Janet Hong

WLALA President-Elect and WLALA Foundation vice president

Janet is a criminal defense attorney with her own practice at The Hong Firm, APLC. As a former public defender in New York and Los Angeles, she has tried over 40 cases to jury verdict including several homicides. She is a lecturer at UC Irvine Law School in the Criminal Justice Clinic and has drafted questions for the State Bar Criminal Specialist examination. She regularly volunteers as a judge in local high school and college mock trial competitions. As a member of the federal bar panel, she is appointed by the Central District of California to represent indigent defendants under the Criminal Justice Act.

As an undergraduate at Columbia University, Janet majored in African American Studies and played for the Women’s Basketball Team. She graduated from Columbia magna cum laude. At USC Gould School of Law, she served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, competed in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and worked with inmates in the Post-Conviction Justice Clinic.

She has served on the Executive Committee for the Criminal Section of the California Lawyers Association and co-founded the Diversity Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, now called the Equity, Belonging and Anti-Racism (EBAR) Committee. She has been recognized as a SuperLawyer in criminal defense for the past three consecutive years and has been named by The Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California.

Janet is a two-time IronWo man Finisher and has traveled to all seven continents, most recently to Antarctica.