Kunyu Ching (pronounced “Kwan-yoo”) is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Kansas. Born and raised in Johnson County, Kansas, Kunyu recently returned to the Sunflower State after starting her legal career in California.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Kunyu served as a term clerk for the Hon. Edward J. Davila and the Hon. Virginia K. DeMarchi in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. At the court, she worked on cases involving a wide variety of civil rights issues, including racial and ethnic discrimination, disability rights, labor/employment, prisoners’ rights, immigration, First Amendment/free speech, and excessive force and other police misconduct.
Before clerking, Kunyu worked for several years as an associate at Fenwick & West LLP litigating patent, copyright, trademark, and employment matters. While at Fenwick, she spent hundreds of hours assisting pro bono clients at trial and appellate levels in cases seeking redress from state and federal governments. One of Kunyu’s proudest moments as a young attorney was successfully obtaining a preliminary injunction and subsequent favorable settlement for her client from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after a decade’s worth of violations of his Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care.
Kunyu received her law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, with a certificate in public service law. She received her B.A. in Human Biology with a minor in Political Science from Stanford University.