Duquesne University School of Law

Frank Yining Liu, LL.B., M.C.J., M.L.S.

Associate Dean for Legal Programs, Director of the Duquesne Center for Legal Information and Allegheny County Law Library, and Professor of Law

Office: Duquesne Center for Legal Information 219 and Hanley Hall 317

Phone Number: 412.396.5018

E-Mail Address: liu@duq.edu

Education: M.L.S., Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1971
M.C.J., Law, University of Texas at Austin, 1970
LL.B., Law, Taiwan University, 1965

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). 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.  

Advanced Legal Research,
Chinese Legal History,
Chinese for Lawyers

Co-author, with Yaofeng Yue, Chinese for Lawyers: An Introduction to Chinese Language, Legal History and Law.

Co-author, with Dittakavi Rao, Tsegaye Beru and Joel Fishman, Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook, 2008 Ed. published by American Lawyer Media

Co-author, with Dittakavi Rao, Tsegaye Beru and Joel Fishman, Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook, 2001 Ed. published by American Lawyer Media

Co-editor with Alfred S. Pelaez, Selected Laws of the People's Republic of China and Selected Readings, 1995 - present, Summer Study of Law in Beijing, China, Duquesne University School of Law (course materials)

A Law School-County Law Library Partnership, Frank Y. Liu, with Joel Fishman, 25 no.1 AALL-SIS Newsletter 12, 25-29 (Fall 2005); SCCLL News 6-11 (Winter 2006)

Community Services as a Path for Personal and Professional Growth, in Roy M. Mersky and

Richard A. Leiter ed. Spirit of Law Librarianship II, pp.189-196 (2005)

Co-columnist, with Dittakavi Rao, for the monthly column, 'In the Stacks,' for the Pennsylvania Law Weekly for the following articles:

Introducing Lexis' Search Advisor and Westlaw's Keysearch, 24 PLW 1384, December 3, 2001.

Researching the U.S. Supreme Court, 24 PLW 676, June 11, 2001.

Refreshing Your Manual Research Skills in Updating Pennsylvania Law, 24 PLW 212, February 19, 2001.

General Legal Web Sites for Pennsylvania Legal Research, 23 PLW 2205, December 25, 2000.

West Key Number System, Paper vs. Electronic Research: A Comparative Analysis, 23 PLW 2024, November 6, 2000.

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, LoisLaw, VersusLaw and Law.com, 23 PLW 935, August 28, 2000.

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, Westlaw Expands Software, Internet Resources, 23 PLW 842, July 31, 2000.

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, 23 PLW 710, July 3, 2000.

KeyCite and Shepard's Citations Compared, 23 PLW 584, June 5, 2000.

Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure, Internet Guide Part II, 23 PLW 480, May 8, 2000.

Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure, 23 PLW 377, April 10, 2000.

Pennsylvania Law Secondary Materials on the Web, 23 PLW 302, March 13, 2000.

Constitutional, Statutory Research on the Web, 23 PLW 196, February 14, 2000.

Pennsylvania Administrative Law on the Web, 23 PLW 97, January 17, 2000.

SERVICES TO DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY Member, University Educational Technology Committee, 2009 - 2010 Member, Board of Advisors, City Music Center, School of Music, 2005 - 2009 Member, Middle State Steering Committee, 2005 - 2008 Member, University Budget Committee, 1996-98, 2001-05. Member & Chair of Task Force on Faculty, Middle States Periodical Review Report Committee, 2002-03. Member, University Study Abroad Safety Committee, 2002. Member, University Search Committee for University Librarian, 2002. Past President, Executive Committee, Duquesne University Faculty Senate, 1998-2002.

Presidential Recognition of Appreciation, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), 2009.

American Commissioner, China - United States Joint Commission on Legal Education,, 2007 -2009.

Professor Frank Yining Liu Day in the City of Pittsburgh, April 23, 2002.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Duquesne Law students are weighing in about the Research for Law Practice online course, and the Read More »

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Paralegal Institute this month recognized 50 graduates of the certificate program and honored Read More »

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) named Associate Dean Frank Y. Read More »

Books

Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook

Frank Yining Liu, Dittakavi Rao, Tsegaye Beru and Joel Fishman, Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook (2008 Ed. published by American Lawyer Media).

Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook

Frank Yining Liu, Dittakavi Rao, Tsegaye Beru and Joel Fishman, Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook (2001 Ed. published by American Lawyer Media).

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Articles

A Law School-County Law Library Partnership

Frank Y. Liu, with Joel Fishman, A Law School-County Law Library Partnership25 no.1 AALL-SIS Newsletter 12, 25-29 (Fall 2005); SCCLL News 6-11 (Winter 2006).

Community Services as a Path for Personal and Professional Growth

Frank Yining Liu, Community Services as a Path for Personal and Professional Growth, In Roy M. Mersky and Richard A. Leiter ed. Spirit of Law Librarianship II, pp.189-196 (2005).

Introducing Lexis' Search Advisor and Westlaw's Keysearch

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Introducing Lexis' Search Advisor and Westlaw's Keysearch, 24 PLW 1384 (December 3, 2001).

Monthly column 'In the Stacks'

Researching the U.S. Supreme Court

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Researching the U.S. Supreme Court, 24 PLW 676, June 11, 2001 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

Refreshing Your Manual Research Skills in Updating Pennsylvania Law

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Refreshing Your Manual Research Skills in Updating Pennsylvania Law24 PLW 212 (February 19, 2001).

Monthly column 'In the Stacks'

General Legal Web Sites for Pennsylvania Legal Research

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, General Legal Web Sites for Pennsylvania Legal Research, 23 PLW 2205, December 25, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

West Key Number System, Paper vs. Electronic Research: A Comparative Analysis

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, West Key Number System, Paper vs. Electronic Research: A Comparative Analysis, 23 PLW 2024, November 6, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, LoisLaw, VersusLaw and Law.com

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, LoisLaw, VersusLaw and Law.com23 PLW 935, August 28, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, Westlaw Expands Software, Internet Resources

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, Westlaw Expands Software, Internet Resources23 PLW 842, July 31, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

New Developments in Online Legal Research Services

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, New Developments in Online Legal Research Services, 23 PLW 710, July 3, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

KeyCite and Shepard's Citations Compared

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, KeyCite and Shepard's Citations Compared23 PLW 584, June 5, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure, Internet Guide Part II

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure, Internet Guide Part II23 PLW 480, May 8, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Pennsylvania Rules of Court and Procedure23 PLW 377, April 10, 2000 (Monthly column 'In the Stacks').

Pennsylvania Law Secondary Materials on the Web

Monthly column 'In the Stacks'

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Pennsylvania Law Secondary Materials on the Web, 23 PLW 302, March 13, 2000.

Pennsylvania Administrative Law on the Web

Monthly column 'In the Stacks'

Frank Yining Liu and Dittakavi Rao, Pennsylvania Administrative Law on the Web23 PLW 97 (January 17, 2000).

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Course Materials

Selected Laws of the People's Republic of China and Selected Readings, 1995 - Present

Frank Yining Liu and Alfred S. Pelaez, Selected Laws of the People's Republic of China and Selected Readings, 1995 - Present, Summer Study of Law in Beijing, China, Duquesne University School of Law (course materials).

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Presentations

The Impact of the Chinese Population in Pittsburgh

Frank Yining Liu, The Impact of the Chinese Population in Pittsburgh, presentation at Diversity Program, Robert Morris University Pittsburgh, PA (April 10, 2014).

Information Service to the Public: the Experience of a County Law Library in the U.S.

Frank Yining Liu, Information Service to the Public: the Experience of a County Law Library in the U.S., presented to the Shanghai Conference of the Chinese and American Forum and Law Libraries (CAFLL) (June 11, 2013).

State of the Law Libraries in American Legal Education

Frank Yining Liu, State of the Law Libraries in American Legal Education, presentation at Northwestern University of Politics and Political Science and Law (NWUPL), Xian, People's Republic of China (October 11, 2012).

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