Friday, June 19: Mixer with IAKL Lawyers @ Nelson Mullins
Once again, KABA-GA is partnering with the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) to host a summer mixer on the beautiful rooftop of Nelson Mullins.
Food and drinks are generously sponsored by Sutherland, Nelson Mullins, and IAKL. We will be joined by local and national leaders of the IAKL in preparation for the annual IAKL conference being held in Seoul this September.
IAKL is the largest association of Korean lawyers and brings together attorneys of Korean heritage from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and even Africa. Several Atlanta area attorneys have served in leadership roles in IAKL including KABA board members June Towery and Jonathan Yi. KABA-GA is proud to provide networking opportunities for its members with this organization.
Special thank you to Carol Lee, June Towery,Sutherland, and Nelson Mullins.
WHAT: KABA/IAKL Mixer. $10 for non-members, FREE for members
WHERE: Nelson Mullins, 201 17th St NW, 17th Floor (Atlantic Station). Free two hour parking in Atlantic Station.
Thank you to Hans Choe, Bonnie Youn, and the other members of the Membership Committee for the new logo. In addition to the updated logo, KABA-GA is building an updated website and has invested in upgraded technical infrastructure to better organize and catalog our growing member base and past events. Thank you to our members for paying your dues which allow us to invest in our organization.
As a reminder, at the top of every newsletter are links to our website, facebook and linkedin groups, and directory!
Member Spotlight: Vanessa Suh
Vanessa Suh is a litigation associate at Busch White Norton in Atlanta. She represents property managers and lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation matters, including the servicing and disposition of loans in Florida and Georgia. Before private practice, Ms. Suh served as a staff attorney in the State Court of Gwinnett County. During law school, Ms. Suh completed a judicial internship for the current Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Hugh P. Thompson. Ms. Suh is also fluent in Korean and previously worked as a law clerk at the largest law firm in South Korea.
Have a member you want featured in the member spotlight? Contact Membership Committee Chair Hans Choe.
Tell us about your background and what brings you to Atlanta.
My dad is a professor at Postech University in Pohang, Korea, and so on and off from 1st to 7th grade I lived in a little neighborhood called Pohang Gongdae, where the families of the professors lived. I love all the native things you can enjoy in Korea, like the mountains in your backyard or fresh tofu from the market. My dad moved us to Florida after that, and I moved to Atlanta after law school because I wanted to move to a bigger city but couldn't go any further north. I love warm weather and sun!
What attracts you to the practice of law?
I was a law clerk before this job and ended up in commercial litigation because it's what law firms thought I was fit to do. I used to think I was too, and that I liked to argue and be in court. But I realized there is a difference between doing that in school and doing that in real life, with higher stakes. I prefer not to fight, but to work together and make deals happen. So I'm hoping to transition into finance or transactional work. Or start a kale juice bar. That would be nice.
What do you enjoy about KABA-GA?
I like KABA-GA because it connects you to people who are pretty much in the same boat....Koreans just trying to make it.
If you could have one superpower, which would it be and why?
My superpower would be to change things that cannot be changed by one person. They say you can effect change in the world, but some things, like ending child sex trafficking, seem absolutely insurmountable. I mean, we've been fighting it for how long now? If I could have one power it would be to get rid of that forever.
Have you traveled anywhere outside of the US? What place was your favorite?
I have gone to Vietnam and Cambodia, and backpacked through Europe. My favorite was the South of France. It is very beautiful and serene, like a storybook.
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Thank you for paying your dues Liza Park and Kevin Patrick! Members receive special benefits like reduced price tickets, ability to publish announcements for free, feature in the membership spotlight and directory, and others! To pay your dues, see links at the bottom of this newsletter. To check your membership status, email Hans Choe, membership committee chairman.
Did you see our InterBar Mixer Pictures? If not check them out HERE.
Interested in working for Korean law firm? Yoon&Yang is trying to hire U.S. attorney who perfectly speaks both English and Korean. If interested send your resume to HyeYoung Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR PARALEGAL! From Claire Lim, attorney at Zdrilich Law Group in Duluth. Paralegal needed - top pay! We are looking for experienced paralegal who has a strong background in personal injury and family law. We are located in Gwinnett but our pay scale is downtown firm rate. Min of 7 years experience required. Work hours 830 to 530. Please send the resume to Joseph@tzlawgroup.com
Upcoming Community Events
September 17-20 - IAKL Conference in Seoul, Korea held at Yonsei University. This bi-annual conference held in Korea brings together the largest group of Korean attorneys worldwide from countries and continents around the world. This year is IAKL's 28th year anniversary. More information HERE.