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The Honorable Ming W. Chin to Address JFK University Law Commencement

May 22, 2013

PLEASANT HILL, CA – The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will be the keynote speaker at the JFK University Law Commencement Ceremony on May 24, 2013 at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek. Thirty-three students will graduate from JFK University’s College of Law in the evening ceremony.

“We are honored to have Justice Chin as our keynote speaker. He is a great role model for our students and they are privileged to hear his words of advice,” said Dean E. Barbieri, dean of the JFK University College of Law.

Justice Chin previously served as an associate judge and then the presiding Justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, in San Francisco. Prior to that appointment, he served as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court. Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Chin was a partner in an Oakland law firm, where he specialized in business and commercial litigation, and an Alameda County deputy district attorney.

On March 1, 1996, Justice Ming W. Chin became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Justice Chin received both his bachelor of arts and JD degrees from the University of San Francisco and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1970. He has also been admitted to practice before the federal courts, as well as the United States Tax Court. After he graduated from law school, Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the United States Army, including one year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.

Justice Chin has served on many committees of the state and local bar associations and was the first Asian-American to serve as President of the Alameda County Bar Association in its more than 100-year history. He was a member of the Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias.

Justice Chin has authored landmark decisions in areas such as DNA, toxic tort insurance coverage, surrogate parents, and hate crimes. He has frequently lectured on DNA, genetics, and the courts, and on judicial education, and he has delivered the Traynor Lecture at the Witkin Judicial College on three occasions. He is an author of two California Practice Guides: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group 2012) and Forensic DNA Evidence: Science and the Law (The Rutter Group 2012).

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