Columbia Law Honors Pioneer Chinese Lawyer Who Fought For Bar Admission
Columbia Law School to rename its Center for Chinese Legal Studies in honor of Hong Yen Chang, said to be the first Chinese immigrant allowed to practice law in the United States, a distinction he earned after a years-long struggle. to be admitted to the bar. at the time of China’s exclusion law.
The name change is tied to the success of a $ 5 million endowment campaign for the center, led by former Alibaba Group general counsel and Columbia graduate Tim Steinert and his wife, Lixia Zhang. Nearly 100 other donors have also contributed to the campaign, which will allow the center to expand its programming and continue to help train academics in Chinese law. The center, which was established in 1983 and was the first in the United States devoted to Chinese law, will now be called the Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies.
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