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Articles and updates related to diversity and the CLA mission

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
The Environmental Law Section was proud to recognize its 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Fellows at a reception in San Francisco on July 16, 2019. This year’s Fellows are Mina Arasteh of UC Davis, Michael Damasco of UC Irvine, Elias Rodriguez of Santa Clara University, and Idalmis Vaquero of UCLA Read more
From our January 2018 launch, the California Lawyers Association (CLA) has been deeply committed to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion. A prominent component of our mission statement is to promote diversity of all types in the legal profession so that the attorneys in the State of California are best able to serve the population and help achieve justice for all. Read more
Among newly appointed judges and justices in California, more than half are women and 41 percent self-identify as nonwhite. “The judiciary now is more representative of the communities we serve in every way,” Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said during her annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature last month. Read more

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