Study Abroad - China - Faculty

On-Site Personal Attention by the Duquesne Faculty

Photograph of Professor John RagoJohn Rago, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director of the 2018 China Program

Professor John Rago's work in the area of criminal justice focuses on wrongful convictions within the broad context of collaborative policy-making and the establishment of science-based best practices for law enforcement and prosecutors. The guiding principal of his efforts is to establish policies and practices that are good for law enforcement, good for victims, and good for the accused. 

Rago is working with Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen Zappala, and criminal justice stakeholders in Allegheny County to establish a conviction integrity unit in the Office of the District Attorney, one of only several such units in the nation. The chief purpose of this unit will be to enhance the integrity of our criminal investigations and prosecutions. The conviction integrity efforts underway in Allegheny County are also designed to provide a model for the commonwealth to pursue uniform science-based practices state-wide in such areas including, but not limited to, eyewitness identifications, electronic recording of custodial interrogations, and the preservation of evidence.

This ongoing effort flows from Rago's work as chairperson of a 51-member statewide committee formed by the Pennsylvania State Senate to study wrongful convictions under the auspices of the Joint State Government Commission (2007 - 2011). Rago's Report to the State Senate includes a series of legislative reforms and suggested practices which currently are under examination by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Several Pennsylvania counties have begun to pilot some of these recommendations. These counties currently include Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, and Allegheny County. 

Rago has served on the Innocence Project's Northeast Policy Board and the Governor's Advisory Board on Probation. He is frequently consulted on matters of conviction integrity and post conviction claims of actual innocence.

Photograph of Professor Rona KaufmanRona Kaufman, Associate Professor, Co-Director of the 2018 China Program

Rona Kaufman is an associate professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law who teaches courses in employment, family, and business law and focuses her scholarship on the intersection of law and motherhood. She has published articles in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, and the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Prior to joining Duquesne Law's faculty, Kaufman completed the Abraham L. Freedman Fellowship at Temple University Beasley School of Law. While at Temple, she taught legal research and writing courses as well as an upper-level family/employment law course.  Kaufman practiced law in Houston, Texas before embarking on her academic career. She is a member of the Texas State Bar. She practiced commercial litigation and family law in Houston with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). She also practiced employment law as an associate in the Houston office of Baker Hostetler.

Kaufman earned her LL.M. (legal education) from Temple University, a J.D. from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. (political science) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her scholarly interest is focused on how various areas of law impact primary caretakers, specifically mothers, and how law can enable them to successfully combine their caretaking responsibilities with paid employment. She argues for the adoption of laws and policies that will enable mothers and other primary caretakers to combine paid market work with mothering, successfully and simultaneously.

Kaufman serves as advisor to Duquesne Law's Jewish Law Student Association, Women's Law Association, and Labor and Employment Law Society.

She was honored by Chabad House on Campus in 2016 during the organization's 28th anniversary at the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Frank Yining Liu is associate dean for legal programs, professor of law, and director of the Duquesne Center for Legal Information and the Allegheny County Law Library. He also oversees the School of Law’s Paralegal Institute. Liu received his LL.B. at the top of his class from National Taiwan University, Master of Comparative Jurisprudence and Master of Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and did a fellowship at Yale Law School.  

Liu teaches legal research and Chinese language, culture, history and law. He developed the faculty exchange program between Duquesne University School of Law and the China University of Political Science and Law, and he co-founded the first ABA-approved Duquesne - CUPL summer Chinese Law program in Beijing. Liu also helped to establish Duquesne’s LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers program. He is an honorary professor of China University of Political Science and Law and the Beijing Jiaotung University, two leading universities in China. 

Liu co-authored Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook, 2008 Edition. He served as the president of the Duquesne University Faculty Senate, member of the executive board of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the China – U.S. Joint Commission on Legal Education of American Association of Law Schools, as well as the Advisory Council of University of Texas at Austin, School of Information. Among his national honors, Liu received the 2016 American Association of Law Libraries' "Hall of Fame Award" and the “Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship” award. He also is a recipient of the Duquesne University “President's Award for Excellence in Community Service.” The Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed April 23, 2002 as “Professor Frank Yining Liu Day” to recognize his contributions in promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the People’s Republic of China. 

Liu is a co-founder of the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, which organized international conferences in Beijing (2009), Philadelphia (2011), Shanghai (2013) and Hawaii (2015), Hangzhou (2017). Liu is an active member of the American Bar Association’s law school site evaluation teams. He is widely recognized as a national and international authority and leader in the field of legal information and law library management. 

Photo of Professor Chu Zhang

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 Xihua 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.