Kari Hong is an assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School. An expert
in immigration law, criminal law, and family law, Professor Hong’s scholarship focuses on
the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, the intersection of family law and
immigration law, and contemporary matters in criminal law. Her articles have been
published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Gender and
Law, and the University of Virginia Law Review. The New Jersey Supreme Court has cited
her work. She has served as a commentator on television, radio, and in print. 



Obergefell's Sword: The Liberal State Interest in Marriage, University of Illinois Law Review, Forthcoming (2015)

Up until Obergefell v. Hodges, pro-marriage ideology was used to justify homophobic laws and the...



Removing Citizens: Parenthood, Immigration Courts, and Derivative Citizenship, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2015)

As a creature of administrative law, Congress has set forth clear, statutory definitions of “parent,”...



Famigration (Fam Imm): The Next Frontier in Immigration Law, Virginia Law Review Online (2014)

The recently published article, Immigration’s Family Values by Professor Kerry Abrams and R. Kent Piacenti,...



Parens Patri[Archy]: Adoption, Eugenics, and Same-Sex Couples, California Western Law Review (2003)

Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Utah have laws or regulations prohibiting gay men, lesbian women, same-sex...


Ninth Circuit Appellate Program Media


Second Ninth Circuit Victory Announced, Boston College Law School Magazine (2015)


Victory Announced in Ninth Circuit Case, Boston College Law School Magazine (2015)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has ruled in favor of the client...



Ninth Circuit Appellate Students Make Their Argument in Court (video of arguments made by Shannon Johnson, Alejandra Salinas, Jeremy Sanders, Kelly Schwartz), Boston College Law School Magazine (2015)

Third-year students Shannon Johnson, Alejandra Salinas, Jeremy Sanders, and Kelly Schwartz just stood before the...



Ninth Circuit Clinic Wins Recognition for Innovation, Boston College Law School Magazine (2014)

A year after arriving at Boston College Law School in 2012, Professor Kari Hong, who...



May It Please the Court, Boston College Law School Magazine (2014)

In a real federal appeals court,in real time, four students endure judges’ withering questions but...


Ninth Circuit Appellate Program Cases

Blackwell-Hill v. Lynch, __ Fed.Appx. __, (9th Cir. 2015) with Shannon Johnson ’15 and Alejandra Salinas '15 (2015)

Presenting claim that Nevada’s solicitation of prostitution statute was not a crime of moral turpitude...



Garcia v. Holder, 749 F.3d 785 (9th Cir. 2014) with Marija Ozolins '14 and Mackenzie Houck '14 (2014)

Substantial evidence supported adverse credibility finding for domestic violence victim from the Dominican Republic who...



Jara-Arellano v. Holder, No. 12-73779, 2014 WL 1395731 (9th Cir. Apr. 11, 2014) with David Kete '14 and Andrew Trombly '14 (2014)

Defense counsel’s stipulations that Mr. Jara’s prior convictions constituted particularly serious crimes were not binding...




Deporting Illegal Immigrants who Commit Crimes Isn’t Always the Answer, The Boston Globe (2015)

This editorial argues for smarter immigration policies than the current measures used to identify, detain,...



Bring Back the Firing Squad, The Boston Globe (2015)

This editorial argues that in addition to the numerous problems with the lethal injection protocol,...



Mentioned in "MA SJC: Clarifies Legal Rights of Same-Sex Parents in Assisted Reproduction Arrangements", The Rainbow Times (2015)

This article mentions Professor Hong's contribution to an amicus brief in a case clarifying the...



Panelist, The Liberal State Interest in Marriage, Law, Religion and the Family Unit After Hobby Lobby: A Tribute to Professor Harry Krause, University of Illinois Law Review Symposium (2015)
Panelist, Famigration: The Next Frontier in Immigration Law, AALS Workshop on Shifting Foundations: Family Law’s Response to Changing Families (2015)
Panelist: Appointing Guardians Ad Litem in Immigration Court, AALS Midyear Meeting Workshop on Shifting Foundations in Family Law: Family Law’s Response to Changing Families (2015)
Panelist, presenting "The Liberal State Interest in Marriage," Future of Marriage panel, Family & Juvenile Law Section, AALS Annual Conference (2015)
Speaker, presenting Grand Juries: Mend Them or End Them?, Innocence Summit, Center for Prosecutorial Integrity (2015)

Published Cases

Community Involvement

Signee, Supreme Court, Brief of Amici Curiae Family Law Scholars in Support of Petitioners, Obergefell v. Hodges, ___ U.S. ___ (2015)

Brief submitted in the case which establishes marriage equality for same-sex couples.