Category Archives: News from the Bar

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Administering Special Needs Trusts

By James O’Brien Law Office of James O’Brien Many families seek to protect the resources of a loved one with special needs through the creation of a Special Needs Trust…

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Three Honored as Outstanding Barristers for 2016

Mark Conrad, Conrad & Metlitzky; Marie Ma, Gap Inc; and Andrew McDevitt, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, were all honored with Outstanding Barrister Awards at the 2016 Annual Membership Luncheon…

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Justice & Diversity Center Announces New 2017 Board Members

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) recently confirmed its Board of Directors for 2017. Merri Baldwin, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, will serve as…

Taking the Easy Road Could Get Your Expert Disqualified

By Kendra L. Basner, Hinshaw & Culbertson   To save time and money, experts are often provided mediation briefs to be used as predicates for their testimony. Such briefs are…

How to Protect Your Beneficiaries from Their Creditors

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group When creating trusts, estate planning lawyers use tricks of the trade such as “spendthrift” and “shutdown” clauses to protect trust money from claims of…

The four attorneys selected to participate in the Community Law Practice Incubator project, from left: Jason Yee, Nick Goldman, Christina Sava  and Jubilee Menzies.

BASF President Initiative Named: Community Law Practice Incubator

By Carole Conn, Director of Public Service Programs LRIS/ADR   The Bar Association of San Francisco in conjunction with the Justice & Diversity Center is proud to announce the naming…

What’s the Difference Between Domestic and International ADR?

By Urs Martin Laeuchli, Mediator/Arbitrator How does international Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) differ from domestic ADR? While domestic ADR provides an alternative to a court disposition, often times in international…

Share Your Voice and Passion by Joining the Paralegal Section

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR In January 2015, The Bar Association of San Francisco launched its first non attorney section with a mission to instill an ethos of professionalism…

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Legal Writing Tip: Insight from the Pros

By Savannah Blackwell, BASF Bulletin Contributor This month we highlight tips from Dennis Hanshew, a paralegal with Blacker, Sammis & Blacker; Commissioner Marjorie Slabach, a private judge and retired commissioner…

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Justice & Diversity Center’s Julie Rosenthal Receives Brosnahan Fellowship

Congratulations to the Justice & Diversity Center’s Julie Rosenthal for receiving the 2017 James Brosnahan Fellowship.  Rosenthal, the Director of Social Services for JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), is the fourth…