Kim D. Chanbonpin joined the John Marshall faculty in 2008. Professor Chanbonpin
teaches Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law, Torts, Gender Race and Class, and National
Security Law. She has also taught Introduction to the U.S. Legal System to LLM students
in China's State Intellectual Property Office and at Masaryk University Faculty of
Law in the Czech Republic. In 2014, she was a Visiting Professor at Seattle University
School of Law. 

Her scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy, and social movements
in the United States. She is a contributor to the SALT Law blog, and her work has
appeared in the U.C. Irvine Law Review, the Northwestern Journal of Law & Social
Policy, and the Mercer Law Review, among other publications. 

Professor Chanbonpin is a member of the State Bar of California, and has been involved in
several pro bono publico cases litigating a variety of legal issues, including
post-conviction relief, Violence Against Women Act self-petitions, and police brutality
claims. She sits on the Illinois State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section
Council and its Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission, and Competence.
Professor Chanbonpin is currently serving as President-Elect of the Legal Writing
Institute; she will become President during the 2016-18 term. She also proudly serves on
the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. 

Professor Chanbonpin received her bachelor's degree in English from the University
of California at Berkeley. She earned her J.D. from the University of Hawai'i at
Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, graduating cum laude with a Certificate in
Asian-Pacific Legal Studies. After law school, she was a law clerk to the late Judge John
S.W. Lim, Intermediate Court of Appeals in Honolulu. Professor Chanbonpin also earned an
LL.M., with distinction, and a Certificate in National Security Law at the Georgetown
University Law Center. While in Washington, D.C., she interned at the World Bank. Prior
to coming to John Marshall, Professor Chanbonpin was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola
University New Orleans College of Law. 



International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2014, 49 ABA/SIL YIR 1 (2015) (with Cindy Buys and Mark E. Wojcik), Faculty Scholarship (2015)

Contributions to Books


Legal Writing, the Remix, Hip Hop and the Law (2015)


Torture and Restorative Justice, Restorative Justice in Practice: A Holistic Approach (2015)
Larceny, The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (2014)
Robbery, The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (2014)



Who’s Afraid of Katniss Everdeen?: How Fictional Female Characters Inspire New Visions of Substantive Gender Equality (with Susan L. Brody), John Marshall Law School Faculty Works In Progress (2016)
Colorism in Cuba and Beyond, MWPOC Retreat (2015)
Illinois Criminal Law and the Model Penal Code: No Justice for Rekia Boyd, Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (MWPOC) Retreat (2015)


The International Lawyer (ed.), SMU L. Rev. ed. (with Mark E. Wojcik) (2015)


The International Lawyer (ed.), SMU L. Rev. ed. (with Cindy Buys and Mark E. Wojcik) (2014)


The International Lawyer (ed.), SMU L. Rev. ed. (with Mark E. Wojcik and Cindy Buys) (2013)