UC Hastings Professor Eumi K. Lee will be installed as the new President of AABA on Thursday, March 12 at a dinner in her honor at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.
Professor Lee has been active in AABA since 2005, and a member of its Board of Directors since 2009. “I am proud to be the first female Korean American president of AABA,” she says, “and the fifteenth female president in AABA’s 38-year history. In becoming president, I recognize that I will be walking in the footsteps of remarkable leaders, who have and will continue to leave their mark on the legal profession and our community.”
The Annual Installation Dinner is the principal fundraising event for AABA, regularly drawing 700-800 attorneys, judges, and legal services professionals.
Professor Eumi K. Lee received her BA from Pomona College and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated with honors. During law school, she was a founding member of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, and served as a law clerk for the Office of Independent Counsel Carol Elder Bruce.
After graduating from Georgetown, Professor Lee served as a law clerk for both the Honorable Jerome Turner of the US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before arriving at UC Hastings, Professor Lee practiced at Keker & Van Nest and Thelen, Reid & Priest, specializing in criminal defense and commercial litigation. She has represented a broad spectrum of clients in both federal and state court, as well as various administrative forums. In addition, she has worked on numerous appellate cases, such as City and County of San Francisco v. Cobra Solutions, Inc., 38 Cal. 4th 839 (2006).
Throughout her career, Professor Lee has engaged in extensive amounts of pro bono litigation involving immigration and civil rights issues, including an amicus brief on behalf of Fred Korematsu, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and various civil rights organizations, in the enemy combatant case Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004).
AABA is one of the oldest and largest Asian American and Pacific Islander bar associations in the nation – and one of the largest minority bar associations in the State of California. Through the work of over a dozen active committees, ranging from Judiciary, Civil Rights, and Community Services, to In-House Counsel, Mentorship, and Public Service, its members are actively involved in their communities and in advocating for the advancement of minority lawyers and judges.
AABA is dedicated to promoting diversity in the judiciary; supporting pro bono legal clinics and providing much needed legal assistance to low-income Bay Area residents; strengthening the networks between its members and with the larger Bay Area legal community; and mentoring young lawyers and students, as well as supporting API attorneys throughout their careers.