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  • 11/19/2017 3:13 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    The Environmental Section presents:

    3rd Branch Shakings: Recent Federal Courts Environmental Law


    November 22, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1.5 H





    Register For Webcast



    Third Branch Shakings:
    Recent Environmental Law Cases in the Federal Courts
    2016-17 Environmental Law Decisions and Dockets in the U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Courts



    Holly Doremus
    Professor of Law
    Berkeley Law, University of California


    Dave Owen
    Professor of Law
    UC Hastings College


    Deborah Sivas
    Professor of Law
    Stanford Law School



    Barry Epstein
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP


    Andrew Kingsdale
    Law Office of Andrew S. Kingsdale



    • Review of cases decided and upcoming in the U.S. Supreme Court
    • Important environmental cases and dockets in the Ninth Circuit and other circuit courts
    • Look forward to the next Term and other Prognostications


    Section Chair: Justin Zucker, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley



    Online Only


    Program: 12:00 - 1:25 p.m.


    Event Code: R170108


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  • 11/15/2017 4:07 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal News

    November 14, 2017

    By Jason Tashea



    Logo from Twitter


    RECAP, a free online PACER archive and browser plug-in, released a new version Monday.


    The update creates a single extension that will work on numerous browsers and allow the RECAP system to run faster, update more immediately and no longer have docket size restrictions when uploading new data.


    “It’s an exciting time for RECAP,” Free Law Project co-founder Michael Lissner wrote in a blog post. “After many years with little change or improvement, we’re moving it to a more reliable, robust, and innovative system.” The original RECAP extension was launched in 2009.


    As a browser extension, RECAP runs in the background while someone is on the federal courts’ document portal PACER, and it makes copies of every document the user downloads for a public internet archive and CourtListener, a free legal research website containing millions of legal opinions from federal and state courts.


    See also: Free PACER archive adds millions of new documents


    This update is not without setbacks for some users. The blog states that the new version will not support federal appellate court websites for the time being. However, they are looking to “find technical volunteers” with “good JavaScript skills” to build out appellate court support in future iterations.


    Second, while the updates to CourtListener will happen “possibly within seconds or minutes,” the separately maintained Internet Archive will only be updated quarterly.


    Those already using RECAP with Firefox and Chrome browsers received the updates automatically. The blog post states that this new version should be available for Internet Explorer Edge, Opera and Safari browsers soon. For those just learning about RECAP, the plugin can be downloaded on the Free Law Project website.





  • 11/12/2017 7:40 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco 


    The Probate Litigation Subcommittee of the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section presents:

    Recent Developments & Current Topics in the SF Probate Court


    November 21, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Legal Specialization







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    Recent Developments and Current Topics in the San Francisco Probate Court



    Sandy Hilton
    San Francisco Superior Court

    Hon. Peter J. Busch
    San Francisco Superior Court



    • Current state of the court (staffing, budget)
    • Local rules update
    • Fees
    • Status on closing estates (what do you file and when?)
    • Examiners' top ten list of things that needlessly derail petitions

    Section Chairs: Howard Slavitt, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, Alicia Gámez, Law Office of Alicia M. Gámez and James Patrick Lamping, Law Office of James P. Lamping



    Online Only


    Program: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


    Event Code: R170107



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  • 11/12/2017 7:38 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    The Bar Association of San Francisco presents:

    The Probate and Trust Litigation Year in Review


    November 16, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Legal Specialization






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    Annual Review of the Probate and Trust Appellate Decisions


    Matt Matiasevich
    Shareholder, Evans, Latham & Campisi PC



    • Trust contests
    • Accountings for revocable trusts
    • Professional liability
    • Trustee's fees and attorneys' fees



    Online Only


    Program: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


    Event Code: R170105


    Questions about our seminars and the registration process?



  • 11/12/2017 7:06 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal News

    November 10, 2017


    Legal Technology



     Mary Juetten

    Mary Juetten


    As my first two posts outlined, I believe that technology is necessary to bridge both the education gap and the access-to-justice chasm. Many have reached out on these important topics, and I had the pleasure of interviewing two New York-based leaders who are using technology to improve access to justice.


    George Clement and Jonathan Petts have created nonprofit companies that help renters and those facing bankruptcy, respectively.


    Clement’s provides unrepresented tenants with a self-help web app that assists in gathering evidence, mediating with their landlord through templated communications, reporting violations to city agencies, connecting with organizers and attorneys and presenting a “case history”—the record of all evidence and actions taken—for housing court. The Advocate Dashboard allows community organizers, legal aid attorneys, and other advocates to conduct targeted outreach, gather evidence for group class action cases, communicate efficiently with tenants, and track and analyze data about buildings, landlords, and neighborhoods.


    Petts’ is a TurboTax approach to the application for Chapter 7 pro bono to help legal aid organizations multiply the clients they’re able to serve with a fresh start.


    Juetten: Can you share some statistics on your respective areas?


    Clement: Landlords use harassment and neglected repairs as tactics to force tenants to leave their homes, and 1.2 million New Yorkers live in “deficient housing,” with three or more open code violations such as mold, rat infestations, lead paint, etc. However, the process to seek resolution is complicated and imbalanced—90 percent of tenants in housing court don’t have legal representation, while 90 percent of landlords do.


    Petts: Nineteen million American households would benefit from filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. And yet, last year, under a half a million did. Millions remain trapped in poverty because they can’t afford a lawyer. By leveraging client self-service, with technology and attorney supervision we reduce the traditional bankruptcy pro bono process from six-to-10 hours of attorney time to two hours.


    Juetten: What was your “aha” moment or inspiration?


    Clement: Our ‘”aha”’ moment came when we were sitting in the back of a courtroom in Brooklyn housing court. We observed dozens of cases over the course of a few weeks and saw many tenants come to court with no legal representation, carrying a plastic grocery bag filled with miscellaneous papers. When the judge would ask them to describe the poor conditions they were dealing with at home, they would take out their phone and start flipping through photos they had taken of the mold, cockroaches, and leaks in their apartments to illustrate the appalling conditions they were being forced to live in. Unfortunately, judges couldn’t accept the photos as evidence and these tenants were often backed into subpar stipulations. We realized that we could harness this existing behavior to give tenants a better way of gathering and communicating this evidence to make their case in a formal manner.


    Petts: I was a corporate bankruptcy lawyer at Morrison & Foerster, helping pro bono clients in financial distress file Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. I loved the impact the cases made but hated the hours of routine data entry they involved. I thought there had to be a way to automate this.


    Juetten: What is your tie to the access-to-justice issue?


    Clement: Our team has all unfortunately dealt with these issues firsthand. However, the situations we have been through pale in comparison to what we see our tenant users dealing with every day. Lack of maintenance and unstable housing situations can have significant effects on families’ health, employment, education outcomes, and more. We were all drawn to this work because of the fundamental importance of a safe and healthy home to the well-being of a person, their family, and their community.


    Petts: My co-founder Kevin Moore’s father filed for bankruptcy in the ’90s after quadruple bypass surgery. And my other co-founder Rohan Pavuluri began working on this project out of Harvard Law School’s A2J Lab based on his lifelong passion to use technology for social good.


    Juetten: Tell us a bit more about how you built this solution?


    Clement: Our team has worked with neighborhood-based tenant organizing groups as well as major legal services organizations and practice a model of community-led development to design, build, and distribute our services to those who need it most. Our work is centered around the existing ecosystem, outlining the points at which technology can facilitate crucial work already being done and filling in gaps where tenants aren’t receiving services. Our new products and features are constantly being tested with tenants and advocates as we continue to iterate and expand and improve the tools and services we offer.


    Petts: We tested our product with 40 Brooklyn residents who needed to file for bankruptcy. We learned a ton about what does and doesn’t work when designing legal tech products for a low-income user base.


    Juetten: What is one tip you can give to lawyers who are reluctant to embrace technology?


    Clement: Technology is not going to replace lawyers. Clients will always need and want a human advocate to guide them through complicated, stressful legal matters. In fact, most good legal technology projects are hoping to eliminate or streamline the boring paperwork, research, and desk work, to give lawyers more time to interact with clients or other parties face to face.


    Petts: Eight out of 10 low-income Americans can’t afford a lawyer. We need massive change, leveraging technology and unbundled assistance. There are risks involved in going big. But as Cuban baseball coaches used to say, “You don’t get off the island by bunting.”


    Juetten: Do you believe that regulation should change to allow nonlawyers to deliver some legal services (like the medical profession)?


    Clement: The community health worker model is a great comparison, especially when considering issues faced by low-income populations. Legal aid groups across the country are underresourced and not able to meet 100 percent of the need. Exploring models in which a nonlawyer advocate can provide crucial information around legal issues is necessary to do a better job of serving the most at-risk clients. With high quality subject matter training and experience, these nonlawyer advocates can fill a massive gap in services.


    Petts: Yes! More importantly though, unbundling needs to be allowed in the bankruptcy sphere. Regulation requiring fully bundled representation is well-intentioned, but it significantly increases costs prevents thousands and perhaps millions from accessing a fresh start.


    The above two examples blend passion for pro bono with enabling technology. This approach breaks down the access-to-justice barrier.


    Mary E. Juetten, CA, CPA, JD is founder and CEO of Traklight. In 2015, Mary co-founded Evolve Law, an organization for change and technology adoption in the law. She was named to the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center 2016 Women in Legal Tech list and the Fastcase 50 Class of 2016. She is the author of Small Law Firm KPIs: How to Measure Your Way to Greater Profits. She is always looking or success stories where technology has been used to bridge the justice gap, from pro-bono through low-bono to nontraditional legal services delivery. Reach out to her on Twitter @maryjuetten.






  • 11/11/2017 8:21 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco

    San Francisco Attorney Magazine

    Spring 2017



    JDC Celebrates Forty Years Providing Legal Help to San Franciscans and Their Families 



    "Forty years ago, James Brosnahan, then president of The Bar Association of San

    Francisco (BASF), along with the late Joanne M. Garvey, president in 1981, and

    Thomas F. Smegal, president in 1979, mobilized the city’s legal community to

    respond to a growing, unmet need. They had come to realize that government funded,

    staff-based programs did not have the resources, or the capacity, to meet

    all the legal needs of San Francisco’s poor.


    Though BASF had been involved with the creation of the San Francisco Legal

    Aid Society in the early 1900s, BASF’s members, while supportive, had not been

    incredibly active in pro bono legal services. Determined to help its members

    provide legal services to those who were being left behind, BASF launched the

    Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) in April 1977, hoping it would serve as

    a catalyst to involve more BASF members in pro bono work for the poor.


    In 2012, VLSP, the BASF Foundation, and BASF’s Diversity Educational Programs merged into one 501(c)(3) organization and the resulting entity was named the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC).


    Now celebrating forty years, JDC continues its work to fulfill the vision of the three founders and to expand into preventing homelessness, increasing diversity in the legal profession, and assisting immigrant children and their families."


    In recognition of its unwavering dedication to creating positive and lasting change in clients’ lives, the Volunteer Legal Services Program/Justice & Diversity Center’s forty years will be chronicled in every issue of San Francisco Attorney magazine in 2017.


    This first installment covers 1977 to 1986.






  • 11/10/2017 5:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Law Library of Congress


    Streamed live on Nov 1, 2017


    Political philosopher Jeremy Waldron will deliver the 2017 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence. The lecture, titled “Philosophical Foundations of Immigration Law,” will explore how economic and cultural interests can determine immigration policy.




    Professor Waldron is University Professor at New York University School of Law and teaches legal and political philosophy. He was previously University Professor in the School of Law at Columbia University. Until 2014 he held his NYU position conjointly with his position as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford (All Souls College).


    He was born and educated in New Zealand, where he studied for degrees in philosophy and in law at the University of Otago. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1978. He studied at Oxford for his doctorate in legal philosophy, and taught at Oxford University as a Fellow of Lincoln College from 1980-82. From 1982-1987, he taught political theory at the University of Edinburgh, and from 1987-1995, he was a Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program in the School of Law (Boalt Hall) at the University of California, Berkeley. He was briefly at Princeton, as Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics, before moving to New York in 1997.


    Professor Waldron has written and published extensively in jurisprudence and political theory. His books and articles on theories of rights, on constitutionalism, on the rule of law, and on democracy, judicial review, property, torture, security, and homelessness are well known, as is his work in historical political theory (on Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Hannah Arendt).


    Professor Waldron gave the second series of Seeley Lectures at Cambridge University in 1996, the 1999 Carlyle Lectures at Oxford University, the Spring 2000 University Lecture at Columbia, the Wesson Lectures at Stanford in 2004, the Storrs Lectures at Yale Law School in 2007, the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in Spring 2009, the Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School in 2009, the Hamlyn Lectures in Law in the UK in 2011, and the Gifford lectures at the university of Edinburgh in 2015. He travels widely and has delivered public lectures all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Jerusalem. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011 and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. In April 2011, he was awarded the American Philosophical Society's prestigious Phillips Prize for lifetime achievement in jurisprudence. 





  • 11/09/2017 4:31 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Witkin Law Library


    1 Hour of Participatory MCLE Credit, Part 2 What's New? Legislative and Enforcement Updates for Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing Immigrants in Criminal Proceedings



    When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 from noon to 1:00 pm
    Where: Alameda County Law Library
    125 Twelfth Street
    Conference Room 8
    Oakland, CA , 94607 , Alameda County
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    • Enforcement Trends under the New Administration
    • Legislative Updates: Trust Act, Truth Act
    • Review of New Penal Code Statutes Impacting Immigrants in the Criminal Justice System
    • Coordinating Strategies with Immigration Counsel

    • Speaker:

      Raha Jorjani is an immigration defense attorney for the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender and is directing California's first public defender immigration representation project. This project recently received the 2016 "Program of the Year" award from the California Public Defender's Association(CDPA. From 2007 until 2014, Raha served as a Clinical Professor at the UC Davis School of Law in the immigration law clinic. In 2015, she taught the first course offered at the UC Berkeley School of Law dedicated to "Crimmigration," the study of the intersection between immigration and criminal law. Since 2005, Ms. Jorjani has provided pro bono representation and legal assistance to hundreds of immigrants, most of them detained, before the immigration courts, BIA, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and California state courts. Ms. Jorjani litigated the Israel O. case before the California Court of Appeal for the First District, which resulted in the first published opinion in California to uphold the availability of one-parent claims to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for kids in juvenile delinquency proceedings. Ms. Jorjani regularly conducts local and national trainings for immigration attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, and state court judges, on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In 2016, Ms. Jorjani was selected as one of eightmfellows for the Rosenberg Foundation's Leading Edge Fellowship.
    Contact: Register at Eventbrite or call 510-272-6483 or ask for a registration form at the reference desk.
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  • 11/09/2017 4:29 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    California Courts Newsroom

    November 8, 2017

    Judicial Council Public Affairs / 415-865-7740



    SAN FRANCISCO—The California Supreme Court today announced the reappointment of two current members and the appointment of a new member to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO), an independent committee that helps inform the judiciary and the public on judicial ethics topics.


    Judge Kenneth K. So of the Superior Court of San Diego County and Judge George J. Abdallah, Jr. of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County were both reappointed to serve additional four-year terms as CJEO members. Commissioner Belinda Handy of the Superior Court of Riverside County was appointed to serve a four-year term. The reappointments and appointment are effective January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2021.


    As the newest member of the committee, Commissioner Handy will fill a vacancy required to be held by a subordinate judicial officer. (Rule 9.80(c).) She brings to the committee a strong interest in judicial ethics. Prior to joining the bench, Commissioner Handy was an active member of legal communities across the state, having practiced as a public defender in Riverside and Placer counties, and having practiced civil and criminal law in Los Angeles and Fresno counties. As a commissioner on the Riverside Superior Court, her judicial assignments have included family law and domestic violence matters.


    Information on CJEO members can be found at


    The Supreme Court established the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) to help inform the judiciary and the public concerning judicial ethics topics. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80.) CJEO publishes formal advisory opinions, issues confidential written opinions, and provides oral advice on proper judicial conduct pursuant to the California Code of Judicial Ethics and other authorities. In providing its advisory opinions, the committee acts independently of the Supreme Court, the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Judicial Council, and all other entities. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(b).)





  • 11/09/2017 7:55 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    The Criminal Law & Government Investigations and Litigation Sections of the Barristers Club present:


    Fighting Back: Getting Justice for Clients Hurt by Police


    November 14, 2017: 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1.5 H



    Register for this Event



    John Burris
    Law Offices of John Burris

    Sanjay Schmidt
    Law Offices of Sanjay Schmidt

    Audrey Siegel
    The Cartwright Law Firm


    • How criminal defense attorneys can assess and preserve their client’s civil rights claims
    • How criminal defense attorneys and civil rights attorneys can work together to advance their mutual clients’ interests
    • When to bring the civil claim—must you wait until the criminal proceedings are finished?

    Criminal Law Section Co-Chairs: Maria Belyi, Law Office of Maria Belyi and Kirsten Haigh, Hamasaki Law


    Litigation Section Co-Chairs: Evangeline Burbage, Lewis & Llewellyn and Audrey Siegel, Cartwright Law



    BASF Conference Center
    301 Battery Street
    3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111




    MCLE Registration: 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

    Program: 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.



    BASF Student Member  Complimentary
    Section Member $30.00
    BASF Member $40.00
    Government $40.00
    Nonprofit $40.00
    Non-Member $55.00


    Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.


    Event Code: B171233


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    Fax or Mail your registration: Registration Form ( PDF)



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