Angela E. Oh is an attorney, teacher, and public lecturer. Her law firm, Oh & Barrera, LLP is based in Los Angeles. The firm offers representation in state and federal criminal matters and civil rights.
Ms. Oh has served on select commissions and boards, including the Federal Judicial Nominations Committee for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, the Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the Central District of California, and the California Commission on Access to Justice. She currently serves on the boards of Washington D.C.-based Women’s Policy, Inc. and the Western Justice Center Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
In June 1997, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the President’s Initiative on Race. She served as part of a seven-member Advisory Board to the President in an effort directed at examining how race, racism, and racial differences have affected the United States.
Between 1998 and 2002, Ms. Oh left the full-time practice of law to study, teach, and write. Her speeches and writings reflect the opportunities and challenges that diversity presents. Ms. Oh’s lectures have taken her into both national and international arenas, including China, Korea, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
In 2000, Ms. Oh was appointed Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine where she continues to teach a course on Race and American Law and Leadership for the 21st Century. In 2002, she finished a collection of essays entitled Open: One Woman’s Journey, published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department.
She is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Health degrees. Her Juris Doctorate is from King Hall, the University of California, Davis School of Law. In 1996, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from King Hall. And, in 2003, she was awarded Distinguished Alumni for Community Service by UCLA. Ms. Oh is also an ordained Priest, Zen Buddhist-Rinzai Sect.