Community and Legal Issues Clinic (CALIC) Series: July 2021
Thank you for joining us at July 2021’s free Community and Legal Issues Clinic (CALIC)!
The CALIC series has been designed as a resource to benefit communities of color specific to the Inland Empire. Local lawyers and other professionals presented on subjects including employment, criminal law, and public health in light of COVID. Speakers included Joseph Richardson, Lead Attorney of MWA’s Racial and Economic Justice Practice; Kymberly Lewis, Supervising Paralegal for ProSe Legal, Inc.; Derrick Smith, Supervising Deputy Public Defender in San Bernardino County; and Dora Barilla, president and co-founder of HC2 Strategies.
The event covered topics important to the community, including the accessibility of legal information, preparation and filing of legal paperwork, as well as an up-to-date discussion of COVID-19 guidelines, vaccinations, and the pandemic’s impact on access to legal services, especially with regards to language and technology barriers. All provided for our community’s benefit at no cost!
The July 2021 installment of the CALIC series was offered as both an in-person, socially-distanced event at Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in San Bernardino and a simultaneous virtual event via Zoom Webinar for those who preferred online accessibility. Attendees even had the opportunity to submit unique questions for our experts to address live! Check out the recording of this event below!
Ecclesia Christian Fellowship co-sponsored this event with deep roots to the Inland Empire community as a 501(c)(3) organization built around the pillars of character, competency, chemistry, calling, and commitment. CALIC connects with Ecclesia’s mission and service for others and continues in a tradition of resources designed to benefit communities of color in the Inland Empire and greater Southern California area sponsored by MWA.
We hope you’ll join us for our next CALIC series installment in the coming months!
Information on Featured Speakers
Joe Richardson, Esq.
Partner at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
Joseph Richardson, Esq., a partner at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, leads the Racial and Economic Justice Practice Group, using litigation and advocacy to fight practices that result in racial inequality, particularly in the workplace and the consumer/small business marketplace. Joe’s employment practice focuses on individuals and groups who have been wrongfully terminated, retaliated, and discriminated against, as well as those who suffer unequal treatment (including as to wages) by employers. Joe is a frequent public speaker on legal and ethical responsibility, leadership, civil rights, and today’s fronts in the search for justice.
Kymberly S. Lewis
Supervising Paralegal at ProSe Legal
Kymberly Lewis has had a passion for providing services related to diverse communities, as well as disadvantaged communities. She brings this passion to a new venture, ProSe Legal, Inc., which provides document preparation services for individuals in Family Law, Wills and Trusts, business formation, and immigration.
Community Health Executive at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
Dora Barilla is a healthcare strategist and educator. She serves on the Board of Trustees for San Antonio Community Health, and as a principle of HC2 Strategies, working with health systems to integrate community health, improve equity, and reduce disparities.
Derrick Smith, Esq.
Supervising Deputy Public Defender in San Bernardino County
Derrick Smith is Supervising Deputy Public Defender in San Bernardino County, who has tried cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder. He will discuss the role of the public defender, and share information on criminal law issues of prime importance to citizens, including surviving police contacts and criminal record expungements.
If you have general questions in any of the above areas that you would like to have addressed during the clinic, please email them to us at RacialEconJust@mccunewright.com
About the Sponsors
McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP:
Over 30 years, McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP has a deep history of success for its clients, including a $203 million verdict against Wells Fargo Bank, recovery of over $1 billion for its clients, and over 100 contingency cases with recovery of $1 million or more. MWA maintains California offices throughout Southern California, including Ontario and San Bernardino. Most recently, MWA added a Racial and Economic Justice Practice Group to address Income and Wealth disparity Issues in communities of color through litigation, advocacy, and community contact with area leaders and influencers.
Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church:
Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church is a community pillar that began in February 1991 as a Bible study group. Senior Pastor Dr. Joshua Beckley accepted his calling to preach as a teenager and his service led him to leave Chicago for Los Angeles in 1977. He was ordained in 1980, received formal education in ministry (including masters and doctorate degrees). In 1991, Pastor Beckley received a God-inspired vision of “Picking up the Broken Pieces in the lives of Believers” which birthed the ministry that became Ecclesia Christian Fellowship. Since 1993, they have been at their location on Date Street in San Bernardino, which includes a 1,000 seat sanctuary and other buildings across three acres of land. Ecclesia’s core values of Character, Competency, Chemistry, Calling, and Commitment dictate that they take an active role in affecting the surrounding community. It is in this spirit that Ecclesia has served as a center for sharing empowering information and activities in San Bernardino for 30 years. Dr. Beckley’s voice of moral leadership and engagement is prominent and speaks to the heart of the San Bernardino community.
If you have topics you’d like to see addressed in our next CALIC event, contact us at RacialEconJust@mccunewright.com!