Racial Justice Committee and Resources

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About the Committee

The Racial Justice Committee addresses issues regarding racial injustice and reform. All CLA members are welcome to join. We focus on four main areas of content: public education, member education, member engagement, and legislative/other advocacy efforts.

We thank the Criminal Law Section, the Litigation Section and the CLA’s DEI Outreach Council (DOC) for taking the lead.


  • Adrieannette Ciccone
  • Leif Dautch
  • Terrance Evans
  • Monique D. Jewett-Brewster
  • Marjaneh Maroufi
  • Ellen Miller


  • Policy Sub-Committee (to support legislative solutions)
    • Now includes the Reparations Group as a Sub-Group of the Policy Sub-Committee
  • Programming Sub-Committee
  • Publication Sub-Committee (to locate and work on publications regarding Racial Justice)
  • Resources Sub-Committee

Statements From Sections

Call for Articles

The Real Property Law Section is also working to produce an issue of the California Real Property Journal focused on diversity.  This issue of the journal is due to go to print in the winter of 2021; article ideas/suggestions are due 09/30/2020.  Click here to submit an article.

Upcoming Events

From Justice Eileen C. Moore: Race Results

Thursday, October 29, 2020,
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Free event. Self-study credit available.

Justice Eileen Moore will compare and contrast U.S. Supreme Court cases with Hollywood movies, discussing how each institution has treated African Americans throughout the decades. Which body has been more progressive, the conservative court or the liberal movie industry, may surprise you. During the presentation, Justice Moore will show numerous film clips, placing them in context with supreme court cases of the time.

Cooking on Camera with Adrieannette Ciccone

Monday, November 9, 2020
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Please join us for an evening of cooking and conversation with CLA Racial Justice Committee’s Adrieannette Ciccone, who goes by the name Chefsquire while cooking. You will learn how to make food from the African Diaspora with a healthy twist and will incorporate summer favorites into your recipe repertoire. Shopping list and suggested tools and equipment will be circulated to registrants via email in advance of the virtual cooking class.

Book Club: Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility

Thursday, December 17, 2020
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join the Environmental Law Section for this installation of their monthly book club.  Due to entrenched segregation and zoning ordinances that privilege wealthier communities, or because businesses have found the paths of least resistance, there are many hazardous waste and other toxic facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods.  In Toxic Communities, renowned environmental sociologist Dorceta E. Taylor examines the connections among residential segregation, zoning, and exposure to environmental hazards, and introduces essential new concepts and theories for understanding environmental racism. 

Co-sponsored by the CLA Racial Justice Committee.

Stay current with racial justice legislation in California thanks to our up-to-date bill tracker

Racial Justice Resources

Click on the topics below to see the full collection of resources available.

Racial Justice Programs & Events of Other Organizations

More events to come! Check back at a later date.

Disenfranchisement of Voter Rights

Intersectionality & LGBTQ+ Resources


  • Parivar celebrates the intersectionality of our Trans and Queer South Asian identities and builds a community of light, love, and acceptance.
  • The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice.
  • TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people – inside and outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers – creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.
Other Resources



Additional Resources

Raising Anti-Racist Children
Resources/Information From Other Bar Associations and Organizations

Town Hall Recordings

June 24, 2020 | Introduction and Personal Encounters

Hear from Adante Pointer, a civil rights attorney who has also been the subject of police brutality, and other CLA leaders such as Demetria Graves, Terrance Evans, Dianne Jackson McLean and Otis Bruce, Jr. Esq. who will share their stories.

July 1, 2020 | Role of Race in Our Criminal Justice System

This Town Hall focuses on the role of race in our criminal justice system. Join prosecutors and defense attorneys from across California who will discuss the role that race plays in our criminal justice system, and their experiences as attorneys of color navigating the complicated politics of race in the profession featuring Otis Bruce, Jr., Esq. Marin County Deputy District Attorney, Brooke Jenkins, Marjeneh Maroufi and Lei-Chala I. Wilson.

July 23, 2020 | Know Your Rights

This Know Your Rights Town Hall featured insight and statistics based on arrest and incarceration rates of African Americans in comparison with the majority population; a brief history of the prison population increase of African Americans; information on what to do if one is stopped by law enforcement; and a question and answer period. Co-sponsored by the Charles Houston Bar Association featuring Terry Wiley (Alameda County DA), Kwixuan Maloof (San Francisco PD) and Nichelle Holmes (Contra Costa County DA).

July 27, 2020 | Intersectionality

In this Town Hall, moderated by Staff Attorney Michael Rhoads, our speakers share personal and professional experiences they have had through the lens of Racial Justice, Intersectionality and specifically their LGBTQ identity. Our speakers included Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Deputy Attorney General Basil Williams, and Co-founder of Parivar, Anjali Rimi.

August 18, 2020 | Racial Bias Obstacles in Selecting and Litigating Police Cases

In this Town Hall moderated by Adrieannette Ciccone, hear from John Burris, a renowned and accomplished civil rights lawyer who has prevailed in some of the most notorious cases of police misconduct and civil rights violations in recent history.

September 17, 2020 | Building a Coalition for Racial Justice and Civil Rights During a Time of Crisis

In extraordinary times like these, it is critical that Americans of all walks of life come together to face the challenges of the day. In this panel, moderated by Terrance J. Evans and Will Mosley we will hear from Adrieannette Ciccone, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Professor Maria Linda Ontiveros and Nichelle Holmes who will explore how the African American, Asian American, and Latinx communities can be effective allies for one another in the pursuit of racial and economic justice during a period of crisis.

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