STANFORD, Calif., November 29, 2011—Stanford Law School today announced that Titi Liu will join the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law as its first director of International Public Interest Initiatives. Liu will start in January 2012, spearheading new programs at the law school focused on international public interest and public service practice.
Liu has had a long career advancing social justice issues both domestically and internationally, and, until recently, served as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Before that, she was the Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law at University of Washington School of Law, and the law and rights program officer with the Ford Foundation’s Beijing office, where she helped develop a wide range of international organizations, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field of human rights and the rule of law. Liu also helped establish the first clinical legal education programs in China.
“Titi Liu’s broad experience affords the Levin Center a strong foundation to expand its work in the international realm,” said Larry D. Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. “We could not be more delighted that she has agreed to bring her talents, skills, and experience to Stanford Law School.”
The Levin Center is the hub of the public interest community at the law school, providing programming and support for students and alumni pursuing public interest, government, and pro bono opportunities in school and after graduation. It also studies the development of the field, and through research as well as technical assistance, conferences, and symposia supports non-profit legal services providers and advocacy groups. The center is overseen by Diane T. Chin, associate dean for public service and public interest law, previously an executive director, trial attorney and Skadden Fellow with non-profit groups in the Bay Area and Boston, as well as the former director of Equal Justice Works/West. Its executive director is Anna Wang.
Liu will spearhead new research and programs to leverage the resources of the law school to support practicing public interest attorneys in transitional societies, coordinate across centers and other schools at Stanford around international initiatives and joint projects, in addition to serving as an advisor to students and alumni seeking careers in international public interest fields.
“Liu’s work as a funder as well as an executive director dramatically increases the Levin Center’s research and consulting capacity to support the development of the public interest legal field, domestically and internationally,” said Chin.
“The Levin Center’s dual mission to educate and train lawyers committed to public service while also seeking to ensure that there is a healthy and burgeoning public interest legal field is one that I am happy to support and expand,” Liu said. “As a non-profit executive director, I benefited from the Levin Center’s technical assistance. Now as a member of the Levin Center team, I can bring my own experiences to benefit other individual lawyers and groups, in addition to serving Stanford Law School students, alumni and faculty.”
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