Gap Inc. Legal Team Wins National Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Justice & Diversity Center board member and Gap, Inc. senior counsel Marie Ma, recently accepted a national award for diversity and inclusion on behalf of Gap Inc.’s in-house legal team in New York. The…

It’s Who You Know: Can California’s trade secret law protect social media connections?

By Stephen Stanwood and Daniel Douglas, Chan Punzalan Businesses and entrepreneurs have spent much of the past decade building their social media presences. Companies now know that a strong social…

Passion for Peace and Justice Brings Social Work Student to Homeless Advocacy Project

The Justice & Diversity Center’s Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, where every year JDC staffers and volunteers serve more than 1,500…

Legal Writing Tip: Know When to Capitalize the “C” in Court

By Savannah Blackwell BASF Bulletin Contributor The issue may seem trivial, but it is not.  Knowing when to capitalize the “c” in court and when to leave it in lower…

A Widow’s Unwelcome Surprise Makes New Spousal Rights Law

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group When Shu Hsun Tai lied and told his wife their property was “all hers,” the dying Los Angeles man couldn’t possibly have known his…

General Counsel Tip: Responding To a Complaint

John Sullivan, Long & Levit Last month, this column addressed steps that a firm can take to avoid disputes with and claims by clients.  Unfortunately, some claims are unavoidable.  Below…

What, Me Worry? The One Thing You Need for the Young Risk-Takers in Your Life

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group It’s not just older adults who need to think about putting their wishes in writing. Young people are known for their risk-taking, with motorcycle…

Legal Ethics Corner: New Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4 Regarding Communication with Clients

Ryan Stahl On May 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted sweeping changes to the California Rules of Professional Conduct (“CRPC” or “Rules”).  These changes will go into effect on…

Quinn Arntsen Joins Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Board of Directors

BASF Leader Circle firm member Quinn Arntsen, Farella Braun + Martel, has joined the board of directors of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. Arntsen is a senior associate in the firm’s Real Estate…

Douglas Young Named President-Elect of the American College of Trial Lawyers

BASF Leader Circle firm partner Douglas Young, Farella Braun + Martel, was elected President-Elect of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers at its Annual Meeting in New Orleans. He most recently served as its Treasurer….