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Kari Hong is an assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School. Professor Hong joined the faculty for the fall 2012 semester, and previously owned her own firm with offices in Redlands and in Oakland, California, and in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Hong received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an editor for the Columbia Law Review and won the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for academic excellence in public law courses and for outstanding qualities of citizenship and leadership. 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.
Professor Hong has prepared over 90 actions in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, representing non-citizens in asylum, removal defense, and citizenship claims and criminal defendants accused of white collar crimes, violent felonies, and drug-related offenses. She has prepared over 40 state criminal appeals in the state of California. She is an expert in family law and marriage.
Most recently, Professor Hong successfully represented Donald Clytus before the California Court of Appeal’s Second District in People v. Clytus, a case that creates important rights for thousands of individuals who will now be able to benefit from California's reformed criminal justice system under the state’s Realignment Program. Another recent legal victory came before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and involved a complicated question about eligibility for a form of discretionary relief from deportation, known as Section 212(c) relief.
Professor Hong has previously taught at the University of San Francisco School of Law as an Adjunct Professor. Her course entitled "Marriage Law" examined the legal history of marriage and divorce, focusing on the legal developments that occurred in the United States from the 1800s to the present. She has also made numerous presentations and participated in panel discussions across the country. Her scholarship focuses on the parent-child relationship with a particular emphasis on how family doctrines are altered or distorted when applied in other legal areas. Her articles have been published in the California Western Law Review and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and have been cited by the New Jersey Supreme Court.