• 02/21/2020 4:21 PM | Amy McGuigan (Administrator)

    Erin J. Keller is a family law paralegal at Fink Family Law.  She has been assisting clients and counsel through mediation, private judge and parenting coordination cases for the past ten years.  Prior to working as an ADR paralegal, Erin assisted in custody and support trials in venues throughout Northern California. Erin earned her Associates Degree and Certificate in Paralegal Studies from City College of San Francisco in 2010 and in all, has twenty-five years of experience in family law.

    Erin is active in the legal community and works to promote continuing education and networking for paralegals.  In addition to her role as Treasurer for the San Francisco Paralegal Association, Erin volunteers with the Alameda County Bar Association where you can find her on the first Saturday of most months doing client intake or preparing forms for pro-per litigants.  Erin is the Marketing Director and member-at-large of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Paralegal Section and is proud to be a long-time member of the informal SF Family Law Paralegals Brown Bag Group as well as other paralegal associations in the Bay Area.

    Erin was born and raised in San Francisco, and still not far from home, takes advantage of all the beauty the Bay Area has to offer with long walks and hikes, outdoor music festivals, and sitting at the beach. 

  • 02/19/2020 5:12 PM | Amy McGuigan (Administrator)

    After 23 years, the definition of paralegal will no longer be synonymous with Legal Assistant under American Bar Association policy.  

    The ABA Standing Committee determined that the term 'legal assistant' should be removed from the definition in order to clarify the work done specifically by paralegals. In the past the titles of 'paralegal' and 'legal assistant' have been used interchangeably, but the legal community has recognized a distinction between the work done by paralegals and that of legal assistants. In filing the amendment to the ABA Guidelines, the Standing Committee is asking the House of Delegates to approve a revised definition of paralegal (G-103.d).

    The other day they removed that wording from the definition of paralegal as it relates to the approval of an approved paralegal program.…/house-of-delegates-reso…/102b/

  • 02/10/2020 12:24 PM | Amy McGuigan (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The Associate Membership level has been reactivated.  Associate membership is for people who are no longer students, but who do not yet qualify for voting membership; anyone who works in the legal field but who do not qualify for voting membership; a person who has retired from a paralegal or equivalent position.   

    If your status has changed and this level of membership is what you should be classified as, please choose this option when you renew your membership.  If you have colleagues that you would like to join SFPA, please let them know this new membership level is available.  If you have any questions, please send an email to  

    See below for differences in voting and associate levels of membership.

    Voting Membership - $85.00 (USD)

     A practicing paralegal meeting the definition in California Business and Professions Code § 6450. Voting members shall have the right to vote at all general membership meetings and the right to hold an office within this Association.

    Associate Membership - $75.00 (USD) (Non-Voting) 

    Open to any person who has recently graduated from a formal course of study, upon the completion of which such person is qualified to be employed as a paralegal; any person whose primary responsibilities and job classification are not paralegal but does perform paralegal duties on a limited basis (full time paralegals do not qualify as Associate Members and must apply as Voting Members); any person previously employed as a paralegal or equivalent position.

  • 02/06/2020 1:21 PM | Michael Schiraldi (Administrator)

    Kibibi (Bibi) Shaw, MSOD is a Paralegal fully compliant with California Business & Professions Code Section 6450.

    Ms. Shaw is employed by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. as an Executive Assistant supporting a firm Partner, Corporate Counsel and team of Associates in its “clean energy” corporate law practice group who specialize in private equity, venture capital, initial public offerings, and mergers & acquisitions. The practice group is a nationally-recognized leader in support of emerging companies in the energy and resource, innovation, and sustainability sectors, as well as impact investors that finance them.

    Before her position at Wilson Sonsini, Ms. Shaw was a Litigation Paralegal at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP working in their San Francisco headquarter office with Mr. Gordon and a large team of firm Partners, Special Counsel and Associates who specialized in Product Liability defense, Drug & Medical Device litigation, and multi-party/complex claims in Commercial litigation.

    Ms. Shaw has over twenty years of extensive law firm experience including managing law offices while handling various types of heavy litigation and corporate matters. Specifically, Ms. Shaw has myriad involvement with litigation matters in California state and U.S. district courts, U.S. bankruptcy courts, Appellate court, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


    Ms. Shaw obtained her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior & Leadership from the University of San Francisco and her Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from the University of San Francisco’s Masagung Graduate School of Management.

    Professional Activities/Volunteer Work

    San Francisco Paralegal Association – Voting Member & Board Member (2018 – current)

    IDAC Trial Academy (at Stanford Law School) – Volunteer

    Los Angeles Paralegal Association – Member

    Glendale Young Professionals (GYP), a Chamber of Commerce program – Member

    National Notary Association – California Notary

    University of San Francisco – Service-Learning Alumni Volunteer

    University of San Francisco – Alumni Regional Council (LA)

    Human Rights Campaign – Member/Volunteer

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Volunteer

    Save The Bay – Volunteer

  • 12/31/2019 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    John G. Roberts, Jr.

    Chief Justice of the United States

    December 31, 2019 

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has issued his 2019 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary (pdf).

    This is the 15th report Chief Justice Roberts has issued since he was appointed chief justice in 2005.

  • 12/21/2019 6:00 AM | Deleted user

    California Courts Newsroom

    December 20, 2019

    2019 Year in Review 10

  • 12/14/2019 6:00 AM | Deleted user

    Public Policy Institute of California

    2019 Speaker Series on California's Future

    California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye at the Public Policy Institute of California's year-end luncheon series covers the challenges and opportunities facing the courts.

    Watch on the PPIC's YouTube channel

  • 12/03/2019 5:32 AM | Deleted user

    California Lawyers Association

    Monday, December 9th, 2019

    San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building, Room 206 & 210
    401 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Join Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ming W. Chin, and Senator Thomas J. Umberg as the keynote luncheon speakers at the Litigation Section’s Military and Veterans Summit. This conference includes 3 hours of MCLE credit on issues relating to Military and Veterans Personnel plus 1 hour of Elimination of Bias credit.

  • 12/03/2019 5:30 AM | Deleted user

    California Lawyers Association

    December 4, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:29 PM (Pacific)

    Several cases over the past few years have determined that improperly prepared environmental due diligence will not serve as a shield to environmental liability.  This program will review the environmental laws’ liability scheme, programs such as the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act (CLRRA) and Prospective Purchasers Agreements that can help shield purchasers from environmental liabilities, the necessary components of  a properly prepared Phase I and its shortfalls, and also discuss considerations for sellers of contaminated properties.

  • 12/02/2019 9:30 AM | Deleted user

    Law Sites

    December 2, 2019

    "When it rains it pours. Earlier today, I wrote about adoption of the duty of technology competence by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Now comes word of another U.S. state adopting the duty, bringing the total number of states to 38.

    The latest is South Carolina, where on the day before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court of South Carolina approved a package of amendments to the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct, all based on the 2012 amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which included a duty of technology competence as embodied in ABA Model Rule 1.1, Comment 8."

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