DALLAS, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Board of Trial Advocates will honor Doris Cheng and Nathaniel S. Colley Sr. with Champion of Justice awards on May 14, 2022in Chicago.

The Champion of Justice Award recognizes those who advance ABOTA’s overall goals of preserving and promoting the civil jury trial. The winners have demonstrated through their words and deeds an ongoing, strong and exceptional commitment to jury trials. Their impact has been noted for improving ethical and technical standards in the practice of law, educating students and the public, promoting fair and diverse juries, and preserving the quality and independence of the judiciary. .

Lewis R. SiffordNational President of ABOTA, said the Champion of Justice awards recognize those who believe that the American jury system is the only system that provides the safeguards necessary to protect the rights of people and property.

“It’s important to recognize lawyers who have both skill and integrity, who are committed to education and are strong supporters of our jury system,” Sifford said. “We are honored by the active work of Doris Cheng and the legacy built by Nathaniel Colley.”

Doris Cheng, a representative on the San Francisco Chapter’s ABOTA National Board of Directors, is recognized for her achievements in promoting the rule of law and jury trial as president or faculty member of a number number of legal training programs nationally and internationally. She has conducted legal education programs in association with the United States Department of Justice for Overseas Prosecutor Development and Training and the National Center for State Courts. She served as the Senior Director of Testing Techniques Training in support of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative created under the Obama administration. She created the first trial skills program in San Francisco promote female litigators as first president in civil jury trials. In addition to being widely recognized for her legal work in consumer protection matters, she served as president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (2015), the Bar Association of San Francisco and Justice & Diversity Center (2019), and San Francisco ABOTA Chapter (2020). Ms. Cheng is a shareholder of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger in San Francisco.

“I can’t think of a more fitting candidate to receive the inaugural Champion of Justice award,” said Lewis R. SiffordABOTA National President 2022.”Doris Cheng is an extremely accomplished litigator and has served ABOTA and the Seventh Amendment tirelessly and with passion. She is well deserving of this honour.”

The Champion of Justice award will also be presented posthumously to the late Nathaniel S. Colley Sr. who have fought against discrimination in housing and education California. He served as chair of the West Coast Region and National Legal Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Additionally, Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown appointed Colley to the California State Board of Education in 1960, making him the first African American to serve on the board. Between 1961 and 1962 Colley served as President John F Kennedy Committee on Discrimination for the United States Armed Forces.

He was a professor at the McGeorge School of Law in University of the Pacific in Sacramento where he taught with Anthony Kennedy. He also testified before Congress about Justice Kennedy when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. He served in the US Army during World War II. After the war, he was rejected by the University of Alabama law school because he was black, graduated from Yale University instead, winning the C. LaRue Munsun Award for the most significant contribution by any Yale student to the New Haven, Connecticut Legal Aid Society.

Nat Colley was renowned in his community for his legal genius and his advocacy for the underprivileged in his community,” said Daniel E. Wilcoxen, National ABOTA Board Representative from the Sacramento Valley Chapter. Mr. Wilcoxen and Mr. walter love nominated Mr. Colley for the Champion of Justice award after knowing him and practicing law with him.

“Mr. Colley was a civil rights titan. He embodies the prize in every way,” said Luther J. Battiste IIIABOTA National President 2020.

Nathaniel Colley died May 20, 1992at his home in Elk Grove, California. He was 74 years old.

ABOTA will host the annual awards dinner on May 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. In addition to the Champion of Justice awards, the awards committee will announce the Chapter of the Year award winners. The finalists are:

Chapter Grand Finalists

  • East Texas Chapter
  • Orange County Chapter
  • San Antonio Chapter

Small Chapter Finalists

  • Georgia Chapter
  • Tallahassee Chapter
  • Wisconsin Chapter

About the American Board of Trial Advocates
ABOTA is an invitation-only national association of 7,300 experienced trial attorneys and judges dedicated to preserving and promoting the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right to civil trials by jury. ABOTA’s primary purpose is to educate the American public about the history and value of the right to a jury trial, and ABOTA is dedicated to raising the standards of competence, integrity, honor and comity. in the legal profession.

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SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates

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