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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Nov 6, 2020

56% of California citizens voted not to approve Proposition 16 that sought to repeal Proposition 209 that passed in 1996 by a 55%-45% margin. The repeal of Proposition 209 would have permitted “the use of gender and race as a ‘plus’ factor in college admissions, public employment, and public contracting. It would not have permitted the use of quotas or policies that broadly tailored and do not consider the totality of the individual college applicant, job applicant, or contract bidder.”

Posted by: Attn: B.Grimes on Nov 3, 2020

It isn’t possible to talk about the progress female lawyers and women in general have made without paying homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg’s recent passing begs reflection on how our lives have changed as women, how these changes have affected our financial freedom, and what still needs to be done for true financial equality.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Oct 31, 2020

The role of juries as guardian of justice in the legal system cannot be understated. The word jury appears five times in the U.S Constitution: Article III, section 2: “The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by Jury…”; Fifth Amendment: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…”; Sixth Amendment: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury…” and the Seventh Amendment: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined …”

Posted by: Alana McMains on Oct 27, 2020

Good news for busy lawyers this year: You only need to purchase the top half of a Halloween costume for this year’s Fall Read-In! Every October, the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Community Services Committee (CSC) teams up with Central Elementary School to hold a fun event where members of the legal community get to dress up in costume, meet local kids, promote literacy by sharing a favorite book, and leave behind much-needed supplies. Due to the pandemic, this year’s Fall Read-In will be held virtually, with lawyers able to throw a cape and witch’s hat on top of their pajama pants and read their selection to the students via Zoom.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Oct 21, 2020

“It’s a look that is more classically feminine — ladylike, even — than is usual in such situations, now that even movie stars tend to [wear] trouser suits and glasses. Notable in its consistency. But also noncontroversial and nonconfrontational.” The New York Times wrote this in an article on what a U.S. Supreme Court nominee—a woman—wore to the U.S. Senate Confirmation Hearings that began October 12, 2020.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Oct 13, 2020

This week I received a text message from a dear friend stating that, I was surprised to read, she sees my intelligence, strength, grace, and power as a woman of color. I found her text to be very kind, though I normally would not respond to such a message because, while well-intentioned, it makes me feel awkward.

Posted by: Shelly Skinner on Oct 12, 2020

In the midst of a global health pandemic, lawyers can play a critical role in improving people’s health. Specifically, by getting involved with a medical-legal partnership, lawyers can become part of a patient’s health care team and assist with resolving legal matters that directly impact the patient’s well-being. That work is particularly important now, as vulnerable populations grapple with seemingly insurmountable hardships.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Oct 2, 2020

In recent years the concepts of diversity and inclusion have been popping up like mushrooms as new concepts despite being first recorded in the United States in the 13th and 15th century, respectively. These concepts, however, continue to move at a snail’s pace in all aspects of our society. Consequently, people of color are under-represented across many aspects of our society including the legal community. This is troubling.

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: Molly Wescott on Sep 30, 2020

I was drawn back to writing for this blog when the devastating news about the death of our beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) brought chasing the last wave of feminism and the gender equality it promises back into sharp focus for me.

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