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February 12 Tuesday

Legislating for Progressive Change: A Conversation with California Assemblymember Rob Bonta '98

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
  • SLB Room 127
  • Open To The Public
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Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. He was the first Filipino American legislator in California's then 165-year history.

Growing up in a trailer just a few hundred yards from César Chávez’s home, Bonta watched closely as his parents organized Filipino and Mexican American farm workers, infusing his formative years with first-hand experience of one of the greatest peaceful social, racial, and economic justice movements of all time.

Rob believed legal training was one of the most powerful ways to effect positive and profound change in the lives of those who needed it most. He worked his way through college cleaning laundry rooms and, with the help of financial aid, obtained his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School after attending Yale College and the University of Oxford.

His legal career included work as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and as a private attorney, where he fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling.

Bonta currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. He serves on the Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization, Revenue & Taxation, and Health Committees. He is also chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Non-pizza lunch will be served.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP), Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), American Constitution Society (ACS), Yale Law Democrats