AROC is this year’s Partners in Liberation

Our Annual Testimonial Dinner will be Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. We will honor our Champions of Justice, Jody LeWitter and Pamela Y. Price, Unsung Hero, Gabriela Lopez, and Partners in Liberation, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.

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Champions of Justice Jody LeWitter & Pamela Price

Jody LeWitter is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan Law School. She moved to California from Michigan in 1986, where she has practiced employment law ever since. Jody’s victories include Behne v. MicroTouch Inc., an employment fraud case in which her client was awarded, what is believed to be, the largest employment fraud verdict in California at the time.

Jody is a long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild, active nationally and locally, holding positions including past co-chair of the Testimonial Dinner Committee, Vice President of the Bay Area Chapter and the Detroit Chapter, and past co-chair of the Central America Task Force. She is also a member of the Equal Rights Advocates Litigation Committee and has volunteered with the Workers Rights Clinic, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and the Asian Law Caucus.

Jody has received numerous awards and recognition. In 2011, she, along with her firm, Siegel, LeWitter & Malkani, were listed in The Recorder as one of the ten top employee side practices in the Bay Area. She has been named as a Best Lawyers in America for Labor & Employment (2007 to present) and a California Super Lawyer for Employment Litigation (2007 to present).

Pamela Y. Price is a graduate of Yale University and Boalt Hall School of Law. While at Yale, she spent her Junior Year Abroad at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa. Pamela has been a member of the Guild and has worked with other NLG members on cases and continuing legal education seminars over theyears. She has mentored some of the NLG’s most active young leaders.

In 1977, Pamela joined the landmark case of Alexander (Price) v. Yale, the first sexual harassment case brought under Title IX. She was the only plaintiff to proceed to trial in January 1979. The case established that sexual harassment in education is illegal and led to the establishment of grievance procedures at every level of education in compliance with Title IX.

In 1991, Pamela founded her own law firm in Oakland, specializing in sexual and racial harassment and discrimination cases. In 2002, the Firm made legal history in Morgan v. Amtrak by winning the appeal of a defense verdict in the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Pamela successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court.

Pamela has received numerous awards. Every year since 2004, she has been named one of the top 5% of Northern California “Super Lawyers” by San Francisco Magazine. In 2007, she served as the Interim Executive Director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco, and she is a past Co-Chair of the LCCR Board of Directors. Her victories at trial and tenacity as a litigator have become legend in the Bay Area legal community.

Unsung Hero Gabriela Lopez

Gabriela Lopez is an Oakland based immigration and criminal defense attorney who practices deportation defense for immigrants with criminal histories and criminal defense for immigrants and activists. She has represented numerous activists and individuals arrested at demonstrations and received the 2015 Law for the People Award for her work on the legal team for the Trayvon 2. Gabriela is on the board of governors for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a former Co-Chair of The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) of the Guild and a former member of the NLG’s National Executive Committee. Gabriela has developed and conducted know your rights presentations for people affected by discriminatory policing practices and those affected by post 9-11 policies. Prior to law school, she organized low wage cafeteria workers in the Bay Area and advocated for a living wage and worker retention for subcontracted workers.

Partners in Liberation Arab Resource & Organizing Center

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize the Arab community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC was created in 2007, out of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Arab anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF). Since its founding, AROC’s membership has engaged in work around immigrant and civil rights, and against war, occupation, surveillance and racial profiling. AROC continues to build on the history of Arab organizing in the Bay Area committed to the liberation of all oppressed people, and remains one of the few Arab-led grassroots organizations in the country.