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MCLE: Hate Crimes & the LGBTQ Community

  • 23 Apr 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Akerman LLP, 601 West 5th St., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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1 hour MCLE credit - including Elimination of Bias!

FREE for Members


Richard Ceballos, a deputy district attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he has been employed for the past 29 years. He is currently assigned to the Organized Crime Division and Hate Crimes Special Unit. In addition, he has been a lecturer in law at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law and the University of California at Irvine School of Law, where he has taught courses in Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Prosecutorial Ethics and Integrity, and Ethical Issues for Public Interest, Government, and Criminal Lawyers. Richard is also a frequent lecturer for the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) and has spoken before delegations in Johannesburg, South Africa; Beijing, China; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Moscow, Russian Federation.

Gera Peoples, Deputy Chair of the Fraud & Recovery Practice Group at Akerman LLP, focuses his practice on white-collar defense, complex commercial litigations and arbitrations, contract litigation, product liability, and insurance litigation. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Gera investigated and prosecuted criminal cases including wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, various tax crimes, computer and data crimes, healthcare fraud, and civil rights violations.  At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Gera oversaw an identity theft fraud task force and a government benefit fraud task force. He was Special Counsel to U.S. Attorney, the 4th highest ranking position in one of the largest and busiest U.S. Attorney offices in America. Gera was the Civil Rights Coordinator responsible for coordinating civil and criminal civil rights investigations, litigation, and prosecutions for the entire district.  Gera has served as Deputy Chief in Major Crimes Section, the Section responsible for prosecuting and investigating reactive federal crimes. During his 7 years at the U.S. Attorney's Office, he tried over 25 jury trials to verdict. Gera is heavily involved in the community. He is the Community Representative Team Member for the U.S. Southern District of Florida, Court Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) Program.  He is actively involved in efforts to help returning citizens successfully integrate into their families and communities.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Registration: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

1-hour program: 6:30 PM - 7:30 

Host: Akerman LLP, 601 W. 5th St., Suite 300, LA, CA

Brief reception following the program with light snacks and refreshments. 

FREE for members, law students. $10 for nonmembers.

Parking: $8 after 5pm. 524 S. Flower St. Garage / LA Public Library (AKA Westlawn Garage). OR consider ride-sharing service.

If you have questions, please contact the LGBT Bar LA MCLE Committee at mcle.lgbtbarla@gmail.com. 

 *The LGBT Bar of Los Angeles may record and/or take photographs of this event for posting to its website or other promotional activities. By registering for this event, you consent to the recording and/or photographing at the event and for the use of any images by the LGBT Bar of Los Angeles for website and/or other promotional purposes.*

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