John Burris Lawyer California – Civil Rights
In a career spanning 35 years, attorney John Burris has represented high-profile officials, entertainers and athletes, as well as ordinary people who faced illegal obstacles in employment or abuse at the hands of police. He served as co-counsel in the Rodney King civil trial and lead counsel in the infamous Oakland Police Department “Riders” class action. Those cases are just the tip of the iceberg of notable results and social reforms the Law Offices of John L. Burris has accomplished. This is America. No one can take away your rights. Call us at 510-839-5200
to seek the justice you deserve. We proudly serve Oakland , SF, & Los Angeles.
Civil Rights Overview
‘Civil rights’ is a term used broadly in the news, the workplace, the government and even everyday conversation. Most United States citizens and residents probably know that they have civil rights, but knowing exactly what those rights are is not necessarily intuitive. If you suspect that your civil rights have been violated, contact an attorney from Law Office of John L. Burris in San Francisco/Oakland, CA, to discuss your situation. The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution) are key documents in our history of civil rights. The Constitution and its amendments recognize and guarantee many of our civil rights. The most famous civil rights, perhaps, are the freedoms preserved by the First Amendment:
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of the Press
These fundamental rights provided many of the principles that guided the Founding Fathers in creating our modern federal government.
Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
It is a strongly held belief in the U.S. that people with disabilities should be afforded the same opportunities as everyone else. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act provide the disabled with protection against employment discrimination in both the private and public sectors.
Fair Housing: Renters and Owners
Nobody should be turned down for housing because the owner or manager does not like her religious affiliation or his skin color. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. The FHA is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and amendments were added in 1988; along with the other sections of the Civil Rights Act, the FHA is designed to provide equal opportunity in an important life matter.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects the educational interests of children with physical and emotional disabilities. IDEA was enacted to ensure that disabled children receive the education that their unique needs demand. IDEA applies to primary and secondary public schools only; the act does not govern post-secondary institutions such as colleges and vocational schools. The procedures and rights for which IDEA provides can seem complex, but getting the most out of them will maximize the benefit of your child’s education.
Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by governmental authorities. This means that there are limits on when and how the police can search your home, for instance, and take evidence. It does not mean, however, that all searches and seizures are illegal.
– 1985, Opening
The Law Offices of John L. Burris was formed in 1985. While the practice initially focused on criminal defense, it quickly shifted to an emphasis on civil rights litigation, particularly in the context of police misconduct, and racial and sexual discrimination in employment. Located in Oakland, we serve the Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, California.
– Protecting Everyone
Over the years, John Burris and his associated counsel have represented a number of public officials and high profile clients: Earl Sanders, the former Chief of Police of San Francisco; Rodney King; recording artist Tupac Shakur; actor Del Roy Lindo; NFL player Keyshawn Johnson; NBA players Gary Payton and Jason Kidd; and Aaron Goodwin, former sports agent for NBA phenomenon LeBron James.
Our firm has been instrumental in social reforms of police policy governing the use of canines, deadly force, hog tying, pepper spray, and other practices. Our work has also changed police department protocols for crowd control tactics and handling of the mentally impaired
The Law Offices of John L. Burris is committed to justice for all. Our firm serves as a voice for victims of discrimination, abuse of power and negligence. We give hope to the disenfranchised who have little expectation of justice by giving them access to quality legal representation CONTACT US Today!