Director and Actor C.S. Lee Keynotes 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.

The Banquet drew more than 150 guests from the legal, business, and non-profit communities, including representatives of other bar associations and leaders of the Korean-American community. Paula S. Kim, outgoing President of KABA, applauded the successes of its members in the past year, including the institution of KABA’s mentorship program and partnership with the Council of Korean Americans on a leadership summit. Incoming President Dennis C. Lee announced  that the incoming board intends to build on the organization’s past successes and, among other things, further expand KABA’s relationships with other organizations and the community. Mr. Lee stated that “the more we connect with each other and the community, the more success we will have in our professional and personal lives.” Incoming Vice President Peggy Rhiew, Chair of KABA’s Scholarship Committee, awarded KABA’s 2014 Diversity Scholarships to Hye Eun (Michelle) Cho, a 1L at Northwestern University School of Law, and Changho Lee, a 3L at the University of Chicago College of Law.

The KABA Officers for the 2014-16 term were also all sworn in to their new positions by Justice Kilbride. These incoming officers are: President Dennis C. Lee (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), Vice-President David Kim (Griffith Laboratories), Vice-President Margaret (Peggy) Rhiew (Dykema Gossett PLLC), Secretary Sunghee (Sunny) Sohn (Franczek Radelet P.C.), Treasurer Lia Hyunji Kim (Cheng, Cho & Yee P.C.), and Clinic Director Jaesang Lee (Kim & Associates, P.C. d/b/a Dream Law).

KABA’s success during the 2013-2014 year would not be possible without the generous assistance of its sponsors, especially Lead Sponsor Polsinelli P.C. KABA would also like to thank: Premier Sponsors  Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP; Platinum Sponsors Baker & McKenzie LLP, Dykema Gossett PLLC, and Jenner & Block; Gold Sponsor Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; Silver Sponsors Country Financial, Edwards Wildman, Gordon & Rees LLP, Griffith Laboratories, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lee & Ko, and Sidley Austin LLP; and Bronze Sponsors Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP, Clarity Partners LLC, JMJ Financial Group, Inc., The Law Offices of Cheng, Cho & Yee P.C., MB Financial Bank, and Spark IP Law. The Diversity Student Scholarships were sponsored by Dykema Gossett PLLC.

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 2014-2015 sponsors: