Cheong-ju, South Korea
Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
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Experience Prior to Law School I am from Cheong-ju, South Korea. I received my bachelor of arts in International Relations and General Management from Michigan State University.
Student Groups I was an active member with the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), which allowed me to interact with several legal professionals in the city and to get an inside look at what it would be like working in the legal field.
Favorite Faculty Members Two faculty members, Professor Ken Jacobsen and former professor N. Jeremi Duru, were instrumental in helping me transform my idea for a consulting firm to help athletes from Asia transition to life in the US into an actual business. During my 2L year, I walked into Professor Duru’s office to discuss ways of getting into the sports field. He asked me to think about my particular talents and how they might add value in the professional sports industry. I began to think about my own experiences transitioning to life in the US and also the increasing presence of Asian players in Major League Baseball. I talked to Professor Duru about this, and he knew the perfect person to introduce me to – Professor Ken Jacobsen. In addition to teaching classes at Temple Law, Professor Jacobsen is a co-owner of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team). We immediately formed a great connection, and as we continued to discuss player transitions, we saw that this could turn into a going business venture. Together, we formed Global Sporting Integration, LLC (GSI) – a sports consulting firm that seeks to ease the transition process for Asian-born baseball players in the United States. Since then we’ve realized that American players going to play in Asia’s top leagues face similar transition challenges, and so we’ve expanded our focus to include servicing those players as well. Ultimately, we plan to expand beyond the Asia–US transition and beyond baseball.
How I Will Use My J.D. My J.D. has been a great help in starting up GSI and breaking into the sports industry. Sports have always been my passion and, with my J.D. and company, I can now work in the industry that I love. I initially thought that working in an established firm was the best way to get into the industry. However, thanks to the amazing faculty at Temple Law, I have been able to move my career in directions I would have never dreamed of three years ago.
Temple Law turns out graduates who are able to adapt to new challenges and not only survive, but thrive, no matter what difficulties are in their way.