Prof. Gabriel J. (Jack) Chin

Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is a teacher and scholar of Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Race and Law. His writing has appeared in the DukeUCLA andHarvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties law reviews and the Georgetown Law Journal among others. In Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010), the U.S. Supreme Court cited his Cornell Law Review article, Effective Assistance of Counsel and the Consequences of Guilty Pleas, five times in opinions agreeing that the Sixth Amendment required defense attorneys to advise clients about the possibility of deportation.

He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Immigration, and works with students on professional projects. His efforts with students to repeal Jim Crow laws still on the books includes a successful 2003 petition to the Ohio legislature to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment, 136 years after the state disapproved it during the ratification process. He and his students also achieved the repeal of anti-Asian alien land laws which were on the books in Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming. For this work, "A" Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Notable Asians in America.” In connection with classes with a practical component, he has tried felony cases and argued criminal appeals with his students.

Professor Chin earned a B.A. at Wesleyan, a J.D. from Michigan and an LL.M. from Yale. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch in Denver and practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and The Legal Aid Society of New York. He taught at the Arizona, Cincinnati, NYU and Western New England law schools before joining the UC Davis faculty. His professional activities include service as Reporter on the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, approved in 2009 by the Uniform Law Commission, and for theABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons (3d ed. 2003).  Chin is a member of the American Law Institute.

  • LL.M., Yale Law School 1995
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School 1988
  • B.A. History, Wesleyan University 1985

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Publications and Multimedia
Federalism and State Immigration Policy - Event Audio
Sixth Annual Western Conference
January 28, 2012
Immigration and the Role of the States - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011