Announcements from the Barristers Club at the Bar Association of San Francisco
The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club offers new attorneys an easy way to get involved in the legal community while gaining valuable networking and professional development opportunities.
The Barristers Club is comprised of BASF members in their first ten years of practice, as well as law students. When you join BASF you will automatically be enrolled in the Barristers Club—no additional registration is required.
Networking, Volunteering, Professional Development
Joining one of the club’s 18 sections or 5 committees is the best way to take advantage of the many benefits the club has to offer, including discounted CLE classes, leadership positions and networking with attorneys in your practice area.
Find out more about how to get involved:
Joining a Barristers Section
Sections are based on areas of practice; they include a wide range of subjects from litigation to family law. Section membership costs only $20 each and section members are offered reduced prices for CLE programs. If you would like to become active in Barristers leadership, joining a section and becoming a chair or vice chair is an excellent way to get started.
Joining a Barristers Committee
The ten Barristers’ committees are focused on community service and/or professional growth, and there is no cost to join a committee. Joining a committee is the best way for new attorneys to get involved with mentoring, pro bono work, or fundraising for the Barristers Club and the club’s charitable causes.
For example, members of the Judge’s Reception committee organize an annual reception to offer new lawyers an opportunity to meet and socialize with state and federal judges. This event draws over 250 people and raises funds that allow the Barristers Club to offer other free and low cost events throughout the year.
Planning a Barristers CLE Seminar or an Event
Any member of a section or committee may plan a CLE program with the approval of the section chair. Planning a CLE program requires selecting a topic and finding speakers. BASF will handle marketing and CLE accreditation.
Becoming a Section or Committee Chair or Vice Chair
Section and committee leaders are chosen each December for terms that commence March 1. Section leadership is chosen from the membership of each section. The role of vice chair is to assist the chair in planning programs for the year and then assume the chair position the following year. Leaders help plan meetings, CLE seminars and represents the sections at the Club's Annual Open House. If you are interested in taking a leadership role with a section please contact the Barristers Club Director, Kallie Donahoe.
Board of Directors: Joining the Barristers Club Board of Directors
The Barristers Club is governed by their own Board of Directors. Directors serve three-year terms that commence on January 1. Directors are selected through a nominating committee as outlined by the Barristers Club bylaws. Applications are accepted each August for the following calendar year. Interested candidates must submit an application and statement. Statements may include the candidate’s professional background, Barristers Club activities, and such other matters as the nominee wishes, provided that the text of the total statement does not exceed 350 words. The nominee’s statement may not include the names of endorsers. More information for the 2016 applications can be found here. Deadline is September 4.
To find out more about professional development, networking, volunteering and leadership opportunities with the Barristers Club, please email email@example.com or any member of the Barristers Club Board of Directors to get started.