Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Cooperative Federalism in Class Actions

Jordan Elias, Girard Sharp   A computer maker knows that its laptops will break after a few months because of a manufacturing problem, but sells them without disclosing the problem…

BASF Because…

BASF Because is a series of brief profiles where we ask members to share why they joined the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). This year’s series, profiling BASF section…

Third Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference Once Again a Success

Kirsten Scott, Renaker Hasselman Scott   On January 31, 2019, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Solo and Small Firm Section hosted its third Annual Solo & Small Firm…

‘Magic Words’ Gave Wife the Condo

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group When Farima Kushesh-Kaviani and Wishtasb Kushesh split, the divorce hinged on one of the spoils of their brief marriage: a condominium. Only Farima was…

Law Beats Blood Thanks to Japanese Adoption Tradition

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group Fusae and Emi Obata were found dead in their San Lorenzo, California, home in 2013, their bodies discovered when their mail carrier noticed the…

Paralegal Pro Tips

Alexandra Brilliant, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein   It does not matter if you are a new paralegal or an old pro—we have one of the hardest jobs in the…

BASF Mediation Services Welcomes Back Dr. Urs Martin Laeuchli

Marilyn King, ADR Manager After a brief time traveling and working abroad, Dr. Urs Martin Laeuchli is returning to BASF’s Bay Area Mediation Services panel. Dr. Laeuchli is an international attorney with…

BASF Mediation Services Panelists: A Wide Spectrum of Skills

Marilyn King, ADR Manager Do you have cases ripe for mediation? Below you will find a selection of some the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Mediation Services panelists and…

How to Get Paid By Someone Other Than the Client Under The New Rules of Professional Conduct

By William M. Balin   Under former Rule of Professional Conduct 3-310, subdivision (F), an attorney could not “accept” compensation from one other than the client unless: “(1) There is…

Clarifying Legal Support Roles

Amy Jo McGuigan The terms “legal secretary”, “legal assistant”, and “paralegal” are sometimes used interchangeably.  While most people believe that these legal support roles are very similar, there are actually…