The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club is a well established club with over 200 members, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. The club endorses candidates for public office, holds luncheon meetings and forums, which have been covered in such newspapers as the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, the Tri-Valley Herald, the Daily Review (Hayward), the legal newspapers The Recorder and the San Francisco Daily Journal, and local broadcast media, and provides a forum for education, networking, and communication among the bar, bench, and elected public officials. For example, in 2006 our club held the first debate among the candidates for mayor of Oakland. The one-hour debate was televised on KTOP. View it online.
Our luncheon meetings occur in Oakland near Jack London Square. Our programs address a broad range of issues, often with a focus on issues relating to civil rights, the courtroom, judicial appointments, and legal decisions.
Our speakers include new judicial appointees, state and federal court judges, elected officials, political candidates, and other leaders. We also have an annual luncheon featuring the newly elected Presiding Judge.
Membership in the club is open to all registered Democrats who live, work, or have an interest in Alameda County. While non-lawyers may join and participate in all club activities, only lawyers have voting privileges. The Club by-laws, as amended through July 1989, provide: “Voting memership shall be open only to duly licensed California lawyers who practice or reside in Alameda County and are Democrats. Non-voting associate membership shall be open to any Democrat.” (Art. III, Sec. 1)