EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2007

The Hon. Thelton Henderson (left), Senior United States District Judge, Northern District of California, with the Hon. Theodore A. McKee, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, at a special reception hosted by EJS in August 2007.

2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Equal Justice Society. Every week leading up to our 20th anniversary celebration on September 17, we will highlight one year in our history. This week we remember 2007 … when things really started picking up for us!

These are just some of our accomplishments in 2007:

  • EJS sponsored a reception on August 9, 2007, for judges and friends attending the American Bar Association national conference. The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was our honored guest and speaker.
  • EJS issued a report, “Framing Race and Class in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: A Natural and Unnatural Disaster,” by Shannon Seibert and Elaine Elinson. EJS examined coverage by different kinds of media of this unique natural and unnatural disaster in an effort to understand how the story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath were being presented to American audiences.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission invited EJS to educate its staff on implicit bias research for use in their litigation and workplace issue resolution. This resulted in a Convening on Unconscious Bias and the Workplace with EEOC regional directors.
  • EJS organized a symposium at UCLA called “Economic Opportunity in California: The Labor & Employment Impact of Proposition 209,” focusing on how Proposition 209 impacted public contracting and employment opportunities for women and people of color.
  • EJS organized the convening, “Reclaiming & Reframing the Dialogue on Race & Racism” at Berkeley Law.
  • EJS organized the convening, “Supreme Court Litigation Strategies,” at Duke University to discuss progressive litigation strategies and overturning the Intent Doctrine in the Roberts Court era.
  • EJS became the fiscal sponsor to the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial and advocated for recognition of the site as a national park.
  • The Black Alliance for Just Immigration and EJS organized a community event with over 300 people at the Oakland Museum to connect the struggles of immigrants, African Americans and other people of color.
  • Under the leadership of EJS board member Eric K. Yamamoto, the University of Hawaii Law School launched the EJS Scholar-Advocate program aimed at developing the racial justice advocacy skills of current law school students and exposing them to cutting-edge scholarship on implicit bias, the Intent doctrine and critical race theory.

We welcome sponsorships to our 20th anniversary celebration on September 17, 2020, at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. The evening will include a oratorio by Marcus inspired by the courage of Harriet Tubman and by the two decades of EJS. Please contact Ginger Johnson at gjohnson@equaljusticesociety.org for more information. Thank you!