2015 Govt. Lawyer of the Year

HARRISBURG (Nov. 19, 2015) - Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Pearl H. Kim has been named the 2015 Government Lawyer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee.

The award, presented to Kim during a ceremony at the Red Lion Inn Harrisburg East, honors a government lawyer who has made a significant singular contribution or has dedicated his or her career to outstanding service to the profession for the benefit of the public or a government entity.

Kim is a prosecutor in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Unit handling Protection From Abuse, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.

In addition, in an effort to more effectively reach out to underrepresented communities, Kim is the designated Asian Outreach Liaison and is cross deputized as a special assistant district attorney in Montgomery County.

Kim was part of a blue ribbon panel that assisted in the state legislature's overhaul of Pennsylvania's human trafficking legislation. Kim is believed to be the first Pennsylvania prosecutor to pursue a case and secure a conviction under the new statute, which went into effect in September.

Kim serves on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Pearl S. Buck International based in Perkasie and on the leadership board for the Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society.

She is a speaker at national conferences on issues relating to human trafficking and sexual violence.

Kim holds a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice, professional excellence and respect of the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.