Equal Justice Society President Eva Paterson will be one of the speakers at a special event on May 1 discussing the landmark lawsuit in the 1980s that led to the desegregation of the San Francisco Fire Department.
The San Francisco Fire Department hired no black firefighters before 1955, allowed no women to apply before 1976, and hired no women firefighters until late 1987. Today, the uniformed force includes approximately fifty percent minorities and fifteen percent women — and is led by a female Chief.
This event sponsored by the Northern District Court Historical Society will share the story behind this dramatic shift in the number of women and people of color in the SFFD, featuring The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel in conversation with the lawyers and firefighters who helped forge the pathway to diversity.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m. (Allow time to go through security; be sure to have ID.)
Federal Building Ceremonial Courtroom
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 19th Floor, San Francisco
Tickets online here. Admission is free to the general public; $20 for Historical Society members seeking MCLE credit; and $45 for non-members seeking MCLE credit.
This is a joint program with the Northern District Practice Program (an approved provider of the State Bar of California), and attendance earns 1.5 hours of elimination of bias MCLE.
Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel (Ret.)
Chief Judge Emerita, Northern District of California
Robert L. Demmons
Chief, San Francisco Fire Department, 1996-2000
Joanne M. Hayes-White
Chief, San Francisco Fire Department, 2004-present
Shauna I. Marshall
Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law, UC Hastings
William McNeill, III
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco – Employment Law Center
Supervising Deputy Attorney General,
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
Eva Jefferson Paterson
President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society
Founding Partner, Renne Public Law Group