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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Feb 4, 2021

This past Monday, I hope you had a chance to read our February Newsletter and meet Charlotte E. Ray, who we celebrate and honor this Black History month because in 1872 she became the first female African American lawyer in the United States.  

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: Yahairah Aristy on Feb 1, 2021

As we celebrate Black History month let us remember, celebrate, and honor with deeds and words the first female African American lawyer in the United States, Charlotte E. Ray

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Jan 28, 2021

Last Saturday we had our Winter Leadership retreat with our Board, Staff and Co-Chairs! Each Lawyers Club year we have two leadership retreats, Summer and Winter, where we come together to connect, receive an organizational update and plan for the next half of the Lawyers Club year. While both leadership retreats in 2020-2021 have been virtual, the retreats nonetheless invigorated our leadership, all of whom are volunteers except the staff. 

Posted by: Rupa Singh on Jan 27, 2021

I felt as if a protective, guiding hand had been lifted from not only my head, but from our country’s back, leaving us both adrift. 

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: 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. 


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