Prof. Summer Kim Receives Trailblazer Award from Orange County Korean American Bar Association


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IRVINE, Calif., October 27, 2016 — University of California, Irvine School of Law is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Law Sung Eun (Summer) Kim received the Trailblazer Award from the Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA) at its 11th Annual Installation Dinner on October 20, 2016. Every year, the OC KABA honors those in the legal community who have paved the way for Asian Americans (and especially Korean Americans) and created opportunities that generations before them did not have. In addition to Prof. Kim, California State Treasurer John Chiang was honored.

“Professor Kim was selected for the Community Trailblazer Award because she is a strong, smart, compassionate Korean woman who is a wonderful educator and legal scholar, and who is passionate about helping her students and the Korean American legal community in Orange County,” said Caroline Hahn, OC KABA President. “We look forward to partnering with the Korea Law Center in many of the networking and educational events this year.”

Prof. Kim is the Director of UCI Law’s Korea Law Center. Established in 2009, the Korea Law Center’s mission is to study and promote solutions to issues arising at the intersection of U.S. and Korean Law. The Center has served as a platform for the knowledge transfer, exchange and collaboration between students, legal scholars, judges, prosecutors, policy makers and lawyers from South Korea and the U.S.

Prof. Kim’s research and teaching interests include corporations, financial institutions, corporate finance, corporate governance, contracts and financial regulation. Prior to joining the UCI Law faculty, she held an appointment at the University of Illinois College of Law. She has also taught at the University of Illinois, College of Business and the University of Illinois China Executive Leadership Program (CELP). Professor Kim received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Seoul National University. Prior to teaching, Professor Kim practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco and Shearman & Sterling in New York, specializing in the areas of debt finance and capital markets.

“I am very honored to receive this award, and am grateful to OC KABA and the Korean community in Orange County for their generous support of the Korea Law Center,” said Prof. Summer Kim.

“This is a wonderful and much deserved recognition for Professor Kim,” said UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. “We are so very fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty and as the Director of our Korea Law Center.”

Click here for photos of the event, courtesy of OC KABA

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