participating bar associations. Each attending veteran and military member may bring up to two veteran and military guests (including non-lawyers). All attendees - including guests - must register at the RSVP link provided above.

*This year's event is co-sponsored by Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY),  Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ),  Dominican Bar Association (DBA),  Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA New York),  Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY),  LGBT Bar of New York (LeGaL),  Network of Bar Leaders (NoBL),  New York City Bar Military Affairs and Justice Committee (NYC Bar),  New York County Lawyers Association and its Asian Practice Section (NYCLA), and Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA). (Additional co-sponsoring bar associations to be announced.)


Team KALAGNY Brings Home the Trophy - Again!
Event Chair:  Iris Jun

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fabulously no-holds-barred 2nd Annual Minus One Noraebang Karaoke Showdown, and congratulations to Team KALAGNY, the undefeated champions!!

A special shoutout to our esteemed judges - the Hon. Judy Kim, the Hon. Carlo Abad, and the Hon. Anthony Cannatoro - for making all the tough calls.  And cheers to all of the amazing singers: Team FALA New York's Josh Versoza, Connie Montoya, Vincent Roldan, Ariel Risinger, June Casalmir, and Anna Mercado Clark and Team KALAGNY's Robert Shin, Michael Hong, Paul Jang, Erin Millender, Diana Sur, and Iris Jun.

Many thanks also to our event chair, Iris Jun, our emcees, Karen Kim and Noel Vales, and of course, to FALA New York for inspiring us to bring our 'A' game.  Finally, a special thank you to our generous event sponsors, Federated National Land and Esquire Deposition Solutions, and our location sponsor, Karaoke City.

Hope to see everyone at next year's Showdown (can we say "Threepeat"?)! 

KALAGNY Hosts Its 2nd Annual
Partners/In-House Golf Outing!

KALAGNY's 2nd Annual Partners/In-House Golf Outing was a huge success. We raised over $5,000 for the Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund and had a blast doing it.  Thank you again to our sponsors: Advantage Title, Womble Bond Dickinson, Pashman Stein (John Kim), Wilson Sonsini (Chul Pak), Troutman Sanders, Kaufman Dolowich Voluck and our 32 players.  Click here (in Korean) to see the event noted in the Korea Times.

Special thanks to Kevin Lyn (Womble Bond Dickinson), A.B. Cruz III (USAA) and Anne Lee Benedict (Summit Materials) who joined us from out of state, and to our wonderful Golf Outing Host Committee Chairs, Wilbur Kim (Pfizer), John Kim (Pashman Stein) and Michael Yim (Putney Twombley).  Thanks also to Julie Se (Morgan Stanley), Michael Lewis (Bolla Oil), Jane Kauh (Deutsche Bank), Michael Rhee (The Durst Organization), Young Lee (MacKay Shields) and Dillon Kim (Sandoz).

And finally, congratulations to our Golf Outing winners!

  • Best Team: David Choi, Chris Chan, David Altman, and Gene Kang
  • Individual Men's: Joe Willen 
  • Individual Women's: Julie Kang
  • Long Drive: Kevin D. Kim
  • Closest to the Pin: Andrew Chung

KALAGNY at the 2018 Korean Day Parade!

On Saturday, October 6, KALAGNY joined community organizations and other groups in the Korean Day Parade, an annual event in New York celebrating Korean culture.  KALAGNY marched in the parade, which has become an annual tradition for KALAGNY, and held a booth to promote our monthly Pro Bono Clinics in Manhattan and Flushing.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the march (EJ Thorsen, Sean Thorsen, Maria Park, Michael Yap, James Lee, Inie Park, Sully King Park, Karen Kim and Christopher Bae) and to our booth volunteers (Jimmy Kang, Sooim Shin and Cecelia Kim).  Former KALAGNY President Bridgette Ahn and KALAGNY Board Member Chul Pak served as Marshals. 

If you are interested in volunteering at our Pro Bono Clinics, please reach out to us at kalagny@gmail.com!

Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) 2018 Diversity Gala
Wednesday, October 3

In conjunction with their Creating Pathways to Diversity┬« Conference,the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is holding its annual Diversity Gala at the American Museum of Natural History (map) on October 3, 2018.  The funds raised from the Diversity Gala support MCCA’s research, conferences and professional development programming throughout the year. The Gala features an elegant networking reception and an awards program honoring individuals, corporate legal departments and law firms championing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Click here to register
and to learn more about the Diversity Gala.

NAPABA Elections:
Cast Your Votes by 9 p.m., Oct. 9!

As a regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), KALAGNY strongly encourages our members to vote in the current NAPABA elections. If you previously registered as a NAPABA member – either by using the KALAGNY affiliate code provided in the Members Only page of our website, or by becoming a direct member of NAPABA – you are eligible to vote in this year’s election (relevant dates listed below).

In this year’s NAPABA election, KALAGNY has endorsed the following candidates:   Vice President for Memberships: Alen H. Hsu;  Vice President for Programs and Operations: Charles Jung;  Secretary: Jeffrey Javinar;  and Treasurer: Gary Zhao.

Relevant dates:

Oct. 1:  Ballots distributed to eligible voters by email. (Members must have joined or renewed by July 1, 2018, to be eligible.)

Tues., Oct. 9:  Votes must be cast by 9 p.m. EDT on this date.

Thurs., Oct. 11: Election results will be announced.

For more information about the 2018 NAPABA officer elections, please visit the NAPABA Elections webpage or contact elections@napaba.org

MinKwon Center's Annual Gala

Thursday, October 18

The MinKwon Center for Community Action's 34th Annual Gala will take place on Thursday, October 18 at Dae Dong Manor in Flushing (150-24 Northern Blvd). 
This year's Standing Up for Justice Award honorees will be the Korean American Sanctuary Church Network and the Deutsche Bank Community Development Finance Group. 

Click here for sponsorship information and to purchase tickets.

NYS Office of the Attorney General Fall Recruitment Event

Wednesday, October 24

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will host a fall recruitment event on Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the OAG's Manhattan offices at 28 Liberty Street, 16th Floor (map).  The program features a welcome by Attorney General Barbara Underwood, followed by a panel discussion and table talk session.  The
event will provide an opportunity to engage with attorneys from each of the OAG's practice bureaus/divisions and to learn more about the OAG's work.

RSVP is required to attend.  Links to the event flyer and registration can be found by clicking here.  Please note that OAG attorneys must be US citizens, admitted to the NYS bar and NYS residents.  If you have questions regarding these qualifications or about the event, please contact OAG Legal Recruitment (recruitment@ag.ny.gov or 212.416.8080).

Korean American Civic Empowerment Annual Gala
Thursday, October 25

Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) will host its 24th Annual Gala on Thursday, October 25 at
Dae Dong Manor in Flushing (150-24 Northern Blvd).  This year's Gala theme is "Protecting and Advocating for Immigrant Communities."  Click here for registration and sponsorship information.


KALAGNY members can view the full details and contact information for the following featured postings and our many other current job postings by logging in on our website or clicking here.

Featured Postings: 

  • A New York City law school is hiring adjunct faculty for courses in Negotiation, Counseling and Interviewing and Pre-Trial Adjudication.
  • A Queens pro bono legal services organization seeks a Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy Staff Attorney (paid position).
  • A New Jersey employment law boutique seeks a Junior (2-5 years) Associate and a Senior (6-8 years) Associate, as well as an Employment Law Counseling Associate

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