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American Bar Association Awards Bar Association of San Francisco With Partnership Award
Award Given to Recognize Outstanding Diversity Efforts in Increasing Minority Involvement in the Legal Profession

August 5, 2005 - San Francisco —The Bar Association of San Francisco was today awarded with the American Bar Association's Partnership Award for its diversity efforts. The award is given in recognition of efforts by bar associations to increase the participation and advancement of lawyers of color in the organized bar and to attract students of color to the legal profession.

The presentation took place at the joint annual meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the National Association of Bar Executives and the National Conference of Bar Foundations, held in Chicago. On hand to accept the award for BASF were President Jim Finberg, President-Elect Joan Haratani and past presidents Ray Marshall and Fred Alvarez.

With more than 100 law firm as signatories, BASF's main diversifying effort is its Goals and Timetables for Minority Hiring and Advancement. The Goals and Timetables, adopted in 1989, are at the cornerstone of BASF's diversity efforts and set target dates and corresponding percentages of minority attorneys sought to be employed by those dates.

"The Bar Association of San Francisco is honored to receive this award and proud to be a leader in diversifying the legal profession. We are also deeply committed to continue the effort, through among other things: our October 28 diversity conference; the Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program; School-To-College, a high school mentoring program; and other steps to increase the number of law students of color; and setting additional goals and timetables," said Finberg, a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP.

"The Goals and Timetables program instilled in the legal community a clear and distinct sense of the value of diversity in the legal workplace," said BASF Executive Director Martha Whetstone. "The program has worked so well because it emphasizes not just hiring of minorities, but retention."

2004 BASF President Jon Streeter, a partner at Keker & Van Nest said, "In my years as a board member and then as the president, I regularly received calls from associations all over the country asking for advice on launching programs of their own. Time after time, these callers told me what a bell-weather BASF's Goals and Timetables program is, and what a difference our example has made elsewhere."


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.

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