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The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Forges Closer Relationship with Minority Bar Coalition (MBC)
By-laws Amended to Ensure At Least Two "Minority Bar Directors" Selected by MBC Serve on BASF Board Each Year

January 10, 2005 - San Francisco —The board of directors of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has amended the organization's by-laws to allow for the addition of two "Minority Bar Directors" to serve one-year terms effective January 1 of each calendar year. Joining BASF's 2005 group of directors are Edwin Prather, a member of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell & Phillips' White Collar Criminal Defense Group, and L. Julius M. Turman, a partner in Haight, Brown & Bonesteel's Employment & Labor Practice.

"We are delighted to have Edwin and Julius join the board and to forge an even closer relationship with the Minority Bar Coalition," said James M. Finberg, president of BASF's board of directors.

According to the revised BASF by-laws, "the Board shall, in consultation with the Coalition of Minority Bars of the Bay Area, select two individuals on or before November 20 of to serve as "Minority Bar Directors" for the succeeding calendar year." The Minority Bar Coalition is a coalition of minority bar organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the issues facing minority lawyers. Through unified action, the MBC empowers, encourages, and promotes the interests of minority lawyers and the legal community at large.

"I am honored to join BASF's board of directors, and I look forward to working with some of the best attorneys in the city in continuing BASF's good works," said Edwin Prather. "Like others on the board, I am intent on bringing energy and new ideas to promote BASF's goals and to further BASF's outreach to, and development of, minority lawyers."

Prather has substantial experience representing individuals and corporations in both state and federal courts. During his career, Prather has represented and counseled domestic and international clients in compliance procedures and internal investigations, and investigations and prosecutions conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys' Offices, as well as other regulatory agencies.

A current member of the Northern District of California's Criminal Justice Act Panel of criminal defense attorneys, Prather was previously a trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus. At the Asian Law Caucus, he litigated, inter alia, Truong v. San Francisco Housing Authority, a class action suit resulting in the SFHA's overhaul and a consent degree that it provide housing with improved racial integration. Prather also served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi in the District Court for the Central District of California and to the Honorable Edward M. Chen in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prather serves as the advisor to the Asian Law Caucus and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco on anti-Asian violence, hate crime, and other criminal matters. Prather, who received his J.D. from Pepperdine University's School of Law, currently serves as the Treasurer for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. Additionally, for the past several years, he has been the chair of the Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship awarding scholarships through the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation to public interest minded law students.

Turman, who also serves on the Executive Committee of BASF's Conference of Delegates, expressed his reasons for joining BASF's board of directors: "Lives can be changed through public service and effective legal advocacy. But my passion is ensuring equality and fairness for all, which is not possible without public service and effective legal advocacy."

Turman is an experienced litigator, primarily representing mid-size companies in wrongful termination and employment discrimination litigation; National Labor Relations Board matters, unfair labor practice proceedings, Title VII proceedings, including race, sex, religious and age harassment and discrimination; unfair competition proceedings; and state and federal wage and hour litigation. He advises employers on the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the California Business and Professions Code, the Family and Medical Leave Act, employee terminations, workplace violence, pre-employment screening, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and unfair competition; and drug and alcohol testing.

In addition, Turman counsels on, writes about, gives numerous speeches and presentations and conducts in-house employment law training programs regarding a wide variety of employment and employee relations topics. He is a member of the State Bars of California, New York and New Jersey. He is co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, a member of the Lawyer's committee for Civil Rights and the Charles Houston Bar Association and the incoming Co-chair of the Minority Bar Coalition.

Previously, Turman was an Assistant United States Attorney and veteran civil litigator at Howard, Rice and Littler Mendelson in San Francisco. At Rutgers University, Turman was named an Earl Warren Scholar, the Judge Herbert H. Tate, Sr., Scholar and received the Judge J. Skelley Wright Prize for Civil Rights and Human Affairs. Turman was also the law clerk to the Honorable John J. Hughes of the United States District Court in New Jersey.

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