The Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York recently honored Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk ‘02 with its annual Trailblazers award. In 2010, Suk became the first Asian-American woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School. The award was presented by Bert Huang ‘03, who is an associate professor at Columbia Law School.

KALAGNY is a professional organization focused on issues affecting the Korean-American community. The group provides legal support and growth opportunities for Korean-American law students and attorneys.

Suk was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She joined the HLS faculty as an assistant professor in 2006. A specialist in criminal law and family law, she is author of “At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution is Transforming Privacy” (Yale, 2009), which received the Herbert Jacob Prize by the Law and Society Association. In addition, she researches and teaches in the areas of art and entertainment law, and explores legal issues pertaining to the performing arts. Her writing has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Slate and elsewhere. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her research on the legal construction of trauma and she was appointed senior fellow of the Humanities Center at Harvard.

Before joining the HLS faculty, Suk served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter ’66 on the U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Harry Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In addition to the J.D. from HLS, she received a B.A. from Yale (1995) and a D.Phil from Oxford (1999), where she was a Marshall Scholar.