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Bar Association of San Francisco Committees



What is the California Conference of Bar Associations?

  • Local and specialty bars from around the state, including The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), submit resolutions to the California Conference of Bar Associations (CCBA).
  • The resolutions are disseminated for possible counterarguments and recommended action by the Resolutions Committee, and finally, are debated at the annual CCBA meeting.
  • Many of the resolutions passed by the conference become part of the CCBA's legislative program and are proposed as legislation before the California legislature.

The BASF Delegation

The CCBA allocates seats at the conference to certified bar associations based on number of members. BASF has one of the largest delegations.

 

What do delegates do?

Study Groups

Delegates are assigned to a study group, hopefully based on their area of practice or interest.

The study groups are as follows:

  • Family/Children/Education
  • Probate/Estates/Trust
  • Civil Procedure
  • Property/Landlord/Tenant
  • Discovery
  • Criminal
  • Courts
  • Labor and Employment
  • Torts and Reemedies
  • Drugs and Medical
  • Other

Study groups are led by members of the BASF delegation's Executive Committee.

Study groups have the task of reviewing their assigned group of resolutions, including the counterarguments and recommended positions. Study groups recommend what BASF's delegation position on those resolutions should be.

Delegation Caucuses

Before the conference all the study groups gather at three caucuses in San Francisco, present their findings, and vote on BASF's position on them. You are expected to attend these caucuses.

Caucuses are held at BASF's offices, 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco.

Caucus dates: TBD

 

Study groups recommend the following positions:

  • approval in principle
  • disapprove
  • approve as amended
  • action unnecessary

MCLE Credit

Delegates who have paid their BASF delegation fee may now earn MCLE credit for time spent on caucuses.

The Conference

At the conference, BASF is prepared to debate every resolution. You will vote on all resolutions called up for debate.

You don't have to vote the official BASF position. If you feel differently, you may speak to any resolution as an individual. You are responsible for your resolution(s), usually two or three.

You should be prepared and available to speak on the conference floor and to drum up support for your position from other delegations.

Conference of California Bar Associations

To learn more about the CCBA, visit www.calconference.org

Locations and Dates

The conference alternates between Northern and Southern California annually and is held in late August, September, or early October (coinciding with the State Bar's annual meeting).

What are the expenses involved?

Each delegate is responsible for all expenses, including registering to attend the California Conference of Bar Associations.  In addition, each delegate must pay the BASF Delegation Fee. 

  • Registration fee for the California Conference of Bar Associations

  • Registration for the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting is an optional and separate fee

  • BASF Delegation Fee $150 per delegate for MCLE at caucuses and hospitality suite fees

  • Transportation

  • Lodging

  • Meals

Contact

For more information, contact Jack Hannan at jhannan@sfbar.org.

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