Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

February 28, 2005
Southwestern Welcomes New Faculty for 2005-06

Beginning in the 2005-06 academic year, Southwestern’s faculty will include two new full-time members who bring expertise in business law, civil procedure and torts to the classroom. Professor Sung Hui Kim will teach Contracts, Corporations, Professional Responsibility and Securities Regulation, and Professor Byron G. Stier will teach Torts, Mass Torts, Advanced Civil Procedure and Products Liability.

Professor Kim earned her joint bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from Emory University (summa cum laude, 1988) and her law degree from Harvard Law School (cum laude, 1992). During law school, she was a History Teaching Fellow for Professor Bernard Bailyn, a Legal Research Assistant for Professor William Alford, as well as a member of the Harvard Defenders and the Asian American Law Students Association. She was also a summer clerk at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Pestalozzi, Gmuer & Patry in Zurich, Switzerland. Following law school, Professor Kim completed a post-graduate fellowship at the German Foreign Office, East Asian Division; the Berlin Senatskanzlei (Cabinet of Ministers); and the law firm of Boden Oppenhoff Rasur Raue in Berlin. She is fluent in German and conversationally proficient in Korean.

In 1993, Professor Kim joined Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington, D.C. as an associate in the International Department (1993-94). Since then, she has served as an associate in the Corporate Departments of Hale and Dorr, Washington D.C.; O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles; Riordan & McKinzie, Los Angeles; and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen, Los Angeles. Most recently, she served as General Counsel at Red Bull North America, Inc., where she supervised all legal matters, including media relations, marketing and advertising, general corporate law, contracts, licensing, antitrust, intellectual property, immigration, employment law, litigation, FDA and FTC matters. She began her association with Red Bull in 1996, when she provided legal advice in connection with the inception of the company, the national roll-out of the Red Bull Energy Drink, and the labeling of other products (LunAqua and Kombucha Tea Drink).

Professor Kim presented a lecture on "Strategic Use of PR in Legal Processes" at the Advertising and Marketing Law Conference in Chicago in 2002. She has also lectured on advertising claims at Red Bull and to owners of small businesses at UCLA. Her publications include "The Banality of Fraud: Resituating the Inside Counsel as Gatekeeper," FORDHAM LAW REVIEW(forthcoming 2005); "'We the (Supermajority of the) People:' The Development of a Rationale for Written Higher Law in North American Constitutions," 137 PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY 364 (1993) and the book review, "The Business Law Guide to Switzerland," 33 HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 655 (1992).

Professor Stier is currently the Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Temple University Law School and a guest lecturer on Professional Responsibility at Suffolk Law School in Boston. His teaching experience includes Civil Procedure, Legal Research and Writing, Torts, Mass Tort Litigation and Ethical Perspectives on the Practice of Law.

Professor Stier earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in History and Music at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude, 1993). He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; President of the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society; a Benjamin Franklin Scholar; and the recipient of the H.L. Jayne Prize and Dean’s Scholar Award. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996), where he was senior editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. During law school, Professor Stier clerked at the Passaic County Legal Aid Society as part of the New Jersey Public Interest Legal Intern Program.

Following law school, Professor Stier was a litigation associate at Jones Day in New York, where he had also worked as a summer associate. He then became an associate with the Complex Mass Torts and Insurance Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, in New York before enrolling in the Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program at Temple University Law School. Professor Stier will be receiving his LL.M. degree in Legal Education in May 2005. His thesis is titled, "Resolving the Class Action Crisis: Mass Tort Litigation as Network."