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Educational Equity

Lawyers' Committee's educational equity work looks at issues in education that are impacting low-income students of color throughout the Bay Area. We assist community based organizations, parents, and students in leveraging the law to identify and create community-based solutions for issues in our schools.

Among the issues we address are:

  • Discipline
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Educational equity within districts
  • School desegregation and district student assignment plans

For more information, contact Cecilia Chen at cchen@lccr.com.

Equal Opportunity in Contracting

Lawyers' Committee is a leader in the fight to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses have equal opportunity to compete for public contracts. Most recently, we successfully represented small minority business owners in pursuing a civil rights complaint to ensure that California's high speed rail contracting - the largest public works project in the nation - is conducted in a manner that ensures fair and equitable contracting opportunities for all.

We also represent a coalition of minority business contractors in a federal court case involving Caltrans' Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, seeking to preserve the program's efforts to ensure equitable contracting for small businesses. If you are minority business owner concerned about contracting equity, please contact Oren Sellstrom at osellstrom@lccr.com. Please note that we generally do not handle individual cases, but focus instead on class actions or other matters seeking systemic reform.

Money Management Workshops

Low-income individuals are frequently targeted by predatory lenders and often spend more on financial goods and services than other individuals. Lawyers' Committee is working to combat this dilemma by leading workshops at community-based organizations to empower individuals to gain financial control of their lives.

We provide workshops on a range of financial issues, particularly on credit scores, and why to and how to bank. If your organization or community is interested in our workshops, please contact Miya Saika Chen at Mchen@lccr.com


Lawyers’ Committee works in collaboration with a variety of legal service and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. Click here for a list of other organizations that may be able to help you.

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-543-9444
Fax: 415-543-0296