Kim D. Chanbonpin

Kim D. Chanbonpin

Visiting Professor

Courses: Lawyering Process II, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

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Kim D. Chanbonpin is Professor of Law and Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  Professor Chanbonpin received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley.  She earned her J.D. 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 LL.M., with distinction, and a Certificate in National Security Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.  While in Washington, D.C., she worked at the Department of Institutional Integrity at the World Bank.

Professor Chanbonpin is a member of the State Bar of California, and has been involved in several pro bono public cases litigating a variety of legal issues, including post-conviction relief, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, and police brutality claims.  She sits on the Criminal Justice Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.  In July 2016, Professor Chanbonpin began her term as President of the Legal Writing Institute; she is the first person of color to hold this office.  She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.

Her scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy, and social movements in the United States, and draws on anti-subordination and narrative principles rooted in LatCrit and Critical Race Theory scholarship.  Her work has appeared in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, U.C. Irvine Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Northwestern Law and Social Policy Journal, and the Cleveland State Law Review.