Elaine M. Chiu

Professor
A.B., Cornell University (cum laude),
J.D., Columbia University School of Law,

Professor Chiu recently participated as a panelist in the Social Media & Social Justice Symposium hosted by Pace Law Review on Friday, March 28th.  Her latest paper entitled, "Personal Information Involuntarily Made Public: Protecting Women with Existing Practices," was selected to be part of a panel that discussed the need for greater government intervention in regulating and supplementing social media.  She emphasized the importance of her proposal for the state governments to create publicly accessible domestic violence databases given that high numbers of people use social media to form romantic relationships and the incomplete, misleading nature of the information that people voluntarily disclose on social media.  One useful model that Professor Chiu references in her latest paper is the well-established system of individual credit histories we use to protect lenders and our credit markets.  The paper will be published in the summer issue of the Pace Law Review.

Professor Chiu's scholarship has focused on some of the most difficult issues in contemporary criminal justice.  Her past articles have examined domestic violence laws, the intersection of cultural beliefs and criminal liability and the continuing struggle to deal with drug addiction in the war on drugs.  She is currently finishing articles on child brides in the United States and infantile male circumcision as well as the paper described above on domestic violence databases and social media.

Professor Chiu is the chairperson of the Planning Committee of the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference.  This is an annual event that gathers legal academics of color from across the country to discuss issues and topics of importance to communities of color.  The 2013 NEPOC was hosted by the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in December.

Prior to coming to St. John's, Professor Chiu was a Research Fellow at Columbia University School of Law from 2000-2001 and a Climenko-Thayer Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School from 1999-2000. From 1994 to 1998, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan in the Trial Division where she specialized in both domestic violence and welfare fraud cases. Professor Chiu also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School as part of their legal writing and research faculty from 1998-1999.

Professor Chiu is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University (A.B. 1991) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 1994) where she was a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Professor Chiu teaches Introduction to Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Comparative Criminal Law and a Contemporary Criminal Justice seminar.