ABOUT US

Our Mission

The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the political, economic, educational, social, legislative and legal interests of the Black community in San Diego County -.

We are committed to defending the legal and human rights of all people, promoting the administration of justice, eradicating the root causes of racism, promoting the professional and personal interests of its individual members, and preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.

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  • Access to Justice & Support

    The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association is dedicated to helping the Black community access effective legal representation and advice. To that end, we sponsor events like our popular Neighborhood Law School.
    These courses are designed to give useful legal information on a variety of topics to the public, including employees, business owners, landlords, renters, or anyone who lives or works in San Diego.

  • Preserving Our History

    The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association was originally founded in 1976 as the Association of Black Attorneys of San Deigo County.
    The Association was dedicated to advancing the political, economic, educational, social, legislative and legal interests of the black community in San Diego County-a mission we proudly carry to this day.

  • Increasing & Fostering Diversity

    The Earl B. Gilliam Foundation is our Association's charitable arm. It aims to help diversify the legal community by providing scholarships for law students and support for black legal professionals.

    To find out more about the Earl B. Gilliam Foundation, or to donate, please visit the Foundation's website by clicking here.

Board of Directors

2020 - 2021

GenevieveJonesWright

Geneviève Jones-Wright

President

MaresaMartinFade

Maresa Talbert

Vice President

DonteWyattFade

Donté Wyatt

Treasurer

T-Morrel

Taneashia Morrell

Secretary

HaliAndersonFade

Hali Anderson

Board Member at Large

S-East

Stacie East

Board Member at Large

D-Pride

Dante Pride

Board Member at Large

D-Sanders

Desirae Sanders

Board Member at Large

Andrea-St.-Julian-Faded

Andrea St. Julian

Board Member at Large

ArmillaStaleyNgomo

Armilla Staley-Ngomo

Board Member at Large

What are the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation and the
Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association?

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In 2014, after thorough analysis, the membership and the Board of Directors of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association voted to support creating a second organization and increasing our political and civic voice in the San Diego community.  As a result, we will have The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation, which are two separate corporate entities.  Although many people will be members of both organizations, it is legally necessary that two separate organizations exist to protect and identify the tax status of both organizations and to adequately serve the interests of San Diego County's African American community.  Further, there are certain activities that must be carried out by one entity and not the other.

Donors will be able to contribute either to the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation, or both.  Any gift or contribution to either association will be utilized to support, promote and defend the interests of San Diego County's African-American Community. Each organization may only apply funds contributed to it to accomplish its specific mission or purpose.

The Association is section 501(c)(6) under the Internal Revenue Code.  Its mission is to advance the legal, economic, social, educational, and political interests of African American lawyers and of the African-American community.  It will provide leadership on political and civic issues, make decisions on endorsing candidates for political and judicial office, and provide support or opposition on issues of important across the community.   The Association is committed to defend the legal and human rights of all citizens, promote the administration of justice, eradicate the root causes of racism, promote the professional and personal interest of its individual members, and preserve high standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.  Contributions made to the Association are not presently tax deductible.  Donors dues paying members should consult their tax advisors to determine if they qualify for a business expense or other deduction.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and its mission is to represent the interests of the African-American legal community in San Diego County. The Foundation exists primarily to provide support for diversifying the legal community, which currently includes scholarships for law students and support for law students and African-American legal professionals in growing as attorneys, obtaining and maintaining employment, developing private practice as sole practitioners or partners within law firms, advancing in public sector employment, and related efforts.

Gifts made to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

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