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President's Message

To our distinguished members and respected representatives,

First of all, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for giving me great trust and for entrusting me with the management of the Korean Bar Association, a frontier of human rights and justices.


As I walked to the Meeting place today, I could feel the coldness of winter was giving way to the warm spring breeze. Instead of the dark, cold winter for our attorneys, a warm, sunny world is approaching.


This 50th Presidential Election was the first election that a single candidate has run since the direct election system was introduced. There has been a concern over the Election that it might be dismissed due to the election regulation that requires to gain the trust from not less than one-third of all members; however, thanks to all members' enthusiastic attention, the concern has ended in a mere glance.

I think it does not reflect support for myself, but does the will of the members to solve the problems that our Association is facing. The reality of the difficulties and the sense of crisis that we must unite to overcome have given me a great deal of responsibility. Our 50th Board will do our utmost to create the strong KBA, the new KBA, and the KBA for our members and the public.


First, I would create the strong Korean Bar Association to protect our members' rights and interests.


We have repeated conflicts and divisions over the Presidential Election. Every Election has left difficulties to recover afterward due to various conflicts along over ideology, region, and origin. The Board, which failed to gain strength from its launch, has run into its limitations and has failed to exert all its effort to protect the rights and interests of our members.

However, the 50th Presidential Election has overcome the frame of conflict and presented, "We are attorneys. The attorneys are one team." It has shown the solidarity of us to related institutions and professions as well as to the public. You have given us and our 50th Board a great strength.

The Korean Bar Association is the only judiciary that elects its representative by vote, which has granted democratic legitimacy since its inception. As you have firmly established the cornerstone of the strong Board through this Election, I would do my best to respond to an unavoidable call for the protection and expansion of our scope of profession.


Second, I would create the new Korean Bar Association that serves our members over the Board.


So far, the KBA Board has been operated under its own league. In addition to the internal work process, our members' opinions were not reflected properly at the statement or personnel recommendation rights as monopolized by a small group of members and the President.

First of all, I would expand the opportunity for not only Seoul Bar but also local Bar members to actively participate in the management and education. At the same time, I would, with respect, listen to the opinions of the Presidential Council of Local Bar Associations and the General Meeting of Representatives, while opening and expanding a window of communication that reflects our members' direct intention in the management of the Association. From Seoul to Jeju, each member would have his or her valuable voice reflected in the Association.

Through checks and balances, I would make sure that all the organizations of the Korean Bar Association, including the Board, are operated transparently. I would make sure that our members are the ultimate in all decisions. I would listen to the wishes of our members and respect them strictly.


Third, I would create the Korean Bar Association of the people, trusted by the public.


The public trust in the legal profession has plummeted due to various issues, including the recent judicial crisis. Of course, the core of the crisis is the judicial misconduct; however, since the Korean Bar Association is a member of the legal community, there is a call for us to overcome public distrust in the legal profession. The Korean Bar Association would create a legal community that is trusted by the public through eradicating a broker, which are still existing in our society.

In particular, it is time for our attorneys who have secured democratic legitimacy, kept the Courts and Prosecutors in check, and balanced the three wheels of the legal profession, to become the center of the legal profession and restore public trust.

In line with the mission of the Korean Bar Association, the guardian of human rights and justice, we will raise our voice for the right direction of the nation and the society in accordance with the principle. We would serve as a lighthouse that can be trusted for our society's cruising to the rule of law. I would engrave the perception of 'attorneys always on the side of the public' into their heart.

All these changes and developments can only be achieved with the enthusiastic attention and participation of our members. I deeply appreciate your trust and would do my best with your encouragement. We would become the 50th Board dedicated to our members, serving our members best.


Thank you all very much

2019. 2. 25.

Lee, Chan Hee
50th President
Korean Bar Association