Faculty & Staff

Andrew Leong, JD

Associate Professor of Law, Social Justice and Asian American Studies


photo of Andrew Leong

Areas of Expertise

Law, justice, and equality pertaining to disenfranchised communities, with a focus on Asian Americans. Substantive areas include anti-Asian violence, hate crimes, immigration reform, Asian American legal history, environmental justice, anti-gentrification strategies, community lawyering.


JD, Boston College
BA, Drake University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Andrew Leong is an associate professor at CPCS. He has taught at CPCS since 1990. His specialty is on law, justice, and equality pertaining to disenfranchised communities, with a focus on Asian Americans. From 1987 to 1993 he was clinical director of the Chinatown Clinical Program at Boston College Law School. He was supervising attorney of the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services from 1986 to 1990.

Professor Leong is a graduate of Drake University (1982-BA) in Des Moines, Iowa and Boston College Law School (1985-JD) in Newton, Massachusetts.

He is active in community and civil rights work, having served on the Board of Trustee of numerous Asian American and civil rights related organizations (e.g. Asian American Resource Workshop, Asian Community Development Corporation, the Chinatown Quincy School Community Council, the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, The Institute for Affirmative Action, the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, and the Steering Committee of the Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law).

Professor Leong also served as the President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts from 1989 to 1994. During the same period he was also President of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund. He has fought numerous episodes of environmental injustice in Boston 's Chinatown neighborhood and chairs "The Campaign to Protect Chinatown."

Professor Leong has further provided legal representation and technical assistance to victims of anti-Asian violence. He was the legal counsel for thirteen victims of an anti-Asian bias hate incident at Tufts University and successfully negotiated an agreement where the perpetrator admitted to his actions. Professor Leong also provided legal counsel and training on a case where more than thirty Asian students were systematically beaten on one day in South Philadelphia High School.

Professor Leong has written about welfare and immigration reform, hate crimes, environmental justice, and community lawyering.