Category Archives: Diversity @ BASF

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Attorneys and Judge Visit Local Middle School to Talk to LGBT Youth

On February 17, attorneys Dominic Campodonico and Peter Catalanotti spoke on a panel with San Francisco Superior Court Judge Linda Colfax to the Aptos Middle School in San Francisco as…

2016 San Francisco County Mock Trial Champions Lowell High School with Judge William Orrick and coaches Michael Ungar (top row, 6th from right); Lisa Hathaway (top row, 4th from left), and Isaac Jackson (far left).

Lowell High School Emerges as San Francisco County Mock Trial Champs

A student at Central Coast University on a track and field scholarship was facing a felony charge of murder for the homicide of a campus security guard. The student raised…

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Justice & Diversity Center Places Groundbreaking Federal Pro Bono Case Regarding Transgender Prisoner’s Rights

Lilly Dagdigian, Legal Projects Coordinator, Justice & Diversity Center A groundbreaking case placed with counsel by the Justice & Diversity Center’s Federal Pro Bono Project has made California the first…

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Know a Diverse Local Law Student?

The Justice & Diversity Center’s Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Most…

From left, Shay Gilmore, Hon. Tara Flanagan, Hon. Christopher Bowen, Hon. Therese Stewart and Peter Catalanotti

LGBT Judges Discuss Their Paths to the Judiciary

More than 30 people attended the “Pathways to the Judiciary” CLE and reception presented by BASF’s Equality Subcommittee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in late January. Attendees were…

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Hire a Law Academy Intern, Inspire a High School Student

The Law Academy, established in 1997 by then BASF President Judge Jeffrey Ross, is a program that encourages, inspires and increases career opportunities for high school students at San Francisco’s…

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Open Doors 1L Job Shadow Program Expands in 2016

In March 2015 the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco and the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law launched the Open Doors…

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Inspire Diverse Students to Apply to Local Law Schools

The Destination Law School (DLS) program seeks volunteers to serve as panelists and mentors to diverse students interested in attending law school. DLS provides information about law school and the…

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25th Anniversary: Report Highlights Challenges in Diversifying the Legal Profession

More than 60 people attended the December 14 panel discussion and reception for the release of BASF’s 2015 Goals and Timetables Report on Minority Hiring, Advancement and Retention. The event…

From left, Ed Rymsha and Mario Balistreri of Fenwick & West, holding the thank you cards they received from pre-school students

Bay Area Firms Make the Holiday Brighter for Local Pre-School Kids

Thanks to more than 50 firms, legal organizations and individuals, pre-school kids from low-income families received gifts through BASF’s Head Start Holiday Gift Program. To see a list of participating…