2015 KABA 22nd Annual Banquet

On October 3, 2015, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (“KABA”) hosted its 22nd Annual Banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago, featuring keynote speaker Christopher Kang, National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and former Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama.

In his keynote, Christopher Kang described how his experiences, including growing up as a Korean-American in a small Midwest town with parents who were both public servants, led him to the Office of White House Counsel and eventually to the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.  Noting that Asian Americans are the fastest-growing minority population in the United States, Mr. Kang encouraged the attendees to help shape the country’s future by participating more consistently in the voting process.

Co-Vice President David Kim awarded KABA’s Distinguished Community Leader Award to David Namkung, Managing Partner of Clarity Partners. Susan Lee, Associate at Dykema, firm sponsor of the KABA 2015 Diversity Scholarship, awarded scholarships to Sukbae (David) Gong, a 3L at Northwestern University School of Law, and Jonathan Kim, a 1L at the University of Illinois College of Law.

The Banquet drew more than 130 guests from the legal, business, and non-profit communities, including the leaders of other bar associations and Korean-American community groups. Dennis C. Lee, President of KABA, applauded the successes of its members in the past year, including the institution of KABA’s Women’s Network, continuation of its mentorship program, and partnerships with other bar organizations on various initiatives throughout the year.

Special guests included the Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Hon. Jae Woong Lee, the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Hon. Ruben Castillo, and judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County, including Hon. Israel Desierto, Hon. Rena Van Tine, Hon. Jessica O’Brien, and Hon. Arthur Wheatley.  Ji Suk Yi, the news and social media producer on Windy City LIVE, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies, and Dhaea, a singer-songwriter from Chicago and winner of Kollaboration Chicago’s 2015 showcase, performed during the program.

Press Release for the Banquet can be accessed here.

Photos from the banquet can be accessed here (event pictures) and here (photo booth pictures).

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2015 – 2016 KABA Mentorship Program

The Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (“KABA”) is excited to announce that the 2015-2016 KABA Mentorship Program is accepting applications from law students, junior and mid-level attorneys for this year. Join a Mentorship “family” including senior attorneys for the opportunity to develop and foster mentorship relationships for personal and professional growth.

A brief description of the program and the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees can be found here.

A kick-off meeting for mentors and mentees will be held mid to late October. We will announce more details once the application process has been completed.

Application Process: Please complete the application found here and email to jamesjungkyuko@gmail.com.

The deadline to sign up for the 2015-2016 Mentorship Program is Friday, September 25, 2015.



2015 KABA Diversity Scholarship Program

The Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (“KABA”) is pleased to announce its 2015 KABA Diversity Scholarship Program. Once again, KABA, with the generous support of Dykema Gossett PLLC, will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, to assist qualified law students with their academic expenses, and will present the scholarships at KABA’s 22nd Annual Banquet which will be held at The Union League Club on October 3, 2015. Attendance by scholarship winners is encouraged, and winners will receive a complimentary Banquet ticket.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must (i) be a law student attending one of the law schools in Illinois, and (ii) be a person of color or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession.

In selecting each recipient of the scholarship, KABA will evaluate a number of factors including, but not limited to, the applicant’s (i) commitment to the Korean American community, (ii) demonstrated service to the Korean American community of Chicago, (iii) commitment to public interest legal work, (iv) academic excellence or growth, (v) financial need, and (vi) career aspirations. No one factor is required or dispositive.

If you meet the above criteria, we hope that you will complete an application available here: application.

Completed applications are due September 18th to: Peggy Rhiew, KABA Scholarship Committee Chair, DYKEMA, 10 S. Wacker Dr., Ste 2300, Chicago, IL 60606.



Thank you for Participating in KABA’s 2015 Golf Outing!

On August 8, 2015, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (“KABA”) hosted its golf outing at the Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club.  We want to thank all of the participants and the event sponsors, MB Bank and Affinity Title Services, LLC.  It was a great day on the course and several players were awarded prizes.



Director and Actor C.S. Lee Keynotes 2014 KABA’s Anniversary Banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago

On October 25, 2014, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (“KABA”) hosted its 21st Anniversary Banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago, featuring keynote speaker Charlie S. (“C.S.”) Lee, a director and actor best known for his role as Vince Masuka on the Showtime series Dexter. Special guests included U.S. Senator Richard (Dick) Durbin and Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court. Ji Suk Yi, the news and social media producer on Windy City LIVE, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. In his keynote, C.S. Lee encouraged the audience to pursue their passions and discussed the common goal shared by actors and lawyers: to understand and connect with an audience.

For more information on the evening, the KABA Press Release is available here.

Photo gallery of KABA’s 21st Anniversary Banquet is available here.

KBC TV news coverage of the KABA 21st Anniversary Banquet on October 25, 2014, is available here.




Director and Actor C.S. Lee addresses the crowd at KABA’s 21st Anniversary Banquet

Director and Actor C.S. Lee (Photo: © 2014 KABA Chicago/Anthony H. Nguyen Photography)


 Incoming 2014-2016 KABA Executive, Board, and Advisory members

Incoming 2014-2016 KABA Executive, Board, and Advisory members(Photo: © 2014KABA Chicago/Anthony H. Nguyen Photography)


Front row (left to right): Hannah Yoo, Board Member (Ernst & Young), Dennis C. Lee, President (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), Paula S. Kim, Advisory Board Member (Polsinelli PC), Kristin Yoo, Advisory Board Member, Joon Kim, Board Member (Kirkland & Ellis LLP).

Second row (left to right): Jaesang Lee, Clinic Director (Kim & Associates, PC d/b/a Dream Law), Ji Suh Faloon, Board Member (Gordon & Rees LLP), Sunghee (Sunny) Sohn, Secretary (Franczek Radelet PC), Margaret (Peggy) Rhiew, Vice-President (Dykema Gossett PLLC), Sangmee (Sam) Konicek (Polsinelli PC), William Yu, Advisory Board Member (Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP).

Third row (left to right): Lia Hyunji Kim, Treasurer (Cheng, Cho & Yee PC), David Kim, Vice-President (Griffith Laboratories), Eunkyung Kim Shin, Board Member (Baker & McKenzie), Kyle Shires, Board Member (Jenner & Block LLP).

Back row (left to right): Andy Kang, Board Member (Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago), Peter C. Kim, Advisory Board Member (Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP), Hangrak (John) Choi, Board Member (Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP).

KABA wishes to thank our 2015-2016 sponsors: