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.
PIAC is a verified multi-activity provider.
UPCOMING MCLE PROGRAMS
Affordable Housing California: Update on Law, Politics, and Economics.
November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 P.M.
Alpha Square, 550 14th St. (at Market St.)
Panel Members: Anne Wilson, Chelsea Investment Corp.; Murtaza Baxamusa, Housing California & S.D. Building Trades; and Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Adj. Prof. & Asst. Dir. Public Service at USD Law
Come join our illustrious panel on. Presentation followed by Q & A. 130,000 homeless in California, 8,000 homeless in San Diego County. “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Mahatma Gandhi. What is California doing? Too many laws or not enough? Which laws are effective and which are a hindrance?
Please RSVP to PIACLegal@gmail.com or at Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative Meetup or Facebook page. Free but suggested donation $25 for those receiving MCLE credit.
MCLE Credit 1.5 Gen.
Free but suggested donation $25 for those receiving MCLE credit.
PAST MCLE PROGRAMS
Law and Motion: The Court’s Perspective
April 23, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Mission Brewery, 1441 L St, San Diego, CA 92101
Speakers: San Diego Superio Court Judge Kenneth Medel and Staff Attorney Ken Jensen
Please join our speakers from the San Diego Superior Court as they review common mistakes the court sees and ways to improve your writing.
Space is limited, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 1.5 GEN Credits. Suggested donation $20 for MCLE credit.
Human Trafficking: Survivors’ Rights and Advocacy
November 3, 2018, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
City Heights Weingart Library, Community Room, 3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
Moderator: Paul Freese; Panelists: Camille Mica, Hon. Karen Gauff, Karen Proseck
Please join the Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, with moderator Paul Freese, Founder of the Human Trafficking Legal Network, and panelists Camille Mica, victims rights advocate, Hon. Karen Gauff, and Karen Proseck, Supervising Attorney Children’s Legal Services of San Diego for “Human Trafficking: Survivors’ Rights and Advocacy.” The moderator and panelists are attorneys and experts devoted to combating human trafficking and empowering survivors. Attorneys will learn the discrimination victims of human trafficking face in securing employment, housing, and other areas, and how to provide trauma-informed assistance to survivors.
2.0 Elimination of Bias Credit MCLE Hours. Multi-provider status approved.
Suggested donation $20 for MCLE credit. Please donate in cash or check.
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Diversity Matters: Transgender Rights
Speakers: Vicki Estrada and Danielle Blackhall, Esq.
October 10, 2018
Baja Betty’s, 1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Ms. Blackhall is an employment and education law attorney with Paul, Plevin, Sullivan, and Connaughton. Ms. Blackhall represents and advises private and public employers in administrative proceedings and all aspects of labor and employment litigation in California state and federal courts. Vicki Estrada is an award winning landscape architect and transgender advocate.
Transgender individuals face unique discrimination concerning employment, housing, and other matters. Ms. Blackhall and Ms. 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.
1 Elimination of Bias Credit MCLE Hour
Suggested donation of $25 for MCLE credit. Please donate in person via cash or check.
OH No it’s the Pro Bono: Strategies for Effectively Representing Domestic Violence Victims
Speaker: Mark Patterson, Esq.
March 28, 2018, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Legal Aid Office, 1764 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
Administrative Writs of Mandate
Speakers: Mike Aguirre, Esq. of Aguirre & Severson LLP and Ken Jensen
February 24, 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
University of San Diego, Warren Hall Room 3D
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.
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2 General MCLE Credits
$40 for MCLE Credit, Free General Attendance
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.