Award Winning California Lawyer Since 1985

  • Eddie Walker Foundation’s Life Time Achievement Award for Social Justice, June, 2016, Oakland
  • Parks Chapel AME Church’s Community Service Award, February 2016, Oakland,
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Berkeley Alumni’s Social Justice Award, January 2016, Concord, Ca
  • The Leo The Great School "Hero Award" , June 2015, Oakland
  • San Mateo Bar Association, — Community Service Award, Redwood City, Oct. 2015
  • Sun Reporter, Talented 25 Selection, December 2015, San Francisco Ca
  • Merritt College’s Presidents Excellence Award June 2011
  • Charles Houston’s Hall of Fame award Dec. 2015
  • National Bar Association Vince Monroe Townsend Legacy Award, July 2015
  • National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Chapter’s Champion of Justice Award, March 2015
  • John F Kennedy black Law Student Appreciation Award, February 2013
  • Legal Leader San Francisco Top Rated Lawyers of 2013
  • San Francisco Chronicle Profile “Powerhouse Behind Police Reform, September 2012
  • National Bar Association’s Heman Marion Sweatt Award for excellence in the legal profession, March 2011
  • Golden Gate University ‘ Profile in Prominence 2011
  • Solano County’s Council of Negro Women Achievement Award February 2011
  • Solano Community college: Living the Dream Achievement Award, 2011
  • San Francisco Daily Journal’s Top 100 Leading “Lawyers in California, 2009
  • National Bar Associations’ C. Francis Stradford Award: the highest award given by the association for inspiration, and contribution to the legal profession
  • 100 Black Men Achievement Award Bay Area- Lifetime Achievement (December 2008)
  • California Association of Equal Rights Professionals (June 2008)
  • North Carolina Achievement Award For Justice Presented By The American Justice Association (June 2008)
  • Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award (July 2008)
  • Keeper of the Torch Award, by Oakland based Community Groups (September 2006)
  • Courage Award, by the Civil Rights Concert Series (October 2007)
  • Top 100 Influential Lawyers in California, by California Daily Journal (September 2005)
  • 9th Congressional District Resolution for Achievement as Civil Rights Lawyer and Community Service on 60th birthday, (June 2005)
  • Tribute on 60th birthday from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, for outstanding contribution to legal community of Alameda County (June 2005)
  • 16th Assembly District Resolution on 60th birthday for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession in the State of California. (June 2005)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, HUD- Regional Office, Keynote Speaker at Black History Celebration, (February 2004)
  • Clinton White Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award, Charles Houston Bar Association, (December 2003)
  • 2003 Peace and Justice Award, California State University- Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (May 2003)
  • The Black American Writer’s Scholarship Role Model Peace Award, O’town Passion Community Services, Inc. (2003)
  • Local Hero Award, PUEBLO Annual Dinner (2001)
  • Moot court trial attorney Stanford University (1996 – present)
  • Hasting College of Law Trial Advocacy Program (1980 – present)
  • Member, Oakland Municipal Court, Pro tem, 1993 Member: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Presently, board Member, National Police Accountability Project President, California Association of Black Lawyers, 1979-1980
  • Charles Houston Bar Association, President, 1979-1980

Recent Presentations

  • Chapman college Law School, National Justice Symposium, Status of Policing in California, Orange
  • National Bar Association seminar "Police Litigation: Recognizing and bringing Section 1983 cases, panelist; St. Louis, Mo, July 2016
  • Ninth Circuit Annual Conference, "Ferguson and Where Do We Go From Here" Panelist; Big Sky, Montana July 2016
  • Podcast, Police Brutality in This Golden State by this Golden State, Randy Shandobil, June 2016
  • Empire National Mock Trials Honors, Keynote speaker, San Francisco, Ca November 2015

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