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 Diversity Outreach Committee (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

Racial Equity Series: Anti-API Violence and Heightened Xenophobia and Racism

April 23, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Free event co-sponsored by the CLA Racial Justice Committee


Presented by the Alameda County Bar Association.  This program examines the recent wave of violence and attacks on the API community. We will hear from a member of our legal community whose family member experienced a recent attack as well as from a Professor of Asian American Studies at SF State University on the rise of anti-API violence and discrimination in connection with COVID. We will also hear from the Executive Director of the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of API communities and the recent legislative efforts to combat the heightened xenophobia and racism.


Black Stories: How Implicit Bias Serves to Impede Black Advancement in Law and Enterprise

April 28, 2021 @ 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Free event co-sponsored by the CLA Racial Justice Committee
Code for Free Registration: sponsor


Presented by the Alameda County Bar Association.  Black professionals have a unique perspective in terms of the day-to-day grind of the criminal justice system, academics, and corporate life. First hand, they experience the denial and constant suppression of the black perspective, black political power, black wealth generation, and everything that constitutes black existential well-being and the African diaspora. Arguably, many of the problems and obstacles, which hinder the development of African-American professionals, are rooted in the  U.S. justice system and implicit bias in our places of work.

This panel of lawyers, scholars, and educators will raise awareness by simply telling you their stories. Their individual stories will demonstrate how implicit bias maintains and propagates the existing power structure and social imbalance which marginalizes black, brown, and low income communities. Suggested reading for this discussion is The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and White Fragility, Robin Di’Angelo.

Roots of Racism: Part 1, Our Black Communities

May 27, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free event presented by the CLA Racial Justice Committee.


Systemic racism — sometimes called institutional or structural racism — can be defined as a form of racism woven into society through laws and institutions that treat people differently based on race, contributing to perpetual inequalities in power, wealth, education, medical care, housing, dignity, and opportunity. These inequalities endure, even after the laws have changed and often without conscious animus. In a multi-part series, we examine the historic causes and continuing effects of systemic racism from the perspective of our Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native American communities, followed by a final program discussing potential responses. It is our hope that by understanding the past, we can better evaluate the present, and more wisely build toward a future of racial justice.


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

More information coming soon!

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.

January 28, 2021 | Judaism, Law, and Social Change

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 Stan Levy, Seth Brysk, and Marlene Trestman will share their own personal stories tackling inequality and antisemitism, and discuss how Jewish faith and culture inspired their careers in public service.

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