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Kim Chanbonpin

Kim  Chanbonpin

Associate Professor
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312.427.2737
Office: Room 920 (CBA Building)
Office Hours: Mon. & Thurs. Noon-1:30 p.m. or by appointment

BA, University of California, Berkeley
JD, cum laude, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
LLM, with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center

Scholarship | SSRN Publications | Presentations

Kim D. Chanbonpin joined the John Marshall faculty in 2008. Professor Chanbonpin received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley. She earned her JD from the University of Hawaiʻi 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 LLM, with distinction, and a Certificate in National Security Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. While in Washington, D.C., she was a Short-Term Consultant at the World Bank.

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 (VAWA) self-petitions, and police brutality claims. In September 2012, she was appointed to a two-year fellowship under the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Diversity Leadership Council. She sits on the ISBA’s Criminal Justice Section Council. Professor Chanbonpin is also currently serving as a Board Member of the Legal Writing Institute and on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

Prior to coming to John Marshall, Professor Chanbonpin was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. During her fellowship, she taught National Security Law & Civil Liberties, Legal Research & Writing, and Moot Court (Appellate Advocacy).

Professor Chanbonpin teaches Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law, Torts, Gender Race and Class, and National Security Law. She also taught Introduction to the U.S. Legal System to LLM students in China's State Intellectual Property Office. Her scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy, and social movements in the United States. In a 2011 article, she proposed the Inclusive Model for Social Healing, a new paradigm for understanding reparations projects. This model draws on anti-subordination and narrative principles rooted in LatCrit and Critical Race Theory scholarship, and is a part of the School of the Art Institute Sullivan Gallery’s 2012 exhibition, "Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture." Her work on the law’s power to exclude and to include continues in her 2013 article in the U.C. Irvine Law Review.

She is a contributor to the SALT Law blog, and her scholarly work has appeared in the U.C. Irvine Law Review, the Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy and the Mercer Law Review.

Full Curriculum Vitae


"Legal Writing, the Remix" in Hip Hop and the Law: Key Writings that Formed the Movement, Carolina Academic Press (forthcoming 2014)

Truth Stories: Credibility Determinations at the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, 45 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2014)

It’s a Kakou Thing: Anti-Subordination Vocabulary and the DADT Repeall, 3 U.C. IRVINE L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2013)

"Larceny" in The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Wiley-Blackwell (2013)

"Robbery" in The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Wiley-Blackwell (2013)

The International Lawyer (ed.), SMU L. Rev. ed. (2012, 2013)

Legal Writing, the Remix: Plagiarism and Hip Hop Ethics, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 597 (2012)

"We Don't Want Dollars, Just Change": Narrative Counter-Terrorism Strategy, an Inclusive Model of Social Healing, and the Truth About Torture Commission, 6 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy 1 (2011)

Ditching the Disposal Plan: Revisiting Miranda in an Age of Terror, 20 St. Thomas L. Rev. 155 (2008)


Panelist: AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers, "On Teaching," Washington, DC (June 2013)

Panelist: LWI One-Day, "Hip Hop Ethics," Southern University Law Center (Dec. 2012)

Panelist: NEPOC, "Black, White, or Other: Asian Americans and the Color Line," Suffolk University Law School (Oct. 2012)

Co-chair: Junior Faculty Development Workshop, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law (Oct. 2012)

Panelist: SEALS, "Exact Change: Social Movements and the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission" (July 2012)

Speaker: "It's a Kakou Thing: DADT Repeal and the Vocabulary of Anti-Subordination," Law & Society (June 2012)

Speaker: The John Marshall Law School Faculty Works-In-Progress Series, "Exact Change: Reparations Law, Policy, and Social Movements," The John Marshall Law School (April 2012)

Panelist: "APA Feminism, Reigniting Community: Strengthening the APA Identity," University of California, Irvine School of Law (March 2012)

Speaker: Dean's Colloquium Series, "Hip Hop Ethics," Southern Illinois University Collge of Law (March 2012)

Speaker: Scholars & Students Roundtable, "Plagiarism & Hip Hop Ethics," The John Marshall Law School (March 2012)

Commentator: International Law CLE Lunch & Learn Series, "Corporate Social Responsibility and the Collective Human Rights Paradigm: Current Developments in International Law and Beyond," The John Marshall Law School (March 2012)

Speaker: Hip Hop and the American Constitution Lecture Series, "Legal Writing, The Remix," Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law (March 2012)

Speaker: Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshops, "Curriculum: What Are We All Doing and How Are We Doing It?" Loyola Law School Los Angeles (Dec. 2011)

Panelist: Virtual Legal Writing Conference Webinar, "Diversity in the Classroom," Stetson University College of Law (Nov. 2011)

Speaker: Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and Northeast People of Color Conference, "Exact Change: Reparations Law, Policy, and Social Movements," Hofstra Law School (Nov. 2011)

Panelist: LatCrit XVI, "From Student Activist to Scholar Activist: The LatCrit Student Scholar Program, 2003–11" (Oct. 2011)

Organizer/Panelist: SALT/LatCrit Faculty Development Workshop, "Overview of the Job Market Process" (Oct. 2011)

Organizer/Panelist: SALT, Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, "How to Break Into the Legal Academy" (Sept. 2011)

Organizer/Moderator: Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, "The Future of Reparations Work: Legal Theory, Practice, and Social Movements" (July 2011)

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