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. 



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 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...




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...



Greater Boston: Death Sentence: Legal Fallout, Argument To Bring Back The Firing Squad & Memorial For Sean Collier, WGBH Boston (2015)

Appeared on WGBH's Greater Boston to discuss the death penalty in relation to the Dzhokhar...



Mentioned in "The Boston Globe’s Tweaked-Up Opinion Section Adding POV-Style Video", WGBH Boston (2015)

Professor Hong's op-ed piece on the death penalty was mentioned favorably in this article on...



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...



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)
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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