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.

Leadership

  • Adrieannette Ciccone
  • Leif Dautch
  • Terrance Evans
  • Marjaneh Maroufi
  • Ellen Miller

Subcommittees

  • Policy Sub-Committee
  • Programming Sub-Committee
  • Publication Sub-Committee
  • Resources Sub-Committee

Statements From Sections

Publications

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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.  Click here to submit an article.

Upcoming Events

Judaism, Law, and Social Change

Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This panel will explore the role that Jewish lawyers have played in social justice efforts from the Civil Rights Movement to the labor movement. Panelists will share their own personal stories tackling inequality and antisemitism, and discuss how Jewish faith and culture inspired their careers in public service

Featured Webinar

Lawyers as Part of the Solution to Racial and Societal Tensions: Yes, it is Your Responsibility

Presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting
1.0 Hour Participatory MCLE Credit ,including 1.0 Hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias

This panel explores the role of attorneys in the pursuit of racial and social justice with all four Co-Leaders of CLA’s Racial Justice Committee. As officers of the court, attorneys are tasked with participating in the functioning of the judicial system as a whole, forging justice out of the law, and simultaneously pursuing the legitimate interests of all parties and the general good of society. Panelists will explore how all kinds of attorneys can promote racial and social justice within and outside of their law offices.

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

Abolitionist and Emancipatory Futures: Anti-racist Struggles and Climate Justice

Friday, January 22, 2021

10 a.m – 11:30 a.m. PST

Presented by the UCLA International Institute. This series aims to provide a platform for scholars, students and activists to deepen our collective understanding of the structure and experience of racial oppression and the long struggle for racial justice, as well as to draw connections among unique, but interlinked anti-racist struggles in the context of global histories of colonialism, imperialism and internationalism. For more information visit https://international.ucla.edu/institute/event/14779.

Beyond Allyship: 10 Ways to Elevate and Activate For Your Black Colleagues

February 5, 2021 @ 9 am Pacific / 12 pm (Eastern)

Presented by the LGBT Bar. An esteemed panel of speakers will be sharing tips on how to “Ally Up” in honor of Black History Month.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In order to look to the future, it is often necessary to get a clear picture of the past. In order to know where we are going, it is often necessary to see from whence we have come.
  —Martin Luther King, Jr. (1957)
• Letter from a Birmingham City Jail (1963)
• March on Washington “I Have a Dream” (1963)
• Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (1964)
• “The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi” Calvin Trillin’s encounter with Martin Luther King, Jr. on a flight to Mississippi for The New Yorker (1964)
• Martin Luther King, Jr.’s appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press to discuss his historic five-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama (1965)
• “Where Do We Go From Here?” delivered at the 11th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, discusses boycotts, power, and love (1967)
• Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Speech “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” (1968)
• Additional Context for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (1968)
Allyship

Anti-Racism

Articles

Books

Resources

Disenfranchisement of Voter Rights

Intersectionality & LGBTQ+ Resources

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

Videos

Articles

Additional Resources

Police Violence & Reform

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

RJC Town Hall Recordings and Other Programming

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.

October 9, 2020 | Reparations: More Than Financial

Reparations are a vehicle many groups who have been oppressed have used to provide some recompense. Reparations are a good place to start with dealing with the harm inflicted on marginalized groups, but they are more than just financial. The State of California is currently studying how Reparations for African Americans will look. In this panel we’ll hear from Dr. Nicholas L. Baham III, Adrieannette Ciccone, and Terrance Evans who will provide a historical perspective of Reparations; the far reach that Reparations would provide recompense for; and much more.

November 9, 2020 | Cooking on Camera with Adrieannette Ciccone

Please join us for an evening of cooking and conversation with Adrieannette, who goes by the name of Chefsquire while cooking. You will learn how to make food from the African Diaspora with a healthy twist and incorporating your favorites into your recipe repertoire.

Recipes are located in YouTube Description.

December 1, 2020 | COVID-19’s Disparate Impact on Black and Brown Communities

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and recent increased health measures, it is high time we discuss the intersectionality between COVID-19 and race. Specifically this Town Hall will focus on the disparate impact that COVID-19 is having on black and brown communities. Moderated by Adrieannette Ciccone, this Town Hall features a line up of heavy hitting speakers including Pascal Dabel, MD, Larissa Estes-White, PrPH, Alexander Martos, Ph.D, and Maria Dominguez, Esq.

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