The National Lawyers Guild’s 8th annual Staying True to Your Roots CLE day will be held in San Francisco on
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Practising Law Institute, 685 Market Street #100, San Francisco.

The program costs $180 for the day/$40 per hour for members of NLGSF and co-sponsoring organizations, or $290 for the day/$60 per hour for non-members. On-site lunch is $15. Law students can attend for free but will be asked to pay for their lunches. Early bird prices are  available now until January 9, 2020 register here!


8:30am | Registration


9:00 – 9:45am | Mindfulness and Meditation Training
Presented by Demarris Evans and Hansa R. Patel.
This panel will provide 45 minutes of general CLE credit.


9:50 – 11:50am | Race, Gender, and Class: Crossover Issues in Employment, Immigration, and Criminal Defense Law
This interactive panel integrates helpful immigrant protection, and anti-discrimination laws into a facilitated discussion of scenarios involving representation or potential representation of groups of workers (including immigrant workers), retaliation against workers, including accusations with potential criminal consequences. This panel features Adriana Melgoza (Watsonville Law Center), Blanca Banuelos (California Rural Legal Assistance), Holly Cooper (UC Davis Immigration Clinic), Rocio Avila (National Domestic Workers Alliance).
This panel provides CLE credits for 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of elimination of bias.


11:50am – 12:20pm | Lunch


12:20 – 1:50pm | Expanding Voting Rights in 2020 and Beyond
Come see panelists from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Fair Vote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC), and the Law Offices of Norton Tooby discuss voting rights topics pertinent to the 2020 election. These include such issues as ensuring election day vote integrity to reforming how we vote and ensuring that progressive voting power is not diluted.
This panel will provide 1hour and 30 minutes of general CLE credit.


1:55 – 3:25pm | Advocating for Unhoused People in the East Bay
Panelists from the East Bay Community Law Center, Siegel, Yee, Brunner & Mehta, “Where do we go?” Berkeley, the East Oakland Collective, and the Village, as well as the Meikeljohn Civil Liberties Institute, will discuss legal and non-legal strategies for protecting the rights of our unhoused neighbors in the East Bay and beyond. Come hear about victories, lessons, and what future advocacy looks like.
This panel will provide 1 hour and 30 minutes of general CLE credit.



3:30 – 4:30pm | Effectively Managing Stress and Occupational Burnout
Attorney and Coach Fernando Flores (Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer, Founder of iMater Now) will discuss how attorneys can manage stress and prevent burnout in order to maintain balance and perform at high levels in their practice.
This panel will provide 1 hour of CLE credit for competency.



Happy Hour to Follow
111 Minna Street San Francisco, CA 94105
All are welcome. *Please be reminded that, to ensure that all members are truly welcome, the Guild has zero tolerance for harassment of all stripes. Even though alcohol and informal socializing are involved, all attendees should be treated with the same professional respect and courtesy you would extend your peers in the workplace. We suggest reviewing this list to refresh on the types of behavior that can constitute sexual harassment. The NLG has a no sexual harassment policy that can be viewed here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association, the Alameda County Bar Association, the ACLU of Northern California, the Northern California of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Employment Lawyers Association, the Charles Houston Bar Association, Equal Justice Society, Iranian American Bar Association, Legal Aid Association of California, the Minority Bar Coalition, the National Immigration Project, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association CABAL, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and the Social Justice Collaborative.