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Dean Wu Selected as 2007 NAPABA Trailblazer Award Recipient

October 16, 2007

DETROIT (Oct. 16, 2007) – Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu was recently selected as a 2007 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Trailblazer Award recipient. The Trailblazer Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitments, and leadership of NAPABA lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of Asian Pacific American attorneys and community.

Dean Wu will be honored at this year’s 19th Annual NAPABA Convention at the annual Trailblazer Award reception on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Dean Wu, author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and coauthor of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, has served as the ninth dean of the Law School since 2004. He also serves as a Trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States serving primarily deaf and hard of hearing.

His professional experiences in academia include serving on the law faculty of Howard University, as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, as a teaching fellow at Stanford University, and as a scholar in residence at Deep Springs College.

Prior to his academic career, Dean Wu held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. In addition, he served briefly by appointment of the D.C. Court of Appeals on its Board of Professional Responsibility, was appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams as Chair of the D.C. Human Rights Commission for 2001-02, and joined the Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund in 2004. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Committee of 100.

Since becoming Dean, he has received numerous other awards and honors. They include the Arthur A. Fletcher Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action; a Special Recognition Award from the Wolverine Bar Association; the Walton A. Lewis Brotherhood Award from Bethel A.M.E. Church, and the Janet A. Helms Mentoring Award from Columbia University Teachers College.

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a national network for its members and affiliates. NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the APA community and represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 50 local APA bar associations, with practice settings ranging from solo practices to large firms, corporations, legal services organizations, non-profit organizations, law schools, and governmental agencies. For more information, visit http://www.napaba.org/napaba/showpage.asp?code=home.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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