Professor Mary Fan's research and teaching are informed by her experiences as a former federal prosecutor and as an Associate Legal Officer at a United Nations international criminal tribunal. She joined the faculty in 2010. She has authored numerous publications about cross-border criminal justice; narcotics, firearms and immigration enforcement; and harm prevention. She also collaborates on violence and injury prevention research as a core faculty member at Harborview Medical Center's Injury Prevention & Research Center.
Professor Fan was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2012 and is an Advisor to the ALI's Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Crimes Project. She was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Association in 2014. She also is a two-time recipient of the Dean's Medal for excellence in teaching, research and service. Her commentary has appeared in a variety of major news outlets, such as ABC News, the Daily Telegraph, FOX News, the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal's site.
She received her JD from Yale Law School and her MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar. At Yale, she was a Notes Editor for the Yale Law Journal, a Managing Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and a Coker Teaching Fellow. She was awarded the Jewell Prize and the Nathan Burkan Prize for her publications. She clerked for the Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of California and as an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague.