Many lawyers are interested in public service work, but shy away due to financial concerns Alumni from the law school at Seoul National University (SNU) are rolling up their sleeves to help public interest human rights work by South Korea’s first transgender lawyer. Gongmyeong, a public interest fund set up by more than 70 graduates of the sixth year of the SNU law school, announced on May 7 that it had chosen Park Han-hee, 32, as the public interest attorney that will receive funding. Park, a trans woman, is the country’s first transgender lawyer. The tradition of providing financial assistance to an alumnus who has chosen the path of public interest law began with the first class of graduates at SNU law school. The selection process is handled by the executive committee (which operates the fund) and by the full-time public interest lawyer selection committee, which is composed of external experts. “We made our selection unanimously based on our assessment that Park will be able to perform the highest service in the area of protecting LGBT rights and tackling discrimination,” the members of the selection committee said.
May 8 / The Hanyoreh