Study Abroad - China - Faculty

On-Site Personal Attention by the Duquesne Faculty

photo of Professor Katherine Norton Katherine Norton, Assistant Professor of Law, Director of the 2018 China Program

Katherine L.W. Norton, assistant professor of clinical legal education, is Duquesne Law's associate director of clinical legal education and director of international programs. Within the clinical legal education program, she supervises the Family Law Clinic and coordinates the law school's externship programs. 

Norton focuses her scholarship on legal and mental health in custody cases, trials of complex family law cases, and the application of effective advocacy and attorney obligations in clinical legal education.

She consults for the firm of Voelker & Colton, P.C.  Norton previously served in private practice with the law firms of Elliott & Davis, P.C. and Pollock, Begg, Komar, Glasser & Vertz, P.C. practicing in all areas of family law at both the Court of Common Pleas and appellate levels. 

Super Lawyers magazine named her a "Rising Star" in the area of Family Law for the years 2010 through 2017.  Duquesne University School of Law, Student Bar Association, presented her with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017.  The same year, Norton  received the Lorraine Bittner Award from the Allegheny County Bar Association for her work with the Family Law Clinic and its students.

Norton received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Allegheny College.

photo of Professor Jalila Jefferson-BullockJalila Jefferson-Bullock, Associate Professor, Co-Director of the 2018 China Program

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a native of New Orleans, La., is an associate professor at Duquesne University School of Law in PIttsburgh, where she teaches constitutional law courses. Jefferson-Bullock received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard College, Master of Arts in the humanities from the University of Chicago, and Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to this appointment, Jefferson-Bullock taught criminal law and criminal procedure in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was an active member of the law school community. 

Jefferson-Bullock’s research interests include constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, federal sentencing, legislation, and civil rights.  She has published scholarly articles on the politics of disaster in post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of excessively long federal criminal sentences on families and communities, and compassionate release of terminally ill offenders.  Her most current work refocuses the discussion of various aspects of sentencing law and policy reform on the need to de-emphasize traditional incarceration, while exploring, establishing, and maintaining meaningful, guiding purposes in federal sentencing.  She has presented scholarly research at several conferences, and served on numerous research panels. 

 Before embarking on her career in academia, Jefferson-Bullock enjoyed a varied law practice for 10 years.  She represented plaintiffs at a litigation boutique firm in California, and in large, national class action cases in Louisiana.  In 2005, she opened a successful practice with her sister, specializing in personal injury and general business advices matters.  She also served as a public defender in Orleans Parish Municipal Court, where she represented indigent criminal defendants, in matters ranging from simple misdemeanors to domestic violence.

Jefferson-Bullock believes strongly in public service. She was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives in 2003, where she represented a district in her home city of New Orleans.  Respected by her peers and House leadership, she was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state’s budget. Post-Katrina, she was an outspoken champion for the rights of the displaced, most notably, the right to vote.

Jefferson-Bullock continues to serve her community.  Throughout her career, she has been appointed to numerous community boards and commissions and has received several awards and recognitions for community service. Most recently, Jefferson-Bullock was awarded the Living History Award in Phoenix for excellence in jurisprudence. She is a current member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and The Links, Inc. 

 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.