John Chung

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John ChungProfessor of Law

Contact Information

401-254-4688jchung@rwu.eduSSRN Author PageCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., Harvard 
B.A., Washington University

Keenly interested in the relationship between consumer debt and bankruptcy, Professor John Chung recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on proposed bankruptcy legislation regarding abusive credit card practices. A prolific author, Professor Chung’s articles cover many legal topics including bankruptcy, international law, and contracts. Academia is not alone in recognizing Professor Chung’s talents. Both the RWU 2009 and 2012 graduating classes voted him Professor of the Year.

Many of Professor Chung’s remarkable teaching skills come from his extensive background as a commercial lawyer. As a partner in the Los Angeles firm Katten Munchen & Zavis, Professor Chung devoted a significant portion of his practice representing secured creditors in bankruptcy court. While employed for the United Nations, he worked for the Compensation Commission originated by the UN to process claims and award compensation for losses resulting from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Professor Chung teaches contracts, sales, secured transactions and bankruptcy at RWU.

Articles

Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and Market Failure, Oregon Law Review (forthcoming)

Wealth Inequality as Explained by Quantitative Easing and Law’s Inertia, 85 UMKC Law Review 275 (2017)

The Role of Naval Power in the Development of Customary International Law, 34 Quinnipiac Law Review 39 (2015)

Twenty Years of Impact: The Role of the Law School’s Alumni in Rhode Island History, 19 Roger Williams University Law Review 679 (2014)(Twentieth Anniversary Edition)

In re Qimonda AG: The Conflict Between Comity and the Public Policy Exception in Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, 32 Boston University International Law Journal 89 (2014)

A Fundamental Flaw with UNCITRAL’s Approach to Cross-Border Secured Transactions: The Failure To Address Creditor Due Diligence Issues, 20 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 557 (2012)

Customary International Law as Explained by Status, Instead of Contract, 37 North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation 609 (2012)

From Feudal Land Contracts to Financial Derivatives: The Treatment of Status through Specific Relief, 29 Review of Banking & Financial Law 107 (2009)

Money as Simulacrum: The Legal Nature and Reality of Money, 5 Hastings Busines Law Journal 109 (2009)

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code and its Implicit Assumptions regarding the Foreign Exchange Market, 76 Tennessee Law Review 67 (2008)

Promissory Estoppel and the Protection of Interpersonal Trust, 56 Cleveland State Law Review 37 (2008)

The Retrogressive Flaw of Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code: A Lesson from Maritime Law, 17 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 253 (2007)
 
The New Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code: A Step Toward Erosion of National Sovereignty, 27 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 89 (2006)
 
The United Nations Compensation Commission and the Balancing of Rights between Individual Claimants and the Government of Iraq, 10 U.C.L.A. Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs 141 (2005)

 

Courses Taught

LAW.784Bankruptcy

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Course Description

This course covers the basic principles of individual and business bankruptcies. The course will first cover the core bankruptcy principles that are generally applicable to every type of bankruptcy, including the automatic stay, the bankruptcy estate, and the rights of creditors. These provisions of the Bankruptcy Code are found in Chapters 1, 3 and 5. The course will then cover the basic principles of individual bankruptcies. This part of the course will focus on Chapters 7 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. The course will then cover the basic principles of business bankruptcies. This part of the course will focus on Chapter 11.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

John Chung

LAW.604Contracts I

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the law of agreements. Topics include contract formation, the doctrine of consideration and its substitutes, the Statute of Frauds, contract regulation, the parole evidence rule, interpretation, performance and breach, conditions, anticipatory breach, remedies for breach, specific performance, damages, restitution and impracticability and frustration. Both the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code are emphasized. The rights and duties of non-parties are covered to the extent possible.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.605Contracts II

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the law of agreements. Topics include contract formation, the doctrine of consideration and its substitutes, the Statute of Frauds, contract regulation, the parole evidence rule, interpretation, performance and breach, conditions, anticipatory breach, remedies for breach, specific performance, damages, restitution and impracticability and frustration. Both the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code are emphasized. The rights and duties of non-parties are covered to the extent possible.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.604 – Contracts I

LAW.770International Law

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Course Description

This basic course introduces students to the central topics, ideas and principles of present-day public international law. It will also cover the judicial and other structures including the United Nations, which are central to the determination and enforcement of this legal regime.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.651Payment Systems

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Course Description

This course covers Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It surveys the legal concept of money, negotiability, usury laws, commercial paper and bank credit as a money substitute, doctrines of holder in due course, liability and discharge and paper/electronic transfers. Consideration is given also to letters of credit and documents of title.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.653Secured Transactions

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Course Description

This course surveys Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and focuses on financing and creation of a security interest in personal property and fixtures.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.