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BASF’s Barristers Club presented the 2010 Tara L. Riedley Barristers Choice Award at the 26th Annual Judges Reception on July 13 to San Francisco Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ross. This award is given each year to one judge serving in San Francisco to recognize his or her extraordinary efforts to educate and encourage young lawyers that are new to the practice of law and the courtroom. In addition, the award recognizes work done outside the courtroom in support of programs of the Barristers Club.

Prior to joining the bench in 2009, Judge Ross served as an attorney for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman beginning in 1999. There he was co-leader of Pillsbury’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense and Health Care practice teams. Before joining Pillsbury, he served as an associate, then shareholder and president of Friedman, Ross & Hersh from 1975 to 1999. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Judge

Ross has a long and distinguished history with BASF. In 1983, he served as president of the Barristers Club and in 1997 he served as president of BASF. While BASF president, he co-founded the San Francisco Law Academy, a partnership between BASF and the San Francisco Unified School District. The program allows Mission and Balboa High School students to work with mentors and students are employed as summer interns by San Francisco law and public interest firms, companies and government offices.

Over the years, the Law Academy has dramatically increased the percentage of students attending four-year colleges. More recently Judge Ross has been both a coach and volunteer judge for the Barristers Mock Trial Program. More than 300 members of the legal community, including fifty state and federal judges and their clerks, attended the Judges Reception, which was held in the Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.

All photos from the event can be found at

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