Diane T. Chin serves the law school as its Associate Dean for Public Service and Public Interest Law. She oversees and develops many of the Levin Center’s programs, teaches, plans and coordinates public interest curriculum, and engages in external relations and fundraising. She also is a member of the law school’s Diversity Cabinet. An important aspect of Diane’s work is to support SLS students and alumni in achieving their social justice and personal goals through finding meaningful work in the law. She firmly believes that lawyers are important to creating and maintaining equality and fairness in our society and world. Beginning in 2014, along with her colleague, Titi Liu, and later with Mike Winn, Diane developed and is now implementing a program to train public interest lawyers to be more effective leaders and managers, through the Public Interest Leadership Pipeline and Sustainability Program.
Diane started her legal career as a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association when she graduated from Northeastern University School of Law. She has also served as a staff attorney and project director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Later, she worked as a housing attorney for Disability Rights California (then known as Protection & Advocacy, Inc.), as a senior trial attorney for the Office of Citizen Complaints for the San Francisco Police Commission, as executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, a civil rights organization based in San Francisco Chinatown, and as director of Equal Justice Works/West. Diane was an adjunct member of the New College of Law faculty (Race and the Law, Constitutional Law) and an associate director of the Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law. Her substantive areas of practice have been within the civil rights field: hate violence, police misconduct, affirmative action, and housing discrimination. At Stanford, she also is a lecturer in law, teaching Public Interest Law and Practice, and other courses.