Biography of Rocky Chin
Rockwell ("Rocky") Chin has lived and worked in Lower Manhattan for 20 years where he has been active in labor, community and civil rights struggles. At the New York City Commission on Human Rights (HRC), Rocky served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Community Relations, Acting General Counsel and most recently, Supervising Attorney. In addition to prosecuting and mediating discrimination cases at the Commission, Rocky participated in the HRC's efforts to eliminate exclusive male-only private clubs, address immigrant discrimination and eliminate barriers for people with disabilities.
Rocky helped organize the first City Hall Conference addressing concerns of the City's Asian Pacific American communities in September 1992. He has been an invited speaker at many forums including the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus conference in Albany and a human rights conference in Fukuoka City, Japan. Rocky attended the founding convention of the Rainbow Coalition, helped coordinate support for Jesse Jackson and David Dinkins during their successful New York City campaigns, served as Treasurer for the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohen, and was the campaign manager for Sau Ngar Li and Danny Yip, Community School District 2. Rocky is a member of Local 237, IBT (Teamsters), the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (AFL-CIO) and serves as an Advisory Board member for the New York "Jobs with Justice" Campaign, Honorary Board Member of the Asian American Arts Alliance and Board member of Gouverneur Gardens Co-op.
Rocky is a member of the American Bar Association's Coordinating Committee on Immigration and served for many years as Vice Chair of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics(LEAP) and Civil Rights Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). He is a founder of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), President of the AABANY Foundation, Board member of MFY Legal Services, a member of the NYC Organizing Committee for Citizen Action, the NY Immigration Coalition and the Lower East Side Call for Justice. Rocky is a past member of Community Board 3 (Lower East Side).
Rocky was born in Washington, D.C. on the 4th of July. He attended elementary school in Berea, Kentucky, where his father was an economics professor. Rocky went to high school at Phillips Academy (Andover) in Massachusetts, completed his undergraduate studies at Lehigh University and went on to receive a Master's Degree in City Planning from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Southern California. He has been a public interest attorney, representing poor and working families and immigrants, ever since.
Prior to joining the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Rocky worked at D.C. 37's Municipal Legal Services Plan and
the Center for Legal Education and Urban Policy at City College. Rocky has taught at Hunter College, City College,
Cornell University's School of Law and New York University. His recent article, "
Long Struggle for Justice" is the lead article in the November 1999 issue of the American Bar Journal focusing on Asian Pacific Americans and the Law.
Rocky is married to May Y. Chin, who is Vice President of UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees). Their daughter, Donna, is a public school teacher in Chinatown and their son, Vincent, works for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Rocky and May live on the Lower East Side.