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Orange County Korean American Bar Association

OCKABA Statement Updated February 2021

Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA) was established in 2005 to foster professional and personal relationships among Korean American attorneys, provide pro bono services to the Orange County Korean American community, promote the appointment of Korean American judges, and facilitate the efforts of Korean American law students to navigate the transition to licensed practice.

This year, OC KABA has grown to over 200 officially registered members for the first time in its history (210 members as of February 1, 2021). The membership includes law firm partners and associates, solo practitioners, in-house counsel, government and public interest attorneys, law professors, and law students.

OC KABA hosts its annual installation dinner in October. Instead of cancelling the 2020 installation dinner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OC KABA quickly pivoted to planning a virtual installation.  At the 2020 virtual installation dinner, Honorable Lucy H Koh, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, was the keynote speaker and honoree. She was awarded the Trailblazer Award for her leadership in the Korean American, Asian American legal community, and beyond. She is the first Asian American United States district court judge in the Northern District of California, the first district court judge of Korean descent in the United States, the first female Korean American Article III judge, and the second Korean American federal judge, after Herbert Choy of the Ninth Circuit.

Cheryl Kang Prout of Cordial Family Lawyers, LLP is the current OC KABA President, and Samuel Yu of Kahana & Feld is the current OC KABA President-Elect. Questions or suggestions regarding OC KABA can be submitted to admin@ockaba.org. Additional information about membership, committees, upcoming events, and job opportunities can be accessed at ockaba.org.

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For more information about upcoming events, visit www.oc-kaba.org.