San Francisco Paralegal Association


  • 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


    Questions about our seminars and the registration process?



  • 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 








  • 06/19/2017 8:27 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    California Courts Newsroom

    June 15, 2017


    Natasha Payés / 415-865-7740



    On Memorial Day, 19 veterans graduated from Riverside County’s Veteran Treatment Court after completing an intensive 18-month treatment program as retribution for past crimes. The graduates, who were once charged with minor offenses, now have sealed criminal records and can move on with their lives with a renewed purpose and access services that otherwise would have been elusive to them prior to their conviction.


    Veteran treatment courts are collaborative courts that offer veterans rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration for mid to low-level misdemeanors and felonies.


    Not all veterans are eligible for admission to the treatment-based program and eligibility requirements vary from court to court. However, participants who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other diagnosed mental disorders have a good chance of gaining admission to the program if there’s evidence showing their crimes are directly linked to mental disorders.


    “For most of these veterans, they’ve never been in trouble before joining the military," said Judge Hilary Chittick of Fresno Superior Court. "But after having served, problems arose.” 


    With the help of Veterans Affairs, the California Veteran Legal Taskforce, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Probation Department, Judge Chittick created Fresno’s first veteran court in June 2016.


    In 2008, Orange County opened the first veteran court in California. Since then 28 veteran courts have sprung up in 24 counties. Nationwide, there are roughly 300 veteran courts.



    Veteran Courts Offer a Road to Recovery

    “The vets will tell you the programs aren’t easy" said Judge Colleen White from the Superior Court of Ventura County. "They’re not cut any slack.” 


    Judge White helped establish the county’s first veteran court in 2010. It began as a pilot program, but with the help of community partners, the court has become a boon to veterans wanting to get their lives back on track. This year, the court will celebrate its fifth graduation.


    “I had a female veteran who had drug and alcohol problems, but after going through the program she said the court saved her life,” added Judge White.


    Veterans are referred by a team of peopleprobation officers, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, Veterans Affairs outreach specialistswho believe they would benefit from a treatment program instead of punishment.


    Once accepted, veterans must plead guilty to their crimes, which can range from drinking under the influence to drug possession to domestic violence. Participants then agree to complete a 12-to-18-month treatment plan that may include entering a residential treatment center, counseling, random drug testing, and regular check-ins with probation officers. Once veterans successfully complete the program, the judge dismisses their criminal charges and seals their criminal records.


    Currently, statistics on the effectiveness of veteran courts is limited. Some courts have tracked the number of veterans who’ve successfully completed the program since its inception, some courts only have data for select years, and others are still too new to produce any meaningful data. However, if Senate Bill 339 passes through state the Assembly, the Legislature will appropriate funds to the Judicial Council to conduct a research study on the effectiveness of veteran courts. Nevertheless, some court leaders measure their effectiveness in other ways.


    “We don’t measure our success by numbers or data,” said Judge White. “We measure success by how lives have been changed and how families have been reunited.”



    California Veteran Courts














    Why Veteran Courts Work

    Many judicial leaders attribute veteran courts' success to creating mechanisms and an atmosphere that is familiar to veterans.


    In Judge Chittick’s courtroom, flags from all five branches of the military hang on the wall. Proceedings open with a flag salute and Judge Chittick addresses participants in a formal manner. But according to Judge Chittick, pairing participants with volunteer mentors who are also veterans, is the most effective component of the treatment court. Mentors help participants in a number of ways, including attending court proceedings and serving as a support system.


    “The thought is to mimic parts of what is really effective in the military and transfer it over to the court system,” said Judge Chittick.


    Michael Roosevelt, a senior analyst at the Judicial Council who provides technical support to veteran courts, echoed similar sentiments about the mentor program. “When vets talk to vets, courts are most successful,” he said.


    In the fall, Judge Chittick will have her first veteran to graduate from the program. Next graduation, she hopes to have more. Currently there are 20 veterans in the program.


    “I feel an obligation to our veterans," she said. "They served our country and were injured during their service. And if I can help solve their underlying problems, they may never be in trouble again.” 



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