About Shan Wu

Shanlon “Shan” Wu is a college student defense attorney and founding member of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, a Washington., D.C.-based boutique law firm. Over 10 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in the Washington, D.C. gives Shan the understanding and skills necessary to take on cases involving colleges students accused of university conduct code violations and criminal charges such as drug possession, alcohol violations, assault, and sexual assault as well as university academic honor code violations such as cheating and plagiarism.

In addition to his experience as a federal prosecutor, Shan also served as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, a role in which he advised on various criminal law issues. During that time, he also served as a liaison to the FBI, DEA, and National Institute of Justice, among others. He has received numerous awards for his groundbreaking work within the world of law; he pioneered the use of expert testimony in domestic violence prosecutions and was part of the team that secured the first life-without-parole sentence ever given for a serial rapist. His body of work spans the public and private sectors and includes prosecuting, investigating and defending matters ranging from violent crime to complex white-collar criminal investigation.

Shan received his law degree from Georgetown University; prior to that, he obtained a B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and beyond law, his interests include writing, boxing, and holistic health. He is a past-President of his local Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has served on the D.C. Bar Association’s Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee.

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CAMPUS JUSTICE | Spring of 2017

Campus Justice examines campus issues that arise through Greek life, athletics, alcohol and drug use, civil rights, free speech, academic integrity, and sexual misconduct through a multidisciplinary approach. Utilizing sociology, criminal justice, cultural anthropology, political science, critical studies and history we will seek to reconcile how universities choose to regulate their community. We will compare how different systems (civil, criminal and university conduct and academic honor boards) seek to manage campus issues. The tensions and interplay between the criminal justice system, Title IX, legislation, and the university discipline system will be highlighted and critically assessed. Particular emphasis will be given to the criminal justice system so that students will come away with a grasp of the basic components of criminal justice.