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Catherine Y. Kim

Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School


Catherine Y. Kim is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. She previously was the George R. Ward Distinguished Term Professor and Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she teaches Immigration Law, Administrative Law, Civil Rights Law, and Civil Procedure. Professor Kim’s research focuses on the institutional competencies of courts and administrative agencies as engines of social justice reform for immigrant communities and communities of color. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Notre Dame Law Review, the U.C. Davis Law Review, and the North Carolina Law Review, and she has authored multiple briefs amicus curiae submitted to federal courts, including, most recently, on behalf of constitutional law scholars filed with the Supreme Court of the United States analyzing separation-of-powers issues raised by the Trump administration’s Travel Ban. In 2016, she received the Eric K. Yamamoto award for her scholarship. Professor Kim’s teaching and scholarship are heavily informed by her seven years of practice with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, National Legal Department, where she engaged in a range of advocacy addressing issues related to government policies enacted post-9/11, dismantling the intersection between the juvenile justice and public education systems, and the education rights of Native American children. Professor Kim earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as an editor on the Columbia Law Review, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University. She clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is the daughter of first-generation immigrants from Korea, who came to the United States after the elimination of the national origins quota system, which restricted immigration from Asian countries. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Humanity in Action, a nongovernmental organization focusing on international human rights education; and the Advisory Committee for Libraries Without Borders’ Legal Literacy Initiative, a program to enhance the legal literacy of undocumented workers in the United States.


Updated June 2019