Duquesne University School of Law

Study Abroad - China - Faculty

On-Site Personal Attention by the Duquesne Faculty

Jacob H. Rooksby, Assistant Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Administration, Co-Director of the 2017 China Program

Jacob H. Rooksby is an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches courses in the area of intellectual property (IP) law and focuses his scholarship on the impact of IP law and policy on higher education. A member of the Virginia State Bar, Professor Rooksby formerly practiced law with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Va., where he was a member of the firm's IP litigation/patents department and higher education practice team.

Professor Rooksby holds law, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia and a bachelors of arts degree, summa cum laude, from the College of William & Mary, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. His ongoing scholarship on topics of relevance to legal and higher education audiences has been published or is forthcoming in the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Akron Law Review, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property, The Journal of College & University Law, Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, les Nouvelles, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship, Academe, and Teachers College Record, among other outlets.

Steven Baicker-McKee, Assistant Professor of Law, Co-Director of the 2017 China Program

Steven Baicker-McKee joined the Duquesne University School of Law faculty after practicing for 23 years at Babst Calland. Baicker-McKee obtained his law degree from William and Mary, where he served on the board of editors for the Law Review,and his undergraduate degree from Yale University. 

Baicker-McKee is co-author of the Federal Civil Rules Handbook, a leading work for lawyers in federal court, and A Student's Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, used by law students across the United States. He is also a co-author of Learning Civil Procedure, Mastering Multiple Choice for Federal Civil Procedure, and The Federal Litigator, a monthly publication summarizing developments in federal practice. He also serves as the reporter for the local federal rules committee. Baicker-McKee is "AV"-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, named a "Key Author" by West Publishing Company, regularly selected as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer," elected to the Academy of Trial Lawyers, and recognized in The Best Lawyers of America.He teaches courses in civil procedure, advanced pretrial litigation techniques, and energy law.

 Photograph of Dean Frank LiuFrank Y. Liu, Professor of Law, Senior Advisor of the China Program

Professor Liu joined the faculty of the Duquesne University School of Law and served as the Director of the Center for Legal Information (the Law Library) in 1980. He earned a bachelor of law degree (LL.B.) at the top of his class from the National Taiwan University. He received a graduate fellowship from Yale Law School and studied there for one year. He received a master of comparative jurisprudence degree (M.C.J.) and master of library science degree (M.L.S.) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Liu currently teaches legal research, advanced legal research, and Chinese legal history. He was instrumental in developing the faculty exchange program between Duquesne University School of Law and the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) of Beijing, the People’s Republic of China. With Professor Alfred S. Peláez, he helped to establish the Duquesne-CUPL summer study of Chinese law program in Beijing in 1995. He teaches in the program and serves as its Associate Director. Professor Liu is an Honorary Professor at CUPL and the Northern Jiaotung University, two of the most prestigious universities in China.

Chu Zhang, Professor of Law, Senior Advisor to the Program On-Site in China

Holding a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Law (M.L.) degree, Professor Chu Zhang serves as the senior advisor for Duquesne University School of Law's summer study of law in China program. In the role, he lectures on intellectual property law and arranges externships for students in China. He also works with Associate Dean Frank Liu and Duquesne University School of Law on developing new program partnerships in China. 

Zhang is the dean of the School of Intellectual Property of Xihuan Univerity in Chengdu, China. He founded and was the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Rights Studies at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He also served as a professor of law, mentor, and post-doctoral mentor to students and as chairman of the Academic Committee for the Science and Technology Department. He previously served as a visiting scholar at Temple University and Columbia University’s law schools. In addition, he served as a lecturer and associate professor at the School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and as lecturer and associate professor at Guangzhou University.

Robin Connors, Coordinator of Student Organizations

Robin Connors is the Coordinator of Student Organizations for Duquesne University School of Law. She has been with Duquesne University since 2007. Prior to joining the law school in 2011, she worked in the Student Accounts Office for three years. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business and Communications from Duquesne and is currently studying to complete her Masters in Liberal Studies.

Ms. Connors facilitates all study abroad inquiries, requests and applications. Her experience from working in Student Accounts affords her the knowledge to guide students through the financial aid processes and answer any questions. She is committed to ensuring that the registration process is seamless for all participants.