The Harris County Attorney's Office and Harris County District Attorney's Office are pleased to announce an exciting CLE opportunity open to all free of charge. Fighting Hate Crimes and Bias in Texas is a program inspired by Patricia Bernstein's Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan. Telling the story of District Attorney Dan Moody, who was the first to successfully prosecute Klansmen for their brutal assaults, the book serves as the backdrop for our speakers who will discuss modern prosecution of hates crimes in Harris County and forms of bias, such as unconscious workplace bias, that have modern legal implications. Click the link to register today!


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Patricia Bernstein

Author of Ten Dollars to Hate, Patricia Bernstein, will join us to discuss her book and her research about the Texas District Attorney who took on the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Following her presentation, Patricia will be available for questions about her book.

Assistant District Attorney Ruben Perez

Ruben Perez joined the Office of Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney, as Chief of the Special Crimes Bureau in 2017 after working as a United State Attorney for the U.S. Southern District of Texas from 1992 to 2017. In his work at the federal level, Ruben prosecuted hate crimes, human trafficking, and organized crime. Ruben also served as an assistant district attorney in Harris County from 1981 to 1992. He will share his expertise on fighting overt hate at the state and federal levels.

 Portrait of Allison O. Bashir, manager of diversity and inclusion at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Allison O. Bashir

Allison O. Bashir is Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has dedicated her career to equal opportunity in the work and academic environment as both an employment defense attorney and a human resources professional.  Allison will share her expertise in fighting workplace discrimination and unconscious bias from an administrative and civil legal perspective.

 Photo of Saira Jilani, Program Manager for  Speak Up

Saira Jilani

Saira Jilani is currently using her skills in project management and strategy and leads charitable causes that she has a passion for. In her current role as Program Manager for Speak Up, her goal is to make the program attain national visibility. Speak Up focuses on bringing awareness to issues affecting our society such as homelessness, hunger, child abuse, and domestic violence. Speak Up also conducts year round talks at Interfaith community gatherings, including presentations about Islam and Muslims. We currently present at various universities, churches, as well as the Houston Police Academy (HPD) to create awareness of social issues and facilitate resolutions. Speak Up holds several gatherings a year to promote understanding among all religions such as Interfaith Iftars during Ramadan, tours of mosques, and “Faith, Food, and Fun” events at other houses of worship. Saira challenges the current perception of a typical Muslim woman in an American society and strives to be a role model for others.

Mustafaa Carroll

Mustafaa Carroll began his civil rights advocacy at 14 years old and became the NAACP Youth Council President in his hometown of Gary, Indiana at 16 years old. He is the former executive director of the Houston Texas Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (June/2010 – July /2018), the United States largest Muslim grassroots civil rights and advocacy group with over 30 offices nationwide. CAIR's mission is “To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims”.

Prior to Carroll’s arrival to the Houston office in June/2010, he served on the CAIR-TX DFW board from 2004 – 2006 and the Executive Committee as Board President in 2007. He was appointed executive director at CAIR-TX, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter from June/2007 – January/2009, and served as immediate past Board President until his arrival at the CAIR-TX, Houston office in June/2010.

About Ten Dollars to Hate by Patricia Bernstein

The book Ten Dollars to Hate tells the story of District Attorney Dan Moody, who was the first to successfully prosecute Klansmen for their brutal assaults. Learn more about the book online at: