EJS Gala 2017



The Equal Justice Society celebrates its 17th anniversary with an “Art + Youth” gala uplifting art as a vehicle for social justice and the youth and young adults as our torchbearers in the civil rights movement. The event is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. in the Robertson Auditorium of the Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco.


Our honorees for this year’s gala:

Chinaka Hodge
Poet, playwright, screenwriter, educator

George Hofstetter
17-year-old tech genius, entrepreneur

Lisa P. Mak
Employee rights attorney, Minami Tamaki LLP

Jacqueline Scott Ramos
Poetess, actress, urban health researcher

Ajani Thomas
Filmmaker, Howard University student


A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres will precede a program emceed by Dr. Renel Brooks-Moon featuring our 2017 honorees and a performance. Tickets are $150 and sponsorships are available.


For more information, contact Nicole Oveisi at noveisi@equaljusticesociety.org or 415-288-8700. We hope you can join us! #EJS17


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Kelly McCreary
Minami Tamaki LLP
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe
Outten and Golden
David Oppenheimer & Marcy Kates
Barry and Sandy Goldstein
Bryan Schwartz
Gyöngy Laky & Tom Layton
Michael Harris
William and Jennifer Schwartz
Douglas Young
American Constitution Society
Alan Oveisi

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Please read this note from Eva, followed by some links that will help you save the date of our gala:

The color of one’s skin still influences much of what happens in one’s life, including:

Where you live

Where you go to school

If you will get stopped by the police

How much money you will make

Your parents’ ability to leave you an inheritance; and

The quality of health care you receive.

Most people in our country think that racial bias is unfair. Some think it is a phenomenon of the past.  The Equal Justice Society is dedicated to “putting race on the table” by clearly stating that racism is alive and thriving in 21st century America.

In our early years, we thought overt racism was on its way out and that exploring mind science concepts such as implicit bias, racial anxiety, and misuse of stereotypes provided non-threatening tools for understanding and undoing racism. The ugly nature of the Trump candidacy and presidency has brought us to the painful conclusion that there are many among us who feel that people of color do not share the humanity that “made America great.”

The Equal Justice Society is part of a national community of lawyers, judges, scholars, teachers, activists, students, and others who are working to  build a better more equitable world while “resisting” attempts to turn back the hands of the clock and “make America white again.”

In our 17th year, we will continue to “transform the nation’s consciousness through law, social science, and the arts.”  In addition to this carrot, we will use the stick and sue the recalcitrant.  We will continue to work with scholars whose intellects illuminate us about the causes and cures for racism.  We will continue to work in coalitions to build the “Beloved Community” that works to create that better world that we are certain can be birthed into existence.

We hope you will join us.


Eva Paterson
President, Equal Justice Society