Chinese American Hero: Morgan Chu
Education: BA (1971), MA (1972), and PhD (1973) – University of California at Los Angeles; M.S.L. (1974) – Yale University; J.D. (1976) – Harvard Law School
Awards: In 2007, Mr. Chu received the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles; and in 1987, he received the Significant Achievement Award for Excellence and Innovation in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from the Center for Public Resources
Contributions: Mr. Chu is a partner with the Los Angeles-based law firm of Irell and Manella and is widely acclaimed as one of the most accomplished intellectual property trial attorneys in the nation. He has a number of accolades, including being named as one of the “Top Ten Trial Lawyers” in the nation by the National Law Journal, the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States” by Chambers USA, and “Number One Super Lawyer in Southern California” by Los Angeles Magazine.
Mr. Chu is one of the co-founders of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center in 1969. Mr. Chu also contributes to a number of pro bono activities, including the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Public Counsel since 1993. By the way, Morgan Chu is the younger brother of Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Chu.
Philanthropy: Mr. Chu and his wife, Helen have established a generous scholarship endowment at the UCLA Center, which is one among many extraordinary philanthropic gifts that they have provided to a wide range of institutions.