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BASF's No Glass Ceiling Initiative Results in Huge Strides for Bay Area Women Attorneys

July 12, 2005 - San Francisco —The Bar Association of San Francisco is pleased to announce the results of its recent survey of 76 signatory law firms and legal departments to its No Glass Ceiling Initiative. The Initiative sought compliance with the goals of at least 25% women partners and at least 25% women in management positions by January 1, 2005. An impressive 63% of the responding firms reported having at least 25% women in partnership positions, compared with only 22% for responding firms two years ago. Moreover, the current results demonstrate that San Francisco is way ahead of the national average, in which only 16% of partners are women.

Of the 76 signatories to the Initiative, there were 49 responses, an excellent response rate of 64%. Sixty-nine percent of firms responding reported having at least 25% women in management positions and 54% of legal departments of corporations and public entities reported having at least 25% women in management positions. A list of signatories and a copy of the survey results without firm names are attached.

"The results show that enormous progress has been made in shattering the glass ceiling for women in the legal profession in the Bay Area as a result of BASF's No Glass Ceiling Initiative, and we are very grateful for the magnificent response of our legal community," said Jim Finberg, President of The Bar Association of San Francisco.

"Bay Area firms and legal departments have recognized that elimination of the glass ceiling is good for business, as well as the morally right thing to do. I am delighted to see San Francisco leading the way for the rest of the country," said Angela M. Bradstreet, Founder and Co-chair of BASF's No Glass Ceiling Task Force, which established the initiative and conducted the survey.

BASF will be honoring several firms and legal departments for their achievements in having the most women in management and women partners. Heller, Ehrman, LLP and Pillsbury, Winthrop, LLP are the two large firms to be honored. Folger, Levin & Kahn LLP, Foley & Lardner and Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP will be honored in the mid-size firm category. The SF City Attorney's Office and SF Public Defender's Office are the two public agencies which will be recognized, along with the Gap, Inc. legal department. The awards will be presented at BASF's annual lunch on December 15, 2005.

"We are very proud of these firms and legal departments which have exceeded the goals of the initiative and demonstrated that the glass ceiling can and will continue to be broken. We applaud them for their leadership." said Mary Cranston, Co-Chair of the No Glass Ceiling Task Force.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

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Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104