CLE Credit Activity ID: 1172379
Twyla Carter was the speaker for Part 1, on July 1, discussing how attorneys can weave race and culture into their litigation work to help tell the client's personal story. For Part 2, we will host panelists to discuss how a race equity perspective can be applied in appellate and amicus briefs.
o Salvador A. Mungia, Partner, Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
o Daniel J. Shih, Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP
o Lila Silverstein, Appellate Public Defender, Washington Appellate Project
o Nancy Talner, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU-WA
Part Two: Q&A with Panelists
• Each panelist will describe a case in which they worked on an amicus brief as cooperating attorney for ACLU-WA, and they will describe the role race equity played in the case and in developing the amicus brief for that case
Henderson v. Thompson – racial bias by the jury and judge in an auto accident personal injury case where the plaintiff was a Black woman with disabilities
Family of Damarius Butts v. Dow Constantine – King County inquest procedures used to investigate police-caused deaths of community members
State v. Gregory and other cases, GR 37 – death penalty ruled unconstitutional based on racial bias, other cases on criminal law topics including sentencing and LFOs, racial bias in jury selection cases and court rule
• Each panelist will discuss what made them interested in working on that case as a cooperating attorney
• Each panelist will discuss the role race equity played in their interest in the case
• Each panelist will discuss the role race equity played in the content of the brief
• Each panelist will describe how they went about pulling the brief together – deciding what legal arguments would be helpful to the case, what to research, coordinating with other amici and the party being supported, etc.
Each panelist, and the panel as a whole, will discuss the value/impact