Shin Young-moo, a 67-year-old veteran lawyer, was elected the new president of the Korean Bar Association during its general assembly in Seoul on Monday.
Shin ran for the post as the candidate recommended by Seoul Bar Association and won 167 votes, beating runner-up Shin Yong-do, who had stood for Busan-based lawyers but only received 49 votes.
Shin began his judicial career as a judge at Daejeon District Court from 1973-75. He founded Shin & Kim in 1980, which has grown into one of the country’s largest law firms.
He graduated from the law department of Seoul National University in 1967 and passed the state-run judiciary examination in 1968. He received a master’s degree at the university in 1970 and a doctorate at Yale University in 1978.
He has pledged to review the country’s nascent law school system, introduced in 2009, to produce more lawyers.
Following the ballot, Shin was inaugurated as president of the association, and his term is to last two years.