Kim Chanbonpin

Visiting Professor

A member of the faculty at The John Marshall Law School since 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. Her scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy, and social movements in the United States.

A member of the State Bar of California, she has been involved in pro bono cases raising issues such as post-conviction relief, self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 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. Prior to joining the John Marshall faculty, 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).

After law school, she was a law clerk to the late Judge John S.W. Lim, Intermediate Court of Appeals in Honolulu. She has also served as a Short-Term Consultant at the World Bank.



B.A., English Literature, University of California at Berkeley

J.D., cum laude, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law; with a certificate in Asian-Pacific Legal Studies

LL.M. (with distinction), Georgetown University Law Center


Criminal Law