President's Message

Good morning TMBA Family,

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we recognize the contributions and strong voices of legal scholars and counselors, such as Charlotte E. Ray, the first Black American woman to become a lawyer in the United States, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is with their spirit for social justice, that TMBA denounces District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s wanton injection of racism in the practices and policies of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and calls for his immediate resignation.

We look forward to connecting with all of you at our General Body Meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd.

In solidarity,
Hollie N. Washington, Esq.
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association President

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better. ~ Justice Thurgood Marshall
TMBA Celebrates Women's History Month
In Recognition of Women’s History Month
TMBA celebrates the legacy of Charlotte E. Ray
Click here to learn more about Ray’s historic career:
In Recognition of Women’s History Month
TMBA congratulates former TMBA President
Kimberly LaSalle, the 2022 Fay Stender Award Honoree

California Women Lawyers (CWL) selected Kimberly La Salle as the 2022 Fay Stender Award honoree.

CWL established the Fay Stender Award in 1982in honor of Fay Stender, a Bay Area attorney who spent much of her professional life fighting for prisoners' rights.
Some of her better-known clients included Black Panther leader Huey Newton, and the Soledad Brothers, including Black Guerrilla Family founder George Jackson. In recognition of its namesake, CWL gives the award to a feminist attorney, who, like Fay Stender, is committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged groups and unpopular causes, and whose courage, zest for life and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual makes her a role model for women attorneys.

The nomination highlighted Kimberly's many contributions to the legal community at large and steadfast dedication to improving access to justice and to fostering a more diverse and inclusive legal system.

We congratulate Kimberly on receiving this most prestigious and deserving award!
TMBA Calls for the Resignation of OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer. Tap Here To Read Our Statement.
We are so thrilled to announce that TMBA Past President Rebekah Thomas, President  Hollie Washington and Parliamentarian Brooke Weitzman were honored by Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law as 2021 "Top Young Diverse Lawyers of OC" at OCCDL's DEI Awards Ceremony on March 11, 2022.

The selection process was purely peer-review based; thus, recognition signifies a high level of respect among peers for their abilities. This award is a recognition of their talent, career achievements, and community efforts for advancing DEI in OC.

Congratulations Rebekah, Hollie, and Brooke for your dedication to service. We are very proud of you and your accomplishments!
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Thurgood Marshall Bar Association is a contemporary bar association committed to connect, support, and increase the Black legal community in Orange County. TMBA strives to promote diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in the practice of law for the Black legal community, allies, and the community at large.

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