AN APPEALS COURT HAS THROWN OUT the conviction of a criminal defendant--a sex offender who had assaulted several teenage boys--because the defendant was not permitted at a crucial stage of the proceeding to state whether he would opt for a jury trial. He had been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by the Incheon District Court. The defendant, … Continue reading Sex Offender and Somali Pirates: What’s the Connection?
I HAVE MADE IT A HABIT TO COME TO THE OFFICE as early as possible to beat the heat (actually, more so the humidity) and the rush of millions of people commuting at the same time on over-crowded mass transportation. As I reported in a previous post, the government here has a push to keep people and … Continue reading Finders Keepers: Linking a Korea-U.S. Ponzi Scheme
I TOOK A TRIP TODAY, since I had the day off, to a nearby mountain. One of the things I love about Seoul is the convenience to substantial mountains within the city, and to one of my favorite activities--climbing them. I love to work out--it helps keep me young (and thin)--and hiking up one of … Continue reading The Burlap Bag Buddah…My Trip to a Nearby Mountain Today
WEEK TWO AT KIM & JUNG has progressed nicely, except for the tremendous humidity, and the taiphoon that just swept up the western coast of the peninsula earlier today--Taiphoon Khanun. It was a relatively low-level taiphoon, so it's bark (or rather, the bark of the national weather service) was worse than its actual bite. I don't even remember opening … Continue reading Not Even A Taiphoon Could Keep Me From…Lunch!
TODAY WAS A GREAT and productive day at Kim & Jung (법무법인 영진) for me. I participated in training in Korean law given by one of the founding partners of the firm, Kim Su Min (김수민) who is a former head of the Prosecutor's Office in Incheon (검찰청장), which is equivalent to our US Attorney's … Continue reading Finished the Week Strong…Wow! What a Meal!
THE MISERABLE RAINYseason is in full swing, and it isn’t really the rain that’s the problem. Everyone here says “it’s so hot” but it’s not the heat really. It’s the unbelievably oppressive HUMIDITY that’s the problem. When people back home in Pa. ask about the climate in Korea, I usually just say "it’s a lot like Pennsylvania" … Continue reading Day 3 of the Internship . . . A/C? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ A/C!
TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY for me as an intern at the law firm of Kim & Jung (법무법인 영진) in Seoul. The day was mostly a day for introductions, as is the Korean custom for newcomers. I am hoping they don't expect me to remember everyone, but I did get a few name cards, … Continue reading Day 1 at the Law Firm
TODAY, SATURDAY, JULY 7, with perfect weather following two days of extremely heavy monsoon rains, was the final exam in our study abroad course at SKKU through Fordham Law School. I was laden with sadness as I made what had become the routine trek to campus for the final time. I wanted to be sure to arrive early … Continue reading Study Abroad and Final Exam Done…On to the Internship
ON WHAT HAS TO BE one of the most humid days I have ever experienced, even in the monsoon climate of Korea, on Wednesday July 4th, we law students studying at SKKU took a field trip. When I arrived at campus at 7:30 am, I was already sweating profusely, and I was in a long-sleeve … Continue reading Law Students Take Field Trip to National Assembly and Constitutional Court
I think I would like to study intellectual property and represent this performer. This is a singer/performer who lives in Hollywood, and is a former performer in Korea and Japan. It is directed by Christy Romano of "Even Steven" and other shows fame. I know I posted this before, but it gets better every time … Continue reading Amazing Video by a Son of Asia…Wow!