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. 



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,...



Removing Citizens: Parenthood, Immigration Courts, and Derivative Citizenship, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (forthcoming) (2014)

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



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 Project


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

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



Ninth Circuit Clinic Wins Recognition for Innovation (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...



Garcia v. Holder, 749 F.3d 785 (9th Cir. 2014) (supervised law students 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) (supervised law students 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...




Quoted in "How Hobby Lobby Paved the Way for the Current Rush of Religious Freedom Laws", VICE News (2015)

Professor Hong was quoted in a VICE News article, discussing the Hobby Lobby decision and...



Appeals Court Overturns Sex-Change For Kosilek, Greater Boston, WGBH News (2014)

Professor Hong discusses the 1st Circuit's decision to overturn a lower court's ruling in the...



It's Time To Get Rid Of Grand Juries, Boston Globe (2014)

This editorial explains that half of the states use preliminary hearings instead of grand juries...



Judging Grand Juries: Should We Do Away With Them?, Greater Boston, WGBH News (2014)

Grand juries are inherently one-sided and shrouded in secrecy. They often listen to weeks of...



Time To Abolish Grand Juries? Boston College Law Professor Kari Hong Is In Studio, NightSide with Dan Rea, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 (2014)

The decision made by the Ferguson grand jury not to indict the officer who shot...



Panelist, presenting "The Liberal State Interest in Marriage," Future of Marriage panel, Family & Juvenile Law Section, AALS Annual Conference (2015)
Speaker, Webinar: "Talking to Receiving Communities about Administrative Relief: Tips for Effective and Positive Messaging on Administrative Relief", Welcoming America (2014)

Two weeks ago, President Obama announced a plan for administrative relief. This webinar will cover...

The Enduring State Interest in Marriage, Washington & Lee University School of Law (2014)


Talking to Receiving Communities about Administrative Relief, Welcoming America (2014)

This webinar had a national audience discussing President Obama's executive action on immigration. Professor Hong...


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