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The Bar Association of San Francisco Installs Joan Haratani as President for 2006

Haratani is the Bar's First Female Minority President

January 18, 2006 - San Francisco — Joan Mei Haratani was recently installed as The Bar Association of San Francisco's (BASF) 2006 President. Haratani, a litigation partner at the San Francisco law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, is the bar's first female minority president. Ms. Haratani is Asian American.

Installed at BASF's annual luncheon in December, Haratani spoke about four initiatives that she hopes to bring to the forefront during her one-year term. The first is implementing BASF's diversity best practices, as established by BASF's award winning Goals and Timetables for Minority Hiring and Advancement. The second is the Working Parent's Initiative, where a BASF task force will study  whether parents and other caregivers are vulnerable at certain career stages and identify how they can be retained by local law firms.  The third initiative is putting a face to the homeless by highlighting stories of homeless people in BASF publications, including its magazine, San Francisco Attorney and its Web site.

"It's very difficult to get out of homelessness, so we will also focus on those who are at risk, or transitioning out of homelessness. We want to raise awareness to motivate our community to help the Homeless Advocacy Project [a program of BASF's Volunteer Legal Services Program] and the City's 'Project Homeless Connect' clients," Haratani said.

Her fourth initiative is to work to establish sister bar association relationships with Asian bars. Haratani noted that BASF has made progress already reaching out to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing bar associations. The purpose is to create goodwill and offer practical assistance to BASF members without offices in Asia who must travel there as a part of their practice.

In addition to her membership and presidency with BASF, Haratani belongs to the following associations and organizations: Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Defense Research Institute (DRI), California Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association. She is also a trustee of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Northern California, Chair of the Asian Pacific Fund, and is currently on sabbatical as a board member of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.

Haratani received her B.A. from St. John's University and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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