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 100 officially registered members for the first time in its history (135 members as of March 1, 2019). The membership includes law firm partners and associates, solo practitioners, in-house counsel, government and public interest attorneys, law professors, and law students.
One area that has seen tremendous improvements and growth this year is OC KABA’s pro bono sector. OC KABA Secretary Jeeny Lee (JL Bridge Legal Consulting) and OC KABA Director Mimi Ahn (Kahana & Feld LLP) began leading the monthly pro bono clinics and have been successful in recruiting attorney and law student volunteers and growing and improving the pro bono clinics significantly. OC KABA’s pro bono clinics are usually held on the first Saturday of every month and the third Thursday of every other month and are attended by about 8-12 volunteer attorneys and law students. If you are interested in volunteering, please email email@example.com.
In addition to the monthly pro bono clinics, OC KABA hosts its annual installation dinner in October. At last year’s installation dinner, Andrew Kim, Senior VP and General Counsel at NETGEAR, was the keynote speaker and honoree. He was awarded the Community Hero Award for his promotion of diversity in the Korean American and Asian American legal community. He was previously recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times as Diversity Champion. This event was sponsored by 53 generous supporters, including Diamond Sponsors Knobbe Martens LLP and Kia Motors America.
This year’s installation dinner will be joined by Don Liu, Executive VP and Chief Legal Officer of Target Corporation. At the event, he will be recognized for his dedication to mentorship, promotion of diversity, and commitment to social justice. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Additionally, OC KABA plans to host a charity beach volleyball tournament this summer to raise money for a local charity.
Chang Lim of Knobbe Martens LLP is the current OC KABA President, and Josh Ji of Greenberg Gross LLP is the current OC KABA President-Elect. Questions or suggestions regarding OC KABA can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about membership, committees, upcoming events, and job opportunities can be accessed at ockaba.org.
For more information about upcoming events, visit www.oc-kaba.org.