April 2021 Newsletter
ACBA's Racial Equity Series

Allyship Part 2: A Call to Action for Lawyers in Supporting Directly Impacted Communities

Organized by the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) Barristers Section and the Charles Houston Bar Association. Co-sponsored by AABA, AILA, BALIF, CLA, EBLRLA, FBANC, and IABA. 

Part 2 will focus on identifying action items for attendees to initiate in our respective communities through small breakout sessions. Moderators include our EBLRLA Directors April Smith and Armando Pastran

When: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 5:00–6:30 PM
Where: Virtually via Zoom
RSVP: By April 14 on ACBA's website
Cost: Free and MCLE Elimination of Bias 1.5 hours


Anti-API Violence and Heightened Xenophobia and Racism

Co-sponsored by ACBA, CHBA, CABL, TABA, VABANC, FBANC, SCU APALSA, APABA Silicon Valley, WLAC, CALOBA, EBLRBA, BWLNC, CCCBA, SCCBA, SDCBA, AAPA, CELA Racial Justice Task Force, KABANC, NAPALSA, AABA of the Greater Bay Area, SFTLA, ACCTLA, SABA-NC,CAOC, CLA Racial Justice Committee, Berkeley APALSA, CMCP, UC Davis APALSA, UC Hastings APALSA, CWL. 

This program examines the recent wave of violence and attacks on the API community. Speakers include Professor Russell Jeung, Aarti Kohli, and Betty Duong. Moderated by ACBA President Vincent Tong and ACBA Vice President Alice Cheng. 

When: Friday, April 23, 2021, 12:00–1:30 PM
Where: Virtually via Zoom
RSVP: By April 22 on ACBA's website
Cost: Free and MCLE Elimination of Bias 1.5 hours
EBLRLA Member Spotlight: 
Monica Othón Espinosa
Monica Othón Espinosa practices family law in the East Bay and greater Bay Area.

Monica has Bachelor's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Legal Studies and Economics. 

She received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she served as Executive Editor and Staff Editor on Hastings Law Journal
Monica has been an EBLRLA member since 2016. She joined the EBLRLA Board of Directors in 2018 and was elected Vice President in November 2020.  

Hometowns: Empire, California
Attorney Since: January 2006
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Music Genre: Reggaeton and salsa
Favorite Food: I love everything, but my most favorite is Indian food

What inspired you to enter the law profession? 
As a child and grandchild of Mexican immigrants with limited education and financial resources, my family and I experienced and witnessed injustices in our community. Cultural, educational, language, and financial barriers left me feeling powerless to advocate for myself and my family. These experiences cemented my commitment to social justice, drove me to go to law school, and then to work as a post-conviction capital defense attorney, later a legal aid attorney, and now a family law attorney.
  • EBLRLA proudly supports California AB 1576 which would require superior courts to allow attorneys to use the same lactation rooms as court employees. Read our letter of support here.
  • Thursday, April 15, 5:00-6:30 PM: ACBA's Racial Equity Series MCLE: Allyship Program, Part 2. RSVP by April 14 on ACBA's website
  • Monday, April 19, 6:00-7:30 PM: Minority Bar Coalition President's Reception Stronger Together. RSVP on the MBC's website or here.
  • Friday, April 23, 12:00-1:30 PM: ACBA's Racial Equity Series MCLE: Anti-API Violence and Heightened Xenophobia and Racism by April 22 on ACBA's website
  • Tuesday, May 4, 6:00 PM: Latinx Stories: How Implicit Bias Serves to Impede Latino American Advancement in Law and Enterprise. Co-sponsored by EBLRLA. More details to follow. 
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