News Release

For Immediate Release

CONTRA COSTA JUDGES, ATTORNEYS WORK TO
INCREASE DIVERSITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Volunteer Attorneys Help Contra Costa Residents Tackle Legal Challenges, from Bankruptcy and Landlord-Tenant Disputes to Immigration and Family Law issues.

MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA, October 21, 2011 — On November 4, 2011, judges and attorneys, including Richmond's own Christopher Darden, will present an informal program designed to encourage minority high school students to make a difference and become the new face of justice. Students will meet and talk with legal assistants, attorneys and judges of color in an informal setting about these professionals' backgrounds, how they succeeded, and the importance of education. The program will take place at the Wakefield Taylor Court House in Martinez from 8 am - 1:30 pm.

What: The Color of Justice
When: November 4, 2011, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Contra Costa County Superior Court, Martinez, CA

The Color of Justice Program was developed by the National Association of Women Judges and has been implemented in states all over the country. Richmond High School has been selected as the first school in Contra Costa County to participate in this unique program, which will include, in addition to small group discussions, an enactment of a realistic legal proceeding. This first program will include, among others, members of the state and federal judiciary.

This event is co-sponsored by the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa

For media inquiries please contact:
Mimi Lyster at (925) 957-5663 or mediainfo@contracosta.courts.ca.gov
The Contra Costa Superior is dedicated to providing justice under the law, equally, impartially and expeditiously, with dignity and respect for all.

and the Contra Costa County Bar Association

The Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering support in matters of the law, the legal community and the judicial system. Trusted since 1934, the CCCBA serves thousands of legal professionals and members of the community each year.

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