2016 Awardee Jolie-Anne Ansley

Jolie Ansley2Keta Taylor Colby Award is presented to attorneys who provide outstanding representation to the poor and under-represented through their involvement in the Second Chance Legal Clinic, which addresses the civil consequences of the disproportionate representation of people of color and low-income affected by the criminal justice program.


Jolie-Anne Ansley provided outstanding representation on behalf of a client who came to the Second Chance Legal Clinic seeking relief from a driver’s license suspension. The attorneys petitioned to have the civil assessment against the client dismissed in order to reinstate his license. When the petition was denied, they did not give up and persisted in their advocacy for the client, which eventually led to the reinstatement of his license. Throughout the process, they were relentless in pursuing the best possible outcome for their client at every turn, and tackled the difficult and often insanely bureaucratic traffic court procedures with exemplary tenacity.

Jolie-Anne S. Ansley is a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where she focuses her practice on environmental, water and energy law, representing clients in both judicial and administrative proceedings. An experienced litigator, Ms. Ansley has represented both public entities and private clients in a variety of environmental matters. She represents clients in both litigation and regulatory compliance including CEQA, NEPA, ESA, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and RCRA. With her background in complex litigation, Ms. Ansley also has substantial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broader array of matters including complex business disputes, insurance coverage actions and bankruptcy proceedings.