Category Archives: Diversity @ BASF

Job Shadowing Program Opens Doors of Opportunity to 34 Students

Samantha Akwei, Director of Diversity and Pipeline Programs   On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 members of the legal community came together to celebrate the success of the 2019 1L Open…

BASF Hosts Reception to Honor Judge Amarra Lee

  On February 5, 2019, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) hosted a reception to honor Judge Amarra Lee. Judge Lee, appointed to the bench last November,…

Q&A with Senator Kamala Harris

By Laura Ernde     California Senator Kamala Harris is a trailblazer among women attorneys. Before she began her service in the U.S. Senate in 2017, Harris served as the…

Kelly Dermody Wins Margaret Brent Award

by Kerstin Firmin   The American Bar Association’s highest award for women in the profession—the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award—this year goes to a San Francisco attorney who…

Justice Therese Stewart Reflects On Her Pioneering Career

By Katie Burke   Growing up, San Francisco native Justice Therese Stewart never imagined she would one day lead the city in its legal battles for marriage equality. Nor did…

In It to WIN It: Revitalized Women’s Impact Network Strives to Benefit Everyone

By Kathleen Guthrie Woods   On November 29, 2018, Bar Association of San Francisco members gathered to launch the revitalized Women’s Impact Network: No Glass Ceiling 2.0 (WIN) with its…

Lowell High School Wins San Francisco County Mock Trial Competition

Samantha Akwei, Director of Diversity and Pipeline Education Programs   For the 2018-2019 season, eight teams competed in the annual San Francisco County Mock Trial Competition. Altogether, more than eighty…

JDC to Host Law & Language Poetry Slam with SF High School Students

The slam will celebrate the ABA’s 2019 Law Day theme and kick off during National Poetry month In celebration of the American Bar Association’s 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free…

U.S. Supreme Court Permits Enforcement of Transgender Military Ban While Court Challenges Continue

In a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday, January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to temporarily enforce its restrictions on transgender people serving in the military while lower…

Students, Mentors Benefit from Law Academy’s 21-year Partnership

By Laura Ernde Hundreds cheered when Balboa High School senior Kitty Zeng stepped up to the podium in the Bently Reserve Building’s boisterous banquet hall. Zeng was nervous. She had…