I became a lawyer because I watched my immigrant parents
struggle through language, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers, racism, and isolation, and wanted to be able to protect my
parents and also to provide access to resources for disadvantaged communities.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is to seek mentorship/
sponsorship, ask questions, and be professional and courteous
to others (opposing counsel, staff, judges, etc.).
The most rewarding part of my job is helping individuals go
through a stressful time in their lives. Dealing with a lawsuit
is a frightening experience, and clients are grateful to have
someone help them through the process.
If I could have tried one famous case, it would be the O.J.
The most memorable trip I ever took was a cross-Europe trip
that landed me at London’s Heathrow Airport. I was walking
through the terminal when I ran into Michael Jackson and his
bodyguards. Michael and I made eye contact, and I’m sure it
was as memorable for him as it was for me.
I absolutely can’t live without coffee.
My fitness routine is running and boxing.
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My name is Jean Y. Kang and
I am a civil litigator at Smith
Freed Eberhard in downtown
Seattle, where I handle insurance
defense matters. Prior to civil
work, I was a criminal deputy
prosecuting attorney at several
counties, including King County,
handling felonies and misdemeanors. I currently serve as a
Governor At-Large for New and
Young Lawyers on the Board of
Governors of the Washington
State Bar Association.
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Jean Y. Kang Bar No. 42074 Law School:
School of Law
My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is Sunset
Avenue in Edmonds.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Bothell,
Washington, at the age of 6.
I give back to my community by reaching out to acknowl-
edge their presence, to hear their stories, and to form genu-
ine connections based on shared experiences and common
My worst habit is my coffee addiction.
My greatest fear is: See below under “My idea of misery….”
My idea of misery is driving in Seattle traffic on a rainy
weekday, before a Seahawks game, during a presidential visit.
If I could get free tickets to any event, I would be going to
the Super Bowl.
My all-time favorite movie or TV show is “The Godfather”
(I and II only) and “The Wire.”
If I have learned one thing in life, it is that the only person
you have control over is yourself. NWL
I have recently tried snow cave building. My friend and I
climbed Mt. Baker last winter, built a snow cave, and spent the
night in it.
Before law school, I served in AmeriCorps and organized after-school
reading programs and services for disadvantaged children.
My first car was a white
1990 Buick Century. No one
ever asked me for a ride.