It is the official policy of ACCTLA to fully support and encourage diversity and inclusion within our member ranks, on the Board, within our Executive Committee, and in the execution of our member services.
ACCTLA Board of Governors – June, 2020
Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association stands with the protestors, the Floyd Family, George Floyd, and the countless others who have been subjugated, brutalized, terrorized, and then marginalized by systematic and institutionalized racism. As Americans and members of the Bar we must finally reckon with the history of racism in this country and the role of our own profession in perpetuating the oppression of black and brown people. Unless we acknowledge, take responsibility for, and genuinely try to mend this past once and for all, as if our lives depended on it, the list of names to which George Floyd has been added will never end.
What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the result of a long history of brutalization starting in 1619 when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent. In 155 years, we have merely moved from Jim Crow to a collective amnesia or pretending that this is not happening. If we stand by in silence or inaction, we are complicit.
As a Board of trial lawyers committed to fighting for justice, we recognize that many of us have white privilege and implicit and explicit biases. We must do better. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our organization, of our law firms and to fighting for the rights of the oppressed. Most importantly, we are committed to listening to and giving a seat at the table to those who have been oppressed. We stand together with our members and we stand with Black Lives Matter.
Benefits of Membership in ACCTLA
Judges’ Night and Social Events
One of the greatest services is the opportunity to meet socially with judges from both counties through our annual Judges’ Night each January and the Spring and Fall Socials in May and October. All members are invited to attend ACCTLA Board of Governors meetings which are monthly dinners in alternating counties.
The Members-Only Listserve
Through our e-mail discussion group, you can network with other members for help with research, law and motion, form pleadings, locating experts, and obtaining information on defense experts, mediators, arbitrators, and judges. This is an invaluable resource.
Our magazine is sent to members and judges in both counties. Articles keep members current on legal issues and member news provides exposure for recent verdicts, settlements or other achievements in our practice.
ACCTLA provides mentoring for new attorneys or attorneys new to a practice area.
ACCTLA provides continuing education throughout the year on relevant topics including the annual “What’s New in Tort and Trial” which reviews every appellate and Supreme Court case that impacts the trial practice.
ACCTLA represents the trial lawyers interests in local bench-bar activities.