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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.

Mind The Gap: By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

The goal of the Mind the Gap (MTG) program, which was established by 2013 President Chris Kearney, is to provide recent law school graduates who are unemployed or underemployed with training, work experience, mentorship and debt reduction information.

The Mind the Gap program grew to 325 members by the end of 2013. Also, in 2013, the program boasted the following numbers

Google Apps for Business: Security, Confidentiality and Ethics

Millions of corporations, small businesses, solo lawyers, large and small law firms, and federal, state and local governments have “gone Google”—meaning that they have moved from hosting their own e-mail servers (and in some cases calendars and documents) to using Google Apps. Companies that have gone Google range from Konica Minolta and Jaguar to the solo law practice Craig Law Firm (North Carolina) and the 12-office law firm Bradford & Barthel. Government users include the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the State of Wisconsin, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, and the City of Pittsburgh

Mandatory E-Filing Expansion

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

Partnership That Never Existed Cannot Create Nondischargeable Debt

In Utnehmer v. Crull (In re Utnehmer), 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 4482, NC-12-1362-PaDJu (9th Cir. BAP Oct. 10, 2013), the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“BAP”) ruled that Bankrupcty Code Section 523(a)(4) did not apply to render a debt nondischargeable in relation to a partnership that was never formed. Specifically, an agreement to re-characterize debt as profit-sharing equity was conditional upon events that did not occur.

Trapped in Marriage: Potential Pitfalls of Same-Sex Marriages in Non-Recognition States

When they decided to end their marriage, Mississippi residents Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon faced an unusual hurdle: the court refused to grant them a divorce.

Half-Year Membership Time at Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Joining is a great way to increase referrals in 2014
Looking to increase your stream of referrals this year? Remember that January is half-price membership time at the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). Apply to become a member of one or more area of practice referral panels. The half-year membership fee is only $60 for BASF members and $135 for non-members. That’s only $10 per month for BASF members for six months of membership to the award winning, state bar certified LRIS. Start the year off right by providing yourself with a reliable source of new clients and something new to add to your website bio and LinkedIn profile.

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Recipients: Where Are They Now?

The Justice & Diversity Center’s Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. The program awards diverse first year Bay Area law students with a $30,000 scholarship, over three years, based on financial need, academic achievement and overcoming adversity. Since its inception in 1998, eighty scholarships and $1.5 million have been awarded! Learn more about our past scholarship recipients and what they are doing now.

What Does the New Normal of Selling Legal Services Look Like?

Traci Stuart, Blattel Communications The Legal Marketing Association – Bay Area Chapter, at a November educational program, examined “Empowered Buyers: The ‘New Normal’ of Selling Legal Services.” On the panel…

Our Members Make a Difference… BASF Makes It Easier!

BASF’s 2014 membership theme is “You Make a Difference. We Make It Easier.” Kirsten Mickelson, a BASF member and barrister, is a young in-house attorney making a difference in the lives of those in our community.