The ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
David H Oh, Esquire
Director for Government Relations
We are pleased to share with you that David H Oh has been appointed to the
Director for Government Relations, effective immediately.
David Oh received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden and his
BA from Dickinson College. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of
In November 1998, The Player magazine identified him as one of Philadelphia's
fourteen "Fabulous Leaders of the Next Millennium". David is the
recipient of the 1995 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of
Christians and Jews, the 1994 Outstanding Young Leader Award from the
Philadelphia Jaycees, the 1991 Outstanding Service Award from the
Chinese-American Resource Center, the 1990 Outstanding Asian-American Award
from the Pan-Asian Council of Greater Philadelphia, and a 1985 Human Rights
Award from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
David began his legal career as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney.
He later served as the Director of the Asian Law Center, a free legal services
organisation, and as General Counsel for the WEFA Group. He also served as
an officer in the U. S. Army's 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He
established a solo practice in 1990 using the name Law Offices of David H Oh.
In 1996, the law office was incorporated as The Law Firm of David Oh, P. C.
David is responsible for establishing the Governor's Asian American Advisory
Task Force and the Governor's itinerary during the Governor's trade mission
to Korea in May 1999. He served on the State Legislature's Workers'
Compensation Reform Advisory Board, helping to draft Pennsylvania's most
recent workers' compensation law, Act 57. He also served on the Department of
Labor and Industry's committee which promulgated the regulations for ACT 57.
David also served on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (recommending
candidates for appointment to the federal bench on behalf of both U. S.
Senators). He currently serves on the Educational Nominating Panel
(recommending candidates for appointment to the Philadelphia Board of
Education), the Mayor's Commission on Literacy and the City's Police Advisory
Board. He also serves on the Boards of MCP Hahnemann University, Community
College of Philadelphia, the Walnut Street Theater, the Greater Philadelphia
Urban Affairs Coalition, WYBE-TV, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Philadelphia
2000 and Crime Prevention Association. Formerly, a member of the Board of
Directors of the First Commercial Bank of Philadelphia, he now serves on the
Regional Advisory Board of HSBC Bank USA. Last year, David co-chaired the
Professional Responsibility Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President