Michael Tubach to Focus on Connecting New Attorneys with Clients Through Low Bono Programs in 2016

Michael Tubach, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, was officially installed as 2016 President on December 17, 2015 at The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Annual Membership Luncheon and Installation of Officers.

In his inaugural speech, Tubach highlighted some areas he wants to continue to focus on in 2016, which include championing, “…civil Gideon – the notion that when you are in court and fundamental decisions about your life are at stake – such as housing, the custody of your children, or food – you should have a lawyer by your side to help you.”

Tubach also stated in his speech that he would like to try something new at BASF. His idea is to “provide fully equipped office space to recent law school graduates, and we will provide these new lawyers with assistance to help them develop legal skills and the wherewithal to run their own business. In exchange, we will require that they charge deeply discounted hourly rates to those clients who cannot afford to pay market rates, and that they do their part to serve underprivileged communities. These lawyers will earn a living, they will learn how to run their own business, and they will get experience serving real clients with real legal problems. The clients, for their part, will get access to eager new lawyers at a fraction of what it would cost them to hire a lawyer otherwise. Call it a low bono start-up.”

In addition to Tubach being installed, Awards of Merit were also presented to Sharon Woo, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office; Tom Meyer, Esq.; James Brosnahan, Morrison & Foerster; John Worden, Schiff Hardin and Tracy Salisbury, Shartsis Friese. Sebastian Kaplan of Fenwick & West was honored with the Outstanding Barrister Award.

The following new board members were also installed: David Carrillo, UC Berkeley; Karen Kimmey, Farella Braun + Martel; Peter Meier, Paul Hastings; Danielle Ochs, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; Vid Prabhakaran, Davis Wright Tremaine; and Jennifer Redmond, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

To see a complete list of the 2016 BASF Board of Directors, visit www.sfbar.org/about.

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