Vol. 2 [Overseas] IAKL Overseas News

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IAKL Overseas News

1.          On November 16, 2018, former Florida Governor and current Senator Rick Scott announced the appointment of Natasha Bae DePrimo to the County Court for Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Judge DePrimo, 38, was a senior attorney at the Florida Department of Transportation. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her law degree from the University of Florida.  Judge DePrimo, who is half-Korean, is the first Korean-American judge in Broward County, which is the second largest county in Florida, with a population of nearly 2 million people.

2.          On January 4, 2019, former Florida Governor and current Senator Rick Scott announced the appointment of Denise Kim Beamer to the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, in Orlando, Florida.  Judge Beamer, 36, was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Florida Attorney General. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Barry University School of Law.  Judge Beamer is the first Korean-American judge in the Ninth Circuit, which includes Orange and Osceola Counties and has a combined population of over 1.6 million people.

3.          On Friday, Feb. 9, 2019, current and past Board members from KABA-SD and OC-KABA, along with IAKL Regional Governor Peter Kang, gathered together at Miramonte Winery at Temecula for an evening of camaraderie and planning for future cross-organizational activities.

4.          Kwang Lim, a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, was recently recognized as a Rising Star by Lexpert in Canada.  The award celebrates Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.  Kwang is an IAKL member and was actively involved in the 2018 host organizing committee for the Whistler Mid-Year Summit, which his firm sponsored.

5.                 On April 10, 2019, the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California held its 39th Annual Board Of Governors Installation and Award Banquet in Los Angeles.  The Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California was the keynote speaker.  Dean of the University of California, Irvine Law School Song D. Richardson spoke about diversity and inclusion.  Judge Dorothy Kim of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal swore in the new Board, which includes President David D. Yang, IAKL Overseas Secretary Vivian I. Kim, and IAKL member Jen C. Won, among others.  

6.          On March 25, 2019, Regional Governor Jay Kim and co-counsel Paul Kim, along with appellate lawyer Donna Solomon, won an appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  The court ruled that the trial judge was correct in awarding nominal damages and more than $115,000 in attorneys’ fees against a mortgage servicer but incorrect in granting summary judgment against Kim’s clients, a married couple whom the mortgage servicer repeatedly reported in arrears for a house they no longer owned.

7.          Heena Han and John J. Kim (part of the 2018 host organizing committee for the Whistler Mid-Year Summit) of Lindsay LLP successfully represented in British Columbia Supreme Court a Korean-Canadian immigrant who was swindled by a Korean-Canadian restaurant owner, who had made a promise of permanent residency.

8.          Ekwan E. Rhow, Jen C. Won, and Timothy B. Yoo of Bird Marella PC successfully defended SK Hynix America, Inc. in a federal jury trial in the United States District Court in Seattle.  The lawsuit began in 2016 after Microsoft’s subsidiary Cypress Insurance Company sued Hynix to recoup $175 million that had been paid by insurers to Microsoft.  The Bird Marella trial team defeated claims that Hynix had breached a DRAM chip supply contract with Microsoft, impacting the November 2013 launch of its Xbox One gaming console.