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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Alameda County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for Central Committee, Assembly District 18

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Pamela Price

Civil Rights Attorney
36,032 votes (9.61%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improving the Committee's advocacy on issues affecting our community, including access to housing
  • Improving the Committee's advocacy on issues affecting our community, including access to quality healthcare
  • Improving the Committee's advocacy on issues affecting our community, including access to justice



Profession:CIvil Rights Attorney
Director of Special Projects, Senior Litigation Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (2015–current)
Attorney, Law Offices of Pamela Y. Price, A Professional Law Corporation (1991–2016)


U.C. Berkeley School of Law M.A., Jurisprudence & Social Policy (1982)
U.C. Berkeley School of Law J.D., Law (1981)
Yale University B.A., Political Science (1978)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Friends Foundation International (2005–current)
Political Education Chair, Black Women Organized for Political Action, Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter (2015–current)
Board of Directors, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (2006–2014)
Board of Trustees, Church of the Good Shepherd Baptist (1983–1992)
Coordinator, Bay Area Defense Committee for Battered Women (1979–1981)


Pamela Price was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She was arrested in a civil rights demonstration in 1970 and tracked in the juvenile justice & foster care systems.  In 1974, she was accepted to Yale College.  In 1977, Price joined the landmark case of Alexander (Price) v. Yale, 459 F.Supp. 1 (D.Conn. 1979), 631 F.2d 178 (2nd Cir. 1980), the first sexual harassment case under Title IX. Price was the only plaintiff to proceed to trial in January 1979. The case established that sexual harassment in education constitutes illegal sex discrimination.  In 2012, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, Price and her co-plaintiffs in Alexander were acknowledged by the National American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as one of Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX’s History (“the Nine”).

Alexander remained the only federal case on the books to challenge sexual harassment in education until 1993.  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), 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.  In August 1994, the case settled for $800,000, with a total value of the structured settlement to the minor plaintiffs of $1.8 million.

Price established her own civil litigation practice in June 1991.  From 1991 to 2016, Price specialized in racial and sexual harassment cases.  She pursued and won numerous sexual harassment cases against the California Department of Corrections (CDC) representing female officers. In 1993, she won a judgment for $1.3 million for a female correctional Sergeant who worked at San Quentin for 16 years. The case was the largest verdict for sexual harassment ever against the CDC at that time. In December 1999, Price won the largest sexual harassment verdict ever recorded in Amador County for $629,000 on behalf of another female correctional officer who worked at Mule Creek State Prison.  In April 2003, Price won another $600,000 verdict for sexual harassment on behalf of a female correctional officer, including punitive damages against the Warden and two Associate Wardens of Pelican Bay State Prison in the case of Freitag v. CDC.  As a result of the Judgment in Freitag, CDC implemented a groundbreaking statewide policy to address sexual harassment of female officers by inmates.  In November 2007, Price was a judgment of $1,025,684 for a female officer sexually harassed at CSP-Solano.  In June 2015, a Fresno jury awarded $565,000 to a female officer sexually harassed at Corcoran State Prison.

In 1999, Price obtained the largest settlement for a sexual harassment case ever against the City of Oakland for $825,000 on behalf of a young female employee identified only as Alice A.  In February 2001, Price settled a second sexual harassment case against the City of Oakland for $750,000 on behalf of a minor victim identified only as Tonsa B. of the same City supervisor. 

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 winning the appeal of a defense verdict first in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and then successfully arguing her case in the U.S. Supreme Court.  For her groundbreaking efforts in Morgan, Price was named the 2002 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY Award).  In May 2004, Price won a $500,000 verdict on behalf of Abner Morgan after a ten (10) year battle against Amtrak.  Price also made legal history with precedent-setting decisions in Jones v. K-Mart, et al. (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), cert. denied, 549 U.S. 1323, 127 S.Ct. 1918 (2007). 

In December 1993, and again in December 2001, Price received the Charles Houston Bar Association's Clinton W. White Advocacy Award for her achievements in civil litigation.  In 2003, Price received the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals’ Founders Award of Achievement and Flyaway Production’s 10 Women Campaign Award.  In 2004, Price was named one of the top fifty Northern California female “Super Lawyers” by San Francisco Magazine.  Her article, Eradicating Sexual Harassment in Education, was also published in 2004 in New Directions In Sexual Harassment Law, MacKinnon & Siegel (Eds.), Yale Press (2004).
In 2016, she was honored as a “Champion of Justice” by the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter at its Annual Dinner.

Price’s victories at trial and large money judgments and settlements have become legend in the Bay Area legal community.  She has received numerous awards from local, statewide and national organizations for her commitment to social justice, community service and excellence in advocacy for her clients.  Price has been honored three times with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition (2003, 2015 & 2016) by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and received multiple Certificates of Recognition from the California Assembly and Resolutions of Appreciation from the California Senate.

In May 1999, Price established the Ida B. Wells Holding Company and purchased her own office building in downtown Oakland.  She has since purchased and sold a second office building in the heart of downtown Oakland, one of only a handful of women business owners to reach that milestone.  Price joined the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco in 2006.  In 2007, Price served as the Interim Executive Director.  She went on to serve two volunteer terms as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and currently serves as the 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.

Since 2014, Price has served as the appointed Political Education Co-Chair of the Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).  She also serves as BWOPA’s Legislative Consultant.  In 2014, she ran an inspiring campaign for Assembly District 15.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Rob Bonta, Assemblymember AD18

Organizations (3)

  • John George Democratic Club
  • Black Youth in Action (BYIA)
  • East Oakland Democratic Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember AD15
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember AD15 (Ret.)
  • Sandre Swanson, Assemblymember AD18 (Ret.)
  • Gus Newport, Mayor (Ret.)

Individuals (11)

  • Jodi Lewitter
  • Linton Johnson
  • Thurman V. White
  • Bernard Ashcraft
  • Dennis Middleton
  • Eloise Middleton
  • John L. Burris
  • Fania Davis
  • Robert Demmons
  • Robert Harris, Esq.
  • Dorothy King

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Price is a progressive feminist with a history of strong support for the advancement of women in politics, and a dedication to ensuring the protection of the rights of African-Americans and other citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds.  She believes that integrity and transparency are critical in public service and government institutions should serve the needs of the people. 

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