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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Jan 7, 2021

Yesterday morning while I was cross examining witnesses, I was oblivious to the fact that the ultimate symbol of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol, was assaulted in the most shocking and horrific manner. This was an affront that has not occurred since British forces sieged and set to fire the US Capitol and the White House in 1812. This was possible because our First Amendment rights to peaceful assembly and speech were abused with appalling depravity not warranted under any circumstance. The peaceful exercise of our fundamental rights is to promote the greater good regardless of divergent perspectives, not to commit violent atrocities. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Dec 31, 2020

As we bid adieu to the upheaval of 2020, we know that 2020 will soon not be forgotten. It has been an extraordinary year filled with unprecedented challenges that, absent a crystal ball, we could not have imagined during our lifetime. The challenges brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic stripped the veil of privilege and opened our eyes to its true meaning at so many levels especially race, socio-economic, career, relationships, health care and internet access. 
 
As a bar association during this extraordinary year, we recognized the privilege that we had to support our membership through —relationships and connectivity —empowerment and positivity —leadership and professional development. We committed ourselves to pivot with a laser focus on how to innovate to elevate our Service, Inclusion & Advocacy efforts for our members. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Dec 17, 2020

Hard to believe that the week of March 16, 2020, was the last week with a day of “normalcy”. I remember sitting in my office when there was rumbling of a possible state shutdown. It was an eerie feeling, surreal in many ways, and then bam, reality.  A reality no one imagined or was prepared for.

Posted by: Vaani Chawla on Dec 15, 2020

I thought I was a feminist. Yes, I am a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego. Yes, it’s a feminist organization. Yes, I am on the board. So, you would think I would know all about the ways in which our society has undervalued women. I thought I knew plenty, but I was wrong. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Dec 10, 2020

Today is Human Rights Day, a day of observance that turns 70 years today! The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered the most translated document in the world with translations of 500 languages. Eleanor Roosevelt served as the chairperson of the drafting committee and was joined by other women, and together they secured the inclusion of women’s rights in the Universal Declarations. 

It is therefore fitting that this week Lawyers Club has had much to celebrate because our commitment to feminism—to advance the status of women in the law and society—is palpable. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Dec 3, 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, and particularly domestic violence, have intensified. (United Nations Women: The Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women during COVID-19.) 

Most of us in the legal community are privileged to be able to pivot during this pandemic to the new normal without knowing the despair of the women and girls in our community that are seeking assistance to survive domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crimes, torture, and retaliatory treatment for being in the transgender community. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Dec 1, 2020

As we entered the last month of 2020 —December, and the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, for each of us the world has changed in ways that we did not imagine before March 2020. Terms like socially distanced, six feet apart, face masks, quarantine, immediate family, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, what tier are we in, vaccine, Dr. Fauci, have become part of our daily vernacular.  We long for the day when we can convene and enjoy each other’s company without the fear of COVID-19.  Most of us in the legal community are privileged to be able to pivot to the new normal without despair and hope.  

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Nov 25, 2020

On our way to honor our Fund for Justice grant recipients on December 9, we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving in a way that no one imagined last Thanksgiving —in the midst of a global pandemic. The pandemic restrictions may change the ways in which we celebrate, but not how we stop to express gratitude around the Thanksgiving dinner table. As such, during my turn I would like to take a moment to personally express my deepest gratitude to each of you, our Lawyers Club family. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Nov 19, 2020

When we look at the wage gap in 2020, women overall made 77 cents for every dollar men earn. (Equal Pay Today.) On October 29, Latinas, the last demographic census group of women, earned the same dollar a white non-Latinx male earned in December 2019, some 23 months prior, while Black women worked 20 months; Native American women, 21 months; Asian women, 14 months, to earn that dollar. (Ibid.) 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Nov 12, 2020

On November 7, 2020 history was made when a woman was elected vice president of the United States. This historic moment comes on the heels of the appointment of the fifth woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. In 1789, the first Vice President was a man, followed by 47 more men. That homogenous representation has now ended. The 48th will be a woman: U.S. Senator and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris.


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