The Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) is a nonprofit professional organization of attorneys and law school students established in 1993. KABA provides a networking resource to its members and serves the community by hosting professional, educational, community and social events throughout the year. It also sponsors a free legal clinic in conjunction with the Korean American Community Services. KABA and its 400+ members are committed to leadership, community and service.

KABA is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Not a member of KABA? Join today. KABA is the largest organization of Korean American lawyers in the greater Chicagoland area. Come meet and expand your professional network with other KABA members, who come from all career paths and practice areas. Become part of our fast growing and dynamic organization, and share experiences with other professionals dedicated to becoming engaged and giving back to the community. 

Networking and Professional Development. KABA regularly hosts members-only networking events and social outings. For law students, KABA hosts a career panel roundtable and mock interview sessions. KABA also jointly hosts events with other bar organizations and nonprofit community organizations that provide an opportunity to meet others from your practice area or areas of interest in a professional setting.

Mentorship Program. The KABA Mentorship Program seeks to nurture the development of meaningful relationships and build networks that enable and empower law students to attorneys at the junior, mid and senior levels, while also providing a forum that fosters the sharing of experiences and insights by seasoned practitioners. For more information and to apply, go here.

Pro Bono Activities. KABA, along with KACS runs a clinic that directly serves Korean-Americans and others in the Chicago-land area. Our clinic is held the first Thursday of every month from 7-9 p.m. and located at 4300 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL. Dinner is provided by KACS from 6-7 p.m. to the volunteering attorneys. The Clinic offers initial consultation designed to advise and direct clients regarding their legal matters. The Clinic has served over 1,000 individuals during the past 10 years. KABA volunteer attorneys consult and advise a number of clients on various issues, ranging from immigration, real estate, family law, bankruptcy, criminal law and general litigation matters. The Clinic is grateful for any attorneys from any practice area who wish to volunteer their time. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the KABA Legal Clinic Director, Jaesang Lee, at jlee@dream-law.com.

Job Postings and Client Referrals. KABA members receive regular job postings and opportunities for client referrals.