Category Archives: News

BASF Bulletin Board: Our Members and Leaders Circle Firms Making Headlines

BASF member Dean Fealk, a partner at DLA Piper in San Francisco, has been elected to the board of directors of the California Business Roundtable, a non-partisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of major employers throughout the state providing leadership to strengthen California’s economy and create jobs.

Mintz Levin Joins BASF as Newest Leaders Circle Firm

The 2014 membership year has started off on a high-note as BASF’s Leader Circle program (formerly Sponsor Firm) has added its second newest member. BASF is very excited to announce that Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC has joined the Leader Circle family.

Sausage Factory

Two things that should not be viewed are the making of law and sausage, or so the saying goes.[1] My trip to the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) proved one-half of that old saw wrong.

Engineer/Attorney Sworn in by City and County Surveyor of San Francisco

Land surveyors who enter the practice of law are few, but often well-known; Abraham Lincoln among others. And a modern inspiration, Walt Robillard of “Brown and Robillard” fame also did so.

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.”

Roster Moves: Week of 1/13/2014

Keep up with the moves of your legal colleagues. Every two weeks BASF will post law firm moves. If you or someone you know is moving firms, email Lenny Lun at with…

New Partnership Helps Law Firms Present Their Cases With State-of-the-Art Visuals and Trial Tech

Michael Kelleher has joined Morgan C. Smith as a co-owner and manager of Cogent Legal, an Oakland-based litigation graphics firm that provides attorneys with state-of-the-art demonstratives and support for trial.

Obama Administration Recognizes Utah Same-Sex Marriages Under Federal Law

The Obama Administration announced Friday that the federal government will recognize approximately 1,360 same-sex marriages performed in Utah since December 2013, despite the state’s refusal to acknowledge these marriages.

Mandatory E-Filing Expansion

The San Francisco Superior Court is expanding its mandatory e-filing program to include 16 new case types.