Tony Cheng


Tony Cheng is the Director of the Youth Defender Clinic (YDC) at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), a community-based legal services clinic affiliated with Berkeley Law. Clinical law students in the YDC represent system-involved and at-risk youth in Alameda County in both juvenile delinquency proceedings and school discipline matters.

Prior to joining EBCLC in 2018, Tony practiced as a public defender for twenty years, litigating cases in the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals, the federal district court for the Southern District of California, San Diego County Superior Court and, most recently, Alameda County Superior Court. In addition to six years of experience as a juvenile defender, Tony also tried nearly forty criminal jury trials to verdict during his public defender career. A juvenile defense trainer certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), Tony has presented at the NJDC Leadership Summit and has contributed to training and educational materials published by the Pacific Juvenile Defense Center.

Tony is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he served as chair of the Moot Court Board and on the board of directors of the King Hall Legal Foundation, was a graduate of the school’s Public Interest Law Program and a member of the winning team in the school’s annual trial practice and appellate advocacy competitions.


J.D., UC Davis School of Law (1998)
A.B., Architecture, UC Berkeley (1993)