Special Issues

Black Lives Matter

Racial Justice Task Force Programming

in Partnership with CHBA and CABL

In 2022, we are proud to continue our free series of CLE programs related to civil rights and racial justice issues.  By engaging other affinity bar associations, local bar associations, local non-profits, and experts on the topics, we aim to provide lawyers with information, resources and tools necessary to effectively advocate for racial justice and systemic reform.

ACBA Resolution Endorsing the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans

The ACBA Board of Directors has passed the following resolution endorsing the mission and overall efforts of the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. View the resolution here

RSVP to Watch Live

The ACBA Racial Justice Taskforce is working on several exciting programs relating to Juneteenth visionaries, reproductive justice, a Diverse/Justice Organizations Referrals Night, and voting rights.

Watch the Recordings:

Prolearn is best accessed in Google Chrome. Programs are listed from oldest to newest below.

We want to hear from you

We are interested in publishing our members’ thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement and, in particular, the role of the legal system and the Rule of Law in addressing police brutality and racial oppression.  Blogs are 250 words, and can be submitted to valerie@acbanet.org.  We’ll post blogs on this webpage, and they also go out in our newsletter. 

ACBA member Jonathan Madison made a keynote speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in San Mateo.

Diverse Referrals Showcase

Virtual Diverse Referrals Showcase

Organized by: The Alameda County Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association – Northern California, and the California Minority Counsel Program

These events provide an opportunity to increase referrals of legal matters to diverse solo and small firm attorneys who spotlight their practices and explain their expertise. Find our directory of past presenters here.

ACBA Statement 

The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is heartbroken over the brutal killing of George Floyd.

ACBA stands for inclusion, equity, diversity, and fostering relationships within our legal and general community. We are aware of the senseless and merciless killings of unarmed black men across our nation – along with the intentional misuse of white privilege. We also recognize that these incidents have happened before and continue to happen to black women, transgender individuals and people of color. We are aware that there are systemic issues of racism that plague our institutions.  

ACBA builds up attorneys who practice with fervor, skill, and compassion. We need strong voices who will stand against injustice and advocate for the voiceless. Our goal is to be a driving force in cultivating fierce advocates who will take action to ensure equal protection under the law. Breaks in our system will not be bandaged, but repaired. We stand against racism, oppression, and discrimination. We will continue to promote justice for all.

Additional Tips For Protesting:

Sign up to be a Legal Observer

Details on the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer® program here

Opportunity to Represent Protesters Learn more

Support Black Owned Businesses

Check out the BAOBOB (Black Area Organization of Black Owned  Businesses) directory here: BAOBOB-Directory

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Racial Justice Newsletter

Sign Up for LCCRSF’s Racial Justice Newsletter by emailing Sam Lew: slew@lccrsf.org. For inquiries on pro bono opportunities please reach out to Elica Vafaie and Bréyon Austin: evafaie@lccrsf.org and baustin@lccrsf.org