Elaine M. Chiu, Professor of Law
To publicize October as Domestic Violence Awareness month,
Professor Chiu appeared as a guest on a legal education show,
"Today's Verdict," hosted by St. John's alumni, David
Lesch. To see streaming video of this
Professor Chiu's latest article entitled, That
Guy's A Batterer: A Scarlet Letter Approach to Domestic Violence in
the Information Age, has recently been published in
the Family Law Quarterly. It proposes a preemptive
tool against domestic violence through the creation of publicly
accessible domestic violence registries. She is currently
working on several new projects including child marriages in the
United States and the movement against male circumcision.
Professor Chiu's scholarship has focused on some of the most
difficult issues in contemporary criminal justice. Her past
articles have discussed the schizophrenic nature of our domestic
violence policies, the role of motive in prosecuting low level drug
offenders, the need for honest consideration of culture and the
dangers of criminalizing female genital cuttings.
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.
This year NEPOC will be jointly held along with CAPALF (Conference
of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty) and will be at Hofstra
University School of Law on November 4th and 5th, 2011.
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
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 and the Contemporary Criminal Justice seminar.
Updated: Fall 2011