Category Archives: News from the Bar

Joint Statement of Bar Association of San Francisco and Justice & Diversity Center in Support of Chief Justice’s Letter to Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security

April 10, 2017 — San Francisco — The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco support Chief Justice…

Recalling Judge Edward Stern, Visionary for Indigent Criminal Defense

Steve Kaus This article first appeared at www.beyondchron.org [HERE] and is republished with permission.   No one had an unkind word to say about Judge Edward Stern, who passed away…

Court Reporting Ethics Panel Takes On Controversial Topics

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR (Ret.) During the recent CLE program “Can You Say That? Legal Ethics of Working with Court Reporters,” put on by the Paralegal Section, these…

Political Drama No Match for Biden Family Domestic Drama

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna For Joe Biden, there may actually be an upside to the Trump election: the ongoing political drama draws attention…

Legal Writing Tip: Write Your Statement of Facts in the Form of a Narrative

By Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor The first step in writing a compelling statement of facts for your brief or motion is to prepare a chronology of events in the…

Risk Management Tip: Keep Invoices Bland

By Jennifer A. Becker Long & Levit For generations California attorneys have understood the attorney-client privilege is an absolute shield against discovery. Case after case has broadly interpreted and reinforced…

Are You an Attorney Seeking Legal Advice? Call the Attorney-to-Attorney Advice Program

By Emmy Pasternak LRIS Outreach and Case Development Manager The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has operated an Attorney-to-Attorney Advice Program (ATAA) since 1975….

Networking: Why Your Upside Down Laminated Name-Tag Holds the Key to Your Eternal Happiness

By Gabriel Leif Bellman, Bellman Legal Networking is a word that strikes fear in the soul of introverts and challenges extroverts to compare imagery of a beach in Mexico with…

BASF Welcomes Polsinelli to Leaders Circle

The Bar Association of San Francisco welcomes its newest Leaders Circle firm – Polsinelli. Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations,…

New Solo Attorneys Wanted: Fight for Justice and Build a Sustainable Practice!

Are you or someone you know interested in starting a solo practice? The Justice & Diversity Center and The Bar Association of San Francisco are seeking new applicants for its Community…