Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative

A Town Hall on Police Accountability, Discipline & Oversight

Presented by the the Racial Justice Initiative of the Barristers Club

 

Please join us on Tuesday, September 29, for this very special town hall where we will explore the topics of police accountability, discipline, and oversight, with Chesa Boudin, San Francisco District Attorney; Paul Henderson, Director of the Department of Police Accountability; Chief William "Bill" Scott, Chief of the San Francisco Police Department; Damali Taylor, Vice President, San Francisco Police Commission; and moderated by Yolanda Jackson, Executive Director and General Counsel, Bar Association of San Francisco.

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The Barristers Club launched the Racial Justice Initiative to educate the legal community and public about issues of racism, police brutality, criminal justice reform, and how to be an ally.

While systemic racism and police brutality are not new issues, the 2020 murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans have thrust these issues to the forefront—where they should be and should remain.

Beyond education, systemic change demands fundamental adjustments to the law, the courts, the criminal justice system, and even the legal profession. The Racial Justice Initiative will examine and advocate for these changes, bringing many voices to the table.

Furthermore, the Racial Justice Initiative will look internally as the legal profession is not exempt from these issues. According to the 2019 NALP Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms, only 1.97% of partners are Black or African American, and only 0.75% are Black or African American women. There is a similar lack of diversity from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color across all metrics. Racial justice includes representation at all levels of the legal profession and the active fight against explicit and implicit bias.

The goal of racial justice will take time but is within reach, and the Barristers Club is committed to working towards it. If you are interested in joining the Racial Justice Initiative efforts, please reach out and contact barristers@sfbar.org.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris Tuite/ImageSPACE/Shutterstock (10672244i)
Protestors demonstrate on the Golden Gate Bridge after the death of George Floyd. Protestors climbed over the rails and demonstrated in the lanes causing a shutdown of South Bound traffic.
Black Lives Matter protest, San Francisco, California, USA - 06 Jun 2020

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Racial Justice Initiative Book Club

Thursday October 8, 2020, 5-6 p.m.

 

For our second meeting, we will be discussing chapters 5-18 of "How to be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.

 

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Evaluating “Left Out and Left Behind”

Tuesday October 27, 2020, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

 

Panel discussion regarding the new report on women of color attorneys from ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

 

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