UCHastings Instagram

Student-Alumni #BOB
Instagram Photo Likes sososhake, miatindle, liannemarcella and 22 others like this.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Judge Chin, Dean Wu Bring Asian American Courtroom Stories to Life

Legal drama reenactments by Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, others in The Atlantic, Sept. 4, 2013

He sentenced financier Bernie Madoff to 150 years in prison and presided over cases ranging from the U.N. Oil for Food scandal to the long-running Google Books dispute.

For the last seven years, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has also been writing historic reenactments of Asian American trials. (Of more than 180 federal appellate court judges nationwide, Chin is one of just four Asian Americans.) The newest one, titled 22 Lewd Chinese Women, will premiere at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s national convention in Kansas City this November.

“They’re all tragedies,” said Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law and a co-author of the Vincent Chin script. “On another level, they’re the story of America, of a group that arrives, faces prejudice, and does its best to overcome that. And sometimes, the system doesn’t work. Sometimes, people fail. But ultimately, it succeeds.”

Vincent Chin, an American of Chinese descent (no relation to the judge), was fatally beaten in 1982 with a baseball bat on the night of his bachelor party. Witnesses recalled that Chin’s murderers had shouted obscenities, blaming Asian Americans like Chin for the layoffs that were ripping through Detroit’s auto industry.

Despite pleading guilty and no contest, respectively, to manslaughter, Ronald Ebens and his step-son, Michael Nitz, were sentenced to three years’ probation, a $3,000 fine, and court costs of $260. The sentences galvanized the Asian American community and led to two federal criminal civil rights trials. Nitz was acquitted; Ebens was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was later acquitted in a retrial.

Read more from The Atlantic here.

Go to News Archive

Share this Story

Share via Facebook
Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

Other Recent Stories/ RSS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Students Tackle Regulation of Assisted Living

3L Gordon Chan and 2L Katelyn Phillips are working on an oversight project with the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How Law School Prepared 3L Hali Ford to Compete on Survivor

Q & A with 3L Hali Ford, who appears in the 30th season of Survivor, premiering on Wednesday Feb. 25 at 8 pm on CBS.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Why International Antitrust as a Potential Career?

Free lunchtime panel explores careers in protecting competition, busting cartels and halting price-fixing in international markets.
Monday, February 23, 2015

NLJ Names UC Hastings in Top 50 Go-To Law Schools

List ranks the percentage of 2014 graduates in associate jobs at the nation's 250 largest law firms.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Thinkers & Doers: February 20, 2015

UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves February 14, 2015 - February 20, 2015.
Go to News Archive