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〇 DR & AJU’s Election Law Center Transforms into a Dedicated Election Law Practice Group
DR & AJU LLC has expanded its former Election Law Center to the Election Law Practice Group. Comprising an Investigation Response Team, a Trial Response Team, and the Election Law Advisory and Educational Research Institute, the Election Law Practice Group provides tailored legal advisory services on an extensive array of issues, ranging from defense against investigations by the National Election Commission, police, and prosecutors, to representation in litigation and trials, and devoted legal consulting for election candidates during the campaign.

〇 A Specialized Investigation Response Team Comprising Former Prosecutors from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s National Security Division

The Investigation Law Practice Group is led by Mr. In Seo OH, who served as Director of the Public Security Planning Division of the Criminal Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Justice and as Departmental Chief Prosecutor of the National Security Division at the Supreme Prosecutors' Office. With a career spanning over 25 years as a prosecutor from 1997 to 2021, Mr. Oh held various key positions, including Chief Prosecutor at the Seoul Northern District Prosecutors' Office, Daegu High Prosecutors' Office, and Suwon High Prosecutors' Office.

Mr. Dhong Joo KIM, who served as Departmental Chief Prosecutor of the National Security Division 1, 2, and 3 (National Criminal Division) at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, heads the Investigation Response Team. Mr. Kim has extensive experience in investigating numerous cases, including violations of the Public Official Election Act by elected officials and candidates in presidential, parliamentary, and local elections.

Mr. Gyu Jong SONG, who served as National Security Planning Officer at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office and as Prosecutor of the National Security Division at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office, and Mr. Kook Ryang RYOO, who served as Prosecutor at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and in the National Security Division at the Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office, have both joined the Investigation Response Team.

〇 The Trial Response Team Strengthens Its Workforce with the Addition of Former Presiding Judges of the Election Division at the Seoul Central District Court

Mr. Jin Dong KIM, who served as a Presiding Judge of the Election Division at the Seoul Central District Court, heads the Trial Response Team. Mr. Kim has extensive experience adjudicating numerous cases involving defendants accused of violating the Public Official Election Act and has issued rulings on various election-related cases.

Mr. Byung Chul CHOI, a former Presiding Judge of the Election Division at the Seoul Central District Court, has joined the Trial Response Team. Mr. Choi has extensive experience in adjudicating numerous cases involving defendants accused of violating the Public Official Election Act.

In addition, Mr. Yong Seon HYUN, who served as a judge and Chairperson of the Jeju Election Broadcasting Debate Commission, has joined the Trial Response Team. Mr. Hyun has extensive experience in moderating and organizing discussions and debates among candidates for public office.

Other investigation and trial response team members include Partner Mr. Chan Hee LEE, Attorneys Mr. Sang Hwa YOON, Mr. Jae Hoon PARK, Mr. Min Jun KIM, and Ms. Da Eun SON.

〇 Election Law Practice Group Operates the Election Law Advisory and Educational Research Institute

A candidate may face various legal risks if a fine of KRW one million or more is imposed due to violations of the Public Official Election Act or the Act on Elections Entrusted by Public Organizations. These risks include disqualification, the return of campaign expenses, and the restriction of electoral rights (5 to 10 years), among other consequences. Therefore, DR & AJU’s Election Law Practice Group has established the Election Law Advisory and Educational Research Institute to educate candidates on election laws and coach them on lawful election strategies to proactively prevent any legal risks. The head of the Election Law Advisory and Educational Research Institute is Mr. Yong Bok LEE, a renowned election-law specialist and the author of legal textbooks on election law, including “Election Law,” “Political Fund Law,” and “Entrusted Election Law.”

〇 Expertise in Entrusted Elections Fortified with Newly Recruited Senior Advisors

To provide tailored legal consulting for both public official elections and elections entrusted by organizations, DR & AJU Election Law Practice Group includes senior advisors with extensive experience and expertise in these areas. These advisors with various backgrounds include Mr. Sang Boo MOON; the former secretary general of the National Election Commission with practical experience and expertise in both public official elections and entrusted elections; senior advisor Mr. Hae Jin PARK and expert counsel Mr. Sung O KWON, who both worked at the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation of Korea; expert counsel Mr. Kyo Sun PARK, who worked at the National Credit Union Federation of Korea; Mr. Choong Ryeol JEON, who was the former secretary general of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee; Mr. Jong Il HEO, who spent over 30 years working at the MG Community Credit Cooperatives; and Mr. Philip Kim, who is an executive director of the Korean Society of Construction Legal Affairs.

〇 An Impressive Track Record Showcasing a Wealth of Experience and Expertise

As the first-ever election-dedicated team established and operated by a South Korean law firm, the DR & AJU Election Law Practice Group stands at the forefront of election dispute resolution. As a pioneer of the field, the Group has handled various election related cases, accumulating a wealth of experience that has enabled the team to acquire a deep and comprehensive understanding of the field. With multifaceted approaches and expertise, the Group provides its clients optimal legal services tailored to individual client needs.

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