Two Bars: A History of African American Legal Advocacy in the Bay Area

September 12, 2019 | San Francisco | Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris and the Charles Houston Bar Association will be holding a CLE program, "Two Bars: A History of African American Legal Advocacy in the Bay Area," to be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Duane Morris' San Francisco office. The presenter will be Judge Charles A. Smiley III of the Superior Court of California. Terrance J. Evans, Duane Morris partner and co-chair of the Duane Morris San Francisco Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and Winter L. Hankins, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hayward, will make the introductory remarks.

Registration, Networking and Reception: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
CLE Program: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..
Q&A: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

REGISTER by September 9

Approved for 1 Elimination of Bias MCLE credit.

About Judge Smiley

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Charles A. Smiley to the Alameda County Superior Court in 2012. In June 2019, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as assistant presiding judge of the court, beginning in January 2020. Prior to the election, Judge Smiley directed the court’s juvenile justice and dependency practice as presiding judge of the Juvenile Courts. Smiley began his legal career as a deputy public defender working in various roles that include trial lawyer and branch supervisor. Prior to his judicial appointment, he also worked as a court commissioner hearing family law, restraining order, traffic and small claims cases.

Outside of the courtroom, Judge Smiley has remained active in teaching, volunteering with legal organizations and pursuing various projects. He has taught at the University of California, Hastings and at Berkeley Law School. Over the years, he has been a frequent MCLE instructor and panelist, and in 2018, became a faculty member of state’s judicial ethics program.

In 2017, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye appointed him to the Power of Democracy Steering Committee, a statewide interdisciplinary effort to promote quality civic education to California’s young people. He is a past president and director of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and former board member of the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) and the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation, Inc. He has received numerous awards for his work as judge and commissioner, including the Hon. Thelton Henderson Judicial Excellence Award from CHBA and the 2018 Hon. Bernard S. Jefferson Judge of the Year Award from CABL.

Judge Smiley has a deep interest in legal history. Following that passion, he has been archiving the people, stories and achievements of African American jurists in California. With the help of other history enthusiasts, he has collected documents, interviews and information about pioneering jurists throughout California.

Judge Smiley completed his undergraduate studies in 1989 at U.C. Berkeley. He resides in Oakland with his family.