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Angela Oh


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Angela E. Oh is an attorney, teacher, and public lecturer best known for her role as spokesperson for the Korean American community after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and her position on President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race in 1997.  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.

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. 

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 entitledOpen: One Woman’s Journey, published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department.

Ms. Oh is also an ordained Priest, Zen Buddhist-Rinzai Sect.