The IAKL connects lawyers of Korean heritage from around the world. The IAKL began in 1987 when a group of lawyers from Korea and lawyers of Korean descent came together in Seoul, in at an international conference sponsored by the World Peace Through Law Association. Those lawyers decided to form an organisation, IAKL, whose primary purpose was to promote communication and friendship between lawyers of Korean heritage around the world.
Since its first conference in 1988 in New York City, the IAKL has held annual conferences that have brought together participants with diverse backgrounds – Korean citizens; first, second, and third generation Korean-Americans; Koreans living in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Panama, Argentina, Japan, Europe, and other places. Lawyers are drawn from big and small law firms, corporations, law schools, governments, public interest organisations, and the judiciary. The conferences have included bilingual-translated panel discussions on various topics concerning the legal system, the political world, and public service obligations. Not neglecting the need to socialize, the conferences always feature fine dining, cultural events, and golf as well.
At the 2018 AGM in Atlanta, Hak Jun was elected to serve as the IAKL’s Regional Governor for New Zealand and James as the Regional Governor for Australia. The Regional Governor forms part of IAKL’s leadership team and the role is to promote the IAKL in its home region and help connect IAKL members in the community.