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About Kim D. Chanbonpin

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.


Present Director, Lawyering Skills Program, John Marshall Law School
Present Professor, John Marshall Law School
20162018 President, Legal Writing Institute

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Dedicated Service Award


  • Criminal Law
  • Lawyering Skills I
  • Torts
  • Race Gender & Class
  • National Security Law

Contact Information

The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312.427.2737
Office: Room 920 (CBA Building)
Office hours (Fall 2016): TWTh 12-1pm and by appointment


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