BASF Press Release

Join the Legal Community in a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

UPDATE: June 24, 2020, San Francisco—We are humbled and excited by the  response of the legal community to the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge. The curriculum has been shared with thousands of Bay Area lawyers. At the national level, the American Bar Association is also experiencing exciting levels of participation and feedback. In response to feedback received from around the country, the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, which issued this challenge to its 20,000+ members last week, has begun to make some updates to the syllabus. To ensure that we all access the latest version of the curriculum, we now direct everyone to the ABA Section syllabus: View the curriculum here.


June 17, 2020, San Francisco—The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) invite you to join us on a 21-day quest to explore and deepen our awareness and engagement in issues of racial equity. While this challenge is completely voluntary, we are excited to uplift and amplify the work of BASF Leaders Circle firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein whose Employment Practice Group curated the syllabus for this challenge, following the model established by diversity expert, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.

To accept the challenge and join the legal community in building racial equity habits, simply follow this 21-day curriculum. The curriculum consists of daily assignments of articles, podcasts, or videos aimed at deepening our understanding of inequity issues from micro-aggressions to systemic racism.

The challenge starts today, June 17, 2020.
View the curriculum here.

The syllabus Lieff Cabraser’s team curated focuses on the experiences of Black Americans and serves as an introduction to further exploration. The syllabus and the challenge have since been shared widely across the legal community. The governing Council of the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section has recently adopted the syllabus and urged its 20,000+ members to join section leadership in completing the same 21 assignments, starting on June 17.

We thank Lieff Cabraser and Past President Kelly Dermody for sharing this resource, and we are excited to join this challenge. We hope it will spark conversations, insights, and new questions, as we continue our work, as individuals and organizations, towards fairness and equity.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of attorneys, law students, and legal professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF enjoys the support of more than 7,500 individuals, law firms, corporate legal departments, and law schools. BASF provides a collective voice for public advocacy, advances professional growth and education, and attempts to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and respect in the practice of law.