Kim D. ChanbonpinProfessor of Law
Director, Lawyering Skills Program
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 856
BA, University of California, Berkeley
JD, cum laude, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
LLM, with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center
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.
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