Category Archives: Justice & Diversity Center

It Started with a Day! 2014 Volunteer Initiative Launched January 25

Upcoming volunteer events are May 1 and May 19 The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco kicked off the 2014 “It Starts With a…

A Week at the Justice & Diversity Center [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you ever wonder what’s going on at the Justice & Diversity Center? Check out the infographic below to get a behind-the-scenes snapshot of a sample week in the life…

Your Referral Helps the Community We Serve [Infographic]

Your referrals to BASF’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) support pro bono legal services and diversity education programs of the Justice & Diversity Center, including the Bay Area Minority Law…

Homeless Advocate Awarded First Annual Brosnahan Fellowship

The James Brosnahan Fellowship was established through resolution of the then Volunteer Legal Services Program (now known as the Justice & Diversity Center [JDC]) board in December of 2012. Creation of the fellowship was made possible because of the generosity of Joseph Cotchett, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, who made a significant gift to support ongoing funding of an annual stipend to recipients.

Scholarship Donations Widening the Diversity Pipeline One Attorney at a Time

Nicole Britton-Snyder The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program demonstrates the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco’s commitment to advancing diversity in the legal…

Hire a Law Academy Intern; Change a Life

The Justice & Diversity Center’s Law Academy program encourages and increases career opportunities for underserved and ethnically diverse students in Balboa High School in San Francisco.

Attorneys Honored at Gideon v. Wainwright Anniversary Reception

2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright and on December 10, hundreds gathered to recognize the work of criminal defense lawyers in San Francisco – those on BASF’s indigent defense conflicts panel and those in the Public Defender’s Office, who in combination provide legal representation to more than 20,000 indigent clients annually.

Longtime JDC Volunteer Jeffry Bernstein Dedicates Pro Bono Work to Low-Income Taxpayers

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is pleased to recognize Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass Partner Jeffry Bernstein as our volunteer of the month for his work with JDC’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). Bernstein has volunteered with JDC since 2000.

BASF’s First Working Mother President, Stephanie Skaff, Announces “It Starts With a Day Initiative” and Legal Help for Veterans

Farella Braun + Martel Partner Stephanie P. Skaff was installed in December as BASF’s 101st president at the Annual Membership Luncheon. It was there that she announced her “It Starts With a Day” 2014 volunteer initiative.

Federal Judge Invalidates Oklahoma Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

On January 14, 2014, a federal judge in Tulsa ruled that a voter-approved 2004 constitutional ban on recognition of same-sex marriage in Oklahoma “must give way to individual constitutional rights.” In a 68 page ruling , U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern found that the Oklahoma constitutional ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in that a prohibition on recognition of same-sex marriage in Oklahoma is “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.”