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Diversity Career Fair To Bring 300 Minority Law Students To Bay Area For Unique Opportunity

August 11, 2005 - San Francisco —The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is sponsoring and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is underwriting the first Bay Area Diversity Career Fair for second year minority law students to be held on August 12-13, 2005. A reception at the World Trade Club will kick off the fair on August 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. followed by interviews conducted the next day at U.C. Hastings College of the Law from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Diversity Career Fair is designed to provide Bay Area legal employers with access to the most diverse pool of second year law students. Over 300 minority law students from schools across the country have applied to attend the fair and over 40 law firms will be participating. Participants, who are attending at their own expense, include students from Harvard, Georgetown, Cornell, Duke, George Washington University and American University, among others.

According to Neel Chatterjee, Chair of the Diversity Career Fair and a partner at Orrick's Menlo Park office, " The goal of the 2005 Diversity Career Fair is to make the 2006 summer associate program in the Bay Area the most diverse it has ever been."

Martha Whetstone, Executive Director of BASF concurs, "We are delighted to be able to bring together these students with potential employers with the goal of encouraging more students of diverse backgrounds to consider working in the Bay Area. This Fair is an important part of BASF's overall diversity efforts, which were recognized last week during its annual convention, by the American Bar Association who awarded BASF its "Partnership Award" for its overall diversity programming."

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

For general communications inquiries:

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