FROM THE SECTION CHAIR Walking the Walk
By Terrance J. Evans
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback to our historic Special Racial Justice Issue of the California Litigation Journal. For the first time in our Section’s history, we devoted an entire publication to addressing systemic racism, White supremacy, Jim Crow, the Black Lives Matter Movement, diversity, inclusion, equity, civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice. If you have not yet read that Special Issue, I strongly recommend you do. I have heard from numerous judges, lawyers, law students, and everyday citizens who were positively impacted by the thoughtfully written articles in that issue.
Beyond the Special Racial Justice Issue, we have partnered with many affinity bar associations, law schools, and law firms to raise awareness and facilitate progress in the legal profession regarding diversity, inclusion, equity, civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice issues. Our ongoing community outreach consists of partnering with organizations including: CLA’s Racial Justice Committee; Minority Corporate Counsel Assn.; Charles Houston Bar Assn.; Asian Pacific American Bar Assn. of N. Cal.; State Bar of California; National Bar Assn.; Filipino Bar Assn. of N. Cal.; Korean American Bar Assn. of N. Cal.; Vietnamese American Bar Assn. of N. Cal.; Bar Assn. of San Francisco; Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area; L.A. County Bar Assn.; Alameda County Bar Assn.; John M. Langston Bar Assn.; ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee; California Women Lawyers; California Law Pathways; Black Women Lawyers Assn. of Los Angeles; Cornell Black Lawyers Alumni Network; Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; New York City Bar Assn.; the Minority Bar Coalition; and Law Schools including USF, Santa Clara, and Loyola.
In partnership with these organizations, our Section participated in over 50 programs focused on trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, access to justice and civic engagement; the federal courts; military veterans; Covid-19; jury instructions; California procedure; voter protection; core skills; professional responsibility; pro bono legal services; diversity, inclusion, equity, civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice issues. Some of our most notable programs that I had the honor of working on include: