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Survivor Winner Yul Kwon ’00 to Speak at YLS April 19



Yul Kwon ’00, winner of the reality TV show, Survivor: Cook Islands, will give a Dean’s Program on the Profession talk at Yale Law School on Thursday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m.  Kwon’s topic will be “How I Survived Survivor and Other Professional Challenges.” The talk will be held in the Yale Law School auditorium. Members of the Yale Law School community will be admitted to the auditorium at 2:15 p.m.  Following that, those outside the Yale Law School community will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Kwon earned $1 million when he won the 13th season of the CBS reality show in December 2006.  On his way to winning, Kwon solved puzzles, earned the nickname “The Godfather” for his skillful maneuvering, and challenged stereotypes about Asian American men in the media.

He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. in 2000 from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of The Yale Law Journal.

After graduating from Yale Law School, he served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and worked at several law firms.  He was a legislative aide to Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, helping draft sections of the Homeland Security Bill and other technology-related legislation. He has also worked for McKinsey & Co. and Google’s business strategy group.