- Diane T. Chin
- Associate Dean for Public Service and Public Interest Law and Lecturer in Law
- 650 725.4192
Diane T. Chin oversees the Levin Center`s career development, pro bono, externship, and mentoring programs. She also teaches, plans and coordinates public interest curriculum, and engages in external relations and fundraising. In 2007, she co-edited and contributed to Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More, and she previously served as the Levin Center`s founding director in 2003. Prior to her return to Stanford, Diane was the Director of Equal Justice Works/West, the first regional office of that national organization, outside of its Washington, D.C., headquarters. Diane also served as Associate Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law and as the Executive Director for Chinese for Affirmative Action.
She began her law career as a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association when she graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, and then as a staff attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Later she worked as a housing attorney for Protection & Advocacy, Inc. and as a senior trial attorney for the Office of Citizen Complaints, San Francisco Police Commission. Diane was an adjunct member of the New College of Law faculty (Race and the Law, Constitutional Law). Her substantive areas of practice have been within the civil rights field (hate violence, police misconduct, affirmative action and housing discrimination). At Stanford, she serves as a Lecturer in Law, teaching Lawyering for Social Change and other courses.
- Elizabeth (Betsy) de la Vega
- Director, Pro Bono and Externship Program
- 650 725.7909
A veteran prosecutor with extensive federal court trial experience, de la Vega began her legal career as judicial clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Renner in St. Paul, Minnesota. Following her clerkship, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis, serving there and in San Jose for a total of over twenty years. During her tenure, she prosecuted the full spectrum of federal criminal cases: white collar crime, tax and money laundering violations, RICO, continuing criminal enterprise, and the first federal prosecution of commercial airline pilots for “flying under the influence,” among others. She also briefed and argued cases before the Eighth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. The recipient of community and Department of Justice awards for her work - including a Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney – de la Vega was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and chief of the San Jose Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She has lectured on various aspects of substantive criminal law, investigation and trial practice in Continuing Legal Education programs, and taught law school courses in white collar crime and legal writing, as well as trial and appellate advocacy. A widely-published author, de la Vega speaks frequently to civic organizations and student groups, and appears in regional and national media as a legal expert on issues of criminal justice and public integrity.
Betsy provides training and support to student-run pro bono projects; assists in the cultivation of new pro bono partnerships; and develops programs to promote a culture of service at the law school and in the larger legal community. She also oversees the externship program, which enables second- and third-year students to combine fieldwork in nonprofit and government organizations with structured coursework or research directed by a member of the faculty.
- Negar Katirai
- Assistant Director
- 650 723.8974
Negar joins Stanford after serving as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she represented clients in domestic violence, child custody, and child support matters, and assisted in the development and implementation of projects addressing systemic issues affecting Legal Aid’s client community. Prior to working at Legal Aid, Negar served as a staff attorney at Break the Cycle, a national nonprofit organization addressing teen dating violence, where she represented teens and young adults in domestic violence cases and provided technical assistance to organizations servicing young people experiencing relationship violence.
Negar has also worked as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she conducted investigations and provided compliance advice with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export controls, and sanctions laws. While at Steptoe, Negar’s pro bono practice included representing clients in asylum claims and legislative and administrative advocacy regarding child victims of trafficking.
Negar received her BA in History from Wesleyan University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
- Mina Titi Liu
- Director of International Public Interest Initiatives
- 650 736.8088
Titi Liu is the Director of International Public Interest Initiatives at the Levin Center. She develops and implements programs that support students who are pursuing a career path in international public interest lawyering and serve as a resource for leading practitioners in the field, with a focus on transitional societies.
Titi has a long career advancing social justice issues both domestically and internationally. She was the law and rights program officer for the Ford Foundation in Beijing, China and a State Department and USAID consultant. She has been extensively published in the US and in China on the relationship between litigation and social change.
She was most recently the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to promote, advance and represent the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Prior to joining the Caucus, she was the Garvey Schubert Barer visiting professor in Asian Law at the University of Washington.
Titi holds a juris doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
- Anna Wang
- Executive Director
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Anna Wang is the Executive Director of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law. Wang directs the career development and mentoring programs, which includes coordinating our Public Interest Alumni Mentor network. She also oversees the Levin Center’s numerous public interest funding programs and manages general operations. Wang joined Stanford in 2004 after three years as the first Executive Director of Vision New America, a nonprofit civic leadership development organization in Silicon Valley. In addition to guiding the organization's development, she instituted new voter outreach efforts, launched leadership training programs, and developed a highly successful public policy internship program targeting high school and college students. Wang received her BA with honors from UCLA and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2001. She is a member of the California Bar.