August 2020
Engage. Empower. Elevate.
President's Message

It has been a tumultuous year which has forced us all to make many adjustments. Langston had to pivot how it serves its members and the community by shifting its programming online. Because of the pandemic and economic downturn, Langston has also suffered a decrease in sponsorship donations. Despite these challenges, Langston launched several new initiatives – the Police Accountability Task Force, the Covid-19 Law Student Relief Fund, and the #LangstonVotes campaign. We have also made robust additions to the website and elevated our social media engagement. It has not been easy!

I am so thankful to the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for their hard work. They have stepped up with innovative ideas for programs and provided valuable content to share. Langston is extremely grateful to our partners and sponsors for their continued support of our mission and work. Most importantly, we are thankful for YOU - our members, our Langston community!

We are extremely excited for what’s ahead. The Board Members are working diligently on plans for this fall. The upcoming line-up of insightful and informative programs includes a series of webinars on "Policing and Racial Justice in Los Angeles" presented by the Los Angeles Federal Bar Association which Langston is co-sponsoring, as well as the Langston Law Institute and re-imagined Bar Prep sessions. I am especially looking forward to the virtual Past Presidents Reception on August 26th. I encourage you to attend as we will hear from several Past Presidents, spanning from the 1970s through the 2000s, discussing Langston’s history and its impact in Los Angeles over the years.

On behalf of our entire organization, thank you so very much!

With Gratitude,

Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
President, John M. Langston Bar Association

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We will elect a new President of the United States in 84 days! Due to COVID-19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that all California voters will get mail-in ballots for the November 2020 election. Langston encourages early mail-in voting, but pollworkers are still needed.  Join friends and family in ensuring a smooth election for all. Read about what different types of election workers do, then apply to be a pollworker. Sign up early, by 
August 31.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, is hiring and looking to recruit talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds to represent the United States as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs).

AUSAs represent the United States in both civil and criminal matters in federal district court, as well as in the tax and bankruptcy courts. The United States Attorney's Office has a proud tradition of vindicating the rights of victims and the public generally, having prosecuted high profile cases against corrupt elected officials, individuals who violate civil rights and hate crimes laws, fraudsters who have fleeced elderly and vulnerable populations of their life savings, child predators and human traffickers, and individuals and organizations who undermine our national security. To do this important work, they seek exceptional lawyers of all backgrounds with a deep commitment to public service.

Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles (LAFLA)[multiple positions]
Managing Attorney – Right to Counsel Workgroup
Attorney – Economic Stability Workgroup (Student Loans)
Attorney – Housing and Communities Workgroup
Attorney – Supporting Families Workgroup
Attorney – Economic Stability Workgroup (CBEST)
Law Clerk – API Community Outreach Project
The California School Boards Association (CSBA) (Sacramento, CA)
Chief Legal Counsel

CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the governing boards of public-school districts and county offices of education. We are seeking a Chief Legal Counsel to oversee our new District and County Office Legal Services Department. In this role, you will provide and oversee the department’s legal representation to school districts and county offices of education and oversee the work of CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance.
To view the full job description and submit your application, please visit
Sephora (San Francisco, CA)
Associate General Counsel

Counsel, Employment & Labor
Samsung Next (San Francisco, CA)
Corporate Counsel  
UC Legal - Office of the General Counsel at the University of California is recruiting for a Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment position.

This position in the labor and employment practice area provides advice to a diverse client base concerning the University's 200,000-plus workforce. This position works with systemwide and campus human resources, academic personnel, compliance, and risk management staff. Independently handles a full range of legal matters and projects, to include the most complex and that of substantial importance and impact. Interprets complex facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity. Drafts, reviews, and revises a variety of documents, such as policies, contracts, advice memoranda, and agency submissions. Conducts client trainings and prepares legal updates. Provides functional advice, training and/or guidance to less-experienced attorneys and legal support staff. May act as a liaison with outside counsel, and/or represent the University in regulatory proceedings, including administrative hearings before labor and employment agencies and employment-related government audits and investigations.

Fox Rothschild LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
Litigation Associate

Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening in the Los Angeles office for a litigation associate. The ideal candidate will have 3-4 years of general and commercial litigation experience. Personal injury experience a plus. Strong academic record and excellent writing skills required. Candidate must be a detail oriented self-starter with the ability to work on multiple assignments and tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of California. EEO m/f/vet/disabled/sexual orientation/gender identity. We are not accepting resumes from search firms for this position at this time.

Superior Court of California, County of Napa
Superior Court Commissioner
Current DAG Openings - California Department of Justice (Throughout CA)
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