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Reflections on LGBTQ Equality

June 17 is my wedding anniversary.  I imagine for most happily married people, the date of their wedding is fixed and associated with memories of a special celebration with friends and family.  But for me, and many same-sex couples, my wedding day was more complicated than that.  My wife and I have been together for … Continue reading “Reflections on LGBTQ Equality”

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Know Your Rights, No Matter What SCOTUS Decides

I was in New York last summer during WorldPride, celebrating fifty years since the Stonewall riots. Despite the rise in hate crimes over the previous three years, for a little bit, I could just celebrate how far we’d come.  One year later, I find myself checking the Supreme Court website for updates on three pending … Continue reading “Know Your Rights, No Matter What SCOTUS Decides”

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Statement on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and So Many Others

  Legal Aid at Work has fought for decades to vindicate the civil rights of communities of color generally and Black people in particular. Along with hundreds of millions of Americans, we grieve the violent deaths of George Floyd, an African-American man whom Minneapolis police officers killed on May 25, 2020, and Breonna Taylor, an … Continue reading “Statement on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and So Many Others”

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Summer Speaker Series Event #1: “Employment Law in the COVID Era” on June 3, 2020

  Legal Aid at Work and Berkeley Law are proud to present the first in their 2020 Elizabeth Cabraser Summer Lecture Series on “Being a Lawyer in Pandemic Times: Perspectives from the Field.” This first event will be a discussion about Employment Law in the COVID Era, and will feature DecCarol Davis (Legal Aid at … Continue reading “Summer Speaker Series Event #1: “Employment Law in the COVID Era” on June 3, 2020″

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Remembering Nelson Henry

  Nelson Henry’s son Dean contacted me out of the blue one day after hearing about one of my clients, Helen James, on the Today Show.  Helen, a woman in her 90s, decided to challenge a bad discharge she received from the Air Force because of being a lesbian.  Dean was touched by the story … Continue reading “Remembering Nelson Henry”

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer Gender Equity Battle Mirrors the Struggle of Our Nation’s Girls

The players get to games through second-class travel, are denied equal training and medical support, use more dangerous, inferior facilities, and are under-promoted compared to their male peers, among a range of inequities. Sounds like the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team? Indeed, but this is also the daily plight of millions of girls across the … Continue reading “The U.S. Women’s Soccer Gender Equity Battle Mirrors the Struggle of Our Nation’s Girls”

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Legal Aid at Work and 100+ Organizations Call on Governor Newsom to Protect Undocumented Workers Affected by the Covid-19 Outbreak

Legal Aid at Work and a coalition of over 100 organizations sent a letter to Governor Newsom, calling on  California to protect undocumented workers during the Covid-19 crisis.  The letter asks that all workers be allowed access to benefit programs—regardless of citizenship or immigration status—and that California take several other specific steps to protect vulnerable … Continue reading “Legal Aid at Work and 100+ Organizations Call on Governor Newsom to Protect Undocumented Workers Affected by the Covid-19 Outbreak”

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Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, All Year Round

Wednesday, February 5 is the 34th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an occasion that celebrates the monumental achievements of women and girls in athletics. The occasion helps us reflect on the progress made since the passing of federal gender equity law Title IX in 1972, and related policy advancements, while also recognizing … Continue reading “Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, All Year Round”

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After LAAW’s Advocacy Efforts, Federal Court Recognizes Undocumented Worker’s Basic Right to Obtain Relief for Unlawful Employment Practices

  Ricardo Torres, an undocumented plaintiff that Legal Aid at Work had supported through the filing of a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief, successfully convinced a federal court that he was entitled to substantial relief from unlawful employment practices despite the fact that he was undocumented. This win is especially important because, in July 2018, the same … Continue reading “After LAAW’s Advocacy Efforts, Federal Court Recognizes Undocumented Worker’s Basic Right to Obtain Relief for Unlawful Employment Practices”

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