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Diane Tan

Diane M. L. Tan is a retired Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She was an ALJ in the State Hearings Division of the California Department of Social Services in Los Angeles. She previously was a Deputy Attorney General in the Health Quality Enforcement Section and the Licensing Section of the Attorney General’s Office of the California Department of Justice; a Deputy State Public Defender at the California State Public Defender’s Office; a Fair Employment and Housing Counsel at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing; and in private practice in Los Angeles Chinatown.

Ms. Tan and other APA women attorneys formed the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) in 1993. She has served as a Co-Chairperson of APAWLA and as the Affiliate Governor for APAWLA in California Women Lawyers for several years. Currently, she is APAWLA’s Treasurer. She is a former President of the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), a former board member and secretary of JABA, an advisor and prior bar association representative to the Multicultural Bar Alliance (MCBA), and has served as a Co-Chairperson of the MCBA. She has served as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), and was a founding member of APABA. She also has served on the California State Bar Committees on Women in the Law, Ethnic Minority Relations, Human Rights, and Juvenile Justice. She is a Co-Creator and Co-Chairperson of the annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive and Reception Committee since 2000, and a board member of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.

Ms. Tan received her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Asian Studies and International Relations from USC. She was a graduate student at USC in East Asian Languages and Cultures.

In 2001, Ms. Tan received a distinguished alumni award from the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). She also has received certificates of commendation or recognition for her service as a board member of the various APA bar associations.



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