MCLE Programming

PIAC is committed to providing continuing education for attorneys for the practice of social justice and policy advocacy.   We seek to develop attorneys and other legal professionals aware of current issues facing our region, and provide knowledge and practical tools to advocate for social justice. Our educational programs focus on public interest and social justice awareness as well as practical legal processes and tools for the social justice practice.  Our goal is the professional and personal development of social justice attorneys and practitioners either through their ordinary legal practice or through pro bono or other advocacy work.

Most of our programs offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit for the California State Bar and we are in the process of becoming a multiple activity provider.


Administrative Writs of Mandate

Speaker:  Prof. Richard J. Wharton,  Professor and Director of USD Environmental Law Clinic [1979-2013] 

Date and Time TBD

University of San Diego, Warren Hall Room 133

This presentation on the nuts and bolts of Administrative Writs practice in California Courts.  Public Interest Attorneys Collaborative is committed to encouraging attorneys to engage in public interest and social practice.  Such practice often includes work in government and other local agencies and requires knowledge of writ practice.   This seminar is designed to give an overview of writ practice in California courts, including procedure and legal standards.  The presentation will have an emphasis for practitioners, including cases involving environmental protection and land use decisions made by local agencies and commissions.

2 General Credits, MCLE Credit Approval Pending


Diversity Matters: Transgender Rights

Speakers:  Vicki Estrada and Danielle Blackhall 

September 27, 2017, 6:00 PM

Baja Betty’s, 1421 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Two great speakers:  Attorney Danielle Blackhall and Award winning landscape architect Vicki Estrada will be discussing the legal landscape surrounding transgender individuals and give insight into the struggles they go through. Attorneys can learn what laws impact transgender individuals and how to get involved.   

Fostering Regional Economic Inclusion through Elimination of Bias

Speaker:  Omar Passons, Vice President, Community                                                          Development and Policy at the Jacobs Center for                                              Neighborhood Innovation

November 2, 2016, 5:30 PM

Mission Brewery, 1441 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Omar Passons’s presentation aimed to help attorneys evaluate their own unintentional biases, identify legal tools to help members of lower income communities secure access to needed capital without regard to race or protected classification, and to foster opportunities for regional economic inclusion.

Environmental Health and Environmental Discrimination

Speaker:  Diane Takvorian, Executive Director of the Environmental                          Health Coalition

July 27, 2016, 8:00 AM

Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113

Diane Takvorian spoke regarding the impacts of urban planning on individuals’ health, the systematic discrimination of communities via environmental harm, and methods to combat and address such environmental discrimination.

Homelessness and Community Involvement

Speaker:  Steve Binder, Esq.

January 27, 2016, 8:00 AM

The Living Room Cafe, 5900 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115

Steve Binder, Esq. discussed the challenges of homelessness and how attorneys and other citizens can get involved.

Flyer – Steve Binder