San Francisco Paralegal Association


  • 03/06/2019 7:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bloomberg Law

    March 5, 2019

    "So far, at least three complaints have been filed against Walmart in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Wisconsin over the retail giant’s imposition of an April deadline for phasing out greeter positions as they now exist, according to Cheryl Bates Harris, a senior disability advocacy specialist at the National Disability Rights Network. Elderly and disabled employees who hold many of those positions have been told to reapply for “customer host” positions that, among other things, can require standing for long periods. Walmart declined to elaborate on the specific different job requirements for the new role."

  • 03/04/2019 7:47 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    IP Watchdog

    March 3, 2019

    "In recent months, AIDS activist groups have called on Gilead and government agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to end patent protection for Truvada in order to get lower cost generic versions of the drug onto the market. #BreakThePatent is one such group that collects online signatures supporting march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, arguing that one month’s supply of Truvada only costs Gilead $6 to create. The website also contends that Gilead didn’t invent PrEP and that the federal government and U.S. taxpayers fronted 100% of the costs to develop Truvada. In late February, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson publicly endorsed the #BreakThePatent campaign, becoming one of the most prominent U.S. politicians to support march-in rights to create access to generic Truvada. ACT UP New York, an AIDS awareness group founded at the height of the epidemic during the 1980s, has also come out publicly against Gilead’s pricing of Truvada."

  • 03/04/2019 7:45 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Law Sites

    March 4, 2019

    On Feb. 26, 2019, the Supreme Court of Texas entered an order amending Paragraph 8 of Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The amended comment now reads (emphasis added):

    Maintaining Competence

    8. Because of the vital role of lawyers in the legal process, each lawyer should strive to become and remain proficient and competent in the practice of law, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill of a competent practitioner, a lawyer should engage in continuing study and education. If a system of peer review has been established, the lawyer should consider making use of it in appropriate circumstances. Isolated instances of faulty conduct or decision should be identified for purposes of additional study or instruction.

    In the seven years since, 36 states have formally adopted this duty of technology competence.

  • 03/02/2019 4:30 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Library Of Congress

    Streamed live on Feb 14, 2019

    The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress.

    The conversation will be moderated by the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and chair of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission, and Eloise Pasachoff, professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Supreme Court Fellows Program. Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez and Supreme Court Fellows Program Executive Director Jeffrey P. Minear, who is counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States, will introduce the program.

    The Supreme Court Fellows Program, founded in 1973, offers mid-career professionals, recent law school graduates and doctoral degree holders from the law and political science fields an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the judicial system through exposure to federal court administration.

  • 03/02/2019 8:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Election of Officers and Delegates 

    March 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. 

    MEMBERSHIP MEETING(Guests Are Welcome) 

    March 11, 20195:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    Lisa HuttonAssociate Dean, JFK University College of Law 



    Topic: Paralegal - Business & Professions Code 6450 


    Lisa S. Hutton is a Professor and serves as the Associate Dean of JFK University's College of Law. In addition, Lisa runs the undergraduate BA in Legal Studies and Paralegal Certificate Programs, both approved by the American Bar Association. Prior to working in academia Lisa practiced insurance defense litigation with Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Beaty & Reynolds in Oakland, CA.


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    $22.00/Cash or Check

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    (Price includes food, beverage, tax, tip, room rental fee, 
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    Monterey Chicken Sandwich

    Grilled chicken breast topped with melted jack cheese, avocado and tomatoes, on a sourdough roll, with pesto mayonnaise. Served with curly fries.

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    A full half a pound of slow roasted prime rib sliced thin and piled high. Served on a fresh baked sourdough roll with au jus and French fries. Our homemade creamed horseradish served on request.



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  • 03/02/2019 7:56 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Chronicle of Social Change

    March 1, 2019

    As the controversy around SB 1391 — the new law in California that prevents youth younger than 16 years old from entering the adult criminal justice system — continues to play out in courts across the state, a group of legal scholars have issued a white paper defending the law’s constitutionality.

  • 03/01/2019 5:32 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Contra Costa Lawyer

    March 1, 2019

    "The importance of minor’s counsel in these disputes cannot be over emphasized. The courts are charged with making decisions that will have a lifetime impact on these children’s lives. Minor’s counsel is often the only way that courts can receive evidence about the child and his/her family from that an attorney charged solely with presenting evidence purely focusing on the child’s needs, not the needs/desires of the competing adults."

  • 03/01/2019 5:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Contra Costa Lawyer

    March 1, 2019

    On October 26, 2018, Judge Linda Lye was appointed to the California Superior Court, County of Contra Costa. Judge Lye was officially sworn in by then-Presiding Judge Jill Fannin and took the bench on November 26, 2018. Judge Lye is now hearing cases in Department 29 at the Richmond Courthouse.

    Read the interview at:

  • 02/28/2019 8:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)


    February 27, 2019

    "Jeff’s passionate leadership of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office made it nationally admired and a model throughout the country. His activism extended outside the courtroom to embrace campaigns for racial justice; LGBTQ, indigent, and immigrant rights; bail reform; and more. His energetic advocacy inspired us."

  • 02/26/2019 9:40 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco

    March 29, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm


    • Do Special Counsels inevitably overreach?

    • Are Special Counsels a proper check on executive power?

    • Are Special Counsels in the public interest; do they advance or slow democratic governance?

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