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Bill Chin

Professor of Lawyering

Wood Hall 135
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Chin was a member of the Executive Committee for the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and the Award Committee for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. He was a Commissioner on the Oregon Commission on Asian Affairs. He served on the planning committee of the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference. He was chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Legal Heritage Interest Group. Chin is a member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) serving on various committees.

Chin served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserves, Oregon Air National Guard, and Oregon Army National Guard.  He was a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County, co-chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, a delegate to the Oregon State Bar’s House of Delegates, and vice-president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Portland Lodge).

Chin has given presentations on clear writing, team teaching, scholarship, curriculum development, and race and culture issues. His research interests include issues relating to diversity, national security, criminal law, and immigration. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Legal Writing Institute, and Clarity.

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • BS with honors 1990 Portland State University
  • JD 1994 Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • MS 1996 Portland State University


Works Published As Part of a Collection

  • Diversity in the Age of Terror: How Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the U.S. Intelligence Community Enhances National Security, FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW (2010).
  • Linguistic Profiling in Education: How Accent Bias Denies Equal Educational Opportunities to Students of Color, 12 THE SCHOLAR: ST. MARY’S LAW REVIEW ON MINORITY ISSUES 355 (2010).
  • School Violence and Race: The Problem of Peer Racial Harassment Against Asian Pacific American Students in Schools, 10 THE SCHOLAR: ST. MARY’S LAW REVIEW ON MINORITY ISSUES 333 (2008).
  • Blue Spots, Coining, and Cupping: How Ethnic Minority Parents Can Be Misreported As Child Abusers, 7 JOURNAL OF LAW IN SOCIETY 88 (2005).
  • The “Relay” Team-Teach Approach: Combining Collaboration and the Division of Labor to Teach a Third Semester of Legal Writing, 13 PERSPECTIVES 94 (Winter 2005).
  • Multiple Cultures, One Criminal Justice System: The Need for a “Cultural Ombudsman” in the Courtroom, 53 DRAKE LAW REVIEW 651-65 (Spring 2005).
  • Implausible Denial: The Government’s Denial of the Role of Race in Its Prosecution of Wen Ho Lee, 5 RUTGERS RACE & THE LAW REVIEW 1 (2003).
  • Severing the Link Between International Tension and Discrimination Against Asian and Arab Americans, 13 INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVES 8 (2002).