Wayne State expected to name law school dean

By Sherri Begin
May 03, 2004
Crain's Detroit

Wayne State University is expected to name Howard University law Professor Frank Wu dean of its law school later this week, pending approval by the university’s board of governors in mid-July.

If approved, Wu will take the new position July 15, said Wayne State Information Officer Tom Sakely.

Frederica Lombard, associate dean of the law school, has been serving as interim dean since Joan Mahoney stepped down last fall to return to the faculty.

Wu will join Wayne State Law School after spending the past nine years at the Howard in Washington. He also directed Howard’s Clinical Law Center, which provides in-house, actual-client experiences for law students, for two years.

Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and taught during the 2002-2003 year as a visiting professor at his alma mater, the University of Michigan Law School. He also had a short professorship at Nevada-based Deep Springs College and completed a fellowship at Stanford Law School.

Wu’s book, Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, was published in 2002, a year after he co-authored a textbook, Race, Rights and Reparation. He has also written numerous articles for the Michigan Law Review, the National Law Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press.

Wu’s credentials, enthusiasm and “obvious dedication to the goals of the law school” made him a stellar candidate, said Wayne State Provost Nancy Barrett in a written statement.

Wayne State’s leadership, its “extraordinarily strong” faculty and students of the law school and the support of its alumni attracted him to the last public law school in Detroit, Wu said in the release.