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We Fight For Your Civil Rights

BNCL fights for people when powerful institutions violate their rights. Standing up to these institutions can mean protecting you from discrimination at your job or suing police when they’ve caused you harm or lied about your case. In addition, we represent individuals whose rights have been violated and larger groups in class action lawsuits to end systemic injustice.

Practice Areas

We Fight For Your Civil Rights

Police Misconduct

Police misconduct is shockingly common in California. From the infamous beating of Rodney King and the riots in Los Angeles that ensued, to the incidents of police violence that go unnoticed today, misconduct by law enforcement is all too common in The Golden State. Police officers are given great power...

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Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, or medical history, including disabilities....

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Sometimes our civil rights cases require appellate practice to preserve or ensure the victory.....

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Case Results

Reginald Oliver v. City of Oakland

Oakland Police keep fabricating evidence and lying about minorities to arrest and prosecute them for supposed “gang” crimes, in violation of a settlement that prohibits …

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Named plaintiff Reginald Oliver claims the Oakland PD continues violating the Constitution, in defiance of the settlement in Delphine Allen e al. v. City of Oakland, USDC No. C-00-4599 TEH, also known as "The Riders" litigation. Read Full Course
John Burris
Jane Smith v. City of Oakland

Racial profiling of Asian women by police officer resulting in a class action complaint for damages, declaratory and injunctive relief

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Finding evidence about defendant's post-conviction parole violation unfairly prejudicial "since the jury could have construed that parole violation as character evidence in violation of Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b)" Read Full Course
Rodney King
Rodney King v. City of Los Angeles

Rodney King has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to have Judge John G. Davies disqualified from presiding at the trial of …

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Rodney King waited too long to file a malpractice suit against the first of 27 lawyers who represented him in connection with the infamous beating he suffered from Los Angeles police in 1991, this district’s Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The ruling by Div. Two affirmed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Kough’s grant of summary judgment to Steven Lerman. King earlier this year dismissed his appeal of Kough’s ruling in favor of two other lawyers sued in the case, Federico Sayre and John Burris. Read Full Course
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Civil rights lawyer John Burris confronts police narratives

Written by Janie Har, AP researcher Rhonda Shafner also contributed to this report. To read on AP News click here OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Before …

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