Professor emeritus Frank Liu and Daughter Sabrina

A Lifetime of Mission and Service

Professor Emeritus Frank Liu retires after 40 years of teaching and excellence

The past 40 years of Frank Yining Liu's professional career have been at Duquesne Law, a blessing to the School of Law and a blessing to him.

"It is providential that God led me to Duquesne University, whose mission-Serving God by Serving Students-is in full union with mine," said Liu. "These have been the most blessed 40 years of my life. I pray each day that God's spirit will guide me to try my best to be His servant, to follow His will, to do what He wants me to do and to be like Jesus, and to treat everyone else as Jesus."

Liu, who served as associate dean for legal programs and director of the Duquesne Center for Legal Information (DCLI) and the Allegheny County Law Library (ACLL), retired on July 31. He has agreed to continue as a managing consultant until the end of the calendar year to oversee the leadership transition for both. On Aug. 1, President Ken Gormley named Liu professor emeritus.

In addition to teaching and leading the DCLI and ACLL, Liu oversaw the School of Law's Paralegal Institute. He developed the faculty exchange program between Duquesne University School of Law and the China University of Political Science and Law, and he co-founded the first ABA-approved Duquesne-CUPL summer Chinese Law program in Beijing. Liu also helped to establish Duquesne's LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers program. He is an honorary professor of China University of Political Science and Law and the Beijing Jiaotung University, two leading universities in China.

"By establishing the Duquesne Law Summer Study of Chinese Law Program in 1995, Duquesne Law students and faculty have been given the opportunity to see the world and the world has been invited to come to Duquesne Law," noted Liu. "The program, the first such program in China approved by the ABA, was a catalyst to help transform Duquesne Law from a regional American law school into a global legal educational institution. The Law School was then able to establish similarly structured summer study abroad programs in Ireland and Germany."

Liu's service to Duquesne University and national and international organizations is exemplary, as evidenced by his numerous honors. Noteworthy are the 2016 American Association of Law Libraries' Hall of Fame Award and the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship award. He also is a recipient of the Duquesne University President's Award for Excellence in Community Service. The Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed April 23, 2002 as Professor Frank Yining Liu Day to recognize his contributions in promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the People's Republic of China.

On Sept. 17, Liu received the President's Award for Excellence in Service to the Mission at the annual Duquesne University Faculty Awards ceremony.

Liu, an immigrant from China, came to the United States on June 20, 1966 as a foreign graduate law student on a fellowship from an American law school. Two events deeply moved him about the true nature of American democracy and citizenship: While he was the national president of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA), a civil rights organization for Chinese/Asian Americans, he met President George H.W. Bush in the White House on July 26, 1989, to discuss Asian-American issues. In fall 1989, he testified to Congress in support of the 1990 Hate Crime Statistics Act. He credits Duquesne with providing him with these experiences.

"I am a tenured professor of law and an associate dean of the finest Catholic law school in the country; in the AALL Hall of Fame; and have met with the president of the United States-all proving that the American dream is true," he said. "Duquesne University has made it possible."

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