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Frank H. Wu

Distinguished Professor of Law

San Francisco, CA, US

Email: | Phone: 415-565-4830 | Office: 390-200


Frank H. Wu was formerly Chancellor & Dean, being renewed early and unanimously for a second term of service after being voted the most “influential” dean in legal education in a poll by National Jurist magazine.

Before joining UC Hastings, where he also held the William B. Lockhart Chair, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university, for a decade. He served as Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit, and he has been a visiting professor at Michigan; an adjunct professor at Columbia; and a Thomas C. Grey Teaching Fellow at Stanford. He taught at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in its inaugural year.

He is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. In April 2016, he was elected by the members of Committee of 100 as their Chair. The Committee of 100 is a non-profit membership organization. Founded by individuals such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and architect IM Pei, the group invites Chinese Americans who have achieved the highest levels of success to join, working on twin missions of promoting good relations between the US and China and the civic engagement of Chinese Americans.

He was appointed by the Obama administration to the Department of Education National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), and elected Vice-Chair by members, and earlier by the Defense Department to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission. He currently is a Trustee of Deep Springs College, a highly-selective full-scholarship school enrolling twenty-six on a student-run cattle ranch near Death Valley. He was for a decade a Trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing persons.

He is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post. He has appeared on TV, radio, and new media, and his speaking engagements have included a 2017 Australian tour and dozens of appearances per year.

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 – devoting a quarter of his time to pro bono work.







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Areas of Expertise

Civic EngagementVolunteer ServiceHigher Education AdministrationAsian American IssuesCivil Rights


Keith Aoki Asian American Jurisprudence Award | professional

Awarded from the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty.


Honoree | professional

Awarded by the California Asian Pacific Islander American Legislative Caucus for Heritage Month.


Most Influential Dean in Legal Education | professional

Awarded by National Jurist.


Top 100 Lawyers in California | professional

Awarded by the Daily Journal.


Honoree, Leading Educator | professional

Awarded by the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), East Bay Chapter.


Chang-lin Tien Award | professional

Awarded by the Asia Pacific Foundation


Trailblazer | professional

Awarded by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Honorary Marshall | personal

San Francisco Chinatown Parade



Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Certificate, Management Development


University of Michigan Law School

J.D., Law


The Johns Hopkins University

B.A., Undergraduate Studies



  • American Law Institute: Member (elected)
  • American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
  • Committee of 100: Chair


  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)