College of Law Hires Emily Chiang as Visiting Assistant Professor

March 25, 2009

Dean Hiram E. Chodosh of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law announced today that the College has hired Emily Chiang as a visiting assistant professor effective July 1, 2009.

“Emily Chiang brings an exciting combination of talent and experience to the College of Law,” said Chodosh. “Her passion for civil justice, extraordinary practice experience, and collaborative approach will make an invaluable contribution to our programs.”

Chiang earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Yale University in 1998 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2001. Since completing her law degree, she has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, and the law firm of Cravath, Swain and Moore. Her professional interests focus on federal jurisdiction and civil rights law, particularly indigent defense and education issues.

“My interests stem largely from my work as a civil rights lawyer, most recently in the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union,” Chiang said. “I have a deep commitment to using the law to achieve social reform, particularly on behalf of the poor and people of color.”

Chiang said she was drawn to the S.J. Quinney College of Law because of the “readily apparent respect and camaraderie the faculty share for and with one another.” Another appealing factor, she said, is the small class size and the intimate feel of the College.

An outdoor enthusiast, Chiang recently learned to ice-climb and looks forward to further honing her climbing skills in the nearby Wasatch Mountains.

At the College of Law, she will be teaching a civil rights clinic.