Eva Paterson to Debate Ward Connerly at State Bar Annual Meeting

EJS President Eva Paterson will debate Ward Connerly on the use of race as a factor in higher education admissions on Sept. 30 at this week’s State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego. Former State Bar President Jeffrey Bleich will moderate the debate.

The Friday, Sept. 30, session will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, Pacific Ballroom 23. The State Bar will Facebook Live stream the session on its Facebook page.

Paterson and Connerly last debated each other on this issue almost ten years ago in a forum broadcast on KPCC.

The State Bar Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in San Diego. Highlights include the following. The full schedule is available online.

  • California’s Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye will administer the oath of office to incoming State Bar PresidentJames P. Fox and Board of Trustees members on Oct. 1.
    California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu will deliver a keynote address, “When to Dissent,” on Oct. 1.
  • Christopher A. Darden, a criminal defense attorney, author and legal commentator who gained fame as a member of the O.J. Simpson prosecution team, will give keynote remarks at a Sept. 30 luncheon.
  • Civil rights attorney Constance “Connie” Rice, co-founder of the Advancement Project and a leader in addressing police misconduct, will receive the Bernard E. Witkin Medal, awarded to a member of the legal community who has helped shape the legal landscape through an extraordinary body of work.
  • Outgoing State Bar President David J. Pasternak will recognize three individuals for their public protection efforts on Oct. 1: Court of Appeal Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, who chaired the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct; State Bar Senior Director Administration of Justice Kelli Evans, for her work on funding legal services for people who can’t afford lawyers; and Edward J. McIntyre, who contributed more than 500 pro bono hours this year as a special deputy trial counsel for the State Bar.

The Loren Miller Legal Services Award, the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards and the Jack Berman Award of Achievement will be given at a Sept. 30 reception.

Diversity and Education Pipeline Awards will be given at an Oct. 1 reception.

The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. Membership now stands at about a quarter-million. For media credentials please contact barcomm@calbar.ca.gov.

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