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Justice & Diversity Center Announces Honorary Co-Chairs of 2017 Gala

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco is delighted to announce the honorary co-chairs for the 2017 Annual Gala. David Kelly, General Counsel and…

San Francisco Superior Court Launches Pilot Judicial Settlement Program to Settle Larger, High-Exposure Cases

The San Francisco Superior Court is offering litigants a new Judicial Settlement Conference (JSC) program aimed at cases with an estimated 20 or more trial days, Presiding Judge Teri L….

Risk Management Tip: Retainer Agreements Manage Client Expectations

By Jennifer A. Becker Long & Levit In the competition to land a case it is tempting to overstate the value of a claim, or understate the cost of litigation,…

Justice & Diversity Center Adds Immigration Legal Defense Work to its Program Lineup

By Carole Conn, Director of Public Service Programs, Immigrant Legal Defense   In the last three years, there has been rapid growth to the Immigrant Legal Defense Program which moved…

Legal Writing Tip: Statement of Facts, Part Two

By Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor When writing the statement of facts, choose your material wisely, set it forth clearly, and end it with a kick. Many judges consider a…

Client Service Strategies for Paralegals

By Javier Morelos Hersh FamilyLaw Practice When working directly with clients, it is important to develop and maintain client service strategies to ensure their satisfaction with your firm. Achieving client…

The Reality is You Can’t Always Get What You Want

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna Fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta know that lawyer/mortician Phaedra Parks, whose show tagline is “you can’t always…

Dolby Laboratories Legal Team Makes Pro Bono a Priority

By Steve Love, Director of Donor and Community Engagement   If you are like most people, when someone mentions Dolby Laboratories, the first thing that comes to mind is surround…

The Ethics of Facebook Friending

By Carl W. Chamberlin   Facebook can be a gold mine of information about litigants and witnesses. A personal injury plaintiff alleging debilitating leg injuries may post photos of her…

Five Tips for Running Your Solo or Small Firm

By Mary Catherine Wiederhold, Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold I’ve had my own small firm for about 15 years. I’ve learned the hard way about what works and what…