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Feb. 14, 2005

Federal Administrative Judge To Discuss Race In The Legal Profession

Young Kim, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administrative judge and the first Korean-American judge in Illinois, will discuss race in the legal profession when he speaks at the University of Iowa College of Law on Friday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 225 of the Boyd Law Building.

The lecture, sponsored by the Asian-American Law Students Association (AALSA), is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture in the Boyd Law Building lobby, where conference participants will have the opportunity to meet Judge Kim.

Kim will discuss his experience as an Asian American judge on the EEOC in Chicago, as well as his perspectives on being an Asian American in the legal field. He will discuss his career at length, and the implications of being a minority in a professional field. Kim was a recipient of the Best Lawyer Under 40 Award last year by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). 

Kim was born in South Korea and moved to the United States in 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. He has worked in the Cook County Public Defender's Office and as a federal prosecutor before his appointment as an EEOC administrative law judge in 2001.

"By bringing Judge Kim's insights and perspectives, AALSA hopes to bring to the law school and the university an opportunity of discussion and exchange of ideas," said Helen Yu, co-president of the AALSA.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,; Program: Elizabeth Khoury, 319-621-2351; Helen Yu, 510-847-3014,