Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy


CASRIP Newsletter - Winter 1998, Volume 5, Issue 1

From the Dean: Trip to Visit Alumni in Asia

In February, I spent ten days visiting alumni and former visiting scholars and judges in four countries in Asia. John Haley was with me during the entire trip. Toshiko Takenaka and Dan Foote accompanied us at various stages: Toshiko in Seoul, Tokyo and Kyoto, and Dan in Tokyo and Kyoto.

We visited more than 200 alumni and friends in Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto and Taipei. Our Law School has more than 500 alumni in Asia, a greater number than any other American law school, with the possible exception of Harvard. Almost all of these loyal friends are graduates of, or are otherwise connected with, our Program in Asian and Comparative Law. About 300 have post-graduate degrees, almost 200 are former visiting scholars and judges, and many more have attended our intellectual property law summer institutes.

The Law School's Asian and Comparative Law Program was conceived in 1960 and 1961, when several Law School professors (Ralph Johnson, Arval Morris, and Cornelius Peck) obtained a large Ford Foundation grant to establish a teaching and research program in Asian law. Dan Fenno Henderson became the first director of the Asian Law Program in 1962. He quickly assembled a group of scholars who became pioneers in Japanese legal scholarship in this country. This group developed a curriculum and a comprehensive set of teaching materials for post-graduate (LL.M. and Ph.D.) programs in Asian law. The first LL.M. class graduated in 1968. In later years, John Haley and Dan Foote (Japanese Law) and Donald Clarke (Chinese Law) joined our faculty and expanded the program to one that now has about 30 students in the LL.M. and Ph.D. programs, and that brings more than a dozen visiting scholars and judges to the Law School each year. Moreover, our library's Asian law collection is one of the finest in the United States.

One graduate of the Ph.D. program, Toshiko Takenaka, joined our faculty as a research assistant professor in comparative intellectual property law in 1994. Toshiko has brought our Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) to its present level of prominence. The CASRIP publishes a newsletter three times a year that covers intellectual property developments in Europe, Asia, and the United States. To maintain closer contacts with our alumni and visiting scholars and judges in Asia, this issue of CASRIP newsletter also begins to cover the Asian Law Program. In addition, the CASRIP conducts an annual summer institute that brings together leading intellectual property scholars and practitioners from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany, and the United States. The success of the CASRIP and of Toshiko Takenaka is revealed by Toshiko's schedule during our trip to Asia. She gave lectures to 150 intellectual property officials and to 20 scholars in Korea; to more than 100 patent attorneys at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo; and to classes at Kyushu University and the University of Tokyo.

Our first stop was in Seoul, Korea. We visited the Korean Industrial Property Office, the Economic Development Institute, and the Korea Foundation. Our visit was capped by a banquet with more than 20 of our Korean alumni in attendance. From Korea we traveled to Shanghai. Even though students from China have come to the Law School only relatively recently, more than 30 alumni and friends, including the President of the Shanghai Bar Association, attended our reception in Shanghai. Many of our Shanghai alumni expressed great gratitude to the University of Washington for the experience they had at the Law School. Some success stories were remarkable. For instance, Charles Duan graduated from the LL.M. program in 1992 and immediately founded his own firm. That firm now has 15 lawyers located in offices in Shanghai, Brussels, and Seattle. Allen Jiang received his LL.M. in 1991. After working in a law firm, he established his own firm in 1996. That firm now has 20 lawyers and is seeking more. Shanghai is the financial center of the world's largest nation and hopes to become the financial center of all Asia. That hope is, in my view, not entirely unrealistic.

From Shanghai we flew to Tokyo. We had a private audience with Chief Justice Shigeru Yamaguchi of the Japanese Supreme Court. Justice Yamaguchi expressed appreciation for our visiting judges program, under which Japanese judges come to the University of Washington to study our system of judicial administration. The high point of our visit to Tokyo was a reception attended by more than 100 alumni and friends, including Thomas S. Foley, '57, the United States Ambassador to Japan. At that reception, I announced our goal of raising $2 million for a Pacific Rim Law and Policy Center in the new law school building and for an endowment to bring visiting professors from Asia to the Law School.

We next traveled to Kyoto, where we attended a banquet hosted by former students and visiting professors. That banquet was a special event for John Haley and for me, because it gave us the opportunity to see Professor Zentaro Kitagawa, who was a visiting professor at the Law School in 1969-70. He was my colleague and John Haley's professor when John was himself a student in the LL.M. Program.

We concluded our trip with a visit to Taipei, where we met more than 35 alumni and former visiting scholars, as well as Herbert Ma, who was a visiting professor at the Law School in 1970-71. We also met many law faculty members from National Taiwan University and Soochow University. The Chair of the National Taiwan University law faculty gave us an extensive tour of that university and of its law school building.

I hope and believe that our trip to Asia was worthwhile in every sense. It is clear to me that our graduates in Asia cherish the experience they had at this Law School. Our program in the training of Asian lawyers in U.S. law is very beneficial to them, but I am also convinced that the presence here of graduate students, visiting scholars, and visiting professors from Asia enriches the life of all students and professors at the Law School. I believe we have the best program in the United States for Asian lawyers, and it is clear to me that many lawyers, judges, professors, and scholars in East Asia share that belief.

Roland L. Hjorth

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