21st Anniversary Banquet Photos Now Available

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 Anniversary 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.

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 2014-2015 sponsors: