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Michael T. Yu

Michael T. Yu

Professor of Law

(619) 525-1695


Michael Yu currently serves as a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law and as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Before teaching, he worked in private practice as a trusts and estates and tax lawyer in San Francisco and in Los Angeles. Before working in private practice, he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas B. Wells, Judge, United States Tax Court, and, during law school, he served as an extern law clerk to The Honorable Theodore H. Katz, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. His teaching and research interests are in trusts and estates and tax law.

  • LL.M. New York University [taxation]
  • J.D. Columbia University
  • A.B. Harvard College [cum laude government]
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Community Property
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Estate & Gift Tax


  • Michael T. Yu, Towards a New California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, 39 Loy. LA Ent. L. Rev. 115 (2018-2019).
  • Michael T. Yu, Deductions in a Proposed Calculation and Allocation of Distributable Net Income to the Separate Shares of a Trust or Estate, 5 Pitt. Tax Rev. 123 (2008).