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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

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 […]

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 […]

New members of the CCCBA Board

Meet CCCBA’s New Board Members

With three openings on the board of Directors, the Contra Costa County Bar Association was pleased to receive ten letters of interest. This is a sign of a very healthy and active membership!

Meet CCCBA's 2017 Section Leaders

Meet CCCBA’s 2017 Section Leaders

Introducing an amazing group of hardworking and dedicated individuals who are the backbone of the Contra Costa County Bar Association – the Section Leaders!

The Benefits of Membership

The Benefits of Membership

CCCBA members save on things like air travel, airport parking, insurance, IT consulting, legal research, meeting facilities, polygraph services and much more.

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Barbara Arsedo, Jenny Comages and Emily Day handle over 12,000 calls and online requests each year from members of the public who contact them with legal-related problems covering everything from family law, criminal defense, personal injury, probate and estate planning to real estate, business law, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, consumer law and labor/employment law.

CCCBA Accomplishments 2016

2016 CCCBA Accomplishments

In collaboration with the CCCBA’s 20 sections, the Bar offered more than 100 programs. This year’s events included a four-part MCLE series on Legal Ethics along with numerous Happy Hour networking mixers and other social events. The CCCBA also added an Immigration Section with 25+ members. The CCCBA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) has […]

Unique partnership between AIG and Contra Costa Senior Legal Services in Concord California

Local Corporations Step Up to Provide Unique Pro Bono Legal Services in Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS) is celebrating its 40th year of providing free legal services to older residents of our county. The nonprofit organization expects to provide services to a record 1,200 clients this year with a small staff of in-house attorneys and a veritable army of dedicated volunteer attorneys. Under CCSLS’ supervision, these […]

The Big 5-0

The Big 5-0

“Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.”

Second Annual Pro Bono Expo

Second Annual Pro Bono Expo

The eight organizations at the event offered a wide variety of opportunities for new attorneys who just passed the bar to more “seasoned” lawyers looking to mentor a young attorney or just spend a bit of time each month giving back to the community.