BASF Executive Staff
Executive Director and General Counsel, The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Yolanda M. Jackson is the Executive Director and General Counsel of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC). She is also the Diversity Director of the JDC. As the Executive Director she leads two organizations that focus on excellence in the legal profession, promoting humanity and cultivating diversity and equality in the legal profession (BASF); in addition they advance fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and also educational programming to foster diversity in the legal profession (JDC).
She has years of experience as a litigator, mediator, arbitrator, trainer and facilitator, and has helped businesses address diversity and organizational development needs, community outreach and conflict resolution methods.
Jackson was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she taught negotiations and settlement courses and classes on Bias/Diversity in Negotiations. She has presented over 100 “elimination of bias” training sessions for law firms, bar associations, corporations/entities and various law schools. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University Law School where she taught Insurance Law and Practical Legal Writing. She has served on the boards of numerous professional and community organizations throughout the country and has won several awards including the District 17 Woman of the Year Award, the California Association of Black Lawyers President’s Award, the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California “Gil Lopez Award”, the League of Women Voters of San Francisco’s “Women Who Could Be President” award, the National Diversity Council’s “California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women” and the National Bar Association Presidential Award.
Much of her volunteer time is spent on helping to enhance communities and under-served populations, mentoring and creating networking opportunities for others.
Deputy Executive Director, The Bar Association of San Francisco
Jack Hannan is BASF’s Deputy Executive Director. His job functions include developing strategies, marketing plans, member/volunteer recruitment/ retention and internal operations. As Deputy Executive Director he will oversee the membership, member services, CLE, and communications departments.
Director/Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Legal Services Programs, Justice & Diversity Center (JDC)
Mairi McKeever has worked within the legal services community since 1994. She joined the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco in 2003 as an attorney overseeing the Homeless Advocacy Project’s SSI for Children project. She then moved on to become the Supervising Attorney of the Landlord/Tenant and Consumer Projects. In her current position as the Director of JDC’s Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Mairi manages seven pro bono projects which serve over 6500 clients each year. She has conducted trainings for pro bono attorneys and direct services providers on federal disability benefits advocacy and housing law. Mairi has also presented at several ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conferences, in May 2013 she presented on JDC’s Right to Civil Counsel Project which focuses on the provision of pro bono legal services in cases involving basic human needs. She has also presented on developing and maintaining JDC's innovative pro bono programs including the Federal Pro Bono Project and limited scope representation in housing cases. Before arriving at JDC, Mairi led the benefits counseling program at a San Francisco AIDS organization, representing low income people living with HIV/AIDS in their claims for federal disability benefits (SSI) and health coverage.
Mairi earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.
Director/Managing Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP). Justice & Diversity Center
Teresa has managed the Homeless Advocacy Project, the Justice & Diversity Center's largest individual project, since 1993. During that time, Teresa has overseen staff, interns and hundreds of volunteer legal and social service professionals in the provision of legal and advocacy services on behalf of individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Teresa received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago and her J.D from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). After clerking for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court, she entered private practice, where she specialized in civil litigation, especially representing and defending low-income tenants. She also has also acted as a judicial arbitrator for the Alameda and Contra Costa County Superior Courts. Teresa was active for many years in the ACLU, as well as the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, serving on the boards of directors for both organizations.