Han Gil Lee
Han Gil Lee left his family and his native South Korea at the age of 15 to attend high school in the United States and learn English. He initially struggled to overcome linguistic and cultural challenges, but he ultimately found a refuge on his high school baseball team. For Han, baseball became a transcendent experience, breaking down barriers he once thought insurmountable and exposing him to what this new country had to offer.
As Han became increasingly familiar with the United States – and with professional baseball in the United States – he began to notice that many talented Asian players being brought to this country were failing to maximize their potential and sustain success, and through studying their careers, he realized they were often derailed not by the level of play in the United States, but by their failure to adequately transition to living and working as professional athletes in America. Han conceived of GSI to assist leagues, teams, and individual athletes in crafting solutions to the challenges faced when an athlete leaves his or her home country to play in the United States.
Han received his Dual Degree in International Relations and General Management from James Madison College & Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, where he completed Specializations in Asian Studies and International Business. Han received his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, and has worked and studied in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.
He is fluent in both English and Korean, and he has working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
N. Jeremi Duru
N. Jeremi Duru is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities. For years, he has counseled sports industry professionals and entities with respect to employment matters, and in recognition of his work, the National Bar Association honored Jeremi with its 2005 Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year award.
In addition, Jeremi has written extensively in the sports field. He is a co-author of Sports Law and Regulation: Cases and Materials (3rd edition) (Wolters Kluwer) and the author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press) as well as numerous articles and book chapters exploring sport in various respects. He has also served as a Legal Analyst and Commentator for Yahoo! Sports’ online magazine, The Post Game, and has provided commentary for numerous media outlets, including BBC, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Daily News.
Jeremi has a particular interest in the internationalization of sport and has delivered lectures on the role of sport in society in, among other nations, Japan, Austria, England, and South Africa. It is this interest in facilitating cross-national athletic involvement and understanding that drives Jeremi’s love for and dedication to GSI’s mission.
Jeremi received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.P.P from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.