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California Law Protects the Rights of LGBTQs – What You Can Do to Help Protect the Civil Rights of the LGBTQ Community and Other Victims of Bias

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that harassment of LGBTQ individuals has been reported across the country, making up 11% of all reported incidents.

LGBTQ Family Protection After the 2016 Presidential Election

There are many changes and challenges ahead as we navigate the new realities under the incoming presidential administration. It is important to know and understand the legal protections that are available to the LGBT client community…

The Evolution of Parentage Law and Recognition of LGBTQ Families and the Impact on Children in Dependency Proceedings: A View from the Bench

For unwed same-sex couples with children, the failure to seek determination of legal parentage can lead to unanticipated consequences for these families. Not only do these parents face possible loss of custody and visitation rights but the child may suffer long-term emotional harm…

Considerations in Domestic Violence Restraining Order Cases Involving LGBTQ Parties

Unique issues can arise in the context of domestic violence restraining order cases involving LGBTQ litigants. In some cases the person seeking protection (or a witness) may not be “out” about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

A Brief Overview of the Transgender Employee in California & Their Rights in the Workplace

The 2016 report provided a detailed look at the experiences of transgender people across a wide range of categories including employment. The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination.

Reparative Therapy: An Old Conflict Returns with New Skirmishes Ahead

Reparative therapy is based on the conviction that same-gender attraction and gender identity shifts result from emotional damage and that psychological counseling can repair or reprogram these sexual “disorders.” This perspective is in direct opposition to a growing number of studies that highlight hormonal and biological differences among individuals attracted to the same gender. Biological […]

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  • Bar Soap

    Bar Soap

    Here we are starting another new year. Seems as though we just started 2016 and here we are in 2017. I know, I know, many of you just want to put 2016 behind you. But many good things happened in our wonderful Contra Costa County legal community in 2016. If it is January I am […]

  • January 2017 – The Bar Association Issue

    Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine: The Bar Association Issue Download the e-version of the January magazine here (pdf) View the January issue online Visit the January archive TABLE OF CONTENTS Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, January issue, guest-edited by Theresa Hurley: Features: Meet CCCBA’s New  Board President: Philip  Andersen, Sr. Meet  CCCBA’s New Board Members: Mika Domingo, Nicole Mills and Craig Nevin Meet CCCBA’s  2017 Section […]

  • New CCCBA Board President, Philip Andersen, Sr.

    New CCCBA Board President, Philip Andersen, Sr.

    Hello, I am Phil Andersen and I am very excited to be serving as your next Board President. I have had the pleasure of working on the Board for the last seven years, and have met many of you, but for those who don’t know me, let me tell you a little about myself. I […]

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