Frank H. Wu will officially join Wayne State University Law School this July 15th after nine years on the law faculty of Howard University, an historically black institution in Washington, D.C. He received his B.S. from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from University of Michigan.
Wu held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and then joined the civil litigation practice group at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. While there, he devoted a quarter of his time to representing indigents. Wu also served as a Teaching Fellow at Stanford University Law School in Palo Alto, California in 1994-95. Wu joined the faculty of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1995 and served as clinic director from 2000-02.
The 20th Anniversary Edition of Black Issues in Higher Education magazine has named him to its list of 20 scholars having the greatest influence on the academy since 1984, when the magazine was founded. The Black Issues list recognizes the twenty scholars "whose research, teaching and service set them above their peers in excellence." The magazine selected faculty members from all disciplines who "have had a significant impact in the academy, and whose work has inspired and will continue to inspire others." According to Black Issues, Wu's scholarship and frequent media commentaries made him "virtually … the public face of Howard's law school" during his tenure there. The magazine praises Wu as "a bridge builder between racial and ethnic communities" and notes his extensive publication record, including his 2002 book Yellow: Race in American Beyond Black and White (Boulder, Colo.: Perseus Book Group, 2001). and more than 200 articles in magazines, newspapers, and law reviews.