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About Kari E. Hong

Kari Hong is an assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School and an expert in immigration law, criminal law, and LGBT issues. Her scholarship and advocacy focuses on immigration policy, criminal justice reform, and immigration consequences of criminal convictions. 

Her political analysis has appeared in CNN, USA Today, the Associated Press, Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. Her commentary has appeared on television, radio, and in print.

In addition, she founded and runs the BC Ninth Circuit Appellate Program, which provides pro bono representation to non-citizens with criminal convictions. The clinic’s mission is to use federal court advocacy to restore proportionality and common sense into the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  Of the seven decisions that have been decided, BC law students have prevailed in six cases and three of the decisions are published.  Three more decisions are pending.  Notable decisions include Lopez-Valencia v. Lynch, 798 F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2015) (holding Cal. Pen. Code § 484(a) overbroad and indivisible) (Kelly Schwartz ’15 and Jeremy Sanders ’15) and Villavicencio v. Sessions, 879 F.3d 941 (9th Cir. 2018) (holding Nev. Rev. Stat. 199.480 overbroad and indivisible as a conspiracy offense and Nev. Rev. Stat. 454.351 overbroad and indivisible as a controlled substance offense) (Katherine Horigan ’17 and Yara Kass-Gergi ’17)
 
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Hong owned her own firm with offices in California and Oregon. Professor Hong has prepared over 100 actions in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 50 state criminal appeals, and has argued over 20 published decisions. Notable decisions include Ridore v. Holder, 696 F.3d 907 (9th Cir. 2012), which established CAT eligibility for U.S. criminal deportees in Haiti subject to indefinite detention; Tyson v. Holder, 670 F.3d. 1015 (9th Cir. 2012), which held that the protections of St. Cyr are not limited to the plea context; and Carrillo-Jaime v. Holder, 572 F.3d 747 (9th Cir. 2009), which established that California's theft statute was overbroad as an aggravated felony.
 
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.  She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Swarthmore College.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School
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Courses

  • Fall 2017: Ninth Circuit Appellate Project
  • Spring 2018: Criminal Law, Ninth Circuit Appellate Project


Contact Information

Kari E. Hong
Assistant Professor
Boston College Law School
885 Centre St.
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Office Location:
East Wing 320
Phone:
617-552-4340


Articles (5)

Essays, Symposium Pieces, and Book Chapters (10)

Ninth Circuit Appellate Program (7)

The BC Ninth Circuit Appellate Program provides pro bono representation to non-citizens with criminal convictions. A central criticism of immigration law is that it treats hundreds of crimes the same, failing to take into account that state and federal judges consider specific offenses not serious or deserving of probation instead of incarceration. The clinic’s mission is to use federal court advocacy to restore proportionality and common sense into the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. For information about the clinic, its past cases, videos of students arguing before the Court, and related press, please go to: http://bclawlab.org/ncap/

Op-Eds and Blogs (16)