The American Board of Trial Advocates, San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter, in partnership with San Bernardino Superior Court, will reenact arguments and the ruling from the historic local civil-rights case Lopez v. Seccombe
This 1944 trial in San Bernardino desegregated the city parks and recreational facilities, specifically the Perris Hill swimming pool known as the Plunge. U.S. citizens of Latino descent had been denied equal access to public pools in the city. Lawyers successfully argued their Fifth and 14th Amendment Constitutional rights were being violated. The case set a precedent that was used to abolish racial segregation nationwide.
The upcoming program “will celebrate our community’s close and important early connection