Pat Chew

Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chaired Professor


Prof. Chew is the Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chaired Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is a University Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. She has also taught at the University of Texas, University of Augsburg (Germany), the University of California (Hastings), and most recently, as the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Chew is one of the first Asian-American women law professors in the country, beginning with her tenure-track position at Pitt in 1985 and her receiving tenure three years later.

Her research is diverse, both in subject areas and interdisciplinary methodologies. She has written dozens of articles in both general interest and specialized law journals, including publications on racial and sexual harassment, diversity in the legal profession, judicial decision-making, and international arbitration. Prof. Chew is the author of numerous books, treatises and casebooks in dispute resolution, business laws, and culture and conflict. She is the inaugural recipient of the Keith Aoki Excellence in Asian American Jurisprudence Award and was recently honored by the Law School Admissions Council and UC Davis School of Law for a “career dedicated to achieving equality and inclusion of AAPIs in law and society.” She is also a member of the American Law Institute and a founding member of the Association of American Schools (AALS) Fellows Program. Active in professional organizations throughout her career, she was on the Executive Committee of the AALS, Chair of the Women in Legal Education Section, and a co-founder of a recurrent conference for Asian American law professors.

Prior to teaching, she practiced corporate and international law with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago and in San Francisco. Professor Chew received a J.D. degree (with honors) and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications from Stanford University. She grew up in El Paso, Texas in an immigrant Chinese-American family.

Key/Recent Publications


  • Hiding Sexual Harassment: Myths and Realities, 21 NEVADA L. J. 1223 (2021) (given as the Bancroft Lecture).
  • A Case of Motivated Cultural Cognition: China’s Normative Arbitration of International Business Disputes, 51 The International Lawyer 469 (2018). Available on SSRN
  • Contextual Analysis of Arbitrations 70 SMU L. Rev. 837 (2018). Available on SSRN.
  • Opening the Door to Chinese Arbitrations: An Empirical Analysis of CIETAC Cases 1990-2000, 22 Harv. Neg. L. Rev. 241 (2017). Available on SSRN.
  • Comparing the Effects of the Gender of the Judge and the Gender of the Arbitrator in Sex Discrimination Cases and Why It Matters, 32 Ohio St. J. Dispute Resol. 195 (2017). Available on SSRN.
  • Supreme Court Cases in Equal Protection in Education and the Use of Social Science Research, in A. Richardson (ed.) Controversies In Equal Protection 145-165 (2015) (co-authored).
  • Challenging Authority, 75 U. Pitt L. Rev. 711 (2014).
  • Anticipating the Wise Latina Judge, 91 U. Denv. L. Rev. 853 (2014).
  • Announcing Discovery and Research on Chinese Arbitration Awards (May 22, 2014). Univ. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-20.
  • The Realism of Race in Judicial Decision-Making: An Empirical Analysis by Plaintiffs’ Race and Judges’ Race, 28 Harv. J. Racial & Ethnic Justice 91 (with Robert Kelley) (2012). Available on SSRN.
  • Regaining Momentum, 80 UMKC L. Rev. 807 (2012).
  • A Case of Conflict of Cultures: End-of-Life Decision Making Among Asian Americans,13 Cardozo J. Conflict. Resol. 379 (2012).
  • Arbitral and Judicial Proceedings: Indistinguishable Justice or Justice Denied?,  46 Wake Forest Law Review 185 (2011). Available on SSRN.
  • Seeing Subtle Racism, 6 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 183 (2010).
  • Pat K. Chew & Luke Kelley-Chew, The Missing Minority Judges, 14 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 179 (2010). Available on SSRN.
  • Pat Chew & Robert Kelley, Myth of the Color-Blind Judge: An Empirical Analysis of Racial Harassment Cases, 86 Washington University Law Review 1117 (2009).
  • Pat Chew & Lauren K. Kelly Chew, Subtly Sexist Language, 16 Colum. J. Gender & L. 643 (2007).
  • Pat Chew, Janet W. Schofield & Lu-in Wang, Culture and Race in Provider-Client Relationships, 23 Journal of Health and Social Policy (2007).
  • Freeing Racial Harassment from the Sexual Harassment Model, 85 Oregon L. Rev. 615 (2006).
  • Pat Chew & Robert E. Kelley, Unwrapping Racial Harassment Law, 27 Berkeley J. Employment & Labor Law 49 (2006). 


  • International Conflict Resolution: Consensual ADR Processes (with Jacqueline Nolan-Haley & Harold Abramson, West, 2005).
  • The Conflict And Culture Reader (Pat Chew ed., New York University, 2001).
  • Corporations: Cases, Materials, Problems (5th ed., with Larry Soderquist & Linda Smiddy, West, 2001).

Other Activities

  • “The Stereotyping Process and the Like-Minded Decision-Maker,” speaker, Texas A & M Law School Conference (Nov. 2018).
  • “Exploring the Decision-Maker’s Gender in Legal Decision-Making,” Constitutional Law Society speaker at Harvard Law School (Mar. 2018).
  • “Context Matters: Arbitration of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Cases,” speaker, ABA Dispute Resolution Conference (2018).
  • “Bias in Arbitration,” speaker, SMU Law School Conference (2017)
  • “The Myth of the Gender-Blind Judge,” featured speaker at Center for Women in Law, Univ. of Texas School of Law (Feb. 2016).
  • “Law in Our Lives,” featured speaker at Center for Asian American Studies, Univ. of Texas (Feb. 2016).
  • “Myths of the Race-Blind and Gender-Blind Judge,” featured speaker at Institute for Race and Social Problems, Univ. of Pittsburgh (Jan. 2016).
  • “Understanding the Role of Race and Gender in Employment Discrimination Cases,” Judicial Division, ABA International Law Meeting, Judicial Division, Montreal (Oct. 2015).
  • “The Effect of Arbitrators’ Gender in Sex Discrimination Cases,” Work-in-progress presentation, Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Law (Feb. 2015).
  • “Empirical Research on Judges’ Race and Gender,” Annual Conference of Texas State Court Judges, Forth Worth, Texas (Sept. 2014).
  • “Anticipating the Wise Latina Judge,” Univ. of Denver Conference on Civil Rights (Feb. 2014).
  • “Challenging Authority,” Univ. of Pittsburgh Conference on Critical Race Scholarship and Derrick Bell (Mar. 2014).
  • "The Role of Race in Judicial Decision-Making," National Workshop for Federal Magistrate Judges, Federal Judiciary Center, Denver (July 2012).
  • "Myth of the Color-Blind Judge," National Workshop for Magistrate Judges, Federal Judiciary Center, Miami (April 2012). 
  • “Dear President Obama,” Seattle Law School Influential Voices Series (Mar. 2011).
  • “Twenty Years After the 1991 Civil Rights Act: What Does the Future Hold?” Wake Forest Law School (Nov. 2010).
  • “What Identity? Whose Politics,” Harvard Asian Pacific Students Association (Feb. 2010).
  • “Race, Gender, and Class at A Crossroads,” Univ. of Iowa Symposium (Feb. 2010).
  • “Judging Diversity: Is the Wise Latina a Myth?” ABA Judicial Division Midyear Meeting Presentation (sponsored by over 20 ABA Divisions) (Feb. 2010).
  • “Myth of the Color-Blind Judge,” West Virginia University School of Law Endowed Lecture (April 2010).