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Pamela

“Pamela Price has committed to not prosecute one child as an adult when she is District Attorney. She will end the racial disparity in prosecutions and mass incarceration of Black and Brown people. These times call for courageous and transformative disruptors of systemic racial injustice. Pamela Price is exactly who we need right now as Alameda County District Attorney.” -Hon. Ronald V. Dellums (d) (May 2018)

Meet

Pamela

“Pamela Price has committed to not prosecute one child as an adult when she is District Attorney. She will end the racial disparity in prosecutions and mass incarceration of Black and Brown people. These times call for courageous and transformative disruptors of systemic racial injustice. Pamela Price is exactly who we need right now as Alameda County District Attorney.” -Hon. Ronald V. Dellums (d) (May 2018)

Pamela started her professional legal career as a criminal defense attorney at the Bayview Hunters’ Point Community Defenders’ office in San Francisco. Her first trial was a felony robbery based on a mistaken identity and she won an acquittal for her client. As a community defender, she handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases and often represented young people caught up in the criminal justice system at San Francisco’s infamous Youth Guidance Center. She left the Community Defender’s office to start a private practice in Oakland, California.

Following years of training working for small firms, Pamela started her own firm in 1991. Over the next 30 years, she represented everyday people in state and federal courts, and became a nationally recognized civil rights attorney. Specializing in employment litigation, Pamela represented countless victims of retaliation, wrongful termination, sexual assaults, sex, age, religion, disability and race-based discrimination. Her clients included nurses, doctors, electricians, oil workers, teachers, office workers, police officers and correctional officers from all walks of life. Her particular passion is suing the California Department of Corrections on behalf of employees, particularly women subjected to sexual harassment.

Pamela is a graduate of Yale College and UC Berkeley Law School, and a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster care systems.

GENDER JUSTICE CHAMPION

Pamela has spent her entire career advocating for justice for women. Her compassion for survivors is deeply rooted in her own personal experiences with sexual harassment, domestic violence and the criminal justice system. In 1977, Pamela joined the first sexual harassment lawsuit in education and led the fight to define sexual harassment both as an experience and a legal violation. Her case made sexual harassment in education illegal and presaged the #MeToo, #TimesUp and all the movements that followed. 

In 2017, Pamela was honored as the Woman of the Year for Assembly District 18 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus for her lifetime of social justice advocacy and service to the people of Alameda County.

RACIAL JUSTICE CHAMPION

As a tenacious civil rights attorney and a political activist working to advance the cause of justice, Pamela Price has a demonstrated track record of supporting progressive change and fighting for racial justice. She has handled dozens of police misconduct and race discrimination cases in state and federal courts.

In 2002, Pamela Price became one of only a handful of Black women to ever argue in front of the United States Supreme Court. In that case, she successfully advocated for her client, Abner Morgan, a Black electrician, who had been subjected to constant racial harassment at his place of employment. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor, and after a ten-year battle with his employer, Amtrak, her client finally won a verdict of $500,000.

Community Activist

In 1979, while still in law school at Berkeley, Pamela co-founded and coordinated the Bay Area Defense Committee for Battered Women. The Committee's Advisory Board included prominent feminists such as civil rights icon Angela Davis and lesbian and gay rights pioneer, Del Martin.

From 1982-84, Pamela co-chaired the Bay Area Chapter of the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) and served on NCBL's National Board.

Pamela is one of the founding members of the famed Bay Area choir, Vukani Muwethu, which has been singing South African freedom songs since 1986.

In 2007, Pamela was appointed to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, an organization committed to protecting the civil and human rights of poor communities, immigrant communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. She later served two terms as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and as the Director of Special Projects.

Pamela has also served in leadership roles in the Black American Law Students Association (BALSA), Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) and the Oakland East Bay Democratic Club. She is also the CEO and Founder of the Ida B. Rising Political Action Committee.

Pamela has received numerous Certificates of Appreciation for her community service from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

SERVICE ON ALAMEDA DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

In 2016, Pamela was elected to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee in a landslide, winning the highest number of votes in Alameda County. She was re-elected to the Central Committee in 2020, again winning the highest number of votes across Alameda County. 

As a member of the Central Committee, Pamela has been an advocate for her community. From 2016-2020, she was the only Black woman on the Committee representing Assembly District 18, which includes most of Oakland and all of San Leandro and Alameda. In 2020, Pamela ran with a diverse slate of corporate-free community activists. Their successful efforts led to a major change in the leadership and composition of the Central Committee.

On the Central Committee, Pamela sponsored or co-sponsored resolutions to

  • bar Alameda County Democrats from accepting donations from law enforcement unions
  • provide PPE protection for Census workers at risk during COVID-19
  • Call for independent investigations of police misconduct including the use of deadly force toward unarmed civilians and sexual abuse of women
  • Remove police officers from school sites
  • Call upon Governor Newsom to exercise his emergency powers to stop the spread of COVID-19 in California prisons
  • Protect immigrant families and our community from unfair and inhumane deportations
  • Require the Committee Treasurer to disclose to Committee members the receipt of any contribution from a candidate from office in excess of $5000
  • Call for the arrest of all four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd
  • Oppose both the County and the City of Oakland's sale of the Coliseum land to right-wing Republican Billionaire John Fisher without a transparent process of competitive bidding and community involvement

AWARDS AND HONORS

National Lawyers Guild (SF Bay Area Chapter) Champion of Justice
NAACP (Hayward-South Alameda County Chapter) Service Award
ACLU National Award: Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX History
African-American Policy Forum Pauli Murray Trailblazer Award
BWOPA/TILE (Richmond-Contra Costa) Ella Hill Hutch Honoree
National Bar Association’s Heman Marion Sweatt Award
CAERP Arthur A. Fletcher Award of Achievement
S.F. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, 2009 Living The Dream Award
Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Community Service Award-Excellence in Law
San Francisco Magazine Northern California Super Lawyer Top 50 List
CAERP Founders Award of Achievement
Flyaway Productions Ten Women Campaign Award
California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY Award)
Charles Houston Bar Association’s Clinton W. White Advocacy Award
Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund Maria Miller Stewart Award
BALSA George Benjamin Daniels Award for Community Service

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