April 30, 2005
CrimProf Blog Spotlight: University of Arizona's Jack Chin
This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights co-editor Jack Chin of The University of Arizona College of Law. Gabriel (Jack) Chin earned his JD from Michigan Law School, where he graduated cum laude and was named a S.K. Yee Merit Scholar. Following his time at Ann Arbor, he headed to Colorado where he clerked a year for U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch. After a year in the West, Chin made his way back to the East Coast where he worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City and Boston, followed by the Legal Aid Society of New York.
After six busy years of practice, the academic in Chin called him to Yale Law School where he earned his Masters of Law and an Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. In 1995, he began his first academic position as an Assistant Professor at the Western New England College of Law; during his remaining two years as a professor at Western New England, he also worked as the Special Assistant District Attorney in Springfield and Cambridge, MA. After making his mark in the East, Chin moved to Cincinnati, where he stayed from 1998 to 2003 and kept plenty busy. He worked as Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Hamilton County and taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he eventually was named Interim Associate Dean and founded the Urban Justice Institute (now the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project directed by co-blogger Mark Godsey). Currently, Chin is the Chester H. Smith Professor of Law and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Arizona. In addition to co-editing this blog, Chin is Co-Director of the Law, Criminal Justice & Security Program, and maintains the TeachLaw website of resources for new or aspiring law professors.
Chin has authored numerous books and articles. (There's a reason why he was listed in the 50 Most Cited Faculty Who Entered Teaching Since 1992.) For a complete list of his publications, click here, and for links to 11 of his articles, click here.
In addition to his academic work, Jack has fronted several important public interest initiatives. For example, during his tenure in Cincinnati he and his students convinced the Ohio General Assembly to ratify the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (report here), as well as to remove racial slurs still on the books. Currently, he and his students are fighting to remove Jim Crow laws across the Southern States that have been unenforced in recent years but never removed from the statute books; Georgia, Missouri and Louisiana have passed statutes in response. For this work he was named "One of the 25 Most Notable Asians in America" in 2001.
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