Jae Park, '04 (JD), was named Casa Cornelia Law Center's 2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney of the Year during its ninth annual La Mancha Awards, held in October 2016 at USD. Park was recognized for his pro bono legal help to those seeking asylum and other immigration assistance.
Park is a senior managing associate at Dentons US LLP, where he specializes in business and commercial litigation and construction disputes. He was drawn to help immigrants and asylum seekers when introduced to immigration law by a colleague seven years ago. Casa Cornelia is a Catholic nonprofit that provides legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.
The mission of Casa Cornelia is rooted in the tradition of service of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, a community of religious sisters in the Roman Catholic tradition, and that of its founder, Cornelia Connelly.
Diego Union Tribune, which published an article on his award in October 2016. “I was blown away to be considered. I do this work because I enjoy serving these clients, not expecting any recognition. I’m incredibly humbled. There are lots of people who do more work than I do helping victims of human rights abuses, so it is a great honor to me.”