The Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABA-NC) has served Korean American lawyers and the local Korean American community since the mid-1980s. Your participation is vital and welcomed.

KABANC was founded to encourage and promote the professional growth of Korean-American lawyers and law students in Northern California; to foster networking, support, and the exchange of ideas and information among its members and with the local Korean-American community; and to work with other Asian, minority, and community organizations on matters of common concern.

To further this mission, KABANC hosts networking and social events throughout the year.KABANC also strives to serve the Korean American and broader community, by educating the Korean American community about legal and other issues of interest which impact our community.We are an active affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), which represents the interests of Asian Pacific American attorneys throughout the United States.

Past Presidents

Matthew Ahn

2016-2017

Suhi Koizumi

2015-2016

John Hong

2014-2015

Taewoong Koo

2013-2014

Sophie Regimbal

2012-2013

Kristina Chung

2011-2012

Jang Hyuk Im

2010-2011

Anna Suh

2009-2010

Jae Yi

2008-2009

Thomas Kim

2007-2008

Patricia Kim

2006-2007

Ja Moon

2005-2006

Arthur Yoon

2004-2005

Salle Yoo

2003-2004

2017-2018 KABANC Officers

Alison Hong
KABANC President
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Joseph Suh
KABANC Vice_President
Nexon M Inc.
Jenny Jung
KABANC Secretary
Lee Tran & Liang LLP
Pia Kim
KABANC Treasurer
Nassiri & Jung

2017-2018 KABANC Board Members

Fred Choi
NerdWallet
Hogene Choi
Baker Botts LLP
Ben Hur
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Amy Kang
Equinix
Elizabeth Kang
Uber
Elizabeth Kim
Hiscox
Gene Kim
Gordon & Rees LLP
Kyong Kim
Holland & Knight LLP
Eugene Lee
Burnham Brown
Justine Lee
Reed Smith LLP
Isabella Shin
Sheppard & Bell LLP
Jamie Yoo
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
Samuel Chang
UC Hastings
Michael Choi
University of San Francisco
Valerie (Seas Byul) Park
UC Hastings
Jong Yoon
Golden Gate University School of Law

KABANC By-laws

I NAME
The official name of this organization is the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California. This name may be abbreviated as KABA or KABANC.

II PURPOSE
The primary purpose of KABA is to provide Korean and Korean American lawyers and law students in Northern California with professional development and educational assistance through various activities including, but not limited to, mentoring programs and informational workshops. Further, KABANC shall inform, educate and work with the Korean American community and the community at large, including but not limited to, Asian-American, minority, immigrant and legal organizations, on matters of common concern.

III MEMBERSHIP
Membership in KABA is open to all lawyers, law school graduates, and law students who live or work in Northern California and who are interested in furthering the purposes of this organization. Individuals who pay annual general membership fees, payable on the first day of each Fiscal Year ($60 for lawyers and law school graduates, $30 for public interest lawyers and $15 for law students) shall be considered Members. Individuals who pay fees of $200 for lawyers and law school graduates, and $30 for law students shall be considered Supporting Members. Members who sit on the organization's Board of Directors are encouraged to be Supporting Members. Supporting Members shall have special privileges as determined by the Board of Directors during each Fiscal Year. Fiscal Year for KABA shall commence each April 1 and end on March 31 of each year.

We also welcome any person interested in KABA to participate as a nonvoting honorary member.

IV VOTING
Before a general membership meeting to vote on an issue before the organization or the officer positions, the Secretary or a designee shall provide the general membership with reasonable notice. With respect to the voting on an issue, the reasonable notice shall include a description of the issue to be decided upon. A decision on an issue shall be made by majority vote of those Members present at the general membership meeting.

A Member may designate another Member in writing to vote as his/her proxy at a general membership meeting. Members voting by proxy shall be considered to be present at the general membership meeting.

V MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
There shall be at least two general membership meetings each year. Unless otherwise decided by the Board of Directors, these meetings shall take place in March and September.

VI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing KABA activities and for making decisions between general membership meetings. The Board may make any decision reasonably related to the purposes of KABA, except amending the bylaws or electing new Board members. To the extent possible, the Board shall seek input from all Members on significant matters concerning basic policy or shall defer action on an issue until the next general membership meeting. With respect to any decision made by the Board, two-thirds of Members may override such decision at the next general membership meeting, or at a special general membership meeting organized by the Board on the written request of at least one-third of the Members.

The Board shall have twenty-one voting directors: ten shall be non-officer directors; one shall be the President of KABA from the immediately preceding year who shall be an honorary non-officer director; six shall be non-officer directors who are law students; and four shall be officer directors elected pursuant to Article VII below. The ten non-officer directors shall serve two (2) year staggered terms. Accordingly, concurrently with the election of officer director positions, only one-half of the non-officer director positions shall be up for election. All directors, except the honorary non-officer director, must be current KABA Members. The six non-officer directors who are law students shall serve one year terms. Any general member, who has paid his or her membership dues can run for a director position. The General Membership will cast votes for these candidates Those candidates who receive the most votes shall then be elected to the Board.

In the event a vacant non-officer attorney or law student director position is not filled during the general election, KABA shall institute a run-off election. Any paid member shall be eligible to submit candidacy statements for the run-off election for the vacant director position. The run-off election shall be announced by the Board of Directors within one week of the general membership meeting at which the initial election results are announced. The run-off election process shall commence within two weeks from the date of the announcement of the run-off election and terminate one-week thereafter.

The Board may appoint one non-voting honorary director, and shall endeavor to appoint at least one non-voting honorary director who is active in the Korean community and is a non-lawyer or non-law student. If a non-voting honorary director is unable to complete his or her term, the Board may appoint an interim director to serve until the end of the applicable term.

The Board shall make decisions by majority vote of the directors present at a Board meeting. At least eight directors who are not law students must be present to make any decision. Directors shall be considered present for a Board meeting if in-person, by telephone or by proxy. All board meetings are open to all Members, unless otherwise decided by the Board.

Each director shall (a) be required to attend more than sixty percent (60 of all Board of Directors meetings, whether annual meeting, regular meetings, or special meetings, in each twelve (12) month term, and (b) not be absent from three (3) Board of Directors meetings consecutively without the latter's consent. A director's failure to comply with either one of these attendance requirements shall be sufficient ground for automatic removal of the director from the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall take a roll call at every Board meeting to determine attendance. Should the Secretary be absent, any of the other officers in attendance may take the roll call in her/his place.

If any permanent vacancy shall occur in the Board of Directors through death, resignation, disqualification, removal or any cause other than temporary absence, illness or disability, the remaining directors, by the affirmative vote of a majority of all remaining members of the Board of Directors, may elect a successor director to hold office for the unexpired portion of the term of the director whose place shall be vacant or until the Members shall elect a successor director. If any temporary vacancy shall occur in the Board of Directors through prolonged sickness, disability or work-related absence, the remaining directors, by the affirmative vote of a majority of all remaining members of the Board of Directors, may appoint a person as a substitute director, who shall hold office until the absent director returns to duty.

VII OFFICERS
The officers of KABA are the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President is responsible for overseeing all KABA activities, and presiding at general membership and Board meetings. The Vice-President assists the President, conducts meetings when the President is absent, and is responsible for recruiting new Members and encouraging membership in the organization. The Vice-President shall also be the President-elect for the next year. The Secretary notifies the general membership of any upcoming meetings, takes minutes at the meetings, sends copies of these minutes to all Members, and provides updates or notices to the general membership. The Treasurer collects dues, pays bills, and takes care of other financially-related matters.

All officers must be on the Board of Directors. All officers shall be elected by Members at the general membership meeting. In the event a officer position is not filled during the general election, KABA shall institute a run-off election. Any paid member shall be eligible to submit candidacy statements for the run-off election for the vacant officer position. The run-off election shall be announced by the Board of Directors within one week of the general membership meeting at which the initial election results are announced. The run-off election process shall commence within two weeks from the date of the announcement of the run-off election and terminate one-week thereafter.

Each officer shall (a) be required to attend more than sixty percent (60 of all Board of Directors meetings, whether annual meeting, regular meetings, or special meetings, in each twelve (12) month term, and (b) not be absent from three (3) Board of Directors meetings consecutively without the latter's consent. An officer's failure to comply with either one of these attendance requirements shall be sufficient ground for automatic removal of the officer from the Board. The Secretary shall take a roll call at every Board meeting to determine attendance. Should the Secretary be absent, any of the other officers in attendance may take the roll call in her/his place.

If any permanent vacancy in an officer position shall occur through death, resignation, disqualification, removal or any cause other than temporary absence, illness or disability, the Board of Directors, by the affirmative majority vote, may elect a successor officer to hold office for the unexpired portion of the term of the officer whose place shall be vacant or until the Members shall elect a successor officer. If any temporary vacancy shall occur in an officer position through prolonged sickness, disability or work-related absence, the Board of Directors, by the affirmative majority, may appoint a person as a substitute officer, who shall hold office until the absent officer returns to duty.

VIII ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These amended and restated bylaws have been adopted by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the persons present at the general meeting who were qualified to vote. The bylaws may be amended by majority vote of the Members present at a general membership meeting.