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Gabriel J. Chin

Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair & Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, University of California, Davis

Gabriel J. Chin teaches Criminal Law, Immigration, and Race and Law at UC Davis School of Law. His work has been cited by many courts; in Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010), the U.S. Supreme Court accepted his argument that defense counsel had a duty under the Sixth Amendment to advice clients of the possibility of deportation if convicted of a crime. He has engaged in a number of law reform projects with his students, including persuading Ohio to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment, Kansas and Wyoming to repeal anti-Asian alien land laws which were still on the books, and the California Supreme Court to posthumously admit Hong Yen Chang to the bar over a century after he was denied admission because of his race. He holds a degree in History from Wesleyan and law degrees from Michigan and Yale.


  • –present
    Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair of Law, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, and Director of Clinical Legal Education, University of California, Davis