Josh Meltzer Discusses Chinese Lawyer’s Fight for Bar Admission

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Joshua Meltzer discussed the process by which a Chinese immigrant who was denied a law license in 1890 based on his race gained posthumous bar admission at the general meeting of the Riverside County Bar Association on May 13, 2016.

Hong Yen Chang, a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, had been denied admission to the State Bar of California because he was not entitled to U.S. citizenship under the federal Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. On March 16, 2015, Munger Tolles, working on behalf of the UC Davis Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, obtained posthumous admission to the bar for Mr. Chang in a unanimous opinion of the California Supreme Court.

Mr. Meltzer is a litigator in the San Francisco office of Munger Tolles.