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Kony Kim


Year: Doctorate in JSP

Email: konykim (at) gmail (dot) com


I'm a new attorney, experienced teacher, and expert copy editor. My key areas of concern are incarceration and parole, post-incarceration reentry, immigrants' rights, access to education, and restorative justice.

While earning my JD/PhD during the past several years, I've also been: teaching at UC Berkeley and San Quentin State Prison; editing diverse publications (and creative projects); and honing my advocacy skills in the service of people applying for political asylum, people serving life sentences, and people returning to the community from prison and jail.

I'm always eager to learn about and support community-based projects related to the issues I care about. If you'd like to connect, feel free to email me at konykim [at] gmail [dot] com.


Active member, State Bar of California (admitted 2015)
Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, U.C. Berkeley (2016)
J.D., U.C. Berkeley School of Law (2012)
M.A., Theological Studies, Westminster Seminary (2006)
B.A., Philosophy, Yale University (2003)


Ethics and moral philosophy
Social and political philosophy
Punishment and rehabilitation
Theories of social justice
Disciplinary field: Law and political science (public law)
Topical field: The politics and ethics of mass incarceration


U.C. Regents-Intern Fellowship
Prosser Award in International Human Rights Law
Foley & Lardner LLP Diversity Scholarship
Human Rights Center Fellowship
Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellowship
U.C. Berkeley Graduate Division Research Grant
U.C. Berkeley Dean's Normative Time Fellowship
UnCommon Law's Post-Conviction Advocate of the Year

Employment Experiences:

Pro Bono / Project Attorney, UnCommon Law
Law Clerk, Root & Rebound
Law Clerk and Public Interest Fellow, UnCommon Law
Legal Intern and Human Rights Fellow, Bronx Defenders
Law Clerk and Public Interest Fellow, Human Rights Project
Research Consultant, Red Hook Community Justice Center
Graduate Student Instructor, U.C. Berkeley Legal Studies Program
Graduate Student Researcher, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
Children's Ministry Coordinator, Jubilee Presbyterian Church
Writing Instructor, Elite Educational Institute

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