Orange County Korean American Bar Association

OCKABA Statement Updated June 2022

OCKABA was established in 2005 to foster meaningful relationships among Korean American lawyers and law students, to provide pro bono services to the Orange County Korean American community, and to promote the appointment of Korean American judges. Over the past seventeen years, with the help and support of OCBA, other affiliate bars, and the greater legal community, OCKABA has grown significantly as an organization.

After having to conduct the 2020 annual installation event virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCKABA held its 16th Annual Installation Dinner in person on November 4, 2021. The theme for the event was Unity in the Face of Adversity, and OCKABA had the privilege of honoring Seung Baik, President of Hexagon Agility, as its keynote speaker, and Angie Kang Park, Deputy Chief Counsel at Hulu, as the recipient of OCKABA’s Trailblazer Award.

Given the difficult year the organization faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and rise in anti-Asian sentiment, OCKABA made a conscious effort to host meaningful social events and webinars designed to raise awareness and provide a forum for members to remain engaged with one another. For example, OCKABA hosted an MCLE for Bystander Intervention Training to safely stop Asian American harassment and a CLE highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on jury pools. OCKABA also hosted many in-person events such as a family picnic, a holiday party, a board retreat in Joshua Tree, a joint Lunar New Year Mixer with the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, a joint whiskey tasting event with the Celtic Bar Association of Orange County, and a mentorship happy hour for law students. Last month, OCKABA held a networking event with judges.

OCKABA is currently led by President Sean Kim of Edwards Lifesciences, President-Elect Mimi Ahn of Kahana & Feld LLP, Treasurer Mandy Kim of McDermott Will & Emery, Secretary Jonathan Shin of Shin Law Group, and the Board of Directors, who tirelessly contribute their time and energy to make all of OCKABA events possible.

OCKABA has many other exciting programs planned for the rest of this year. For inquiries about upcoming events or sponsorship information, please contact us at admin@ockaba.org.

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