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BASF Executive Director Resigns

San Francisco, May 2, 2006 -- The Board of Directors of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has accepted Executive Director Martha Whetstone's resignation, effective April 30, 2006.

Whetstone has served as The Bar Association's Executive Director for the past three years, during which time BASF has thrived under her leadership. According to BASF President, Joan Haratani, "Martha was the right leader at the right time for BASF and we are sorry to lose her. BASF is a different place today because of Martha and we are grateful for all she has done to strengthen the organization. We wish her every success in her future endeavors."

Under Martha's tenure BASF increased its visibility in the larger community with a number of high profile events, including the Presidential candidate series that featured almost all the democratic candidates as well as other national figures. This past January, The BASF Foundation sponsored a unique evening with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jane Pauley to benefit the Bar's charitable programs.

As part of Whetstone's determination to help the Bar's charitable programs become more financially stable, she undertook a number of initiatives, including strengthening the relationship between the School-To-College (STC) program and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. Under Whetstone's direction funding for the STC program increased five fold. She also developed new goals for individual lawyer charitable giving that today yield over $300,000 in donations.

In addition to being well known in the legal community, Whetstone is also well known in the business community - for the second year in a row, she was named one of the "Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Times.

Deputy Director and Chief Operations Officer Dan Burkhardt will, on an interim basis, assume the responsibilities of Executive Director.

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