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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Sep 18, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared September 15 to October 15, 2020 Latino Heritage month because 15 million Latinos call California home. Newsom noted that “Latino Californians have borne a particularly heavy burden during the COVID-19 pandemic. The overwhelming number of Latinos who work on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 risk increased exposure to the virus. Coupled with generational health disparities, Latino Californians have faced devastating, disproportionate impacts due to this disease. This Latino Heritage Month, we soberly acknowledge these harms stemming from social and racial inequities and continue our commitment to tackling these disparities during this unprecedented health and economic crisis and beyond.”
 
Lawyers Club is committed to diversity as reflected by our Diversity Policy. We acknowledge Latino Heritage month and seek to raise our members’ awareness of the how these disparities translate to our legal community. While the ABA Profile on the Legal Profession report found that the San Diego metropolitan area ranked among the top 10 nationally for firms with the highest percentage of partners who are lawyers of color, the State Bar of California found that Latinx people are severely underrepresented in the state’s legal community at 7% of attorneys, compared to the state’s Latinx adult population of 35%.
 
In honor of Latino Heritage Month let us be deliberate in creating a space of inclusion and let us remember Verná Myers’ statement: “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
 

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

 

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