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image of taegeukThe mission of the Korea Law Center is to promote practical solutions to problems arising at the intersection of U.S. and Korean Law.

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Consul General Wan-joong Kim of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles and UCI Law Dean Song Richardson.



2020

  • February 12, 2020: The Korea Law Center welcomes Sean Cho as its newest Research Fellow. Sean received a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and was the recipient of the Huang Scholarship, focused on improving U.S.-Asia relations and fostering leadership. He is currently a 1L and the Mod C representative for the Student Bar Association. His interests include cooking, learning about tea culture, and learning languages.
  • February 14, 2020: The Council of Korean Americans and Korean American League for Civic Action are accepting applications from undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates for their fifth annual Public Service Internship program. More details >

2019

  • November 16, 2019: Korea Law Center Visiting Scholars attend a performance of Aubergine (written by playwright Julia Cho) at the South Coast Repertory. From the website: “The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing...” Photo > Pictured: Korea Law Center’s Summer Kim (KLC Director), Sung Kyu Lee (LG Sangnam Press Foundation Scholar and KLC Visiting Scholar) and Jin Jae Yoo (Fulbright Scholar and KLC Visiting Scholar) together with Bruce Baek (who plays the role of “Uncle” in Aubergine).
  • November 6, 2019: Korea Law Center Visiting Scholars visit the Orange County Superior Court. Photo >
  • October 21, 2019: Director Jiyeon Lim (Ministry of Government Legislation) presented her research on anti-discrimination law at the Korea Law Center Visiting Scholar Monthly Roundtable.
  • October 18, 2019: Korea Law Center’s visiting scholars and research fellows volunteered their time at the Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County. Second Harvest Food Bank provides food and fresh produce to more than 250,000 hungry children, seniors and families in Orange County. Photo >
  • October 7, 2019: KLC Research Fellow Jinho Noh interviewed UCI Law alumna and inaugural KLC Research Fellow Sarah Choi, Associate Attorney at Cooley LLP. Read the interview here.
  • October 7, 2019: A delegation from UCI Law led by Associate Dean Stephen Lee (and including UCI Law professors Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Summer Kim, and Ji Li) traveled to Seoul, Korea to participate in the 3rd Shuttle Symposium between UCI and Korea University. Photo >
  • September 16, 2019: The Korea Law Center hosts a fall semester welcome and Chuseok celebration. Read more here.
  • Korea Law Center Research Fellows Piljoo Yoon and Cecilia Choy interview Korean and Korean American attorneys regarding the patent fight between Apple and Samsung. Read more here.
  • August 12, 2019: The Korea Law Center hosts the 2nd Trans-Pacific Business Law Dialogue. Read more here.
  • The Korea Law Center welcomes Betty Heeso Kim and Jinho Noh as Research Fellows. Betty is a Korean-American who grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Scottsdale, Arizona. At Brown University, she earned a BA in International Relations with a focus on East Asian Studies. During undergrad, she studied abroad in Paris at the Panthéon-Sorbonne, researching the rise of fast fashion and its effects on sustainability, as well as in Seoul at Yonsei University. Prior to attending law school, Betty also served as a director of alumni relations and business development for a national charter school network. After graduating law school, she plans to pursue civil litigation, primarily in IP and employment. Jinho received his BA in Psychology from UCLA. Prior to attending law school, he worked in the Pro Bono Committee of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in Seoul, South Korea. During his 1L summer, he interned at Kim & Chang and participated in various projects, including those related to fintech such as cryptocurrency and bitcoin. After graduating law school, Jinho plans to pursue a career in international corporate transaction and bankruptcy law. 
  • June 15, 2019: Korea Law Center Director Summer Kim hosted a reception for incoming and past visiting scholars and LLM students at the School of Life in Seoul, Korea. Photo >

2018

  • November 19, 2018: UCI Law and the Korea Law Center Welcomed the Korea University School of Law for 2nd annual Joint Symposium. Read more here.
  • The Korea Law Center welcomes Sophie Paeng (class of 2021) as a Research Fellow. Sophie received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Before coming to UCI Law, she worked at GongGam, a public interest law organization in Korea. She is interested in public interest law, with a focus on immigration and human rights.
  • The Korea Law Center welcomes Piljoo Yoon and Yujin Choi as Research Fellows. Piljoo is a current LL.M. student at UCI Law, and previously worked for 10 years as a senior engineer at Samsung Electronics. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Seoul Cyber University. Yujin (class of 2021) received her BA in International Relations and Communications from USC. Before attending UCI Law, she worked in the marketing industry creating campaigns for smartphones. She is interested in intellectual property law, with a particular focus on copyright law.
  • October 25, 2018The Korea Law Center hosted an open house at UCI Law, where Dean Song Richardson and Korea Law Center Director Summer Kim shared information about the center's people, programming and future plans. Photos >
  • October 25, 2018: The Korea Law Center congratulates UCI Law alumnus Josh Ji’s installation as the incoming president of OCKABA! Photo >
  • October 12, 2018: Dean Song Richardson and Assistant Professor Summer Kim hosted a reception for incoming and past visiting scholars in Seoul, Korea Photos >
  • The Korea Law Center welcomes Cecilia Choy (class of 2019) as its newest Research Fellow. Cecilia grew up in Upland, CA before receiving a BS in microbiology from UCLA. She attended graduate school at SUNY Buffalo and City of Hope Graduate School for Biological Sciences. She is involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Student Bar Association and aspires to enter the field of intellectual property law.
  • September 6, 2018: The Korea Law Center hosted its fall 2018 Visiting Scholars welcome at Sherman Library and Gardens. Photo >
  • August 4, 2018: The Korea Law Center bid farewell to departing Visiting Scholars. Photo >
  • July 13, 2018: Korea Law Center Director Summer Kim presented her paper on "Corporate Long Arms" at the 2018 Trans-Pacific Business Law Dialogue, "Pioneering at Trans-Pacific Vision on Corporate Law and Capital Market Law," hosted by Seoul National University. The Korea Law Center will host this conference next summer at UCI Law.
  • June 27, 2018: UCI Law Dean Song Richardson profiled in July 2018 volume of Sisa Journal. Read (Korean) >
  • June 15, 2018: The Korea Law Center congratulates Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow for her appointment as a member of KCAB International's Panel of International Arbitrators.
  • April 18, 2018: UCI Law Dean Song Richardson, Assistant Dean for LL.M. and International Programs Khary Hornsby and Assistant Professor Summer Kim met with Judge Wonje Sung, Mr. Hakgu Lee and Ms. Yunmi Hwang to discuss ideas and opportunities to further strengthen the partnership between UCI Law and the Supreme Court of Korea. In May 2017, UCI Law signed an MOU with the Supreme Court of Korea, and was the first U.S. law school to do so. Photo >
  • March 29, 2018: UCI Korean American Alumni Chapter hosts a Korean American Leadership Reception in honor of UCI Law Dean Song Richardson. Photo >
  • February 20, 2018: UCI Law Dean Song Richardson and Korea Law Center Director Summer Kim met with Consul General Wan-joong Kim and Consul Ji Hye Moon of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

2017

  • October 1, 2017: Korea Law Center welcomed the visiting scholars and LLM students at Shady Canyon Club House, hosted by Eugene and Carol Choi. Photos >
  • Korea Law Center and Council for Korean Americans welcomed students and young professionals across various fields (medicine, entertainment, science, public interest, business, and law) to engage with and network with mentors and peers. The event was featured in Korea Times and Korea DailyMore details >
  • This May, a group of UCI Law and Korea Law Center faculty, staff, and research fellows traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to form and strengthen new partnerships and research collaborations with the National Court Administration of the Supreme Court of Korea and Korea University Law School. More details >
  • The Korea Law Center is delighted to welcome Korea University Professor Ha Yurl Kim to UC Irvine School of Law as a Visiting Professor in Fall 2017. Professor Kim is an expert in Constitutional Law.
  • The Korea Law Center welcomes Tim Yoo and Karen Shin as Research Fellows. Tim received his B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. He worked as a summer associate at Yoon & Yang LLC in Korea and is currently serving as a part-time judicial extern for the Honorable Theodor C. Albert of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. He is a member of the UC Irvine Journal of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law. Karen received her B.A. in Politics from New York University and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Josephine L. Staton of the United States District Court, Central District of California. She is also co-chair for APALSA at UCI Law and is a member of the UC Irvine Law Review
  • Korea Law Center hosted a panel discussion “Careers in Transnational & Cross-Border Law,” featuring five legal professionals whose work focuses on cross-border work in broader Asia. The panelists—Mincheol Kim, Jay Im, Youngwook Shin, Suzy Lee and Seung Baik—represented a variety of practices. More details >

2016

  • Chaihark Hahm, Professor at Yonsei Law School and Berggruen fellow at The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, joined us for a discussion of the U.S. and Korean Constitutions. The event was the first in a series of Public Lectures hosted by the Korea Law Center, and was sponsored by the Orange County Korean American Bar Association. View the event photos here, and the conversation in its entirety here.
  • Prof. Summer Kim Receives Trailblazer Award from Orange County Korean American Bar Association Read more >
  • Prof. Summer Kim, Research Fellow Sarah Choi meet with Korean-American leaders Read more >
  • Korea University Leaders Visit UC Irvine Read more >

2015

  • Friends of Korea Law Center Establish Endowed Scholarship Read more >
  • Korea University Professor Kyungsin Park will visit UC Irvine School of Law in Spring 2017, teaching a seminar on “Current Issues in Online Surveillance and Data Protection”
  • The Korea Law Center welcomes Sarah Choi (Class of 2018) as a Research Fellow. Sarah received her B.S. in Business Administration and the Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. She has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Otis Wright, II of the United States District Court, Central District of California and is a member of the UC Irvine Law Review.

Contact

Mary Germain
Senior International Programs Administrator
mgermain@law.uci.edu
(949) 824-5335