Category Archives: News

How to Prevent the Leading Cause of Malpractice Claims

By Anna Fatima Costa Are you still using Outlook, spreadsheets or hand-written “cheat sheets” to track crucial calendar deadlines? It’s time to seriously evaluate your processes. On March 22, 2017,…

Pro Bono Volunteer Alleviates Debt-Related Stress for Low-Income Clients

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) recognizes Jessica McKinlay as Volunteer of the Month for her dedication to low-income consumers facing debt collection. McKinlay, of counsel with Dorsey & Whitney,…

JDC Joins New Coalition to Help Bring Voices of Low-Income Consumers to the Capitol

The California Low-Income Consumer Coalition (CLICC), launched this year, is already at work keeping the interests of low-income consumers front and center in policy debates in Sacramento. Eleven legal services…

Prop 47: The Full Employment Act for Solo Appellate Defenders

By Paul Katz Passed by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 47 provides that various theft and drug offenses can no longer be charged as felonies. The law also allows…

BASF Executive Director Honored by Bay Area Urban Debate League

BASF and JDC Executive Director Yolanda Jackson was recently honored by the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL) with its Great Debater Award. The award was presented to Jackson at…

Leaders Come Together to Discuss Police Reform and Changing Police Culture

Well over 100 lawyers and law enforcement representatives from throughout the Bay Area attended a two-hour panel discussion organized by BASF’s Criminal Justice Task Force that focused on the important…

BASF Mourns the Loss of Retired Judge Steven A. Brick

The Bar Association of San Francisco mourns the sudden passing of 1991 President Steven A. Brick on June 10. Judge Brick was an Alameda County Superior Court Judge from 2001…

BASF Bulletin Board: July 2017 Members in the News

Mak The Center for Workers’ Rights Recognizes Lisa Mak The Center for Workers’ Rights recognized Lisa Mak, Minami Tamaki, with its Legal Advocate Award in June. The Center for Workers’…

BASF Bulletin Board: June 2017 Members in the News

Environmental Law Institute Welcomes Davina Pujari to its Leadership Council The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) recently announced Hanson Bridgett Partner Davina Pujari as a new member of its Leadership Council….

The High Price of California’s Failure to Fund Dependency Counsel

Julie Traun “State intervention in the lives of families, even when absolutely necessary, is a traumatic experience for children and parents alike.”[1] Indeed, “[t]here are hardly more consequential acts the…