2021 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Luncheon


Feeding Your Soul by Feeding and Helping Another

Virtual Presentations

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MLK Luncheon 2021

The  KCBA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating  Dr. King’s birthday a bit early with three great one-hour, virtual presentations during the months of October and November instead of the January 2021 MLK Luncheon. 

The reason for our transition is quite simple:  we seek to model the Bar Association after Dr. King and provide help to those who need it most. In a time of great uncertainty, we strive to support the most vulnerable of our community and educate ourselves on topics that have contributed to an increased disparity among us locally, here in Washington. All proceeds will go to support King County food banks and the scholarship funding for minority law students. Speakers will engage with members of KCBA on three separate occasions, where each event will address a critical issue consistent with Dr. King’s legacy.

We are excited to present programs on:  Voting Rights, Housing and Education

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November 19, 12:15 - 1:00 PM
Housing Issues
Dr. Quintard Taylor

The Long History of Housing Discrimination in King County - Click Here

Dr. Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington. Author of In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528 – 1990 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998) nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History and The Forging of a Black Community: A History of Seattle’s Central District, 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994). Founder and Director, BlackPast.org Website. Website at www.blackpast.org, an online encyclopedic resource for Black history. He will speak on the systemic impacts of housing discrimination in King County.

November 12, 12:15 - 1:00 PM
Giving Our Children the Education They Deserve
Ms. Trish Millines Dziko

Giving Our Children The Education They Deserve - Click Here

Trish Millines Dziko cofounded TAF in 1996 after spending 17 years in the tech industry. Through Trish’s leadership, TAF transitioned from out of school programs to become a statewide leader in public education, operating TAF Academy (a 6th to 12th grade, award-winning public school co-managed with the Federal Way Public School District), partnering with public schools to transform them to promote the highest level of student learning, and increasing the number of teachers of color through the Martinez Fellowship.

Trish is a committed, proactive leader serving on boards of organizations that focus on children and education.

October 29, 12:15 - 1:00 PM
Voting Rights
Mr. Jeffery Robinson

Voting Rights Presentation - Click Here

Jeffery Robinson is a Deputy Legal Director at the America Civil Liberties Union National Office and the Director of the ACLU’s Trone Center For Justice And Equality, which houses the organization’s work on criminal and racial justice issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeffery has almost four decades of experience working on these issues. For seven years, he represented indigent clients in state court at The Defender Association and then in federal court at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in Seattle. In 1988, Jeffery began a 27-year private practice at the Seattle firm of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where he represented a broad range of clients in local, state, and federal courts on charges ranging from shoplifting to securities fraud and first degree murder. He has tried over 200 criminal cases to verdict and has tried more than a dozen civil cases representing plaintiffs suing corporate and government entities. Jeffery was one of the original members of the John Adams Project and worked on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9/11 attacks. In 2015, Jeffery joined the ACLU in his current role.

In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney, Jeffery is also a respected teacher of trial advocacy and the history of racism in America. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College and has lectured on trial skills all over the United States. He has also spoken nationally to diverse audiences on the role of race in the criminal justice system and the history of racism in this country. In particular, one of Jeffery’s presentations will form the basis of a feature-length documentary entitled “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” which will further the work of The Who We Are Project (https://thewhoweareproject.org/). He is past president and life member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Jeffery is also an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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From modest beginnings in the mid 1990s at the Plymouth Congregational Church, the King County Bar’s annual luncheon honoring the legacy of Dr. King now attracts over 700 lawyers, judges, and civic leaders each year and is the bar’s signature diversity event. The event features nationally known keynote speakers, including in recent years Donna Brazille, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Diane Nash, and Eugene Robinson, who inspire the local legal community to remember and act on Dr. King’s message that all individuals are entitled to justice and equality under the law.