NAPIPA - Regional Board

Chicago Chapter

 

Co-president
CHRISTINA KYE

Assistant State's Attorney

Cook County, Chicago, IL
Email: christina.kye@gmail.com

Christina is a second generation Korean American currently serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Felony Trial Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Christina has served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 9 years, previously prosecuting misdemeanors in the First Municipal District, misdemeanors and felonies in the Second Municipal District, and presenting cases before the Grand Jury.  Christina has served as a board member of the Chicago Chapter of NAPIPA since its inception in 2015, and currently serves as a board member for the Korean American Law Enforcement Group of Chicago.  In September 2017, Christina was invited by the Korean National Police Agency in Seoul to speak at a “Seminar on the Restructuring of the Criminal Justice System under the Principle of Separation between Investigation and Prosecution.”  Christina is a 2013 recipient of an Outstanding Assistant State’s Attorney Award from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. Christina earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with concentrations in Asian American Studies and International Relations from Cornell University before continuing to the University of Illinois College of Law for her law degree.  Christina is an avid Diet Coke drinker who resides in the suburbs with her husband and daughter.

CO-PRESIDENT

AILEEN BHANDARI
Assistant State's Attorney
Cook County, Chicago, IL

Email: aileenbhandari@gmail.com

 

Aileen Bhandari is a second generation Indian and Filipino American and has prosecuted cases for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago, Illinois for over 16 years.  As an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Felony Trial Division, she has prosecuted a litany of felony cases including Murder, Attempt Murder, Sexual Assaults, and Financial Crimes.  She was elected to the Board of Directors as Treasurer and past Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the South Asian Bar Association.  Currently, she is President-Elect for the South Asian Bar Association and on the Board of Directors for the Filipino Lawyers Association of Chicago.  Ms. Bhandari is a member of the Asian American Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Ms. Bhandari also serves as a member of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s Lunar Celebration and Asian American Festival planning committees. Other activities include serving on the Asian American Advisory Council for former State Treasurers, Judy Barr Topinka and Alexis Giannoulias, as well as the Asian Advisory Council for the County State’s Attorney. Ms. Bhandari received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law where she was Student Bar Association President. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Bhandari is married with three children. 

VICE PRESIDENT/SECRETARY

DAVID SHIN
Assistant State's Attorney
Cook County, Chicago, IL

 

 

David is a prosecutor for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office currently assignedto the Felony Trial Division. David started his career in the Child Support Enforcement Division. His second assignment was in misdemeanor prosecutions before moving on to the Preliminary Hearings and Grand Jury room in the Third Municipal District of Cook County. He then served in the Felony Review Unit before being assigned to Branch 66-Homicide/Sex division. David graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Political Science. He then received his juris doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2011 and has worked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Oce ever since. As a prosecutor, David has found his professional calling, and he attributes any individual success to the outstanding training, mentorship, and support he has received from his partners and supervisors. David is a U.S. Army veteran having served and participated in Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. He was a 2014 recipient of the award for Outstanding Assistant State’s Attorney given by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). David was born and raised in Cook County along with his younger brother Daniel and older sister Christina. He is the proud son of Paul (Dong Chun) and Sharon (In Sun) Shin. He is married to his best friend, Esther Shin, with who he has three sons, Joshua, Jonathan, Jeremy, and one angel, Joanna Grace. 

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