Category Archives: News from the Bar

Update to LRIS Legacy Business Status Case

By Emmy Pasternak LRIS Outreach and Case Development Manager In November 2015, this publication ran an article regarding a small business owner who had contacted BASF’s Lawyer Referral and Information…

Homeless Advocacy Project Welcomes New Tenant Advocate

The Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) recently welcomed Alex Connolly as its new paralegal/tenant advocate. Connolly is responsible for providing support to HAP attorneys in eviction…

Paralegals and Legal Staff: Make a Difference Through Pro Bono

By Hazel Mottershead, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein   “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960 Most…

Real Housewife Has Real Problem with Estate Planning Attorney

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna Bethenny Frankel (famous for starring in “Real Housewives of New York” and for her SkinnyGirl cocktail company) and Jason…

Legal Writing Tip: Make Your Headings and Subheadings Full Sentences

By Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor When writing your brief, craft the section and subsection headings in complete, informative sentences. It’s a good idea to do this early on, at…

Five Advantages of Having a Solo and Small Firm

By Mary Catherine Wiederhold, Law Office of Mary Catherine Wiederhold I’ve had my own small firm for 15 years, my entire law career. While it’s easy to see the advantages…

BASF’s Immigration Efforts Expand and Move Under the Justice & Diversity Center

Over 30 years ago, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) started the Attorney of the Day Program (AOD) at the request of the…

Federal Judges Help Honor JDC Volunteers

The Justice & Diversity Center, along with 20 federal judges, celebrated law firms and attorneys who volunteer with its Federal Pro Bono Project at a reception in January. Through JDC’s…

Lawyer Referral and Information Service Expands Role in Immigration Collaboratives to Ensure Due Process

By Carole Conn Director of Public Service Programs, LRIS/ADR/Immigration In the fall of 2014, the City and County of San Francisco stepped up to fund legal representation for immigrants. In…

Fear and Loathing in Depp’s Divorce

by Sarah Van Voorhis and Ariel Sosna, Van Voorhis & Sosna Just when it seemed that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were going to wrap up their short-lived, marriage, they…