Schulte investment management associate Sunghyo Kim has been chosen as the 2021 Brooks Burdette Fellow. As a recipient of the fellowship award, Sunghyo will work full-time at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) through the end of the year. Founded in 1974, AALDEF is a New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. Combining litigation, advocacy, education and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all. AALDEF has been a pro bono client since 2007, and Schulte has provided general counsel in connection with employment, real estate, corporate governance, trust and estates and tax matters, while also partnering with them to work on staffing their election protection hotline and researching immigration issues and the rights of protesters. Sunghyo’s work will range from supporting survivors of Anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, to providing assistance on immigration matters, to working with AALDEF’s Democracy Project.
In 2009, Schulte created the Brooks Burdette Fellowship in honor of the late litigation partner who was a long-time chair of the Pro Bono Committee and whose commitment to public interest work while at the firm was exemplary. Brooks was a board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and was the first chair of the Board of Democracy Prep, a Harlem charter school.