Shin & Kim is committed to fulfilling our responsibilities to society and neighbors.
Community Service & Pro Bono
Shin & Kim formed a community service foundation entitled ‘Nanum & Ieum Foundation’ (‘Sharing & Connecting’ in English meaning) with the mission statement ‘Become Legal Professionals Who Share With and Connect with Neighbors and Society’. It focuses on our corporate social responsibilities, and through the foundation, members of Shin & Kim participate in pro bono work and various community service activities as part of our efforts to further advance our communities and achieve social integration.
Background of Establishment of Foundation
Shin & Kim established the ‘Pro Bono Committee’, an internal committee of the firm dedicated to pro bono activities, in a bid to fulfill our corporate social responsibilities and share our expertise in 2006. It marked the beginning of our firm’s pro bono activities and in 2012, we established the ‘Shin & Kim Center for Public Interest’ to make our activities even more specialized. We have an attorney that is dedicated to pro bono activities. In late 2014, the formation of ‘Nanum & Ieum Foundation’ helped broaden the scope of our firm’s pro bono activities and enabled an independent operation of such activities.
Pro Bono Activities
Support for North Korean Defectors
One of the main pro bono activities of our firm is assisting North Korean defectors by offering a leadership development program, a scholarship program and mentoring program for youth and college students. We provide, among others, free legal consulting services and believe that these programs help numerous North Korean defectors assimilate and settle into South Korea.
Support for Multicultural Families
Shin & Kim holds seminars and engages in legislative activities to introduce a support system for Kopinos (children of mixed Korean and Filipino descent to unwed Filipina mothers) which began from efforts to help Kopino children find their fathers and mediate disputes over the payment of childcare expenses. In addition, Shin & Kim provides free legal consulting and litigation services to migrant families and provides various kinds of support to multicultural alternative schools.
Support for Children and Teenagers
To support children and youths from low-income families, Shin & Kim has continuously provided scholarships, mentoring for youths under protective supervision, and made donations to youth education and children and youths in low-income families.
Support for NGOs and Social Enterprises
Shin & Kim has entered into business agreements with NGOs and social enterprises including MIRAL Welfare Foundation and provides legal advice and support to such organizations.
Support for Neglected Families
Members of Shin & Kim are continuing their engagement in community service activities and support for neglected families.