Jay Kim

Jay is a co-founder of Common Law, a non-profit organization in Queens, NY that supports organizing efforts through legal education and legal assistance. Since co-founding Common Law in 2007, Jay has worked alongside street vendors to challenge harsh penalties against low-income vendors, represented tenants in the Lower East Side organizing against gentrification, and run an innovative and successful pro se legal clinic for homeowners fighting foreclosure. Jay co-authored “Common Law’s Lawyering Model:Transforming Individual Crises into Opportunities for Community Organizing,” in the CUNY Law Journal and “Courtrooms as Spaces for Activism” in the Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame’s academic blog Mobilizing Ideas.

She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from CUNY School of Law. Prior to Common Law, Jay was a teaching assistant in Minneapolis. Jay is an active member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, an anti-militarism group comprised of progressive Korean Americans and is a member of the Oral History Collective, which works to document the legacy and trauma of war on immigrant communities.