Professor William Chin

Bill Chin

Professor of Lawyering

Wood Hall 214
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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

  • AS 1987 Community College of the Air Force
  • BS 1990 Portland State University
  • JD 1994 Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • MS 1996 Portland State University



Epigenetics and Reparations: How Epigenetics Can Help Federal Plaintiffs Meet the Constitutional Article III Standing Requirements in Reparation Lawsuits, Seattle Journal for Social Justice (forthcoming).

Weaponized Anonymity: The Continuing Marginalization of Communities of Color through Racially-Biased Anonymous Processes in U.S. Society, 22 Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal 1 (2022).

“We Want Our Land Back”: Returning Land to First Peoples in the Land Return Era Using the Native Land Claims Commission to Reverse Centuries of Land Dispossession, 24 The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race & Social Justice 335 (2022).

Racial Equality and Inequality in America and Lessons from Other Countries, 27 Cardozo J. Equal Rts. & Soc. Just. 473 (2021).

Proxy Discrimination: The Misuse of Government Actors as Proxies to Racially Discriminate Against People of Color, 9 Tennessee J. Race, Gender, & Social Justice 1 (2020).

Serving Those Who Served: Providing Government-Funded Attorneys to Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 54 U. San Francisco L. Rev. 87 (2019).

Legal Inequality: Law, the Legal System, and the Lessons of the Black Experience in America, 16 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 109 (2019).

War and White Supremacists: How Use of the Military in War Overseas Empowers White Supremacists At Home, 11 Southern J. Pol’y & Justice 8 (2017).

Racial Cumulative Disadvantage: The Cumulative Effects of Racial Bias at Multiple Decision Points in the Criminal Justice System, 6 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol’y 441 (2016).

The Age of Covert Racism in the Era of the Roberts Court During the Waning of Affirmative Action, 16 Rutgers Race & L. Rev. 1 (2015).

Invasions and Civilians: The Special Duty of the United States to Aid Civilian War Sufferers Produced by U.S. Military Intervention, 5 Human Rights & Globalization L.R. 3 (2014).

Law and Order and White Power: White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement and the Need to Eliminate Racism in the Ranks, 6 J. L. & Social Deviance (2013).

Domestic Counterinsurgency: How Counterinsurgency Tactics Combined with Laws were Deployed Against Blacks Throughout U.S. History, 3 Race & Social Justice L.R. 31 (2013).

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).