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In recognition of continued guidance, loyalty and dedication all of which have been an inspiration to fellow attorneys.
Deborah Chang has been selected for the Marvin E. Lewis Award, given “in recognition of continued guidance, loyalty and dedication, all of which have been an inspiration to fellow attorneys.”
Chang is a partner and trial attorney at Chang | Klein LLP and also a partner and founder of Athea Trial Lawyers LLP. “I always felt compelled to serve the greater good, to do something that could effectuate change and help others,” Chang said. “That’s something I learned very early, so the law was a natural fit.” She started her legal career on the defense side. “But with that passion for doing the greater good, my first year doing defense work I also brought the first case in the country on behalf of prisoners with AIDS. It changed the way that prisoners were housed and treated and received medical care.”
Chang’s service to CAOC includes her term as the association’s president in 2021. She received CAOC Women’s Caucus 2017 Women Consumer Advocate of the Year Award for outstanding commitment to furthering the education and careers of women trial lawyers and was one of the recipients of CAOC’s Consumer Attorney of the Year honor in 2014.
“I found my home with CAOC, with likeminded people that I trust with my life,” she said. “We help each other, we learn from each other, we grow from each other. I know that CAOC is an organization that welcomes my ideas and contributions, and that will use my money, my efforts and my energy for the greater good, to change laws, and to create new laws. I can’t imagine not being involved with CAOC. I try to let people know that CAOC is vital to the very existence of every lawyer who does plaintiffs work. If there is no CAOC, there is no one watching out for us.”
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