Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

September 08, 2008
Professor Kim to Speak on Ethical Issues of In House Counsel

Professor Sung Hui Kim, former General Counsel for Red Bull, will be the moderator for a program on "In (the) House: Exploring the careful balancing act of addressing legal and business needs within a company," presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association's (BHBA) In House Counsel Committee on Thursday, September 18.

Other panelists include Howard Weitzman, Partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump and Aldisert; Stan Levy, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and Tom Conforti, CFO of IHOP. The speakers will draw on their own experiences concerning ways to balance the challenges lawyers face transitioning from practicing in firms to serving as companies' in-house legal counsel. The panel will consider legal counsel's desire to abate risk through anticipating and analyzing potential issues versus the business executives' aspiration to aggressively enter into and monetize new markets, products, and efficiencies by closing deals and propelling the company forward. Speakers will also explore legal counsel's role in providing advice as a lawyer in a firm as opposed to that of a corporate legal executive.

Professor Kim served as General Counsel for Red Bull, where she worked on cutting edge legal issues, prior to joining Southwestern's faculty in 2005. A 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School, she also worked in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski; the corporate department of Hale & Dorr; and the Los Angeles offices of O'Melveny & Myers and Riordan & McKenzie.

This luncheon presentation, coordinated by Southwestern alumna Caroline Raufi (co-chair of the In House Counsel Committee), offers 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. The event will be held at the Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (registration begins at 12 p.m.). The cost is $65 for BHBA Members and $80 for Non-BHBA Members (payment must be made in advance). This event is free for members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys.

For information/registration, view the flyer (PDF) or visit the BHBA website.