San Francisco Paralegal Association


  • 06/07/2019 7:03 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    MIT Technology Review

    June 5, 2019

    Four tech juggernauts—Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook—are suddenly the target of new scrutiny by the US government. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC),  Department of Justice (DOJ), and Congress have all begun to investigate whether these companies have too much power.

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

    Bloomberg Law

    June 5, 2019

    Only lawyers and federally licensed experts could act as immigration consultants under a revived proposal in the California Legislature aimed at curtailing what proponents say is the unlicensed practice of law.

    The measure approved by the Assembly and backed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and pushed by the California Bar is aimed at banning so-called “notarios,” consultants offering immigration assistance and translating who aren’t licensed to practice law. The practices of immigration consultants often blur the line between assisting with immigration documents and offering legal advice, which amounts to the illegal practice of law, an Assembly analysis said.

  • 06/04/2019 7:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal News

    June 3, 2019

    Philadelphia’s court system website and e-filing have been shut down since May 21 to safeguard against a virus found on a limited number of computers.

    Law firms are going old-school, using couriers and paper to file lawsuits and other court documents, the Legal Intelligencer reports.

    The website takedown has made civil docket searches unavailable and shut down criminal docket searches on public computer terminals, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Employee emails also were unavailable. There is no timetable for restoration of the systems, a court spokesperson told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • 06/02/2019 6:15 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal

    June 1, 2019

    Navigating emotionally draining divorce cases is never easy, but in California, trial judges will now have more leeway to determine who gets the family pet. In January, California became the third state in the U.S. to adopt a law that allows judges to consider what’s in the best interests of the animal rather than treating the pet like other inanimate property, such as a car. Alaska and Illinois have passed similar laws since 2016. The new laws are groundbreaking because they come amid growing interest in protecting pets and settling disputes over them.

  • 06/01/2019 6:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    The Paralegal Voice

    Legal Talk Network

    May 31, 2019


    In the buildup to the 2019 NALA Conference & Expo, the Paralegal Voice host Carl Morrison talks with NALA president Jill Francisco to discuss why NALA is a valuable resource to paralegals, how paralegals can participate in leadership, and what obstacles NALA and the paralegal community will face in the coming years. As Jill prepares for the conclusion of her tenure as President in 2020, they also look back on her career path, her leadership style, and what legacy she hopes to leave.

    Stick around for Listener’s Voice, Carl’s recurring segment featuring questions and comments from listeners like you. Send in your own question by emailing Carl at

    Jill Francisco is an advanced certified paralegal, a paralegal for Dinsmore & Shohl in Huntington, West Virginia, and the president of NALA.

  • 05/31/2019 5:51 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal

    May 28, 2019

    The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed a work group to consider whether the state should allow licensed legal technicians to provide civil legal services.

  • 05/30/2019 5:32 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bernard Witkin Law Library Alameda County

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Oakland and Berkeley have some of the most complex sets of rules and regulations governing residential rental housing in the Bay Area. There are many similarities between the two cities, but there are also important differences. Knowing which rules apply to which city are important for advising both landlords and tenants. Learn about:

    • Which units are covered under rent control and eviction protections (and what’s changed since the last election)

    • What you need to know about evictions, including owner move-ins

    • Staying in compliance with the Rent Review Boards

    • How this year’s Legislative bills could change the rental housing landscape

    Speaker: Krista C. Gulbransen, Executive Director, Berkeley Rental Housing Coalition

  • 05/30/2019 5:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    San Francisco Law Library

    Lunchtime Speaker Series

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Noon to 1:00

    John Wierzbicki, a California lawyer and Witkin Legal Institute director, will present on the most significant civil cases decided by the California Supreme Court over the past year, as selected by the Institute’s legal editors. He will discuss the cases’ impact on such topics as independent contractors, local permits and zoning, contracts, insurance, SLAPP suits, local taxes and utility fees, torts and workers’ compensation.

  • 05/30/2019 5:27 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Alameda County Bar Association


    12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    This CLE will be discussing various timely Immigration/Criminal Law subjects, which are necessary areas for today’s Criminal Law Practitioners:

    • U Visa Basics-Who qualifies?
    • Custody Issues when ICE is involved
    • Plea Bargaining for Immigration-Safe Resolutions, and more.

    Our esteemed panel of speakers includes the Immigration Lawyer for the Public Defender, Raha Jorjani, Private Defender Emily Dahm, two current Deputy District Attorneys: Kevin Ikum and Paul Pinney. This program is not to be missed!

  • 05/29/2019 5:23 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Alameda County Bar Association


    12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Professor Tim Iglesias will give his annual talk to the ACBA membership about the most recent developments in California real estate law from 2018. Attend to review recent important cases, and new laws now in effect relevant to practicing real estate law in California.

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