American and Korean Bar Associations Sign Historic Agreement
By Rabiah Alicia Burks
ABA News Service
Aug. 7, 2011
TORONTO – The American Bar Association and Korean Bar Association signed a historic agreement today designed to foster cooperation and dialogue between the organizations and advance human rights and the rule of law.
“The influence of the Korean Bar is far and away greater than what you would expect from 11,000 lawyers,” said ABA President Stephen N. Zack at the signing ceremony in Toronto during the ABA’s 2011 Annual Meeting. “They are changing the practice of law for the better, and by signing this agreement we are going to be a part of that change as your friend and as your partner. Hopefully you will continue to work with us and make us better as well.”
KBA President Young–Moo Shin sounded a similar theme.
“We are going to be your friend and partner, but first we should be your student, and you should be our mentor,” said Shin. “One thing we have to achieve is democracy and the rule of law. In that regard the role of lawyers is the most important thing in Korean society, and we have to learn further in order to implement and achieve our goal.”
The bar associations pledged to conduct joint dialogue and activities such as study tours, training programs, joint research projects and seminars, when possible.
“There is no better strategic partner that America could have than Korea,” said Zack. “The incredible energy of the Korean people is something that is infectious.”