Joint statement from Equal Rights Advocates and the Equal Justice Society: Dajerria Becton was going to a pool party in the suburbs. She was wearing a bathing suit. She is 14 years old. We were disgusted and outraged to watched Officer Eric Casebolt brutalize this 14-year old African American girl over the weekend outside a … Continue reading Stand With Dajerria Becton: Black Girls Matter
The news of yet another Black man dead after an encounter with the police was heartbreaking and exhausting. I vowed to stop listening to and watching coverage about Mr. Freddie Gray and watch reruns of Columbo, but that was not to be. Driving home on Thursday night, I listened to MSNBC and then watched FoxNews … Continue reading Black Rage 2.0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQqhkXJeOxw EJS President Eva Paterson spoke with attorney Paul Henderson, the deputy chief of staff, public safety, for the mayor of San Francisco, about her career, affirmative action, the death penalty, and the nature of implicit bias. The video of the interview (above and excerpts) was published on CalLawyer.com.
Equal Justice Society President Eva Paterson spoke at a "die-in" demonstration today with attorneys, law students, professors, and allies in San Francisco to protest police violence and racial profiling of communities of color. https://twitter.com/tigerbeat/status/556137369955749889 https://twitter.com/aaaj_alc/status/556138761117908993 https://twitter.com/rebecca_f/status/556136604784287746 The symbolic “die-in” took place on the steps of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. The protest highlighted … Continue reading EJS Joins Bay Area Lawyer Die-in for Racial Justice
The killing of Michael Brown has dominated the headlines and my thoughts over the past few days. An African-American 18-year-old dead with multiple gunshot wounds. The shots fired by a St. Louis police officer. The circumstances reeking of cover-up, profiling, and racism. My African-American 18-year-old son Julian has spent the last two weeks as an … Continue reading These Are Our Sons
Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of talking to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference on implicit bias, racial anxiety and the 14th Amendment. The judicial conference, attended by 600 judges and lawyers working in the federal courts of the Ninth Circuit, meets to consider the business of the courts, to share ways to improve the … Continue reading Justice Kennedy, Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety and Dismantling the 14th Amendment’s Intent Standard
Yesterday as I was driving from San Francisco to Oakland, I heard a news report on NPR that made me cry. Voter suppression, a.k.a. Voter ID laws, have gone into effect in Arkansas, my father’s birthplace. A report today from Zachary Roth of MSNBC states: Among the problems reported from Tuesday: poll workers quizzing voters … Continue reading African Americans Started Memorial Day
A new book, "America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race," includes a chapter by Eva Paterson on Litigating Implicit Bias. The article outlines the urgent need for our courts to depart from an archaic disposition towards racism, which requires plaintiffs alleging discrimination to prove the intent to discriminate – not just that discrimination … Continue reading Chapter by Eva Paterson on Litigating Implicit Bias in New Book, ‘America’s Growing Inequality’