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BASF's No Glass Ceiling Initiative Sets Local and National Goals for 2010

San Francisco, September 5, 2006 -- The Bar Association of San Francisco's No Glass Ceiling Task Force has announced new goals for the advancement of women in legal management positions. Close to ninety law firms and corporate and municipal legal departments have signed on to the updated commitments.

According to the Task Force  Founder and Co-Chair, Angela Bradstreet, managing partner of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, "We are so pleased to have the support from nearly ninety law firms, corporate legal departments and bar associations statewide who all recognize that eradication of the glass ceiling for women in the legal profession is smart business, as well as the right thing to do."

BASF's No Glass Ceiling initiative has resulted in women attorneys in the Bay Area taking huge strides towards true equity in the legal profession since its creation five  years ago. In July of 2005, survey results showed an impressive 63 percent of  responding firms with at least 25 percent of women as partners and 69 percent reported having reached the goal of 25 percent for management positions, far ahead of the national average.

"We are not surprised that the No Glass Ceiling Initiative has been effective," said Mary B. Cranston, task force co-chair and firm chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. "We based the No Glass Ceiling goals on the best practices of law firms with strong records on the promotion and retention of women--and we now see that those best practices work in every law fir m. "

As a result, the Task Force has applied a modest upward adjustment for Bay Area firms from 25 to 30 percent women partners and women in management by January 1, 2010. For national firms, recognizing that the Bay Area is far ahead of the national statistic of 17 percent for women partners, the goal for January 1, 2010, will remain at 25 percent women partners and women in management.

"The BASF No Glass Ceiling Initiative was the first initiative of its kind in the nation, and it has truly 'caught on fire,' " said BASF President Joan Haratani. "The ABA's recent report on the Status of Women is but one example of the focus and attention being paid to the all-important issues of the hiring, retention, and promotion of women attorneys.  The signatories joining BASF in this effort represent our community's recognition of the issue and commitment to ensuring that women lawyers are given the same opportunities for success as their majority counterparts."

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