Multicultural Bar Alliance Part One of a Two-Part Series on Diversifying the Bench in the Federal and State Courts
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Multicultural Bar Alliance (MCBA) and various co-sponsoring organizations will be presenting Part I of a two-part series on diversifying the bench in the federal and state courts. The first session is entitled, “Increasing the Diversity of the Bench in the Federal and State Courts—Why Is Diversity Important and How Can That Be Achieved?” This session will be held at Loyola Law School, which is located at 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015, in Merrifield Hall, starting from 9:30-10:00 a.m. for registration and a light breakfast. The program, which consists of two panels, will begin at 10:00 a.m. The first panel features Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, Rebecca Hamburg Cappy, Director of the West Coast Office of the Alliance for Justice, and Victor M. Acevedo, Member of the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness. These panelists will be discussing the need for diversity on the bench, with an emphasis on racial, gender, sexual orientation, and professional diversity, and why it is important. The second panel features Jason P. Lee, Chair of the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, U.S. District Court Judge (Ret.), who is a member of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Judicial Advisory Committee, Morgan Chu, Partner at Irell & Manella LLP, who is a member of Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Advisory Committee, as well as a recent appointee to the L.A. Superior Court. This second panel will discuss the "Nuts and Bolts" of the judicial appointments process. The moderator for both panels is Wendy Wen Yun Chang, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee. Lawyers at all stages of their careers as well as law students are encouraged to attend, although those who are seriously considering applying for a judicial appointment in the near future should attend this program—admission is $20 per person and free for law students. This session will not only provide information on applying for judicial positions, it will encourage qualified lawyers to apply and assist in preparing them for Part 2 of this series, slated for later in the year. Part 2 of this series will be a workshop for those who are in the process of applying for an appointment to the bench and who wish to consult with mentors and have their applications reviewed by persons knowledgeable about and involved in the process. The $20 admission cost is payable by check or credit card. Please contact Maria Torres of MABA at (213) 749-2889, to RSVP, pay the admission cost and for further information about this MCBA program.