Minority Caucus

All voting members who self-identify as a minority can join the AAJ Minority Caucus, a networking group that focuses on membership, fundraising, education, and public service.

Camaraderie and Community
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AAJ's Minority Caucus has more than a 1,500 active and engaged members.  The caucus hosts virtual and in-person events throughout the year, including community service projects and social events at convention, and supports AAJ through membership and fundraising drives.

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Headshot of Javier Herrera, Chair of the Minority Caucus

Javier L. Herrera

The Herrera Law Firm San Antonio, TX
Chair, Minority Caucus

"It's amazing to see where we are as a caucus today—from the many years ago when I used to attend conventions with my father and brother, to 13 years ago when attended my first convention as a trial lawyer. I would like to thank all the previous Minority Caucus chairs for their leadership and commitment—you have provided the foundation for future generations, and I look forward to building upon that."

2023-2024 Caucus Leadership

  • Chair: Javier L. Herrera | The Herrera Law Firm, San Antonio, TX

  • Chair-Elect: Christopher H. Fitzgerald | Law Offices of Christopher H. Fitzgerald, New York, NY

  • Treasurer: Bhavani Raveendran | Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Chicago, IL

  • Secretary: Christopher Lester Johnson | Waters Kraus & Paul, Dallas, TX

  • Representatives to the AAJ Board of Governors:

    • Petra L. Aaron | GDH Law, Lanham, MD

    • Carla D. Aikens | Carla D. Aikens, PC, Detroit, MI

    • Tyler D. Bailey | Bailey Law Firm, LLC, Columbia, SC

    • Sara L. Williams | Alexander Shunnarah Injury Attorneys, PC, Birmingham, AL

  • Immediate Past Chair & Representative to the AAJ Executive Committee: Ervin B. Nevitt | Coplan & Crane, Oak Park, IL

Caucus in Action
Supporting the Next Generation of Trial Lawyers

Named in honor of AAJ's past-President and first person of color to hold the position, the Minority Caucus's Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented each summer during AAJ's Annual Convention to a minority Law Student member. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is committed to developing strong trial advocacy skills and representing those who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. Congratulations to the 2023 scholarship recipient, Kris Chaney, a JD-candidate at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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Caucus Statement

AAJ’s Minority Caucus Executive Board released a statement in response to racial injustice and police brutality. Read the Statement


Minority caucus members are engaged and active

Member Benefit

Minority Caucus Roundtables

Roundtable a case with your colleagues to gain insight and expertise.

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Committees exist to enhance your membership and your practice, focusing on membership, fundraising, education, and public service.

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List Server

This active list server is an excellent resource for questions on experts, cases, and the law. It is also a source for potential referrals.

How do I join the Caucus?

The Minority Caucus is open to all AAJ members who have self-identified as a minority.  If you are interested in joining the caucus, please contact AAJ membership to update you member profile.    Contact AAJ Membership