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Articles and updates related to diversity and the CLA mission

Women now make up 37.6% of judicial officers in California, according to demographic data released last month by the Judicial Council of California. Read more
As we celebrate Black History Month, we take this opportunity to highlight the incredible work of CLA’s Racial Justice Committee and update you on the association’s efforts to advance racial equity and diversity within the organization, throughout the justice system, and beyond. Read more
Martin J. Jenkins was confirmed last month to the California Supreme Court, making him the first openly gay justice on the court and only the third African American man to serve on the state’s highest court. Read more
Recent demographic data shows that the California legal profession has made significant progress since 2006 in adding more women and people of color to the bench and bar. However, more advancement is needed to reflect the state’s diversity, the data shows. Read more
The Diversity Awards are to recognize outstanding efforts made by a bar association or organization to promote diversity in the legal profession, in their organization or among their peers. Apply here. Read more
The Minority Bar Coalition last month honored the CLA’s Letitia Moore with a unity award for her work to advance diversity in the legal profession. Read more
On November 13, 2019, another lawsuit was brought in California (in this case in the United States District Court in the Eastern District) challenging California’s gender quota law for boards of directors (SB 826). This lawsuit seeks (i) a declaratory judgment that SB 826 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and (ii) a permanent injunction to halt California’s Secretary of State (Alex Padilla) from enforcing or taking further action to enforce the law. Read more
CLA’s Mission Statement specifies the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in all facets of our work: Promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Read more
The Environmental Law Section is pleased to announce its Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program for Summer 2020. The program provides law students an opportunity to spend 8 to 10 weeks over the summer practicing environmental, energy, land use, and/or natural resources law at a participating government agency or public interest organization. Read more
The Environmental Law Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship program sponsored by the Environmental Law Section gives law students a chance to spend 8 to 10 weeks over the summer practicing environmental, energy, land use, and natural resources law at a participating government agency or public interest organization. Read more

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