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After the Moratorium: Balancing the Equities in Unlawful Detainer Cases through an Anti-Racist Lens

Courts, attorneys, litigants and the state of California are facing unprecedented challenges arising from the pandemic, economic downturn, widespread awakening to long-standing systemic racism experienced by people of color, and an onslaught of evictions that will tax the courts and the courts’ capacity to provide access to justice.  How can we meet these challenges and provide litigants in unlawful detainer cases with equitable, respectful, compassionate, and just results and experiences?  Awareness of how racism and trauma impact litigants, the unlawful detainer process, and the courtroom experience can better equip us to balance the equities while facing these challenges.

Hear from keynote speaker Terrence Roberts who is one of the Little Rock Nine, who, in 1957, were the first Black students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1999, he and the members of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton.  Learn more about current challenges facing renters and landlords.  Take away tips from leading judicial branch educators about working with litigants, demeanor, communication, and handling remote hearings while providing litigants with a trauma-informed experience.

This symposium qualifies for 2 hours Elimination of Bias California MCLE credit. Please email Jkaddoura@CalATJ.org to claim your certificate.

Speakers:
Bonnie Hough, Attorney, Judicial Council
Judge Mark Juhas, Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Jack Londen, Executive Director, Cal ATJ and Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Saba Mwine, Senior Program Manager at Corporation for Supportive Housing
Dr. Terrence Roberts, Civil Rights Leader
Panida Rzonca, Directing Attorney, Thai Community Development Center
Nisha Vyas, Attorney, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Judge Erica Yew, Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court

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