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Professor Kevin V. Tu

Kevin Tu

Associate Professor of Law
B.A. 2003, University of Washington
J.D. 2006, University of Washington
School of Law
Member of the Washington State Bar

 Curriculum Vitae SSRN

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-2113
 Office: 3238


Professor Kevin Tu teaches and writes in the areas of commercial law, business law, banking and financial institution regulation, and technology. Professor Tu currently focuses his research on the regulation of new and emerging payment systems. His recent scholarship has appeared in the George Washington Law Review (forthcoming), Washington Law Review, Alabama Law Review and the Kansas Law Review, among other journals.

Professor Tu brings extensive practical experience as a transactional attorney to the classroom. From 2006 until 2011, he practiced law at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, an international law firm, where he represented business and financial institutional clients in a wide range of business transactions and regulatory compliance matters. Professor Tu’s practice focused on: (1) representing issuers of consumer payment devices such as private label credit cards and stored value, (2) advising clients on the design of online and mobile commerce platforms and payment processing functions, (3) structuring, negotiating and documenting complex single-bank and multi-bank secured and unsecured credit transactions; (4) representing companies in domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions with particular emphasis in the telecommunications and wireless industry; and (5) advising clients on physical and electronic distribution strategies, supply chain and manufacturing arrangements, and the development and implementation of vendor finance programs.

Prior to joining UNM School of Law in 2012, Professor Tu taught Contracts at the University of Washington School of Law and taught Commercial Law, Secured Land Transactions, Financial Institutions Law, and Private Equity & Venture Capital at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Outside the classroom, Professor Tu is an avid photographer and cook. His sports photography has been featured on and the websites, blogs and press releases of several professional triathletes, including Ironman and 70.3 World Champions, and he aspires to one day compete on the television show MasterChef.


Academic Publications and Works in Progress

Mission-Driven Corporations and Shareholder Profit, ___ Geo. Wash. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming)

Rethinking Virtual Currency Regulation in the Bitcoin Age, 90 Wash. L. Rev. 271 (2015) (with Michael W. Meredith)

Regulating the New Cashless World, 65 Ala. L. Rev. 77 (2013) (Discussed in American Banker and featured on Reg Blog)

The Rise of State Specific Attempts to Decipher the Sufficiency of a Debtor Name Standard Under Revised Article 9 and the End of Uniformity in Secured Transactions, 59 U. Kan. L. Rev. 85 (2010)

Counterfeit Fashion: The Interplay between Copyright and Trademark Law in Original Fashion Designs and Designer Knock-Offs, 18 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 419(2010)(reprinted in Intellectual Property Law Review (Karen B. Tripp ed., West 2011) and judged by the editor as one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property law published in 2010)

Student Note, Extreme Policy Makeover: Re-Evaluating Current U.S.-Vietnam Relations under the International Religious Freedom Act, 14 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 771 (2005)