Director - Youth DefenseDivision
Department:Youth Defense Division
Phone Number:(513) 946-8253
Ms. Chang is a 2008 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She has dedicated her legal career to public service. After graduation, she represented hundreds of the criminally accused in misdemeanor and felony cases as a Deputy State Public Defender for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. In 2010, Ms. Chang returned to Cincinnati to focus on juvenile justice issues at the Children’s Law Center, Inc. At the Children’s Law Center, she coordinated juvenile defense trainings for hundreds of juvenile defense attorneys, worked on policy reforms, and provided technical assistance and support to juvenile defense attorneys in the region. She coordinated the Ohio JDAI Indigent Defense Project in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ohio Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). Ms. Chang represented children on a variety of legal issues, including delinquency, education, school discipline, custody and criminal cases. Ms. Chang also coordinated social media communications and in 2014, supervised support staff and students as the Managing Attorney. Ms. Chang has presented on a wide variety of juvenile defense topics across the country and is a certified Juvenile Training Immersion Program trainer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Juvenile Defender Center. In December of 2015, Ms. Chang joined the Juvenile Division, where she continues to pursue her passion for representing children as a public defender. Ms. Chang also serves as a Team Leader/Senior Trial Counsel in the Juvenile Division.
University of Cincinnati, J.D. 2008, The Ohio State University, B.S.B.A., Marketing & International Business, 2004
2008 Colorado, 2011 Ohio, 2014 Kentucky
Cincinnati Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Southwest Ohio