The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) held its 2021 general assembly and new year’s meeting virtually on 20 January. The KICA president, Lee Wan-keun, told the meeting that the number of in-house counsel in Korea had reached about 4,000 in 20 years from just eight in 1999.
Lee reported the annual progress of the association in the past year, which included: Hosting a total of 10 webinars for in-house lawyers; opening of a new office; holding public service activities at childcare centres; and signing an alliance agreement with the Japan In-House Lawyers Association (JILA).
“In line with this rapid growth, and changes in the industry, the association has set up a special committee for lawyers to support education, networking and their interests,” said Lee. “I also promise to co-operate closely with the Korean Bar Association in the future.”
The chairman of the Korean Bar Association, Lee Chan-hee, and the acting chairman of the Seoul Bar Association, Yoo Il-joon, also attended the event. The meeting resulted in the appointment of four new vice chairpersons and eight directors, in addition to its board of directors.
The KICA also delivered donations as a part of its charity programme. The association has held ongoing charity events since the 2018 general assembly, when it donated KRW2.81 million (US$2,500) to the Korea Disaster Relief Association.
In 2019 and 2020, the charity events raised KRW3.54 million and KRW2.82 million, respectively, which were donated to children of police officers and firefighters on duty, through the Seoul Bar Association.
This year, no charity event was held, but the KICA decided to raise KRW5 million to support the children of police officers and firefighters who died on duty, considering the difficulties caused by the covid-19 pandemic.