Pamela Y. Price

Pamela Y. Price

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Oakland, CA

Law Offices of Pamela Price
 | 8517 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510-452-0292
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Pamela Price is a nationally recognized pioneer in sexual harassment and civil rights cases.  In 1977, she became a plaintiff in Alexander (Price) v. Yale, 459 F.Supp. 1 (D.Conn. 1979), 631 F.2d 178 (2nd Cir. 1980), the first case to challenge sexual harassment as sex discrimination in education. In 2012, for Title IX’s 40th Anniversary, she and her co-plaintiffs were acknowledged by the National ACLU as one of the Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX’s history.

In 1992, as lead counsel for plaintiffs in Patricia H. v. Berkeley Unified School District, et al., 830 F.Supp 1288 (N.D. Cal. 1993), Pamela Price mounted a second legal challenge to sexual harassment in education.  On July 21, 1993, in the first decision to squarely address the issue, U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick ruled that Title IX also prohibits a sexually hostile educational environment.  

Pamela Price made legal history in Morgan v. Amtrak, 232 F.3d 1008 (9th Cir. 2000), 536 U.S. 101, 112 S.Ct. 1516 (2002), by overturning the defense verdict in the Court of Appeal and then successfully arguing her case in the U.S. Supreme Court. She was named the 2002 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY Award).  In 2004, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California. In 2003, 2015 and again in 2016 she received Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for her community service. In 1993 and again in 2001, she received the Charles Houston Bar Association's Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award.  She made legal history with precedent-setting decisions in Jones v. K-Mart (1998) 17 Cal.4th 3298, Nicole M. v. Martinez Unified School District (N.D.Cal. 1997) 964 F.Supp. 1369 and Freitag v. Ayers, 468 F.3d 528 (9th Cir. 2006).

Pamela Price joined the volunteer Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in 2006.  In 2007, Price served as the Interim Executive Director.  She went on to serve two terms as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and currently serves as the paid Director of Special Projects where her primary responsibilities include analysis of racial justice issues and discrimination cases, education equity issues, juvenile justice advocacy, development support and fundraising initiatives.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Pamela Price is a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster care systems.  She earned her B.A. from Yale University in 1978, and her Master's and J.D. from UC Berkeley in 1982.  She spent her Junior Year Abroad at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa. 

 

About Pamela Price

Admitted: 1983, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.pypesq.com/

Honors and Awards:

  • Woman of the Year - Assembly District 18, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 2017
  • Champion of Justice, National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter, 2016
  • One of the Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX History, American Civil Liberties Union, 2012
  • Heman Marion Sweatt Award, National Bar Association, 2011
  • Living the Dream Award, S.F. Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 2010
  • Arthur A. Fletcher Award of Achievement, California Association of Equal Rights Professionals, 2010
  • Community Service Award-Excellence in Law, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, 2005
  • Ten Women Campaign Award, Flyaway Productions, 2003
  • Founders Award of Achievement, Recipient, California's Association of Equal Rights Professionals, 2003
  • ABA Margaret Brent Award Nominee, California Association of Black Lawyers, 2002
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY AWARD), California Lawyer Magazine, 2002
  • Clinton W. White Advocacy Award, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2001
  • Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award, Charles Houston Bar Association, 1993
  • Maria Miller Stewart Award, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), 2012
  • Interim Executive Director, San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), San Francisco, California, 2007
  • Board of Directors, Northern District Court Federal Practice Program, San Francisco, California, 2003
  • Presenter, Yale Law School, “Sexual Harassment, A Symposium,” New Haven, Connecticut, 1998
  • Guest Host, “Legally Speaking,” Weekly Television Show, Local Cable Television, Oakland, California, 1996
  • Presenter, Civil Law And Procedure Institute, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), “Attorneys’ Fees And Costs”, 1995
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 2006-2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Rutter Group, Employment Litigation Practice Guide, Chapter 10 - Harassment., 2006
  • Board of Directors, Friends Foundation 1999-Present
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training Financial Supporter 2001-2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Eradicating Sexual Harassment in Education, MacKinnon & Siegel (Eds.), New Directions In Sexual Harassment Law, Yale Press., 2004

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Sanchez v. CDCR, United States District Court Case No.  1:12-CV-01835-SAB.  Sexual Harassment - Verdict:  $565,000, 2015
  • Davis v. Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, United States District Court Case No. C09-02629 - Retaliation - Verdict: $528,957.00, 2011
  • Fobbs et. al. v. New Haven Unified School District et. al, United States District Court - Racial Harassment - Settlement: $725,000, 2011
  • Campbell v. Amtrak, United States District Court Case No. C05-5434 CW Racial Discrimination - Verdict/Judgment: $677,000, 2009
  • Peoples v. Contra Costa County, United States District Court Case No. C07-00051 MHP Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $409,064; Settlement: $1,003,880, 2009
  • Underwood v. State of California, Solano County Superior Court Case No. FCS022899 Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $1,025,684, 2007
  • Stevenson v. County of Sacramento, United States District Court Case No. CIV.S-03-0201 MCE Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $95,000; Settlement: $625,000, 2005
  • Morgan v. Amtrak, 232 F.3d 1008 (9th Cir. 2000), 536 U.S. 101, 112 S.Ct. 1516 (2002) - Racial Discrimination - Verdict: $500,000, 2004
  • Freitag v. CDC, United States District Court Case No. C00-2278 THE Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $600,300, 2003
  • Tonsa B. v. City of Oakland, et. al., United States District Court Case No. C99-2164 MHP Sexual Harassment - Settlement: $750,000, 2001
  • Pesce v. State of California, Amador County Superior Court Case No. 96-CI-9153 Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgement: $629,000, 1999
  • Catherine M. v. Doukas, United States Bankruptcy Court Case No. C98-4053 TC Sexual Harassment - Settlement: $375,000, 1999
  • Alice A. v. City of Oakland, et. al., United States District Court Case No. C98-2900 MHP Sexual Harassment - Settlement: $825,000, 1999
  • Bumphus v. Timec Corp., et al., United States District Court Case No. C95-3400 SI Race Discrimination/Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $903,887, 1998
  • Reissner v. State of California, et. al., United States District Court Case No. C96-2508 WHO Religious & Racial Discrimination - Verdict/Judgment: $501,948, 1997
  • Patricia H. v. Berkeley Unified School District, United States District Court Case No. C92-2237 WHO Sexual Harassment - Settlement: $800,000, 1994
  • Pulido v. State of California, et. al., Marin County Superior Court Case No. 154651 Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $1,300,000, 1994

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2016
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2015
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2003

Educational Background:

  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (BOALT HALL),, 1982
  • JURISPRUDENCE & SOCIAL POLICY PROGRAM, Berkeley, California., 1982
  • YALE UNIVERSITY - Political Science Major, New Haven, Connecticut, 1978
  • UNIVERSITY OF DAR-ES-SALAAM - Junior Year Abroad, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 1976

Industry Groups

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment
  • Gender Equity
  • Litigation
  • Office Location for Pamela Y. Price

    8517 Earhart Road
    Oakland, CA 94621

     

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