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Cases Against Asian American Scientists: Preventions and Counter Measures

March 9 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Counter over-zealous prosecution of Asian American scientists

Recent media reports have highlighted several arrests and criminal charges of Asian American scientists based on fraud related allegations. Many in the Asian American community fear that the U.S. enforcement actions such as the “China Initiative” by the Department of Justice, while serving a legitimate purpose, may be used as the pretext for over-zealous prosecution and racial profiling against Asian American and Asian immigrant scientists, researchers, and scholars.

In this seminar, you will hear from experienced attorneys on how to avoid common pitfalls in research and grant application activities, and how to protect one’s civil rights. The seminar will help scientists and their advisors learn the best practices to work with research institute administrators, U.S. government agencies, and foreign universities or entities.

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Zheng Liu, Partner, Rimon Law

Catherine Pan-Giordano, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Brian A. Sun, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Speaker Profile

Zheng Liu is a past President and a current Board Member of CALOBA. She is a litigator with about 20 years of experience. She is currently partner at Rimon, a leading distributed international law firm. Before Rimon, she worked for about 12 years at the international firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she established and led Orrick’s Drone & UAV practice. She obtained her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and she conducted her undergraduate studies at University of Science & Technology of China (中国科大). With a background in both biology and physics, she litigated technology cases for companies in a variety of industries. Some of the Chinese and Taiwanese companies she has represented are Alipay, BGI Genomics, Cambricon, DJI, Xiaomi, and XMotors .

Catherine Pan-Giordano is a Partner and Corporate Group Head of the East Coast offices of Dorsey & Whitney, a national law firm with 19 offices in the U.S. and around the globe. Catherine also chairs the firm’s industry recognized U.S.-China Practice. Together with the government grants lawyers and white-collar criminal defense lawyers at Dorsey & Whitney’s China Initiative Task Force, Catherine has successfully helped numerous scientists, researchers, universities, hospitals and research labs (i) navigate the difficult territory of internal investigations and government cases under the backdrop of DOJ’s “China Initiative,” and (ii) keep their jobs, research grants and freedom. Catherine is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, the global executive body of the firm. In addition to her law practice, Catherine enjoys contributing time and resources to civic causes, including producing educational materials that benefit Chinese American community and serving on the Board of Governors of University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis. (An abbreviated version of a recent educational film that Catherine helped make can be viewed here.)

Brian A. Sun has earned a national reputation as a distinguished trial lawyer in complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense. He is a former federal prosecutor, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been named by Lawdragon Magazine as one of America's 500 leading lawyers. Brian is recognized as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers in the area of white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Brian has a substantial cross-border practice, and his clients include Global Fortune 300 institutions and individuals embroiled in high-stakes litigation. Over the years he has represented such clients as Hon Hai Precision Co. (Foxconn), Mattel, Emerson Electric Co., the City of Los Angeles, and a number of individuals, including former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona and Dr. Wen Ho Lee in his successful civil lawsuit against the United States government.