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Posted by: Rupa Singh on Feb 2, 2021

[RBG] assumed the mantle of her unsolicited celebrity so graciously in her later years that she helped more than one generation reimagine a life in the law as simultaneously fulfilling and cool.

Posted by: Alexandria Hopson on Jan 21, 2021

What are you?” A question I constantly have tried to find a correct answer to growing up. My appearance next to my Caucasian mother would often collect second glances from others in the grocery store, at restaurants, or even school events. Once, I had a doctor who apparently did not read my chart before coming in the room, who suggested a course of action he thought best for “Hispanic women.” I should clarify, I am a half-Caucasian and half-African American woman. This is why, on November 7, I ugly cried as Kamala Harris was confirmed as the first female to be elected vice-president—a woman of color elected to the second-highest office in the nation. 

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: 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 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 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.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Oct 2, 2020

“Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.” – David Stoddard
 
I remember my first mentor, my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Lawson. Decades later I fondly remember her because she was a life saver for my eight-year old self. She taught me what it meant to be seen, and how to trust the good in people. Our law students need their own Mrs. Lawson as they navigate law school to become successful attorneys in our legal community.
 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Jul 24, 2020

Feminism the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
 

Posted by: Elvira Cortez on Mar 13, 2020

While Lawyers Club’s International Women’s Day luncheon was postponed, we can still acknowledge the importance of International Women’s Day by recognizing the struggles of women outside our country.  Women in Mexico marked International Women’s Day by joining in a nationwide protest and strike against the extraordinary level of violence perpetrated against women. 
 


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