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Continuing Legal Education at the Bar Association of San Francisco: Committees

Paralegal Section

The Bar Association of San Francisco Paralegal Section’s mission is to instill an ethos of professionalism in all legal paraprofessionals, which include but are not limited to paralegals, legal assistants, legal nurse consultants, and other non-attorney legal professionals, especially those who have chosen to make a career in the legal field. Accordingly, our focus is education:

  • Educating the legal community about the various and ever-evolving roles paralegals can play in the practice of law, and helping practitioners in guiding and mentoring their paralegals and other support staff
  • Educating the legal community about Business and Professions Code §6450, et seq. and its mandatory CLE requirements, and providing MCLE classes for paralegals to meet those requirements
  • Educating paralegals about various certification programs while fostering opportunities for peer-to-peer support and learning, and providing encouragement and resources for people interested in pursuing a paralegal career
  • Educating the community at large about the role of paralegals in the legal profession.

To put these goals into practice, the Section will organize and sponsor MCLE classes and social events each year, and provide support to on-going pro bono efforts. Thus, Section members will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to quality MCLE programs through live attendance or webcasts
  • Ability to attend other BASF programs at BASF section member’s rate
  • Subscriptions to BASF publications
  • Access to BASF member benefits, such as judicial council forms
  • Variety of pro bono activities to utilize and develop your professional legal skills
  • Networking opportunities through MCLE programs, socials and pro bono activities



Chair:   Hazel Mottershead
Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein
Vice Chair Karin Buckley


Karin Buckley
Van Voorhis & Sosna

Secretary Javier Morelos

Javier Morelos
Hersh FamilyLaw Practice

Treasurer Alexandra Brilliant Alexandra Brilliant
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Marketing Coordinator Ana Fatima Costa Ana Fatima Costa
Executive Committee
  Jeff Lester Jeff Lester
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
  Annie Ye Annie Ye
Holland & Knight
  Amy Jo McGuigan

Amy Jo McGuigan
Swanson & McNamara

General Information?

If you seek general information about a section or committee, email Raquel Cabading (BASF CLE Director) at Or call Raquel at (415) 982-1600.

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