Anti-Racism is Essential for Effective Legal & Social Justice Work

April 29, 2008

Theory and Practice, 1.5 hour CLE

When: Tuesday, 29 April 2008, 12-1:30 pm

Where: Golden Gate University School of Law, 536 Mission St (b/ 1st & 2nd st, Montgomery BART) room 3203

CLE Charge: $20-40, Law students and Legal workers free/donations requested

Lawyers and legal workers work within a society and a system that is often racist. More legal practitioners, legal scholars, and legal activists are recognizing that anti-racism is essential for effective legal work. This CLE has been organized and sponsored by the NLG Bay Area Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) to present an opportunity to discuss and promote anti-racist legal work and anti-racist organizing. The State Bar of California requires that some CLE credits cover "anti-bias" or anti-discrimination. Presenters will discuss the legal analysis that underlies effective anti-racist work, developing an anti-racist legal organization, and how anti-racism is important for community-based legal activists, lawyers and legal workers to work together in solidarity.

MCLE rule 2.1.3 requires anti-bias CLE, and California Rule of Professional Conduct Rule, 2-600 prohibits discrimination or allowing discrimination.

MCLE Rule 2.1.3 At least one [CLE class/ term] shall relate to elimination of bias in the legal profession based on any of, but not limited to the following characteristics: sex, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, blindness or other physical disability, age, and sexual orientation.

Topics to Be Presented:

· Latina & Latino Critical Legal (LatCrit) Theory, Multi-dimensional Analysis & the Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

· The role of anti-racism in a legal organization

· The role of anti-racism while working with a community-based social justice organization and working with communities of color.


Marc-Tizoc González is a staff attorney at the Alameda County Homeless Action Center and teaches "Latinas/os & the Law" for U.C. Berkeley's Chicano Studies Program. He graduated from Boalt Hall in 2005 and earned a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science from San Francisco State University in 2002. Before that he worked in mental health with youth in Los Angeles, San Mateo, San Francisco and Alameda counties. He is a director of the Berkeley Law Foundation, the NLG-SF Bay Area Chapter, and LatCrit, Inc. and serves as treasurer for the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association. He was the inaugural Attorney General of the Nat'l Latina/o Law Student Association and co-founded the NLLSA Alumni Association. Marc-Tizoc was born and raised in Sacramento, CA to Chicana/o activists who raised him to engage the intergenerational struggle for social justice. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife of ten years.

Anne Befu sits on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NLG as co-chair of the The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC). She is also a board member of the SF Bay Area Chapter of the NLG, and has also served on the NEC as co-chair of the Queer Committee. Anne has a B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, and graduated from the New College of California School of Law in 2006.

Rose Braz is the National Campaign Director for Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization working to end society's use of prisons and policing as an "answer" to social problems. Prior to coming to CR, Rose worked as a criminal defense attorney and also has experience working on police misconduct and prisoner civil rights litigation. She was a member of the original organizing committee for the 1998 Critical Resistance Conference and has been active in prison and criminal justice issues since graduating from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law in 1992. Rose is on the board of Justice Now and the advisory board of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. She helped restart the National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project in the early 1990's.

The Bay Area Chapter of the Anti-Racism Committee works to create an anti-racist culture within the National Lawyers Guild by supporting the efforts of The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) and spearheading anti-racist policies and projects locally and nationally. The ARC seeks to work in coalition with partner organizations on issues of racial and economic justice and to create mechanisms of accountability to the movements and communities we serve.