Monday, January 26, 2015

          Bay Area Lawyers Stage "Die In" at CA Supreme Court

          2L Allyssa Villanueva gave a powerful speech in support of #blacklivesmatter
          Sample alt tag.
          2L Allyssa Villanueva speaks at the event, Eva Patterson at left.

          On January 16, 2015, Bay Area lawyers staged a die-in in front of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to stand in support of the #blacklivesmatter campaign against the killings of unarmed citizens including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

          The action took place as part of a series of 96 hours of actions staged across the Bay Area with the intent of reclaiming "the radical legacy of Martin Luther King."

          BLSA co-President Allyssa Villanueva gave a rousing speech to the crowd of over one hundred lawyers, including Jeff Adachi ‘88, Emeritus Professor Shauna Marshall and Professor Alina Ball. Speaking into the megaphone, Villanueva told them, “The movement against anti-Black policing and state violence is just beginning to gain a large base and national media attention. This die-in is a call to action to the Bay Area legal community to take our rightful place in this movement!”

          Before coming to UC Hastings, Villanueva was involved in many civil demonstrations related to access to education, racial inequality, and other social justice issues. “It is important for us (lawyers) not to just talk about the problems but to be visible in the community,” she said. “This is more important in the legal profession where Black attorneys are less than 5%. The die-in was a visible sign of solidarity with other community actions and the demands they are placing on our legal system to eradicate racism in policing and provide equal protection under the law.”

          Villanueva said she was honored to introduce the next speaker, Eva Patterson, Director and Co-founder of the Equal Justice Society, who has been a huge inspiration to her.

          ***

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Wednesday, March 22, 2017

          We’re #1: UC Hastings Trial Team Wins National Ethics Trial Competition

          The UC Hastings Trial Team keeps bringing home the gold with another first place finish.
          Wednesday, March 22, 2017

          Tracking the Future of the Affordable Care Act

          UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy launches Health Reform Tracker website.
          Tuesday, March 21, 2017

          UC Hastings LL.M. student Simren Delaney works with early stage Bay Area startups

          Now in its 7th year, the Startup Legal Garage enables UC Hastings students to work with early stage Tech and BioTech companies to provide them with corporate and intellectual property legal services under the supervision of leading attorneys throughout the Bay Area.
          Tuesday, March 14, 2017

          Message from Dean Faigman: US News Rankings

          While it is an annual rite of spring for deans to celebrate or lament the widely variable swings in rankings from year-to-year, UC Hastings must keep its eyes on what counts. We are doing that.
          Tuesday, March 07, 2017

          What Worked for Us May Work for You: Alumni Share Bar Success Stories for New Blog

          UC Hastings launches the Bar Passage Success Stories and Strategies blog.
          Go to News Archive