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CA / Oakland

Pamela Price

Pamela Y. Price, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5843 
Oakland , CA 94605


Pamela Price is a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster care systems. Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she joined the civil rights movement when she was 13 years old. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1978. While at Yale, she spent her Junior Year Abroad in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa.

In 1977, Price joined the landmark case of Alexander (Price) v. Yale, the first sexual harassment case brought under Title IX. Price was the only plaintiff to proceed to trial in January 1979. The case established that sexual harassment in education is illegal and led to the establishment of grievance procedures at every level of education to comply with Title IX. (Alexander v. Yale, 459 F.Supp. 1 (D.Conn. 1979), 631 F.2d 178 (2nd Cir. 1980).)

In June 2012, on Title IX’s 40th Anniversary, Price and her co-plaintiffs in Alexander v. Yale were honored as one of the Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX History by the ACLU (

After Yale, Price attended Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she received her J.D. and a Master’s degree in Jurisprudence & Social Policy in 1982. In June 1991, she founded her own firm in Oakland. In 2002, Price’s Firm made legal history by winning the appeal of a defense verdict first in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and then in the U.S. Supreme Court. Price is one of a handful of African-American women who have ever argued a case in the United States Supreme Court. Morgan v. Amtrak, 232 F.3d 1008 (9th Cir. 2000), 536 U.S. 101, 112 S.Ct. 1516 (2002).

For her groundbreaking efforts in Morgan, including her victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, Price was named the 2002 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY Award).

Every year since 2004, Price has been named one of the top 5% of Northern California “Super Lawyers” by San Francisco Magazine. Price has received numerous awards including the African-American Policy Forum’s Pauli Murray Trailbrazer Award (2018), the National Bar Association’s Heman Marion Sweatt Award (2011), the National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter Champion of Justice (2016) and the Charles Houston Bar Association's Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award (1993, 2001).

In 2017, she was honored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and the California Legislature as the Woman of the Year for Assembly District 18. She was elected twice to the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee in landslide victories to represent Oakland, San Leandro and Alameda.

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