Esther Hong

Esther Hong

Assistant Professor of Law

Esther Hong's scholarship lies at the intersection of criminal and juvenile law. Her work examines the foundational theories, history, and emerging trends in the juvenile legal system to provide insight into the pathologies and reforms in the criminal legal system. She teaches criminal law and criminal procedure: adjudication.

Prior to joining the Wake faculty, she served as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU School of Law. Before entering academia, she represented indigent youth and adults in their juvenile delinquency and criminal appeals through her own appellate practice. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Valerie B. Fairbank for the United States District Court, Central District of California, and worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

She graduated from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.
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  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2007
  • BS in Business Administration, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
  • BA in History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003


LAW 103 Criminal Law



  • A Reexamination of the Parens Patriae Power, 88 Tenn. L. Rev. 277 (2021).
  • Fixing Deference in Youth Crimmigration Cases, 48 N.M. L. Rev. 333 (2018).
  • Friend or Foe? The Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause in Post-Conviction Formal Revocation Proceedings, 66 SMU L. Rev. 227 (2013).
Esther Hong
Contact Information

Worrell 3311
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law