2021 GALA SPEAKERS | HONOREES


The Judge Alvin T. Wong Award

Byung J. "BJay" Pak

Former U.S. Attorney | Partner

Alston & Bird


Byung J. “BJay” Pak is currently a Partner in the Litigation and Trial Practice group at Alston & Bird, where he concentrates his practice on white collar and government enforcement matters.  From 2017 to 2021, BJay served as the 25th Senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.


From 2011 to 2017, BJay served in the Georgia General Assembly as a State Representative from the 108th District, where he was a Deputy Majority Whip, the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, and the Chairman of the Gwinnett County (the 2nd most populous Georgia county) Legislative Delegation. 


BJay has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA; as a "Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine; and as one of 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine.  In 2018, the Korean Prosecutors Association named him “Prosecutor of the Year” and in 2019, he was awarded the “Trailblazer Award” by NAPABA.


BJay earned his law degree, summa cum laude, and Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Upon graduating from law school, he clerked for Honorable Richard Mills, United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois.  A graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, FL, he was a Florida Academic Scholar, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, and was on the Interfraternity Council.  He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.




General Counsel Diversity Champion

Peter Carter

Exec. Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corp. Secretary

Delta Air Lines


Peter Carter has served as Delta’s Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since July 2015. As Chief Legal Officer, Peter oversees Delta’s legal, compliance and government affairs groups worldwide and serves on the Delta Leadership Committee.


Peter has worked to protect Delta’s freedom to operate by advocating against market distortive subsidies in the industry to ensure fair and open skies. He regularly engages with government stakeholders in the U.S., Mexico, Korea, U.K., China, and the E.U. on matters relating to competition policy, alliances, privacy and compliance.


Before joining Delta, Peter was a partner at the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He chaired the firm’s Policy Committee and the Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications including being honored with a Burton Award for public interest, and being named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company and Commercial Litigation, one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" by Chambers USA, and Antitrust Lawyer of the year in 2013 by Best Lawyers in America.


Before joining Dorsey, Peter clerked for Judge James B. Loken at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

 

Peter serves as a member of the Boards of the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Alliance Theater, the Chick Fil-A Foundation, The United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was also appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the State of Georgia Judicial Selection Commission.





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Women's Leadership Award

Monica Howard Douglas

Sr. Vice President and General Counsel

The Coca-Cola Company


Monica Howard Douglas is senior vice president and general counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, she oversees the company’s global legal function, reporting to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.


Douglas was appointed to her role in April 2021. She previously served as chief compliance officer and associate general counsel for the North America operating unit.


Douglas joined Coca-Cola in 2004 as senior managing counsel. She went on to hold roles of increasing responsibility, including as legal director for Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa, before being named general counsel for Coca-Cola North America in 2018.


Prior to Coca-Cola, Douglas was an attorney with Equifax and an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP, now known as Troutman Pepper LLP, both in Atlanta. 


She is member of the board of directors for VICI Properties Inc., Junior Achievement USA and Cool Girls Inc.


Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Stanford University.




Emcee

Richard Lui

Anchor and Veteran News Reporter

MSNBC | NBC News


Richard Lui has been an MSNBC dayside anchor since September 2010.  He has anchored some of the network’s major breaking stories, including the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, the Arab Spring, and the deficit supercommittee failure.  His daily reports have included the Tea Party movement, candidates’ social media strategies, and the link of unemployment to electability.


Before joining MSNBC, Lui spent five years at CNN Worldwide, most recently with CNN Headline News as the solo anchor of the 10 a.m. hour of “Morning Express.”  He led the network’s morning political reporting throughout the 2008 presidential election. Lui occasionally is a guest on political talk shows The Bill Press Show and The Stephanie Miller Show.


Lui’s passion for politics started in the 70s, debating California’s controversial Proposition 13 on bus rides to school.  That interest turned into a job at the age of 19:  campaign manager for San Francisco College Board incumbent Alan Wong.  After the election, Lui returned to college.  His plan was to write on policy and the affairs of state, subscribing to the Washington Post when it had to be mailed to the west coast.


In the 1990s, Lui reported for news radio KALX during a unique time in California politics.  He was assigned to stories including Dianne Feinstein’s first successful U.S. Senate campaign and the Rodney King verdict and riots. Later in the 2000s, Lui reported from Asia during an increasingly heated political climate.  Two Muslim countries in Southeast Asia transformed:  Indonesia’s Sukarno family was defeated after rule spanning over half a century; and Malaysia’s prime minister, after almost a quarter of a century handed over power.  Lui also reported on Taiwan’s controversial election between pro- and anti- China political parties.  He was at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network in 20 countries and territories.


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