New professors join College of Law

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will welcome two new faculty members on July 1.

Professors Matthew J. Tokson and Young Ran (Christine) Kim will bring new expertise to the law school’s outstanding faculty.

Tokson moves to Utah after most recently working as an assistant professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Tokson was graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the executive articles editor of the law review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to the Honorable David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court. Previously, he served as law clerk to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Immediately prior to joining the Chase faculty, he was a senior litigation associate with WilmerHale, in Washington, D.C.

Tokson has served as a fellow at the University of Chicago, where he taught intellectual property law, privacy law, and criminal procedure.  Tokson’s scholarship has previously been published in the Iowa Law Review and the William & Mary Law Review, and his two most recent articles will be published in the University of Chicago Law Review and the Northwestern University Law Review.

Kim moves to Utah after most recently living and teaching in New York. Her area of interest is international tax policy and taxation on complicated investment structures. Her doctoral project is built upon an insight that although cross-border investments by private equity funds (PEFs) raise unique policy concerns, there has been relatively little study for PEFs. In a series of her recent papers, she analyzes the current international tax regime with regard to the taxation of PEFs, and suggests a new approach for PEFs, which will defer to the OECD’s basic policy on the taxation of funds while creating an implementation strategy using the exchange of information among tax authorities

She is a J.S.D. candidate in tax law at the New York University School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Law degree summa cum laude from Seoul National University College of Law in South Korea (2002), where she graduated first in her class and received the President of Seoul National University Award. She earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School (2012), where she was awarded the Landon H. Gammon Fellowship for academic excellence.

Kim is a member of the Korean Bar since 2007 and the New York Bar since 2013. She has worked at Yulchon in Korea (2007-2011), Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C. (2012-2013, 2014, 2017), and Sullivan & Cromwell in New York (2015). She was selected as an Up and Coming Capital Markets Lawyer by Chambers Global (2008) and by Chambers Asia (2010), and won several notable tax cases at the Supreme Court of Korea.