The Korean-American Bar Association for the Washington DC Area (KABA-DC) was established in 2009 to be the voice for Korean Americans in the legal profession in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. KABA-DC’s main goal is to promote and improve the common professional and business interests of Korean-American lawyers and others in the legal profession. KABA-DC also fosters professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement.
Events & Programs (Updated on January 2, 2015)
- Happy Hour & Dinner Events – KABA-DC hosts happy hours and dinner events throughout the year. At each of our happy hours, we try to have prominent KABA-DC members come to speak. These events are great opportunities to meet other Korean-American lawyers and students in town.
- Summer Associate Nights – KABA-DC hosts Summer Associate Nights every year, where many experienced attorneys share practical tips with summer associates on how to have a successful summer at their first legal positions.
- Movie Nights – KABA-DC hosts movie nights at the premiers of Korean American movies and documentaries filmed by up-and-coming artists and acclaimed directors.
- Seminars & Panel Discussions – KABA-DC hosts seminars and panel discussions on various career-related and other professional topics.
- Book Club & Dinners Events – KABA-DC’s Women’s Leadership Committee, jointly with APABA-DC Small Firm Forum, hosts Book Club & Dinner events.
- Sporting Events – KABA-DC actively participates in local sporting events. In 2014, KABA-DC members played softball at the Washington International Friendship Softball Tournament as part of the Korea Team. Many KABA-DC members are active players in ROKstars, the only Korean-American softball team in the DC area.
- Community Services – KABA-DC strives to be part of the community at large. On November 8, 2014, many KABA-DC members showed their support for the Korean-American Community Service Day by volunteering at Operation Christmas Child and Martha’s Table.
- Outreach & Public Service – KABA-DC strives to represent the interest of Korea-Americans. For example, when there was a lawsuit filed against the City of Glendale, seeking removal the “comfort women” statute, KABA-DC took the initiative to release a joint public statement deploring the filing of the lawsuit.
- Mentorship Program – KABA-DC is launching a new mentorship program for 2014-15. If you are a law student or new attorney interested in being assigned to a KABA-DC mentor, please sign up here. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact one of our officers by email. This is a great opportunity to be paired with and to get to know a KABA-DC member in the DC legal community.
- Annual Ball – In 2015, KABA-DC and Korean-American Intellectual Property Bar Association (KAIPBA) are co-hosting our very first annual gala. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015. This will be the event of the year where you can bring your family and friends and celebrate the achievement of our members. The event will start with a reception, followed by dinner, speakers, and dancing and music.