Diversity Programs and MCLE Events

Upcoming DEI Events

Watch Recorded DEI Programs

DEI Townhall - Voting Rights

Join the CCCBA DEI Committee for a timely and an important virtual discussion about the past, present, and future of voting rights in the United States, led by Attorney and Civil Rights Advocate, Terrance J. Evans.

Mr. Evans is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP; President of the Charles Houston Bar Association; Director of Region 9 of the National Bar Association; and the Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the California Lawyers Association Racial Justice Committee.

Watch webinar, 9/28/22, 1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit

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Racial Reconciliation Forum

The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee invites you to watch CCCBA’s 4th Annual Racial Reconciliation Forum.

In promoting a discussion on creating a more inclusive Contra Costa County legal community, this year we will focus on the visibility — or invisibility — of attorneys in minority populations in the Contra Costa County legal community.  The panelists will discuss their personal experiences with racism, including stereotypical comments, tropes, and insults.  This includes comments inside and outside the courtroom from other attorneys, clients, and individuals within the judicial and law enforcement community.  They will talk about the impact of these comments (both personally and professionally) and offer advice on how to react as well as long term strategies to prevent future occurrences.

Watch webinar, 8/18/22, 1 Hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit

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DEI Townhall - Building Our Legacy - The Murder of Vincent Chin: A Trial Reenactment

This DEI Townhall program traces anti-Asian violence from the Gold Rush times through the 20th Century to today.  It focuses on a reenactment of the murder of Vincent Chin and the subsequent legal proceedings.

We would like to thank the Asian American Bar Association of New York for use of the script for this reeanactment.

Watch webinar, 5/10/22

Aging and Disability: An Overview of State Programs and Services

Speakers: Ana Acton | Mark Beckley

Thank you to our Sponsors: Candelaria PC | Ferber Law | Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada | JAMS | M.S. Domingo Law Group, P.C. | ADR Services, Inc. | Livingston Law Firm | Miller Starr Regalia | Ratner Molineaux | Mora Employment Law

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit, 3/22/2022

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2022 Installation & Diversity Awards Event

Speakers:

  • Dorian Peters, 2021 CCCBA Board President
  • Ericka McKenna, 2022 CCCBA Board President
  • Hon. Jill Fannin, Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Hon. Steve Austin, Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Hon. Rebecca Hardie, Presiding Judge, Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Benisa Berry, CCCBA DEI Committee Chair
  • Theresa Hurley CCCBA Executive Director

Watch this program that includes a tribute to Hon. Steve Austin on his retirement; installation of the 2022 Board of Directors and CCCBA Section leaders; and presentation of the CCCBA Diversity Awards to qualifying law firms.

Watch video,  1/28/22

 

Port Chicago Mutiny - DEI Town Hall #3

The Port Chicago Disaster of 1944 and subsequent mutiny trial is a local event that proved pivotal in the civil rights struggle.

Watch webinar, 11/4/21

Hybrid Events — The New Normal: How to Make Your Events ADA Compliant (A Legal and Training Primer)

Speakers:
Julie Ann Giammona – Ferber Law, P.C.
Beth Mora – Mora Employment Law, APC
Jeff Richards – Tucker Huss
James Y. Wu – Quarles & Brady

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit, 10/19/21

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Disability Rights - Personality Lingo - Learning Your Strengths and Differences Helps You Understand and Work with Others

Speaker: Michael Viola

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Recommended articles written by author Mary Miscisin:
• Your Personality Under Stress
• Are You Making These Costly Communication Mistakes?

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit, 7/29/21

Juneteenth Jubilee 2021 - DEI Townhall

Speakers: Benisa Berry | Patanisha Davis Pierson | Michael Pierson | Jonathan Lee

Juneteenth Jubilee 2021 – DEI Townhall Celebration includes the exploration of the history of Juneteenth, artistic narratives and  the music of this significant event.

Watch webinar, 6/17/21

Racial Reconciliation Forum 2021: A Pathway to a More Inclusive Contra Costa Legal Community

Speakers:
Hon. Joni Hiramoto | Tracee Clark | Audrey Gee | Nichelle Holmes | Venus Johnson

1.5 Elimination of Bias MCLE credit, 5/13/21

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Diversity in Filmmaking

Speaker: Natasha S. Chee, Esq.

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit, 4/22/21

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Elder Law Training Series 2021: #1 Intake

Speakers:
Jane Moore – senior advocate and navigator
Jill Judson – CSC Fiduciaries, Inc.

0.5 hours Elimination of Bias and 1 hour General MCLE credit, 1/29/21

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Elder Law Training Series 2021: #2 Capacity & Competency

Speaker: Dr. Eric Freitag, Mt. Diablo Memory Care

.50 hours Elimination of Bias and .50 hours General MCLE credit, 2/3/21

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Embracing Invisible Disabilities – Ending the Silence of Shame

Speakers: Julie Ann Giamonna, Ferber Law, APC | Patanisha E. Davis, Key Counsel, P.C. | Michelle R. Ferber, Ferber Law, APC | Sally Noma, Noma Law Firm APC, | Alexandra P. Saddik, Ferber Law, APC

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit – 11/19/20 MCLE Spectacular 2020

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Examining Racial Bias at the Intersection of Housing & Policy

Speaker: Novella Coleman, Acting Director of Litigation, Bay Area Legal Aid

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit – 11/19/20 MCLE Spectacular 2020

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Signature DEI Events

Installation & Diversity Awards Event

Held in late January, the leaders of the bar come together with the leaders from the bench for an update on the courts, installation of CCCBA officers, and recognition of the winners of the Diversity Checklist Awards.

Lunar New Year

This event celebrates the Asian culture and is a chance to raise funds that support diversity in the legal profession. It is mostly social with members of the bench and the bar coming together in mid-February.

Racial Reconciliation Forum

The Racial Reconciliation Forum continues a vitally important discussion on racial inclusion in the Contra Costa County legal community.  Judges, district attorneys, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals address current events and ways to improve opportunity and inclusion in our legal community. Watch the video from our last in-person event here.

Sponsorship Bundle!

As a sponsor of the DEI bundle your name and logo will be included in event materials and on the website. Sponsors will also be acknowledged and thanked in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. See the 2022 DEI Bundle Sponsorship flyer for details and contact Jody Iorns to bundle at least six events per year for one price.

  • Supreme DEI Sponsorship (includes 4 registrations per event)
  • Appellate DEI Sponsorship (includes 2 registrations per event)
  • Superior DEI Sponsorship (includes 1 registration per event)

Learn About Diversity in the Legal Profession On Your Schedule

Self Study MCLE On Demand

Looking for opportunities to expand your knowledge and gain Elimination of Bias MCLE credits? Browse our collection of MCLE Self Study programs here.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

This challenge was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore Jr. to advance deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression.  Learn more about the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.

CCCBA's MCLE Program on Diversity

This program qualifies for one hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit and focuses on:

  • Why diversity matters
  • The state of diversity in the legal profession nationally, state-wide, and locally, as well as in law schools and on the bench
  • Reasons for the lack of progress
  • Perceptions of lawyers from diverse backgrounds
  • What the organized bar is currently doing
  • Model law firm programs and practices
  • What lawyers and law firms can do to increase diversity by attracting and retaining attorneys from diverse backgrounds

Contact Anne Wolf to schedule this program.