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Articles and updates related to diversity and the CLA mission

Famous filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay said when talking about her film Selma, “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check…this reality must be deeply felt and valued by us all.” And I couldn't agree more. Read more
A presentation that addresses unconscious or implicit bias, defined as prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor or against a person or group in a way that is usually considered unfair. Read more
Earlier this year, CLA held its first diversity stakeholders meeting, convening policy experts, program providers, bar association leaders, judges and law school representatives. Last month CLA published a report on the meeting, which was designed to bring attention to all the work being done in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and pathway-to-law space in California. Read more
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

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