Anti-Racism for Effective Legal & Social Justice Work (CLE)

October 6, 2008

Anti-Racism for Effective Legal & Social Justice Work—Theory and Practice,
1.5 hour CLE (anti-bias)

When: Monday, 6 October 2008, 12:00-1:30 pm

Where: Mexicali Rose Restaurant meeting room, 701 Clay St, Downtown Oakland (at 7th st, across from Alameda County Courthouse, 4 blocks from 12th St BART [11th st exit])

CLE Charge: $25-40 for attorneys. Law students and legal workers, donations suggested. (Proceeds will help pay for anti-racist trainings to be held in the future for NLG members.)

Note: Mexicali Rose Restaurant requires that each person using the meeting room purchase food with a value of at least $6.50. Upon registration, we will send you a menu to choose an item, so we can submit orders ahead of time.

Lawyers and legal workers in the U.S. live and work within a society and a system that was founded in and remains shaped by racism. More legal practitioners, legal scholars, and legal activists are recognizing that anti-racism is essential for effective legal work in the twenty-first century. The NLG Bay Area Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) is presenting this 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, how to develop 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, Critical Race Praxis & 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 for U.C. Berkeley's Chicano Studies Program and San Francisco State University's Raza Studies Department. He graduated from Boalt Hall in 2005 and earned a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science from SF State in 2002. He is a director of the Berkeley Law Foundation, LatCrit, Inc. and the NLG-SF Bay Area Chapter. He serves as treasurer for the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association and helped found the National Latina/o Law Student Association. The grandchild of Mexican immigrants, 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.

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.