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Frank Wu

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In his fourth year as the chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of Law, Frank H. Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, which was immediately reprinted in its hardcover edition, and co-author of Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, which received a major grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. Read More >

He is writing a book on the Vincent Chin case, and his op-ed discussing the significance of the subject appeared in The New York Times on the thirtieth anniversary of the crime. Other op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, LA Times, and Chicago Tribune. He blogs regularly for Huffington Post and his essay “I Should Have Paid Attention in Chinese School” appeared in the Huffington magazine edition.

Chancellor Wu is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. He was appointed by the federal Department of Education to its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the administration on higher education accreditation, and by the Defense Department to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which submitted to Congress the From Representation to Inclusion report.

Chancellor Wu has received numerous honors. In 2013, he was voted the most “influential” dean in legal education in a poll by National Jurist magazine, and number three on the overall list of twenty-five. In 2012, he was listed as part of The Daily Journal’s list of “top 100” lawyers in California for his efforts to reform legal education. The strategic plan for UC Hastings, especially the decision to make a significant reduction to the J.D. enrollment and implement high-quality on-line legal education, has attracted accolades nationwide, and other leading schools soon followed in making similar decisions. In 2008, Chancellor Wu received the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Fund. Two recipients are chosen annually from a national pool to receive a $10,000 honorarium.

Over the years, Frank H. Wu has maintained an extensive schedule of media appearances and public speaking. His professional credits include commentary for NPR and Now with Bill Moyers. He has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, O’Reilly Factor, and C-SPAN’s Booknotes with Brian Lamb, and as part of a roundtable hosted by George Takei (“Mr. Sulu”) discussing the restored Charlie Chan movies broadcast by Fox Movie Channel.

Chancellor Wu was previously a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university, for a decade and has served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit; been a visiting professor at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan; an adjunct professor at Columbia University; a teaching fellow at Stanford University; and he taught at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in its inaugural year of operation.

Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco – while there, he devoted a quarter of his time to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients. He received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Chancellor Wu is currently a trustee of Deep Springs College, a highly selective, full-scholarship, all-male school enrolling 26 on a student-run cattle ranch near Death Valley, where he previously taught for several short periods. From 2000 to 2010, he was a trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world dedicated to deaf and hard-of-hearing persons, and vice chair of the board for the final four years of his tenure. From 2004 to 2010, he served on the board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. Read Less ^

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Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White

Race, Rights & Reparation: Law & the Japanese American Internment

Coalition Building

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