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"Can We All Get Along?"

“Can We All Get Along?”

We can each do our part to understand each other better. We can all benefit from listening and appreciating the views and ideas of those who have backgrounds and perspectives which differ from our own.

An Abbreviated History

An Abbreviated History

This issue of Contra Costa Lawyer magazine deals with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) current legal rights and some of the issues facing the community. One integral question to ask is, who created this term, LGBTQ? Is the term LGBTQ merely just a bunch of letters that have been grouped together over the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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 […]

Difficult Year Ahead and How You Can Help

Difficult Year Ahead and How You Can Help

From state legislation singling out transgender youth for harassment to a new presidential administration that has pledged to target Muslims, immigrants, people of color, women, people with disabilities and so many other members of our communities, we know that 2017 will be a difficult year for transgender people. Already, in the wake of Trump’s election, […]

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 […]

Inns of Court

Inns of Court

The Robert G. McGrath Chapter of the American Inns of the Court met at the Lafayette Park Hotel on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. Attendees were treated to a presentation pulled from two aspects of a similar scenario. The first is from the hit TV series, “Better Call Saul,” a prequel to the massive hit, “Breaking […]

Did You Know?

Board of Directors – Did You Know?

Did You Know that the CCCBA can help track your MCLE certificates?

Holiday Party Photos

It was a dark and stormy night (really!) but that did not deter the jovial members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association from sharing a bit of cheer with their friends and associates. Thank you to all who attended. We at the CCCBA really enjoyed seeing you!

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 […]