Pat Randolph in front of the Bird's Nest at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

An Award-Winning Friendship

Chinese award recognizes UMKC law professor for his contributions


UMKC builds strong relationships with its communities -- local, regional, national and international. The School of Law is one of the schools on campus that has established ties with China during the past 15 years, and UMKC and China are reaping the benefits.

Professor Patrick A. Randolph joined the faculty of UMKC's School of Law in 1980, specializing in real estate law. His opinions on state laws and uniform codes governing property, probate, e-commerce and trust law gained him a reputation as a top American practitioner and an expert in Chinese real estate.

In 1994, Randolph traveled to Beijing, China as a visiting professor in Peking University's Department of Law. That was the beginning of an ongoing relationship as a guest lecturer at more than 25 Chinese law schools. Moreover, with Randolph’s encouragement and support, Chinese students began coming to UMKC from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chongching, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Taiyuan and other cities to study law.

The program has evolved into the Chinese/American Studies Program. Currently, 30 Chinese students are participating; and the UMKC School of Law is devoting resources to accommodate 15 additional students in the next academic year. Randolph personally interviews the candidates, often meeting with them while he is in China for teaching or speaking engagements.

Benefits are provided to both cultures. While the Chinese law students immerse themselves in an American law school experience, they contribute to their UMKC colleagues' knowledge of the ever-expanding worldwide business environment and the growing need for understanding and cooperation.

In addition to teaching and lecturing, Randolph has written articles and books on Chinese real estate law, and is co-founder and co-director of the Peking University Center for Real Estate Law. He also directs the UMKC-Peking University Summer School in Chinese Law. For his contributions to the Chinese legal system, Randolph received the Chinese Great Wall Friendship Award in 2006.

Then, in 2008, Randolph received the highest award China grants to foreigners -- the National Friendship Prize. In late September, he traveled to Beijing, joining 49 other recipients from around the world for the presentation.

In the spring, Randolph and Professor Lou Jianbo will publish the second edition of their book, "Chinese Real Estate Law". 

The Chinese law students make UMKC's law students and faculty more aware of the ever-expanding worldwide business environment and the growing need for understanding and cooperation.

To read Pat Randolph's journal of his preparations and trip, please click here.

Posted: January 26, 2009

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