Cheonsoo RA

  • Attorney, Senior Advisor
  • T. +82-2-3404-0169
  • F. +82-2-3404-0800
  • E. cheonsoo.ra@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Cheonsoo Ra focuses his practice on civil, criminal and administrative litigations. While serving as a judge for 20 years, Mr. Ra held various positions, including as judge at the Seoul Central District Court, Seoul Family Court, and Seoul High Court and director at the National Court of Administration, chief judge at the Gangneung Branch of Chuncheon District Court, professor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea, until he became presiding judge at the Seoul Central District Court. Since joining Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in 1999, he also served as adjunct processor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute, a member of the Administrative Appeals Commission, and member of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.

Mr. Ra also defended his clients in large, most high-profile litigations brought before the Supreme Court of Korea. In particular, for two of the litigated cases, he obtained en banc decisions that acknowledged the disposition refusing re-appointment of a faculty member (2009Do6788, so-called Seoul National University's Assistant Professor Case) and denied a legal opinion prepared by a lawyer as an admissible evidence (2007Do6788). He still successfully represents his clients in a wide range of litigations.

Representative Experience

2006 Visiting Scholar, Santa Clara University School of Law
1999-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
1999 Presiding Judge, Seoul District Court
1996-1999 Professor, Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1994 Chief Judge, Gangneung Branch of Chuncheon District Court
1993-1994 Presiding Judge, Gangneung Branch of Chuncheon District Court
1991-1993 Legal Examination Counsel, National Court Administration
1989-1991 Judge, Seoul High Court
1987-1989 Judge, Seoul Family Court
1985-1987 Judge, Northern Branch of Seoul District Court
1983-1985 Judge, Suncheon Branch of Gwangju District Court
1981-1983 Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court
1979-1981 Judge, Southern Branch of Seoul District Court
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2013-2015 Director, Dongcheon Public Interest Foundation
2013-2014 Chairman, Pro Bono Committee, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2011-2013 Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
2005-2006 Non-Standing Member, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
2003-2005 Member, Legal Advisory Committee, Korea University
2002-2006 Member, Administrative Appeals Commission
2002-2005 Adjunct Professor, Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (Civil Practice)
2002-2005 Adjunct Professor, Youngsan University Graduate School of Legal Affairs and Business Administration (Civil Litigation Practice)

Education

1979 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1974 Korea University (LL.B.)

Qualifications

1979 Korea