|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Distinguished Service Award||Alameda County Bar Association||2013|
|Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services||State Bar of California||2012|
|Teacher||Stanford Law School; Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop||2014 - 2015|
|Mock Trial Instructor||Center for Youth Development through Law||2013 - 2015|
|Public Defender||San Francisco Public Defender's Office||2009 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Women Lawyers of Alameda County||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|East Bay Community Law Center||Volunteer Attorney||2013 - Present|
|Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach||Volunteer Attorney||2011 - Present|
|Bay Area Legal Aid||Pro Bono Attorney||2011 - Present|
|Criminal Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2010 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program||Attorney||2010 - Present|
|Asian American Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Wu Yee Children's Services||Board Member||2009 - 2011|
|Northeastern University School of Law||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Center for Youth Development through the Law||Mock Trial||2015|
|BAAPALSA Conference||Criminal Law Trial Attorney Panel||2015|
|Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program||Misdemeanor Trial Skills||2015|
|Stanford Law School||Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop||2014|
|Center for Youth Development through the Law||Mock Trial||2014|
|Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program||Misdemeanor Trial Skills||2014|
|Center for Youth Development through Law||Mock Trial||2013|
|Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program||Misdemeanor Skills||2013|
|Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program||Practical Advice for New CAAP Attorneys||2012|
Posted by Alan
Ms Chang recently represented my teenage son first in juvenile, then in adult court. She is a very, very skilled and hardworking attorney. Her effort and dedication on his behalf were unflagging, and she has obtained the best possible outcomes - i.e., legal - given the circumstances. In addition to her legal skills, this reflected her deep experience with and knowledge of the Alameda County juvenile and adult legal systems, including her long-standing relationships with judges, district attorney lawyers, and others therein.
And not only did she provide high-quality representation, but throughout the process she took the time to answer my son's questions and help him understand what was happening. Moreover, she did the same for his mother and me - consistently and patiently responding to our questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. (and to be candid, we were quite demanding - but she was always completely responsive and supportive).
Finally: In my son's last court appearance, at which Ms Chang quickly and efficiently got the charge dismissed, the _opposing counsel_ actually praised her in open court, by way of telling my son how lucky he was to have such good representation.
I give her my highest recommendation.
Posted by Joshua
1. Responsive - my first contact went to her voice mailbox. Within 1 hr, she replied my call and set up a meeting (which was held very next day). I submitted our request to her being our attorney via e-mail, and again, within 1 hr, she already started to work on our case.
2. Care - our case was actually involved our son, a minor in Jr. high school. She totally understand how important the incident is to us, and explained potential best and worst outcome to us in the first meeting (free consultation). Since the situation involved with school and judicial system, she clarified the steps we need to be prepared. While facing to school/district, she even stood up and presented alternative path that we (both student and school) could take as a better outcome for both parties.
3. Quality - sometimes it is hard to obtain the facts from a minor's mouth. During her consultation with my son, I could get more clear understanding to what happened. Also, prior to facing the school/district, she already took action to deliver our stands, and put us in initiative position. At the meeting, she was very attentive and straight to the point to what has been discussed and lead the conversation toward to our favor.
Outcome: Prior to consult Heather, I actually talked to one of my friend who is actually the member of school board. From what he said, the situation was no negotiable, the punishment that my son's school principle had taken was adequate and has been the standard procedure. It was no use to argue about it. However, with Heather's help, my son's penalty was able to kept in minimum and was granted to keep his record in good condition.
As parents: Heather treated my teenager son like her young brother: sincere, care, and with passion. She gained his trust at the first hand, and left with practical and life time advise to him. Prior to this, I and my wife, as layman, were skeptical that attorney always look into $$, not the case, nor the people; however, Heather was totally not like that. She cared about us, as parents, our son, as full of potential person, and equipped us with knowledge how to protect, and fight against the case, and avoid the damage might caused by being ignorant with laws. Thank you, Heather.
Posted by Jimmy
Heather was attentive and sensitive to my situation. I was being falsely accused of a serious crime. Heather was very quick to respond and assured me of my rights. She managed to avoid my case from going to trial. If you want your matter to be resolved in the best case scenario I recommend you work with Heather.