Angela Chan

Angela F. Chan is a senior staff attorney managing the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. She represents immigrant families who have youth caught in the juvenile justice system and youth who are harassed or discriminated in the K-12 public education system based on race, ethnicity and other protected categories. Angela also provides know your rights education on youth rights with the police, the juvenile justice system, and bullying and harassment. Her work at ALC began in 2006 with a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute and an Irving Kaufman Fellowship from Harvard Law School. She was awarded a Monarch Award by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition in 2008 for her work assisting immigrant families in the juvenile system. She also was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for her advocacy on behalf of immigrant youth. Angela has served as an instructor in the Raza Department at San Francisco State University, teaching the courses Race, Crime and Justice, and Issues in the Criminalization of Latino Youth. She also is currently on the San Francisco Police Commission, which is a civilian oversight body that sets policy for the department and makes decisions on police disciplinary cases.

Prior to joining Advancing Justice - ALC, Angela served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones in the Southern District of California. While in law school, she worked as a law clerk at the Harvard Civil Rights Project, Greater Boston Legal Services, Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and plaintiff-side firm Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll. Angela was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a Harvard Asian Pacific Alumni Association Fellowship, a Harvard Southern California Alumni Association Fellowship, and an Asian Pacific American Association for Advancement National Scholarship. Her publications include, “The Global Enclave Model: Economic Segregation, Intra-ethnic Conflict, and the Impact of Globalization on Chinese Immigrant Communities,” in the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Asian American Policy Review. She earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Occidental College.

Contact phone: (415) 848-7719


Angela Chan in the news:


Privacy Advocates Fear Immigration ID System Paul Bedard and Mallie Kim | U.S. News and World Reports July 7, 2011

Opting Out of Secure Communities Airtalk Interview | Southern California Public Radio Interview June 1, 2011

Q&A: Attorney Angela Chan on immigrants and policing Rina Palta | KALW News October 28, 2010

Milk Club dinner celebrates progressive politics By Matt Baume June 3, 2010 | Bay Area Reporter

Should the SF Chronicle Be Proud of its Award? By Staff Attorney Angela Chan & June 23, 2009 | SF Gate

Best of the Bay 2009: Local Heroes By SFBG Staff Writers January 4, 2010 | San Francisco Bay Guardian

Opinion: Immigration Policy, in Arizona and at Home By Staff Attorney Angela Chan April 30, 2010 | San Francisco Bay Guardian

Family Facing Deportation Breakup Wins Reprieve By Bob Egelko March 4, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Rising Harassment of Asian American Students By Philippine News Staff Writer November 21, 2007 | Philippine News

PAAWBAC to Present Monarch Awards By Staff Writer May 27, 2008 |