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January 6, 2017

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January 6: How to Be a Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference

A Strategic Engagement Conference for Lawyers, Legal Professional, Community Leaders, and Non-Profit Organizations to Support Anticipated Needs Arising in Diverse, Under-Represented Communities Affected by Policy Changes in the Coming Year

The Equal Justice Society is proud to be supporting this gathering!

Join 1,000+ lawyers and legal professionals for this cutting edge conference addressing urgent matters of importance, including rising hate crimes and anti-Semitism; governmental targeting of the Muslim community; deportations and dreamers; the targeting of transgender people and religious exemptions to LGBT civil rights protections; reproductive freedom and saving Roe v. Wade; changes to the Affordable Care Act and health access and impacts on people with disabilities and at-risk populations; criminalization of communities of color; combatting domestic and sexual violence; environmental protections under siege; voting rights and access; economic justice and workers' rights; and challenges to civil liberties and the civil justice system.

Learn more and register online:

People with disabilities should contact regarding reasonable accommodations.

After registration, you will receive an optional demographic survey and an opportunity to submit questions or topics of interest. This information will be shared with the conference organizers.

Participating Organizations (as of 12.6.16): American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Asians Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, The Bar Association of San Francisco Justice & Diversity Center, California Rural Legal Assistance, Chicana Latina Foundation, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, East Bay Community Law Center, Equal Justice Society, Equal Rights Advocates, Family Violence Law Center, Impact Fund, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Muslim Advocates, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Women's Law Center, Public Advocates, Sierra Club, Sikh Coalition, Slate (Dahlia Lithwick), and Transgender Law Center

Co-Sponsors: Bar Association of San Francisco, American Constitution Society, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, O'Melveny & Myers

Note: A small percentage of each registration will be used to defer the overhead associated with processing charged registrations. All net proceeds from this event will be redistributed to the participating non-profit organizations serving the community.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 
99 Grove Street 
San Francisco, CA 

MCLE Registration: 8:00 - 8:45 am 
Programming: 8:45 am - 5:30 pm 
Reception: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Nonprofit $30.00
Student           $30.00
Non-Member   $100.00

Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.

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About Equal Justice Society. Now in its 16th year, the Equal Justice Society is transforming the nation's consciousness on race through the law, social science, and the arts. Learn more about us at EJS is at 1939 Harrison Street, Suite 818, Oakland, CA 94612. 415-288-8700 phone.

February 2-3, 2017

ABA Forum on Construction Law’s Diversity Scholarship to Attend the 2017 Midwinter Meeting, “Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Sustainable Construction in a Changing Environment,” February 2-3, 2017, in Palm Desert, California.

The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law is a nationwide organization of construction lawyers and professionals. The Forum’s focus is “Programs, Publications, and People,” with the stated mission of “Building the Best Construction Lawyers.” Each year the Forum hosts three national meetings which provide unequalled opportunities to learn from top industry professionals, and network and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the country and beyond. The Forum’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting, titled “Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Sustainable Construction in a Changing Environment ,” will be held February 2 – 3, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California.

Click here for the brochure with full meeting details.

The Forum is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program for women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community. Individuals wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a copy of their resume and a letter describing their construction law practice and the reasons why they want to attend the Midwinter Meeting. Applications are due no later than December 5, 2016. If selected, candidates must commit to attend the program. The scholarships are not transferable. The Diversity Scholarship includes:

  • admission to the Program with waiver of the registration fee;
  • a set of Program course materials; and
  • continental breakfast and lunch as noted in the attached brochure.

Applications for the scholarships should be sent to the Forum’s Diversity Committee Chair, David J. Theising, at If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Theising by email at or by calling him at 317-639-4511.

Click here for a PDF of this announcement.

February 17, 2017
Wanted: Mock Trial Coaches

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is seeking attorneys to serve as Mock Trial coaches for 2016-2017 season.

Many of the participating students are diverse and come from under-served schools.

Mock trial coaches teach the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking and evidence advocacy, demonstrate techniques and critique the students in preparation for the city-wide competition.

Coaches work with the students on a weekly basis, from October until the program’s conclusion with competition in February. Mock trial practices will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Hanson Bridgett.

If you would like to volunteer as a Mock Trial Coach, email Elizabeth McGriff at

Watch a video to learn more about volunteering with this program:
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