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 and the intersection of family law
and immigration law. Her articles have been published in the Georgetown Immigration Law
Journal, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the California Western Law Review.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has cited her work. She has served as a commentator on
television 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


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 "Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration", Reuters (2014)

Commenting on the cognizability of Sheriff Arpaio's lawsuit challenging the authority of President Obama's executive...



Quoted in "Obama announces plan to ease deportation threat for 5 million immigrants", Chicago Tribune (2014)

In a disagreement with John Yoo, contending that President Obama has full legal and constitutional...



Quoted in "Analysis: Kim Secured 'Extraordinary' Bargain, Experts Say", Harvard Crimson (2014)

Quoted in the Harvard Crimson, discussing legal issues arising from the deferral of prosecution agreement...



The Enduring State Interest in Marriage, Washington & Lee University School of Law (2014)
Rape As Theft: Rethinking Accidental Rapes and the Intangible Property Interest in Intimacy, Gender and the Law Seminar, Boston University Law School (2013)
Removing Citizens: Parenthood, Immigration Courts, and Derivative Citizenship, Emerging Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (2013)
Moderator, Culture Shock, Boston College Law School (2013)

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