San Francisco Paralegal Association


  • 06/21/2017 6:09 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    United States Patent and Trademark Office

    -An Agency of the Department of Commerce


    As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office.  A supervisory patent examiner will instruct the attendees on the following:

    • What are the benefits of searching?
    • Where can you search?
    • When should you search?
    • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

    This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.


    If you do not already have a UPWS login account which are valid for one year, please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the workshop to register for one.  Most of the class will be lecture; however, you will have the opportunity to practice on our Universal Public Workstations during the last 30-45 minutes. We have limited availability for the workstations so you may want to allow extra time after class to use a workstation.


     This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public. Space is limited.  Please register here by July 24, 2017 (link is external).

    Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility.  Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to screening to gain access.



    Event Summary:

    July 25, 2017


    12:00 PM PT - 2:00 PM PT

    Silicon Valley USPTO

    26 S. Fourth Street

    San Jose , CA 95113


    Silicon Valley Regional Office

  • 06/21/2017 6:08 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal

    The Modern Law Library


     Color of Law


    Posted Jun 21, 2017 08:30 am CDT

    By Lee Rawles


    Richard Rothstein spent years studying why schools remained de facto segregated after Brown v. Board of Education. He came to believe that the problem of segregated schools could not be solved until the problem of segregated neighborhoods was addressed—and that neighborhoods were de jure segregated, not de facto.

    In this episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks to Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.


    Rothstein says that federal, state and local governments passed laws and created policies that promoted racial discrimination in housing and destroyed previously integrated neighborhoods. In this interview, Rothstein discusses his findings and proposes remedies to rectify the injustices experienced by generations of African-Americans.




    In This Podcast:

    <p>Richard Rothstein</p>

    Richard Rothstein


    Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written multiple books, the most recent being The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

  • 06/21/2017 8:15 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    Legal Writing: Judge, Attorney, & Paralegal Viewpoints


    June 26, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1 H





    Register For Webcast Replay 




    Hon. Marjorie A. Slabach (Ret.)
    Private Judging

    David L. Blacker, Esq.
    Blacker, Sammis & Blacker

    Scott R. Herndon, Esq.
    Sinunu Bruni LLP

    Dennis Hanshew
    Blacker, Sammis & Blacker

    This will be a well-rounded presentation incorporating the thoughts and viewpoints of four seasoned legal professionals.


    • Nuts and bolts, CRC Rule 2
    • Structure, Strategy and Persuasiveness
    • Judicial Considerations


    Online Only


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


    Event Code: R170059


    Questions about our seminars and the registration process?

  • 06/21/2017 8:14 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    LGBT Partners & Associates Summer Reception


    June 29, 2017: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


    Register for this Event


    Join your colleagues from the legal community as we celebrate San Francisco Pride during the annual LGBT Partners & Associates Summer Reception.  We will also be welcoming summer associates to our community.


    Thanks to co-sponsor BALIF




    Please register June by 21.




    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
    Four Embarcadero Center
    22nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111


    Event Code: D177406


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  • 06/21/2017 8:12 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    Navigating the Internet Highway and Legal Ethics


    June 30, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Legal Ethics






    Register For Live Webcast


    Drew Dilworth
    Partner, Cooper, White & Cooper LLP

    Alison Buchanan
    Shareholder, Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel

    David Keller
    Speaker, Trainer and Instructor on Ethical Business Development Strategies;
    Founder, Keller Business Development Advisory Group



    • Confidentiality and Competence
    • Avoiding Unintended Attorney-Client Relationships
    • Advertising Ethically, Including the Use of Testimonials
    • To Blog, or Not to Blog
    • Other Current Developments In the Area of Ethics and the Internet
    • Contacts with Represented Parties
    • Supervisory Obligations
    • Ethically Operating a “VLO”



    Online Only


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


    Event Code: R170061


    Questions about our seminars and the registration process?

  • 06/21/2017 8:11 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Ethics Rules and Social Media


    July 3, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Legal Ethics and Specialization Credit.





    Register For Live Webcast




    Mary K. deLeo
    Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation


    • Explore the ethical issues facing practitioners who utilize social media.
    • Focus on the ethical implications of posting on commonly-used social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as well as the ethical rules that apply when a practitioner writes a blog.
    • Practical tips on how to safely and ethically navigate the world of social media



    Online Only



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


    Event Code: R170062


    Questions about our seminars and the registration process?

  • 06/21/2017 8:05 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Bar Association of San Francisco


    Elimination of LGBT Bias in the Legal Profession


    June 21, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    MCLE Credits - 1.5 H, in Elimination of Bias.


    Register For Live Webcast


    Shay Aaron Gilmore
    NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company

    Kelly Dermody
    Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein


    Julius Turman
    Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete


    Erica Worthington


    This program will address current best practices to ensure doorways are open to LGBT lawyers and that promotion and retention goals are embraced. We will discuss how best practices have changed since BASF last conducted a report on LGBT issues in 2007, what the landscape looks like today, and what further efforts need to be made to encourage promotion, retention and advancement of LGBT persons in the legal profession. Panelists will include law firm partners, in-house counsel, and employment law attorneys. Panelist will speak about their personal experiences as it relates to the hiring, promotion and advancement of LGBT attorneys. Panelists will also discuss internal biases within the LGBT legal community and ways to reduce those internal biases.


    • Recent developments and an update since the 2007 BASF report on LGBT issues
    • How best practices for hiring, retention and advancement of LGBT attorneys have changed
    • What further efforts need to be made to encourage promotion, retention and advancement of LGBT persons in the legal profession



    Online Only


    Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


    Event Code: R170058

  • 06/20/2017 8:57 PM | Anonymous

    Thursday, 6/22/2017 from 7:00-8:00

    Ethics for LDAs/Part II: LDA Perspective

    Hosted by CALDA, California Association of Legal Document Assistants

    MCLE 1.0 Ethics credit


    Here is the dial info:

    Dial in number: (605) 472-5251

    Access code: 944637

    In order to facilitate getting an MCLE certificate please email CALDA at


  • 06/20/2017 7:54 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal News 

    Posted Jun 14, 2017 12:13 pm CDT

    By Stephanie Francis Ward


     Herma Hill Kay

    Herma Hill Kay/UC Berkeley



    Herma Hill Kay, the first female dean at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, died Saturday. She was 82.


    Kay, who joined Berkeley in as a professor in 1960, died in her sleep, interim Berkeley Dean Melissa Murray told The Recorder.


    “She was super bright. She cared about all the right things. She was an outstanding legal educator, both in the classroom and through her writings,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the publication. The two met in 1971 at a Yale Law School conference about women, and in 1974 wrote a casebook about sex discrimination.


    A 1959 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Kay also played a key role in California legislation for no-fault divorce, which then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1970. Her teaching and scholarship focused on marital law and sex-based discrimination, according to Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports.


    “As I observed in a California Law Review symposium dedicated to Herma: ‘She literally transformed the legal landscape of American family life. In the late 1960s and 1970s, as a revolution in substantive sex equality was sweeping California, Herma was at its center,’” wrote Leiter, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School.


    Kay served as dean of Berkeley Law from 1992 to 2000. She also was a past president of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates in the top 10 percent of their classes, according to her American Bar Association biography (PDF). A 1992 winner of the Margaret Brent Award, Kay also served as a member of the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar from 1992 to 2001, including two years as secretary. And she served on the American Bar Foundation’s board of directors.


    Kay had been working on a book about 14 women law professors, all of whom preceded her with tenure at ABA-accredited law schools. Justice Ginsburg wrote the introduction.



    We are sad to report the passing of Herma Hill Kay, professor, dean & leading scholar on sex discrimination & family law


  • 06/19/2017 11:00 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    New York Times

    June 19, 2017

    Mike McPhate 








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