Jay J. Shin '07

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law / Directing Attorney, Wage Justice Center

B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1997, University of California, Irvine; M.A., International Trade, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea; J.D., 2007, Southwestern Law School

Member, California Bar

Joined Southwestern: 2019

Career Highlights

While still in Law School, Professor Shin was an extern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  Shortly after graduating, He was a debtor-side associate at the Albertzzi Law Firm and then a civil litigator at the Law Offices of Elena C. Popp.  He has been the Directing Attorney of The Wage Justice Center since November 2011 and taught a supervised students' clinical work as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School's Workers' Rights Clinic.

His responsibilities at The Wage Justice Center include:

  • Enforce wage judgments by litigating debtor-creditor law (Uniform Voidable Transactions Act) and corporate law (corporate misappropriation causes of action) including supervision of attorneys and law clerks, case management, discovery and law and motion practice
  • Conduct judgment enforcement activities including post-judgment law and motion practice, asset research, lien filings, bank levies, debtor examinations and third-party subpoena of documents
  • Pursue cases in bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of employee-creditors including litigation (motion to dismiss, objection to proof of claim), discovery (FRBP Rule 2004 examination, third-party subpoenas), active participation in the creditors’ committee, inter-creditor negotiations, informal discovery with debtor’s counsel and supervision of legal research by post-JD fellows, interns, externs and volunteers
  • Litigate wage and hour cases, including misclassification and day labor lien litigation

About the Wage Justice Center

In 2007, Wage Justice Center was founded by Matthew Sirolly and Melvin Yee with seed funding from Echoing Green. But the need for the Wage Justice Center was identified much earlier. In 2004, Matt & Melvin were law school students and witnessed the frustration of workers who had not been paid despite performing the work – and the greater frustration of workers who “won” wage theft judgments that went perennially unenforced.

Over the last 10 years, Matt and Melvin have inspired a movement of social justice activists dedicated to bringing basic justice to workers.

Under Matt and Melvin’s leadership, the Wage Justice Center has acquired an specialized expertise in using commercial collections law on behalf of workers.