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Frank Yining Liu, LL.B., M.C.J., M.L.S.

Professor & Director
School of Law
Duquesne Center for Legal Information

Room 317 School of Law / Room 219 Duquesne Center for Legal Information
Phone: 412.396.5018


M.L.S., Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1971
M.C.J., Law, University of Texas at Austin, 1970
LL.B., Law, Taiwan University, 1965

Presidential Recognition of Appreciation, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL),2009
American Commissioner, China - United States Joint Commission on Legal Education,, 2007 -2009
Professor Frank Yining Liu Day in the City of Pittsburgh, April 23, 2002,
Award of Merit.  Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, October 22, 2001
Member, Executive Board. American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), 1998-2001.  Honorary Professor. Beijing Jiaotung University, PRC, 1996; China University of Political Science and Law, PRC, 1992.
Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award, 1996.
President's Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Service, Duquesne University, 1990.


Advanced Legal Research,
Chinese Legal History,
Chinese for Lawyers

Professional Affiliations


Member, University Educational Technology Committee, 2009 - 2010

Member, Board of Advisors, City Music Center, School of Music, 2005 - 2009

Member, Middle State Steering Committee, 2005 - 2008

Member, University Budget Committee, 1996-98, 2001-05.

Member and Chair of the Task Force on Faculty, Middle States Periodical Review Report Committee, 2002-03.

Member, University Study Abroad Safety Committee, 2002.

Member, University Search Committee for University Librarian, 2002.

Past President, Executive Committee, Duquesne University Faculty Senate, 1998-2002.

President, Duquesne University Faculty Senate, 1994-96, re-elected for a second term 1996-98. Member, Advisory Board, Duquesne University Paralegal Institute, 1985-2008.

President, Duquesne University Social Club, 1991-93.

Law School Representative, Duquesne University Faculty Senate Council, 1991-93.

Chairman, President's Faculty Awards Committee, 1991.

Member, Computer Steering Committee and Task Force on Administrative Computing,




Chair, Technology Committee, 2006-07, 2011-

Co-Chair, Faculty Policy Committee, 2011-

Vice-Chair, Self-study Committee, 2011-


Member of the following Faculty Standing Committees at various times and up to the present time:

Committee on Decorum

Disciplinary Hearing Committee

Graduation Committee

International Program Committee

Library Committee

Orientation Committee

Program Committee

Upper Level Writing Requirement Committee



Founder and Coordinator, Faculty Exchange Program, with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), 1990-present. Through this program, over eighty CUPL faculty members and administrators visited Duquesne and other areas of the U.S. during the past twenty years. Seven Duquesne faculty members and administrators visited the CUPL in Beijing, PRC.

Co-founder and Associate Director, Summer Study of Chinese Law Program in Beijing, PRC, sponsored by Duquesne and hosted by the CUPL, 1995-present. Established, with Professor Alfred S. Pelaez, the summer study program in China held the first three weeks of June each year. Currently serve as the Associate Director of the program held at the CUPL Beijing downtown campus. Over 600 Students representing over 195 law schools throughout the U.S. and the world have attended the American Bar Association (ABA) approved program.

Member, the Law School Centennial Celebration Committee, 2009 - 2011

Member, Dean's Evaluation Committee, 1995, 1998.

Member, Dean's Search Committee, 1992-93.

Chairman, Orientation Committee, 1992.



University of Texas at Austin, School of Information

Member, Advisory Council, 2012 -2015

Association of American Law Schools

Member, Library and Technology Committee, 2012-2015

American Bar Association, Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

Member, Sabbatical Site Visit Teams, active

Allegheny County Law Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Initiated, negotiated, and concluded three consecutive five-year management agreement with the government of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information to assume the management of the Allegheny County Law Library, one of the oldest and largest county law libraries in the U.S., 1999-2013.


American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

Finalist of the candidates for the Vice President/President Elect, selected by the

Nominations Committee, 2003

Member, George A. Strait Scholarship Endowment Fund, Fundraising Committee,


Member, Executive Board, 1998-2001.

Co-Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1995 AALL Convention in Pittsburgh,


Candidate, Executive Board, 1990.

Chairman on Liaison with the American Bar Association and American Association of

Law Schools, Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV), 1990-92.

Member of various committees 1976-95.

Member, National Advisory Board, Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC), 1983-86.

Member, State Advisory Board -- The National Reporter on Legal Ethics and Professional

Responsibility, 1981-84.


Member, Advisory Board, American Lawyer Media, 2000-2001.

Founding Member, Mid-Atlantic Law Library Cooperative (MALLCO), 1981-1993;

Vice Chair, 1990; Chair, 1991.

Panelist on -Increasing Minority Participation in Law Librarianship,' First Northeast Regional

Conference of Law Librarians, October 8-10, 1987; Albany, New York.

Trustee, Pittsburgh Regional Library Center (PRLC), 1981-89.

Member, Nominating Committee, PRLC, 1987.


Member, Council of Pennsylvania Library Networks (CPLN), 1982-89.

Secretary/Treasurer CPLN, 1984-86.

Member, Pennsylvania Library Association (PLA), 1986-90.

Chairman, Bylaws and Organization Committee, PLA, 1986.

Member, Nominating Committee, Southwest Chapter PLA, 1985.


Co-Chair, Steering Committee for the 1995 AALL Convention, Western Pennsylvania

Law Library Association (WPLLA), 1992-93.

Member, Constitution and Bylaw Committee, WPLLA, 1992.

Chairman, Nominating Committee, WPLLA, 1985.

President, WPLLA, 1983, Vice President/President Elect, WPLLA, 1982.

Member, Executive Board, Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA), 1980.

Professional Consultant, GPLLA, 1979-80.



International Advisory Board, Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh,

Member, 1997-2000.

World Trade Center, Pittsburgh, Board of Directors, Member, 1993-99.

Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Executive Committee, Member, 1994-97; Member,

1991-97; Chairman, Membership Committee, 1995-97.

Western Pennsylvania World Literature Symposium, Advisory Board Member, 1992-2002.

Pittsburgh Folk Festival, Inc., Board of Directors, Member, 1992-94.

Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission, At-large Commissioner, 1988-92.

Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1991-92.

Chairman, Committee on Inter-Ethnic Relations, 1989-91.

New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Non-Violence, National Advisory

Board, Member, 1990-92.

Pittsburgh Ethnic Coalition (PEC), Chairman, 1987; Chairman, Membership Committee, 1986; Member, 1985-90.

National Institute Against Prejudice & Violence, Advisory Board, Member, 1988-89.

Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA), National President, 1988-89.

Met with President George Bush in the White House to discuss Asian-American issues on July 26, 1989.

Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc., Pittsburgh Chapter (OCA-PGH), Vice President,

1985; President, 1986-87.

Asian Pacific American Committee (APAC) of the Federal Executive Board, Pittsburgh,

PA, Member, 1985-89.



(See also Services to Duquesne University School of Law)

Co-Chair, Chinese and American Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries, July 22 -23, 2011, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Co-Chair, China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries, May 27-30,

2009, Beijing, PRC

Consultant to the Executive Director on Chinese-American Law Deans Conference, Association

of American Law Schools (AALS), 2004- 2008

Member, Advisory Committee, 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Pittsburgh-Wuhan Sister City Relationship, 2001- 2002.

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, China Center of the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area,


Vice Chair, Board of Directors, China Center for International Legal Study, Beijing, PRC, appointed October 4, 1996-2001.

Member, Board of Directors, Wuhan City Association of International Personnel Exchanges, PRC, 1999-2001

U.S. Conference Coordinator, International Law School Deans' Conference of Legal Education for the 21st Century, May 24-28, 1999, Beijing, PRC.

Coordinated the Mayor Tom Murphy of Pittsburgh's visit to China, May 10-14, 1998.

Member, Academic Advisory Committee, The Joint Master of Law Program of the Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA and the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China, 1997-98.

Assisted School of Business Administration, School of Education and School of Pharmacy of Duquesne University to develop ongoing exchange programs with distinguished universities in the PRC, 1995-1997.

Consultant on China Affairs for the law firm of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, Pittsburgh, PA,


Instituted and coordinated the Workshop on Chinese Commercial and Investment Law in Beijing, PRC, April 17-25, 1994, co-sponsored by Duquesne University School of Law and the China University of Political Science and Law.

Assisted World Trade Center, Pittsburgh, to sponsor the first workshop of its kind, 'The Business Opportunities in the People's Republic of China- on February 24, 1994. The Ambassador from the PRC to U.S., Mr. Li Dao-Yu was the keynote speaker.

Coordinated and arranged a legislative study tour in the United States for the Negotiable Instruments Study Group of the Bureau of the Legislative Affairs of the State Council of PRC, headed by the Deputy Director General of the Bureau, the top law drafting and enforcement office of the PRC, June 8-23, 1993.

Assisted Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott of Pittsburgh, PA, and No. 6 Law Office of Beijing, PRC, to conclude a cooperative agreement, March, 1992-April, 1993.

Met with Vice Premier of the PRC, Mr. Wu Xuai Qian, in Beijing, on August 26, 1990, conveying the sentiments of the American community after the Tiananmen Square incident.

Lectured to the educational and legal communities in Beijing, Xi-an and Guonzhou (Canton) on -The Organization of the Legal Information Systems of the United States of America,' August 8-29, 1990



Co-author, with Dittakavi Rao, Tsegaye Beru and Joel Fishman, Pennsylvania Legal Research

Handbook, 2008 Ed. published by American Lawyer Media,

Co-author, with Dittakavi Rao, Tsegaye Beru and Joel Fishman, Pennsylvania Legal Research

Handbook, 2001 Ed. published by American Lawyer Media,

Co-editor with Alfred S. Pelaez, Selected Laws of the People's Republic of China and Selected Readings, 1995 - present , Summer Study of Law in Beijing, China, Duquesne University, School of Law. (course materials)


A Law School-County Law Library Partnership, Frank Y. Liu, with Joel Fishman, 25 no.1 AALL-SIS Newsletter 12, 25-29 (Fall 2005); SCCLL News 6-11 (Winter 2006)

Community Services as a Path for Personal and Professional Growth, in Roy M. Mersky and

Richard A. Leiter ed. Spirit of Law Librarianship II, pp.189-196 (2005)

Co-columnist, with Dittakavi Rao, for the monthly column, 'In the Stacks,' for the Pennsylvania Law Weekly for the following articles:

Introducing Lexis' Search Advisor and Westlaw's Keysearch, 24 PLW 1384, December 3, 2001.

Researching the U.S. Supreme Court, 24 PLW 676, June 11, 2001.

Refreshing Your Manual Research Skills in Updating Pennsylvania Law, 24 PLW 212, February 19, 2001.

General Legal Web Sites for Pennsylvania Legal Research, 23 PLW 2205, December 25, 2000.

West Key Number System, Paper vs. Electronic Research: A Comparative Analysis, 23 PLW 2024, November 6, 2000.

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, LoisLaw, VersusLaw and Law.com, 23 PLW 935, August 28, 2000.

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, Westlaw Expands Software, Internet Resources, 23 PLW 842, July 31, 2000.

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, 23 PLW 710, July 3, 2000.

KeyCite and Shepard's Citations Compared, 23 PLW 584, June 5, 2000.

Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure, Internet Guide Part II, 23 PLW 480, May 8, 2000.

Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure, 23 PLW 377, April 10, 2000.

Pennsylvania Law Secondary Materials on the Web, 23 PLW 302, March 13, 2000.

Constitutional, Statutory Research on the Web, 23 PLW 196, February 14, 2000.

Pennsylvania Administrative Law on the Web, 23 PLW 97, January 17, 2000.


The Role of Asian American Young Professionals, Past, Present and Future,' presented to the Pittsburgh Asian American Young Professionals Association (PAAYPA), April 20, 2002.

"The State of Legal Research," PACE Seminar, Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, October 27, 1999. 'The Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the People's Republic of China,' presented at the conference -China Summit- in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Department of Commerce, August 12, 1994. 'Understanding the Chinese Mind,' presented to the China-America Trade Society, Pittsburgh, PA, May 25, 1994.

Panelist at the mini-conference, 'The Place of Multiculturalism in the Curriculum and the Challenges of Outcome Based Education,' sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies, March 24, 1994. 'The Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the People's Republic of China,' presented at the workshop, 'The Business Opportunities in the People's Republic of China,' sponsored by the World Trade Center for International Studies, February 24, 1994. 'New Immigrants and American Religious Pluralism -- A Look at Asian Americans,' sponsored by the 13th National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations, November 10, 1992.