Racial Justice Speakers Series –
A Panel Discussion Entitled "Racial Justice:  Where Do We Start?"


On October 29, 2020, the LACBA President’s Task Force on Racial and Social Justice presented the first event in its Racial Justice Speakers Series – a panel discussion entitled “Racial Justice:  Where Do We Start?” 

If you missed it, the video is available here:


The distinguished panelists for this inaugural event were Connie Rice, a former member of President Obama’s Twenty-First Century Task Force on Policing and author of “Power Concedes Nothing;” Michael Lawson, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League; and John Gibson, a Partner at DLA Piper.  The panel discussion was moderated by LACBA member and Winston & Strawn attorney Jason Parnell.

Members of LACBA and the general public were invited to virtually join these prominent members of the Los Angeles legal community and hear their thoughts regarding issues of racial justice in the legal system, policing, and the larger community.  The candid discussion was designed to broaden the audience’s perspectives and help members of the audience better advocate for racial justice and equality in their daily lives.  During the discussion, the panelists focused on the need to reform our criminal justice system, and the role that lawyers need to have in that important and timely process.  In addition, the panelists focused on some of the challenges and barriers that attorneys of color face in the legal community and broader society in a very racially-charged year filled with protests, headlines, civil unrest, and a deadly pandemic.  More than 300 individuals attended this informative and thought-provoking event.   This Racial Justice Speakers Series event was generously sponsored by more than a dozen law firms and other organizations, and was also supported by numerous LACBA Sections and Committees as well as LACBA Affiliate and Affinity Bar Associations.

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