Gil’s passion for social advocacy began with his parents. Gil’s parents are South Korean immigrants who have physical disabilities from contracting polio at a young age. Growing up, Gil’s parents were passionate disability rights activists who eventually motivated and empowered Gil to combat injustice through social advocacy. Gil gained further insight into different people and perspectives through his international sports career. For example, Gil attended a soccer academy in Brazil during one of the worst outbreaks of violence against police in Brazilian history.
All of Gil’s experiences instilled a desire to immerse himself in different cultures and understand the critical socio-political issues that impact them. At Columbia University, Gil balanced his studies in Political Science with his commitment to being an NCAA Division I athlete. Additionally, he earned a grant to attend a language institute in South Korea. Before law school, Gil worked for three years at Davis Polk & Wardwell and was seconded to J.P Morgan Chase.
Since starting at USC Gould, Gil was a 1L Representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Entertainment Society. He was also a Student Body Events Chair. During his 1L summer, Gil worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
“I am interested in learning about the intricacies of distinct societies and how to tackle their respective issues. … I believe the IHRC would be an incredible opportunity to gain direct experience in combating pressing social matters.”