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Pat K. Chew

Pat K. Chew

Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chaired Professor
(412) 648-1387

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Pat Chew is the Salmon Chaired Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a University Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. In addition to Pitt, she has taught at the University of Texas, University of Augsburg (Germany), and the University of California (Hastings). In spring 2018, she will be the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Her research is diverse, both in subject areas and methodologies. She has written dozens of articles in both general interest and specialized law journals, including in Washington University Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Berkeley Journal of Employment Law, and the Journal of Legal Education. The most read American Bar Association (ABA) article in 2010 focused on her empirical work on judges. She also has authored numerous books, treatises and casebooks in dispute resolution, business laws, and culture and conflict. They include INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION: CONSENSUAL ADR PROCESSES (coauthored) and THE CONFLICT AND CULTURE READER. Professor Chew is the inaugural recipient of the Keith Aoki Excellence in Asian American Jurisprudence Award.

Among other leadership roles, Professor Chew was on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) (the Association’s board of directors), the Chair of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education (the largest AALS section), a Council member of the General Practice Division of the American Bar Association (ABA), and a co-founder of the Asian-American Pacific Islander law faculty association. She is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). Over the years, she has served on many committees and spoken at dozens of programs for the AALS, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), and the ABA.

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 and a Masters in Education Psychology from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University. The youngest of six children, she grew up in El Paso, Texas in a Chinese-American family. Her spouse is a management consultant and a business school professor. They have two adult children.

JD, University of Texas
M.Ed, University of Texas
AB, Stanford University



  • 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).

Scholarly Articles:

  • Chinese Justice: An Empirical and Thick Analysis of the Effect of Nationality in International Arbitrations (in progress).
  • Contextual Analysis of Arbitrations SMU L. Rev. (anticipated 2018).
  • Opening the Door to Chinese Arbitrations: An Empirical Analysis of CIETAC Cases 1990-2000, 22 Harv. Neg. L. Rev. 241 (2017).
  • 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).
  • 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 Uj. 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, available at SSRN.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

Awards and Honors

  • Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chaired Professor (2012)
  • Aoiki Excellence in Asian-American Jurisprudence Award (2012)
  • Distinguished Faculty Scholar (2010-2013)
  • Executive Committee of Association of American Law Schools (2011-2013)
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (2005)

Selected Professional Activities

  • “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).