Category Archives: Resources

Use a Pair of Emdashes to Mark Off an Abrupt Break in a Sentence or One to Emphasize the Text at the End

By Savannah Blackwell, BASF Contributor   Depending on the context, an emdash—so named because its width matches a typesetter’s capital M—can take the place of a comma, parenthesis, or a…

Risk Management: New “Reporting Up” Requirements For Attorneys Representing Organizations

John Sullivan, Chair, BASF Legal Malpractice Section   California Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 1.13 addresses a lawyer’s duties in representing an organization.  Lawyers should be aware of the rule’s…

Five Tips for Public Speaking Success

By Laura Ernde Why is it important for attorneys to beef up their presentation skills? Think about this. According to a recent survey by B2B marketing agency Hinge, speaking engagements…

Expert of the Month: Martin Balaban

Meet Martin Balaban. A state-licensed safety engineer with a PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, Martin Balaban is a sought-after expert witness with AR TECH Forensic Experts, Inc. You…

LawYaw Included in National Law Journal’s 2019 Emerging Legal Technologies List

LawYaw, a recent addition to the Bar Association of San Francisco’s list of member benefit providers was recently highlighted by the National Law Journal. LawYaw was included in the 2019 Emerging Legal Technologies special supplement to…

Nuggets of Wisdom and Practice Perspective from Senior Small Firm Practitioner David Nied

By Lindsey Mignano As a partner of a small firm, I am constantly searching for best practices and pieces of wisdom from successful attorneys and business owners. This article provides…

More Transition Words and Phrases

By Savannah Blackwell, BASF Bulletin Contributor As promised, here is the second half of legal writing expert Ross Guberman’s handy list of transition words for lawyers and other advocates—organized according…

The 2019 BASF Directory has Arrived!

Have you received your 2019 edition of the BASF Directory? The annual directory, published by the Bar Association of San Francisco for over 45 years, includes the extensive Register of Experts…

Expert of the Month: Frank Wisehart

Meet Frank Wisehart. A partner with BakerTilly (formerly known as RGL Forensics), Frank is a business consultant and a court approved expert witness with over 20 years of experience. You can find…

Broaden and Deepen Your Repertoire of Transitions

By Savannah Blackwell, BASF Contributor As we discussed last month, writing seamless paragraphs requires use of transitions, or logical connectors. The ones that appear most frequently in legal writing are…