Aug. 23, 2018–Sujin Kim / Land of Morning Calm (South Korea)

Sujin Kim, Esq., was born and raised in Korea. Due to her understanding of both the Korea and U.S. business environments and cultures, she has been able to provide a vast array of legal and non-legal services to clients and communities (for both in- and out-bound related business and investment with South Korea), including connecting them with private and public sector resources. She is fluent in English and Korean.
Ms. Kim founded KOCAMA Consulting to assist American and Korean companies, institutions, and individuals to capitalize on opportunities for business and economic development in the US, particularly in the southern and southeastern regions, and the Republic of Korea. Services include assisting them to explore opportunities via business and economic activities, such as trade and investment delegations, import and export initiatives, or targeted business-to business and industry-to-industry partnerships. She also founded Gulf Coast Immigration (GCI) to meet the needs for comprehensive and sophisticated services in all aspects of immigration, including legal services, in the southern Gulf Coast region with subspecialties focusing on the Religious Worker and the Immigrant Investor visa programs.
Ms. Kim was appointed by President Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye as a member of The National Unification Advisory Council, a constitutional institution, to the President of South Korea and served two terms. She currently works with a Provincial government, Jeollanam-do, in South Korea as JoellaNam-do Special Advisor. In this capacity, she provides advice and counsel to Jeollanam-do and its businesses and industries regarding business and economic development with the U.S., particularly in the southern and southeastern regions, from marketing to connecting them with related private and public sectors. She previously served as Of Counsel to a U.S. regional law firm, working in the Economic Development and Incentives, International Trade, and Immigration practice groups.
As a board member and current Vice President of the Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as an advisory legal counsel to the Federation of Korean Associations of the Southeastern U.S., Ms. Kim works closely with various Korean governmental and quasi-governmental entities and Korean trade and industry associations, including Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korean Chamber of Commerce & Industry USA (KOCHAM), Korea Petrochemical Industry Association (KPIA), and the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business.
She has been active in Rotary International (in both South Korea and US). She participated in the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program twice between South Korea and India in 2000 and South Alabama and South Korea in 2012. Through this program, she helped to reinvigorate the sister city relationship between the City of Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province and Mobile in 2012.
Ms. Kim also has been involved with L’Arche Communities in the US, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corp (JVC). She was the first Korean citizen who joined JVC to work with marginalized and underserved populations in the US. She taught Korean language, culture, and history at the University of South Alabama for 5 years. Currently, she serves as Vice Chair of the Human Rights Committee of Mobile L’Arche Inc.
She earned her BBA in International Business from The George Washington University in 1998 and was awarded her JD from the University of Maryland in 2008, with a Health Law Certificate from the Law and Health Care Program. Prior to attending law school, she pursued a career in international business and politics in Korea. Ms. Kim is admitted to practice in Alabama and is eligible for admission in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association and Mobile Bar Association. Ms. Kim has been married for 15 years to a native Mobilian. She and her husband are members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish and are active volunteers for the Little Sisters of the Poor.