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 volunteering 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 seventeen sections or nine 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 Sections
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 Committees
The nine 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 350 people and raises funds that allow the Barristers Club to offer other free and low cost events throughout the year.
Contact committee chairs or vice chairs for more information about a specific committee.
Planning a Barristers CLE Seminar or an Event
The best way to become active with the Barristers Club is through its sections and committees. Currently the Barristers has 17 sections, each based around a particular area of law. They are governed by a chair and vice chair. Sections hold meetings to discuss relevant topics and plan CLE seminars. Any member of the section may plan a CLE program with the approval of the section chair. Planning a CLE program requires selecting a topic and finding speakers. The marketing and CLE accreditation is taken care of by BASF.
Barristers also have nine standing committees as well as a Social Events committee. Committees focus on a specific charitable event, mentoring program or fundraising activity of the Barristers Club. To get involved with a committee please contact the section chair.
Becoming a Section or Committee Chair or Vice Chair
Section and committee leaders are chosen each February 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. A chair plans 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 current chair. Contact information can be found on each section and committee Web page.
Board of Directors: Joining the Barristers Club Board of Directors
The Barristers Club is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors. Directors serve two-year terms that commence on January 1. Directors are selected through a nominating committee as outlined by the Barristers Club bylaws. Interested candidates must submit a statement to email@example.com no later than September 1, 2013. 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.
To find out more about professional development, networking, volunteering and leadership opportunities with the Barristers Club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or any member of the Barristers Club Board of Directors to get started.