On June 7, Dong-Joo Lee ’12 was awarded the Korean American Lawyers of Greater New York (KALAGNY) Scholarship. This scholarship will help fund Lee’s current unpaid summer internship at the Navy JAG Corps in Corpus Christi, Texas. KALAGNY is a professional membership organization of attorneys and law students concerned about issues affecting the Korean American community in greater New York. Incorporated in 1986, KALAGNY seeks to encourage the professional growth of its members as well as provide legal support for the Korean American community.
The awards reception, for more than 300 guests, in celebration of KALAGNY's 25th Anniversary, also honored Don H. Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Xerox Corporation, and Professor Jeannie Suk of Harvard Law School. The gala was held at the Harvard Club and was emceed by NY1's Vivian Lee.
Lee has a history of service to the Korean American community. As an undergraduate at Boston College, Lee was President of the Korean students Association, and also joined the Committee to Elect Sam Yoon, the first Korean American elected city counselor. At the Law School, Lee was a class representative and the former President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Outside of school, he has volunteered at the Korean American League for Civic Action, working on voter registration initiatives and promoting civic action among the Korean American community. He will also be running in the New York City Marathon this fall to raise funds for the Korean American Community Foundation, a nonprofit that raises and distributes funds to social service organizations serving the Korean American community.
“I have consistently been involved in supporting the community and sharing the importance of civic involvement of the community,” said Lee. “I feel very lucky and privileged to receive this award not only because of the financial aspect, but because I look forward to continuing to serve the Korean American community.”