Kim D. Chanbonpin
Director, Lawyering Skills Program
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
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
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.
"Legal Writing, the Remix" in Hip Hop and the Law: Key Writings that Formed the Movement, (Carolina Academic Press forthcoming 2015)
Illinois Jurisprudence: Criminal Law and Procedure: Vol. 4 & 5 (ed.), (LexisNexis Pub. Co. forthcoming 2015)
Crisis and Trigger Warnings: Reflections on Legal Education and the Social Value of the Law,, 90 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 615 (2015)
International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2013 48 ABA/SIL YIR 1 (2014) (with Cindy Buys and Mark E. Wojcik)
Truth Stories: Credibility Determinations at the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, 45 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 1085 (2014)
"Larceny" in The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (Wiley-Blackwell 2014)
"Robbery" in The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (Wiley-Blackwell 2014)
It's a Kakou Thing: Anti-Subordination Vocabulary and the DADT Repeal, 3 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 905 (2013)
International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2012: Introduction, 47 Int'l L. 1 (2013) (with Cindy Galway and Mark E. Wojcik)
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 Nw. J. of L. & Soc. Pol'y 1 (2011)
Speaker: Legal Writing Institute 16th Biennial Conference, "Beyond Legal Writing: The Benefits of Engaging in Other Academic Organizations and Associations," Philadelphia, PA (forthcoming July 2014)
Speaker: Roundtable: Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and the Law: A Reader (NYU Press), "Colonialism: Hawai'i, the Philippines, and Colonial Others; Educational Access and Affirmative Action," UC Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, CA (April 2014)
Speaker: Association of Asian American Studies Conference, "The Flipside: Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, and the Construction of Pilipin@ American Racial Identity in Legal Tests," San Francisco, CA (April 2014)
Speaker: Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, "The Flipside: Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, and the Construction of Pilipin@ American Racial Identity in Legal Tests," Indiana Tech Law School, Fort Wayne, IN (April 2014)
Speaker: Race in the Americas, "Black, White, or Other: Colorism in the Asian American Community," University of Leeds, Leeds, England (March 2014)
Speaker: CLEA-LWI Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, "Truth Stories: Credibility Determinations in the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission," Gray's Inn, City Law School, London, UK (July 2013)
Panelist: AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers, "On Teaching," Washington, DC (June 2013)
Speaker: The John Marshall Law School Faculty Works In Progress (CLE), "Trigger Warnings on Criminal Law Syllabi," The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL (March 2013)
Speaker: Program by the Chicago Bar Association LGBT Committee, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, and The John Marshall Law School Gay and Lesbian Legal Alliance, "A Preview of the Supreme Court Arguments in DOMA and the Prop 8 Case," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL (March 2013)
Speaker: Defining Vice: Evolving Standards of Morality, Law, and Governance, Northeaster People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, "Truth Stories: Credibility Determinations at the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission," University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR (December 2013)
Panelist: LWI One-Day, "Hip Hop Ethics," Southern University Law Center (December 2012)
Panelist: NEPOC, "Black, White, or Other: Asian Americans and the Color Line," Suffolk University Law School (October 2012)
Junior Faculty Development Workshop, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law (October 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, Chicago, IL (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 College of Law (March 2012)
Speaker: Scholars & Students Roundtable, "Plagiarism & Hip Hop Ethics," The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL (March 2012)
Panelist: 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, Chicago, IL (March 2012)
Speaker: Hip Hop and the American Constitution Lecture Series, "Legal Writing, The Remix," Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law (March 2012)
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