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In this issue:

  1. June 19 IAKL/KABA Mixer: About IAKL and Peter Kang
  2. July 16 Gwinnett Happy Hour
  3. New Website
  4. Announcements
Special thanks to Bonnie Youn, KABA-GA Social Media Chair

This Friday, June 19: KABA/IAKL Mixer @ Nelson Mullins

Food!*  Drinks!*  Friends!**  Rooftop!***

* Food and drinks generously sponsored by Sutherland, Nelson Mullins, and IAKL.  Special thank you to Carol Lee (Sutherland), June Towery (Nelson Mullins), our membership and programming committee, and IAKL.

** Several national leaders from IAKL will join us, including President Peter Kang, and board members Michael Yim and Peter Roh, in preparation for the annual IAKL conference being held in Seoul this September.  2 cha (second round) will be hosted at Meehan's and 3 cha (third round) will be somewhere in Duluth!  (What happens in Duluth stays in Duluth).

***  Nelson Mullins rooftop terrace is located at 201 17th St NW, 18th floor. 
  • WHAT: KABA/IAKL Mixer.  $10 for non-members, FREE for members
  • WHERE: Nelson Mullins, 201 17th St NW, 18th Floor (Atlantic Station).  Free two hour parking in Atlantic Station.
  • WHEN: Friday, June 19 at 6:00pm
  • RSVP HERE if poster does not display.
RSVP to IAKL Mixer

About IAKL

What is the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL)?

The IAKL is a professional association for over 500 hundred lawyers, judges, government officials, law professors and academics, and law students of Korean heritage living and working around the world. The IAKL is one of the largest international bar associations.

IAKL began in 1987 when a group of lawyers from Korea and lawyers of Korean descent came together in Seoul, Korea, in connection with an international conference sponsored by the World Peace Through Law Association. Those lawyers decided to form an organization, IAKL, whose primary purpose was to promote communication and friendship between lawyers of Korean heritage around the world.

Since its first conference in 1988 in New York City, the IAKL has held annual conferencesthat have brought together participants with diverse backgrounds Korean citizens; first, second, and third generation Korean-Americans; Koreans living in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Panama, Argentina, Japan, Europe, and other places; and attorneys from big and small law firms, corporations, law schools, governments, public interest organizations, and the judiciary. The conferences have included bilingual-translated panel discussions on various topics concerning the legal system, the political world, and public service obligations. Not neglecting the need to socialize, the conferences always feature fine dining, cultural events, and golf as well.

The current IAKL Korea President is Mr. Byoung Seon Choe from Seoul, Korea, and the current IAKL Overseas President is Mr. Peter H. Kang from Palo Alto, California.

For a slideshow of 2014's IAKL Conference in New York, see:
Photos courtesy of Jai Lee


About Peter Kang, IAKL Overseas President

Peter Kang, IAKL Overseas President and Partner at Sidley Austin, will be flying in all the way from San Francisco to attend Friday's IAKL/KABA-GA Mixer!

Mr. Kang is a patent and IP trial attorney, as well as a #1 ranked author. He is the author of the top ranked legal treatise “Intellectual Property Litigation in the United States International Trade Commission” and the author of the chapter titled “IP Licensing in Asia” for the Aspatore (Inside the Minds) book “Defending Intellectual Property Rights Cases in China.” He acts as lead trial counsel and team leader for patent lawsuits in federal courts nationwide and in the ITC, as well as appeals to the Federal Circuit. As a registered Patent Attorney, he represents clients in post-grant oppositions in Patent Office proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and in high-tech commercial litigation, trade secret disputes and copyright/trademark suits; negotiates for clients in high-stakes IP licensing/acquisition deals and technology transactions; and advises clients in IP valuation and due diligence in connection with M&A, offerings, and other corporate matters, as well as in regard to IP and portfolio strategy. He has extensive experience working in Asia and Europe, particularly for electronics, software, semiconductor, medical device, and IT clients. Mr. Kang is a member of Sidley Austin's nationally ranked IP Litigation practice group; is the IP lead for the firm’s Korea practice group; and coordinates with the firm’s International Trade practice group and Technology & IP Transactions practice group.

As President of IAKL, Mr. Kang was invited to speak to Asian law students at Columbia University, and has delivered addresses to several local Korean American Bar Associations nationwide. Mr. Kang also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley (now known as APABA-SV). He served as an Executive Advisory Board member for the Korean Software Incubator (now iPark), and as an International Advisor for Global Venture Consultants. He has spoken at numerous diverse conferences, including speaking on IP issues at TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Silicon Valley, chairing a panel on IP in China for the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), and moderating panels for the APABA-SV and numerous IAKL conferences. He is Palo Alto office chair for the firm’s Diversity Committee and served as a Mentor for the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.

July 16: Gwinnett Happy Hour

Please join us for our 2nd Gwinnett County Happy Hour on Thursday, July 16, 2015 6 PM- 8 PM at Bahama Breeze (3590 Breckinridge Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096) For questions, please contact Jung Wook Lee at  We hope to see you there!

Left: our last Gwinnett Happy Hour


Check Out Our New Website!

Thank you to Hans Choe, Bonnie Youn, and the other members of the Membership Committee for the new website:  In addition to updated graphics and user interface, the new website features an 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!

Announcements and Upcoming Events

  • Thank you for paying your dues Hans Choe, Steven Lee, Paul Nam, Bonnie Youn, Donald Lee, Chung Lee, Elizabeth Suh, Jacqueline Givens, Will Ward, Jungmoo Lee, Minjun Kook, Samuel Park, and Han Choi!  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.
  • The programming committee is meeting on Wednesday, June 24 to plan KABA-GA's events from July to December.  Have a programming idea or want to participate?  Email us!
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. 

Have an announcement or job opportunity?  Email Sara Hamilton.

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