Frank H. Wu, J.D.
In 2004, Frank H. Wu became the ninth
Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit. From 1995
to 2004, he served on the law faculty of Howard University, including two years
as Clinic Director. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a
visiting professor at University of Michigan, and a teaching fellow at Stanford
Dean Wu 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 writing has appeared on a professional basis in such periodicals as the
Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Chronicle of Higher Education,
Legal Times, and Asian Week.
Dean Wu serves as a Trustee of
Gallaudet University, the only university in the nation serving primarily deaf
and hard of hearing. He has taught at Deep Springs College, a highly-selective
full scholarship all-male school enrolling twenty-six on a student-run cattle
ranch near Death Valley. He served briefly by appointment of the D.C. Court of
Appeals on its Board of Professional Responsibility, which adjudicates attorney
discipline matters, as well as two terms on Board hearing committees. He was
appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams as Chair of the D.C. Human Rights Commission
for 2001-02. He joined the Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Education Fund in 2004. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute,
and a member of the Committee of 100, a civic group founded by Yo-Yo Ma, I.M.
Pei, among others, to promote Asian American political participation, as well as
a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is the Wayne State University
faculty representative to the NCAA and a member of the Wayne State University
Press Editorial Board.
He was named among the top twenty scholars in the nation by Black Issues in Higher Education
in its twentieth anniversary issue, to Crain’s magazine’s list of “40 under 40” and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Best Lawyers Under 40. His
media appearances have included the Oprah Winfrey show, Now with Bill Moyers, Lehrer Newshour,
O’Reilly Factor, Book Notes with Brian Lamb, Talk Back Live on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and Fox
Movie Channel. He has hosted episodes of the “Asian America” PBS-syndicated television show.
Prior to his academic career, Dean Wu
held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in
Cleveland. He then joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco,
concentrating on complex litigation and devoting a quarter of his time to the
representation of indigent individuals. He received a B.A. from the Johns
Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
He is married to Carol L. Izumi. They
reside in the Lafayette Park neighborhood of downtown Detroit, Michigan, and in