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Kari Hong

assistant professor

 Kari Hong

Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Telephone: 617-552-4390
















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, the intersection of family law and immigration law, and contemporary matters in criminal law. Her articles have been published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the University of Virginia Law Review. The New Jersey Supreme Court has cited her work. She has served as a commentator 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. 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. 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 Vera-Valdevinos v. Lynch, No. 14-73861, (9th Cir. 2016) (holding that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-3408 is overbroad and indivisible as an aggravated felony and deportability ground) (Jovalin Dedaj ’16 and Cristina Manzano ‘16).



A.B., Swarthmore College
J.D., Columbia Law School


Fall 2016: Ninth Circuit Appellate Project
Spring 2017: Criminal Law, Ninth Circuit Appellate Project