California ChangeLawyers

California ChangeLawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation) is a statewide foundation that empowers the next generation of lawyers, judges, & activists.

Attorney General Becerra is the son of working-class parents and was the first in his family to receive a four-year degree, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He is the first Latinx Attorney General in the history of the California.

Attorney General

of the State of California

 Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for rights and justice.

Executive Director of

Transgender Law Center

Lynn Johnson is an award-winning entrepreneur, Girl Advocate, and Co-Founder/CEO of Spotlight: Girls – a “Best for the World” certified B Corp based in Oakland, CA that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage. To date, Lynn has raised over half a million dollars in capital to prepare to license Go Girls! ™ - their popular summer camp - nationally.

Co-Founder/CEO

Spotlight: Girls

Rocío Alejandra Ávila was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, where she has worked as a community activist for over 20 years. Her experiences as the child of Mexican immigrants, her parents' struggles as low-wage workers, along with the legacy of activism and resistance of her community, are what shaped her into becoming a workers’ and immigrant rights activist attorney.

Policy Director at National Domestic Worker Alliance

The son of a single immigrant mother with a third grade education, Kevin de León rose from San Diego’s Logan Heights barrio to lead the California State Senate, the first Latino to do so in over a century. As leader of the State Senate, he delivered landmark gun-safety legislation, clean-energy mandates, environmental protections, and immigration reform.

President pro Tempore Emeritus of the California State Senate

Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families.

Executive Director of

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Fernando Flores is the Founder and Owner of iMATER NOW and the Bar Exam Game Plan™. iMATER NOW focuses on promoting and fostering wellness in the legal profession. In this capacity Mr. Flores coaches other attorneys and law firms to enhance their professional performance and impact by effectively managing chronic stress and avoiding occupational burnout.

Founder and Owner of iMATER NOW and the Bar Exam Game Plan™

Ari represents clients applying for lawful permanent residency and works to connect clients to various social services and support networks related to employment, housing, education, and mental health. Ari also serves on the Steering Committee for the East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum (EBRIF) and the Board of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF).

Attorney at Oasis Legal Services

Purvi Shah is an experienced movement lawyer, civil-rights litigator, policy advocate and law professor. After a decade of providing legal support to grassroots movements, Purvi founded Movement Law Lab to build a new generation of legal organizations and lawyers with the skills, know-how and vision to use law to create social change.

Founder & Executive Director

of Movement Law Lab

Irma Herrera is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer and solo performer. Irma’s writing, including her solo play, Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? explores themes of identity and the many ways in which ethnic and racial group members claim their rightful place in the United States, while maintaining cultural and linguistic ties to their communities of origin.

Playwright, Performer,
Lawyer, Social Activist

Rukayatu Tijani, the founder and creator of the First Generation Purpose Project, is a First Generation Nigerian American from the projects of Brooklyn, New York.  At the tender age of five, she knew she aspired to become an attorney, particularly after hearing about Justice Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP-LDF, including the monumental case of Brown v. Board of Education.

Founder and Creator of the First Generation Purpose Project

Christina Angélica Avalos is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, a first-generation college graduate, and a social justice advocate. Growing up in a low-income, immigrant community she personally witnessed the various systemic issues facing communities of color and has dedicated her life to challenging these systems of oppression.

Skadden Fellow at CHIRLA

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