Kari Hong is an assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School. Professor
Hong joined the faculty for the fall 2012 semester, and previously owned her own firm
with offices in Redlands and in Oakland, California, and in Portland, Oregon. 

Professor Hong received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her J.D. from Columbia Law
School, where she was an editor for the Columbia Law Review and won the Samuel I.
Rosenman Prize for academic excellence in public law courses and for outstanding
qualities of citizenship and leadership. Before entering private practice, she clerked
for the Honorable Jeremy Fogel, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of
California and the Honorable Sidney Thomas, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Professor Hong has prepared over 90 actions in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,
representing non-citizens in asylum, removal defense, and citizenship claims and criminal
defendants accused of white collar crimes, violent felonies, and drug-related offenses.
She has prepared over 40 state criminal appeals in the state of California. She is an
expert in family law and marriage. 

Most recently, Professor Hong successfully represented Donald Clytus before the
California Court of Appeal’s Second District in People v. Clytus, a case that creates
important rights for thousands of individuals who will now be able to benefit from
California's reformed criminal justice system under the state’s Realignment Program.
Another recent legal victory came before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and
involved a complicated question about eligibility for a form of discretionary relief from
deportation, known as Section 212(c) relief. 

Professor Hong has previously taught at the University of San Francisco School of Law as
an Adjunct Professor. Her course entitled "Marriage Law" examined the legal
history of marriage and divorce, focusing on the legal developments that occurred in the
United States from the 1800s to the present. She has also made numerous presentations and
participated in panel discussions across the country. Her scholarship focuses on the
parent-child relationship with a particular emphasis on how family doctrines are altered
or distorted when applied in other legal areas. Her articles have been published in the
California Western Law Review and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and have been
cited by the New Jersey Supreme Court. 



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

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Ninth Circuit Update, Southern California AILA Chapter Meeting (2010)
Developments in Asylum Law, AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference (2009)
Crimes & Misdemeanors - Their Impact on Your Employee's Immigration Status, American Council on International Personnel (2008)
Difficult Issues Arising During the Representation of Children, AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law (2008)

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