From left to right: Sun Choy (president), Han Choi (VP), Sara Hamilton (VP), Moses Kim, Donald Lee, JungWook Lee
See below for more information about our new board members, as well as a word from the incoming KABA-GA president, Sun Choy. The board looks forward to meeting you at this Thursday's Fall Get Together at Morris Manning.
Introducing the 2014-15 KABA-GA Committee Chairs
From left to right: Alina Lee (co-chair, programming), Sul Kim (co-chair, programming), Hans Choe (chair, membership), Paul Nam (chair, law school).
The programming committee develops and implements KABA-GA events, the membership committee assists with outreach and communication, and the law school committee networks and outreaches to area law students and administration. We are always looking for those eager to get involved! If that is you, please contact the respective chair.
Introducing Sun Choy, incoming KABA-GA President
Tell us about yourself. Iâ€™m a partner with Freeman Mathis & Gary in the governmental and corporate liability section. Iâ€™m the youngest of two brothers. My brother, Sam, is a partner at King & Spalding. He specializes in (boring) ERISA law. We grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to Atlanta in 1982. I attended Emory University for my undergrad degree and then University of Louisville for my law degree. I practiced in Kentucky for seven years before coming back to Atlanta in 2001. To say the least, it was quite interesting being an Asian-American lawyer in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky! I actually worked on a case involving the Hatfields and McCoys. When Iâ€™m not working, you can find me stuffing my face with great food and the occasional adult beverage with friends and family. The rest of my free time is spent working off the calories at the gym or playing golf.
What kind of law do you practice? I represent local governments and businesses in personal injury claims based on various theories of recovery ranging from federal constitutional claims to state law claims for premises liability. I was fortunate enough (I hit the lottery) to take a Fourth Amendment excessive force case to the Supreme Court of the United States in 2007. The case established the Fourth Amendment parameters of when a law enforcement officer can use deadly force to terminate a high-speed pursuit.
How did you first get involved in KABA-GA and what do you like about it? June Towery asked me to share in her vision of KABA-GA. The core vision of KABA-GA is to support law students and young lawyers. Iâ€™ve been a mentor through various programs since moving back to Georgia. I see KABA-GA as another opportunity to provide mentoring. Without a doubt, I could not be where I am now without the mentoring I received as a young lawyer. In my view, mentoring is an integral part of being a professional. In addition to mentoring opportunities, KABA-GA provides an awesome platform to network and meaningfully contribute to the legal community.
What are your goals and visions for KABA-GA? KABA-GA is off to a great start! I want to continue that momentum. Like any organization, I have no doubt that KABA-GA will evolve. However, I hope that KABA-GA will always keep at its core the vision of June Towery. As part of this vision, I would like to see KABA-GA provide leadership opportunities through its Board and various committees to anyone interested. To state the obvious, the future of KABA-GA rests with its leaders. In that respect, I feel a little like a caretaker while the future young leaders are being groomed to sustain KABA-GA currently and for the long-term. I would also like to see the further development of â€œhallmarkâ€ programs designed to benefit members and the local community. Thanks to the Program Committee, I think many of these programs already exist. Finally, I would like to create a framework for KABA-GA to collaborate more with the other bar organizations to realize common goals.
Introducing our new board members
Jung Wook Lee
Jung Wook Lee concentrates her practice on immigration and family law. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Lee worked in Washington D.C. She received her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Ms. Lee also served as a board member for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (Gwinnett Chapter) and was the President of the Korean American Coalition- Atlanta.
What are your hobbies? Watching reality tv for guilty pleasure and doing crossfit.
Why did you get involved in KABA-GA and what are your goals for the organization? As a solo practitioner, I try to network with other attorneys whenever I get the chance so I can learn and also give back. I hope KABA becomes a tight-knit community where members can obtain encouragements, give advice, and mobilize for worthy causes.
Moses Kim is a partner at Insley & Race and specializes in the defense of medical device manufacturers in product liability claims as well as hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice cases. He has successfully defended many catastrophic and high-exposure cases, including cases involving brain and birth injuries and catastrophic and wrongful death claims. His clients include international medical device manufacturers, national hospital corporations, personal care homes, and various businesses involved in litigation. Moses is a member of a number of professional organizations. He has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in 2012, 2013, and 2014 in Super Lawyers magazine and has been recognized for his community involvement as an Outstanding Atlanta Inductee in 2010 and as a member of the LEAD Atlanta, Class of 2012.
What are your hobbies? Golf is my favorite hobby. I have a lot of experience, but little ability. I also enjoy seeing my favorite bands/musicians play live, especially when they are not well known and/or are playing at a small venue. With two little children, thereâ€™s much less time for both hobbies now, but spending time with my kiddos is a lot of fun, too!
Why did you get involved in KABA-GA and what are your goals for the organization? I wanted to get to know other Korean lawyers. I suppose it is a Korean-pride thing, but itâ€™s always great to hear about Koreans succeeding in life. My hope is that I can help develop more camaraderie and community amongst Korean lawyers so that we can help each other succeed professionally and personally.
Born in Silver Spring, MD, Mr. Lee earned his BS in biology from Cornell University and his JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in ultimate frisbee and bicycling. He is married with one 2 year old son. He previously worked as a public defender for 6 years in Fulton County, and currently as a Guardian ad Litem attorney in Gwinnett County Juvenile Court representing abused and neglected children in dependency cases.
What are your hobbies? Hobbies used to be marathoning and cycling. Now it is hiking, cooking and reading with the family.
Why did you get involved in KABA-GA and what are your goals for the organization? I got involved with KABA-GA because I was strong armed into it by Sara Hamilton. Jokes. I'm involved for the camaraderie and being able to converse with people who have big ideas. My main goal for the organization is to enhance the membership experience amongst the younger members through informal mentorship.
Reminder: KABA-GA Fall Get Together
Thursday, Sept. 18 || 6:30PM Morris Manning
FREE for KABA members || $5 for non-members
Morris Manning Martin LLP
Bldg. 3343 (East Tower), 11th Floor
Peachtree Road, NE,
Atlanta, GA 30326
When you enter the parking lot, you will see MMM visitor parking on the first level. If no guest spaces are available, park in a non-reserved spot on the E, F, or G levels. Parking will be validated. The party will be held in the Agora Room on the 11th floor of the East Tower.
2014 Lunch Series. Priority Sign Up at Fall Get Together:
Sun Choy, Oct. 3, "Keys to becoming a successful litigation associate"
Steven Park, Oct. 16, "Tips to succeed at a big law firm"
Jung wook Lee, Oct. 10, "Tips for every stage of law practice"
Alina Lee, Oct. 18, Lunch + Golf Clinic
Michelle West, Oct. 24, "How to Transition from a law student into a lawyer"