James D. Crosby, Attorney at Law. Complex and General Business Litigation and Trial Representation. San Diego, California. O: (619) 450-4149 C: (858) 705-0083 Email:

The third episode of SDCBA’s “Meet & Confer” podcast hosted by SDCBA Members, Renee Stackhouse and Jim Crosby, is out and available for listening and download at (It’s also an Apple and Android Podcast – “SDCBA’s Meet and Confer”).


In this episode of SDCBA’s Meet and Confer, Jim and Renee sit down with presidents, past and present, of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and its sister Foundation to discuss the legacy of Judge Earl B. Gilliam and the significant past and ongoing work, and activism, of the EBGBA and its foundation.

Dennis Dawson is a founder and four-time past-president of the Association. After years serving as California Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Dawson now practices employment discrimination and business litigation as a solo practitioner.

Andrea St. Julian is the president of the Association and practices criminal and civil appellate law.

Yahairah Aristy is the president of the Foundation and a Deputy Public Defender for the County of San Diego handling felony cases.

In a fascinating and topical discussion, Dawson, St. Julian and Aristry passionately described Judge Gilliam’s significant legal accomplishments, his profound effect on the San Diego legal community, his battles for social justice, and his enduring legacy. Dennis Dawson provided a personal perspective on the positive effect Judge Gilliam had on his life and legal career and, more broadly, on the lives of many African-American San Diego lawyers. The discussion then turned to the current activities of the EBGBA and its sister foundation, and the ongoing efforts of the Association to promote equal access to justice and social justice through endorsements and other community programs and projects. It was an engaging, and inspiring, discussion.

We hope you will take some time out of, or perhaps as part of, your busy lives to listen to this interesting and important discussion. Renee and I enjoyed, learned a great deal from, and were inspired by our panelists and their insights on Judge Gilliam and the ongoing, important, work of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and Foundation.

“Meet & Confer” is a podcast for and about our unique San Diego legal community. We hope to grow our San Diego audience as we grow the podcast. Please look for new episodes, keep listening, subscribe to the Apple podcast, and let us know what you’d like to hear about on future episodes by sending an email to

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