Denny Chin

Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School

(spring term)


Denny Chin is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1994 to 2010, he served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

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Denny Chin

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Fordham Law School, 1978
A.B. Princeton University, 1975

Courses Taught


  • Asian Americans and the Law

Denny Chin is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1994 to 2010, he served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

In the District Court, Judge Chin presided over a number of notable matters, including cases involving Megan's Law, the Million Youth March, the Naked Cowboy, and the Google Books project. He also presided over criminal trials involving the United Nations Oil for Food Program and an Afghan warlord charged with conspiring to import heroin, as well as the guilty plea and sentencing of financier Bernard L. Madoff.

In the Circuit Court, Judge Chin has authored opinions or dissents in cases involving the enforceability of arbitration clauses in online agreements, the General Motors bankruptcy, environmental regulations governing the discharge of ballast water from ships, the constitutionality of the government's seizure and retention of computer hard drives, barriers to access for voters with disabilities, and the streaming of copyrighted television broadcasts over the Internet.

Judge Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and received his law degree from Fordham Law School, where he was managing editor of the Fordham Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Henry F. Werker, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and was in private practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell, Campbell, Patrick & Chin, and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C.

Judge Chin and his wife Kathy Hirata Chin have been the principal authors of a number of scripts of reenactments of historic cases, including “Fred Korematsu and His Fight for Justice,” “This Land Is Our Land: Oyama v. California,” “Constance Baker Motley, James Meredith, and the University of Mississippi,” “Justice Denied: Wards Cove v. Atonio,” “The Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution,” and “22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v. Freeman.” These programs have been presented all around the country, including at numerous law schools and universities.